June 26, 2021
DAY 175: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today our journey through the book of Luke finds Jesus teaching about repentance and what keeping the Sabbath means as He continues His healing ministry.
Ask God for His understanding of Luke 13-14. Read Luke 13-14. 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 13-14: Today’s journey visit the topics of repentance, which is the focus of our focus verse, is it lawful to work on the Sabbath, Heaven’s door is narrow, and the true cost of discipleship. In the United States, and many other countries in the world, people spend a great deal of money perfecting their outward appearances. It is how they want to be seen. The Pharisees were greatly concerned that they appeared religious. Jesus cared about their hearts – the part of their bodies that only Jesus could see. (Luke 13:1-14:35)
As you read today’s reading, make sure that you are not applying the standards and expectations of today’s world into Luke 13 and 14. 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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