As today’s chapter began, it was sometime after the last episode when the scribes and Pharisees began lying in wait for Jesus, to “vehemently incite” him and challenge him angrily on whatever he said. On this particular day, thousands were assembled to listen to Jesus talk, so many that they might trample on one another. … More Luke 12: The Only Good Fear
What an important chapter! Doesn’t it seem that these days everybody has their own opinion about what prayer is? But, I’m thinking it would be wise to pay close attention to what the Master said about prayer when his disciples asked for help. Many will tell us that The Lord’s Prayer, the prototype Jesus gave … More Luke 11: Jesus talks about Prayer
I expect you are reading through Luke’s documentary with many of us, so I don’t need to remind you of the mission of the seventy sent ones and their return; the inevitable end of the cities who rejected them (and, by extension, Jesus and his Father who sent him); and their rejoicing over those who … More Luke 10: To Do or Not To Do
Jesus called the twelve together and gave them the assignment for the next phase of their training. “Go, preach the Kingdom of God and heal the sick.” Some years ago, I was pondering what it looked like to “seek first the kingdom”. I thought, “What would it look like to seek HRH Queen Elizabeth’s kingdom? … More Luke 9: The Kingdom, Near to You
I find myself wishing this chapter had been separated into several. There is so much happening here. The chapter starts off with something I can’t ignore, even though it is but a pre-script historical tidbit in the narrative Luke is sharing with the excellent Theophilus. It’s about the women. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, the wife of … More Luke 8: Seeds and Sowers
What an exciting, instructive, encouraging read this is! I’m sure we’ve noticed by now that Jesus is first of all a preacher and teacher, and then a healer. We see in this chapter an escalation in Jesus’ healing ministry. We’ve already seen healing occur in people who were present with Jesus, in a house or … More Luke 7: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Man
Are you still on the “after Bethlehem” journey with Jesus? And, is it just me, or is Jesus looking like a bit of a rebel right now? I’m wondering if I would have been quite comfortable being on the road with him, especially on the Sabbath. He seemed bound and determined to stir up trouble, … More Luke 6: Jesus the Rebel?