July 10, 2021
DAY 189: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we continue our journey through the book of Luke. Dr. Luke continues his gospel by sharing parables Jesus told.
Ask God for His understanding of Luke 17-18. Read Luke 17-18. Let’s journey!
Luke is the only Gentile author of a Gospel and he was not an apostle of Jesus Christ. Luke was a well-educated doctor, who carried out careful research and gathered first hand accounts for his narrative, and traveled extensively with the Apostle Paul. It is thought that the Gospel of Luke was written shortly after the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. In addition to writing the Gospel of Luke, he also wrote the book of Acts. Luke wrote in a way that would be accessible for all to read and includes some parables of Jesus Christ not found elsewhere in the Bible. Throughout his Gospel, Luke shows that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament in His way, which was not the way that many, including the religions leader, thought the prophecies would be fulfilled. The same holds true today; we cannot place our expectations and beliefs on Jesus, rather we must first submit ourselves to Him in order to understand Him and His word.
Luke 17-18: It was extremely difficult to select focus verses for today. There is so much to learn! Jesus warns against causing others to sin. Jesus encourages us to exercise our faith-we have all been given sufficient faith. Jesus heals ten men with leprosy, but only one truly recognized what he received. Jesus teaches about His coming kingdom. Jesus teaches of the importance of prayer. Jesus teaches about sincere faith resulting in dependance on God. Jesus teaches about the difficulty great wealth may create for genuine belief. Jesus heals a blind man and warns of His impending death. (Luke 17:1-18:43)
As you read today’s reading, make sure that you are not applying the standards and expectations of today’s world into Luke 17 and 18. Rather apply what is written to standards and expectations of today’s world. Are their areas of your life that are in contradiction to what you have read? Have you truly stopped and meditated upon the meaning of lessons taught in today’s reading? What have you learned?
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