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Read this coming week:
Luke 5 to 12
Aug 15 Est 3‐5, Ps 41, Luke 5 Aug 16 Est 6‐10, Ps 42, Luke 6 Aug 17 Job 1, Ps 43, Luke 7 Aug 18 Job 2‐4, Ps 44, Luke 8 Aug 19 Job 5‐6, Ps 45, Luke 9 Aug 20 Job 7‐8, Ps 46, Luke 10 Aug 21 Job 9‐10, Ps 47, Luke 11 Aug 22 Job 11‐12, Ps 48, Luke 12
For next week you’re reading Luke 5 to 12. Answer the following: • How does Jesus explain the difference between Himself and John the Baptist in 5? • How does it come about that Jesus has 12 apostles in Luke? (6) • Why do the people say that the centurion is worthy of Jesus’ time in 7? • What do you find out about Mary Magdalene in Luke 8? • What is the story surrounding the quote “anyone who is not against us is for us”? (9) • How does Jesus know Mary and Martha? (10)
Jesus and Renewal in Luke
What is the story surrounding the quote “a house divided against itself cannot stand”? (11) How do you interpret Jesus’ statement that He came to bring not peace but division? How does this fit with His title of Prince of Peace from Isaiah 9? (12)
Every Gospel account has a focus, whether that Gospel author (called an “evangelist”) intended the focus or not. One of the focal points of Luke’s Gospel is to present Jesus as the singular person who renews life for all the world. Throughout Luke’s Gospel, whether through healings or through the somewhat extended post-Resurrection accounts, Luke is clearly painting a picture of a savior who has come to renew the world. Luke’s presentation of Jesus as renewing figure in history is not without cultural implications either. Luke was clearly writing a Gospel that was to be given to those of Gentile ethnicity. The idea that their world had to be “renewed” was not one that would have been readily accepted, but Luke adeptly shows both proof that the world is broken and that the healer has come to renew it. As you read through Luke, consider the idea of “renewal” and how it might apply to what Jesus is doing throughout this Gospel.
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