June 19, 2021
DAY 168: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Our journey through Luke 11-12 continues with Jesus teaching and debating Pharisees and teachers of the law.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Luke 11-12. Read Luke 11-12. 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 11-12: Our journey today begins with the Apostles asking Jesus to teach them to pray. The simple, yet comprehensive prayer, Jesus taught them, is commonly referred to as the Lord’s prayer. Jesus is accused of casting out demons though Beelzebub Jesus denies such non-sense. Jesus tells the crowds that are following after Him that their wickedness exceeds the people Nineveh. Jesus warns that the eye is the lamp of the body. Jesus warns the Pharisees and experts in law that that they merely give lip service to the law. Jesus tells them that their outward appearance may appear pure, however, within themselves, they are corrupt. Jesus continues teaching that we must carefully guard against the corruption of the Pharisees by being obedient to God’s word and trusting God fully in all that we do. (Luke 11:1-12:59)
As you read today’s reading, make sure that you are not applying the standards and expectations of today’s world into Luke 11 and 12. 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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