June 5, 2021
DAY 154: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Our journey today, through Luke 7-8, includes more than the miracles and parables; it is the revelation of a loving God, Jesus.
Before completing the reading for today, ask God for His understanding of Luke 7-8. Read Luke 7-8. 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 7-8: A Centurion sent Jewish elders to Jesus, asking Jesus to heal a sick servant. The Centurion, a Gentile, believed Jesus is God but felt unworthy to be in His presence. The centurion demonstrated great faith and the servant was healed. Jesus restores life to a widow’s only son. John the Baptist, imprisoned, sent his followers to ask Jesus if He is the Messiah. Jesus is anointed by a sinful person (prostitute). Jesus continues teaching through a, with Luke recording the Parable of the Sower and the parable of a Lamp on the Stand. Jesus defines family and calms a storm on the lake. Jesus heals a demon possessed man. Jesus heals a sick woman and restores life to a dead girl. (Luke 7:1-8:56)
As you read today’s reading, make sure that you are not applying the standards and expectations of today’s world into Luke 7 and 8. 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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