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Following is the daily reading schedule for the remainder of our 40 days reading the Gospels of Mark and Luke. We’re just reading one chapter per day.  It’s never too late to start!

Day 19     Sun, Mar 30     Luke 10 (Chapter)

Day 20     Mon, Mar 31     Luke 11

Day 21     Tue, Apr 1       Luke 12

Day 22     Wed, Apr 2       Luke 13

Day 23     Thu, Apr 3       Luke 14

Day 24     Fri, Apr 4         Luke 15

Day 25     Sat, Apr 5       Luke 16

Day 26     Sun, Apr 6     Luke 17

Day 27     Mon, Apr 7     Luke 18

Day 28     Tue, Apr 8     Mark 10

Day 29     Wed, Apr 9    Luke 19

Day 30     Thu, Apr 10    Mark 11

Day 31     Fri, Apr 11      Mark 12

Day 32     Sat, Apr 12     Luke 20

Day 33     Sun, Apr 13    Luke 21

Day 34     Mon, Apr 14     Mark 13

Day 35     Tue, Apr 15      Mark 14

Day 36     Wed, Apr 16     Luke 22

Day 37     Thu, Apr 17      Mark 15

Day 38      Fri, Apr 18        Luke 23

Day 39      Sat, Apr 19      Mark 16

Day 40      Sun, Apr 20      Luke 24       HAPPY EASTER!

Please refer to previous Easter Bible Study posts for introduction to Mark (March 16) and  Luke (March 12), and posts on other days for additional notes and information.

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Easter blessings!

Renee

 

Day 19 of the study leads us to Luke, Chapter 9.  It is similar to yesterday’s reading, Mark, Chapter 9, but does have differences.  For instance, both Mark and Luke talk about the transfiguration, but Luke gives more info.  Luke’s purpose of writing was to gather info and eye witness accounts so he could present what he believed to be a factual account of events in Jesus’ life.  It makes sense that he would offer more detail. 

Disciples and Apostles   Once Jesus sends “the twelve” out to minister in His name, we see them referred to as both “disciples” and “apostles.”  Until now, they were only referred to as “disciple” which means “learner” and “follower”.  Apostle, of Greek origin, means “delegate, messenger, one sent.” 

We can’t even take one carry-on bag?  (Luke 9:3)  Why didn’t Jesus allow the disciples/apostles to take extra clothes or baggage with them?  The Bible doesn’t say, but it is believed that perhaps Jesus wanted them to learn to rely on God for their provisions.  This is something Jesus was already accustomed to doing.

No place to lay his head (Luke 9:57-58)  Luke’s account reveals more to the cost of following Jesus, indicating that when Jesus went into ministry, he left his hometown and no longer had a place of his own to call home. 

No respect for the dead, or for family? (Luke 9:59-62)  In the closing verses of chapter 9, Jesus seems callous in regard to respect for the dead and for family, but Jesus is not callous about these things.  He believes in honoring parents and loved ones.  Jesus is speaking in metaphor (not literally) in response to the hesitation of the first person who wanted to follow Jesus, but only after the person pursued personal interests first. The same is true of Jesus’ response to the second person, when Jesus’ metaphor points out that we can’t truly follow Him while looking in another direction. Jesus wants us to be focused on Him so we don’t stray off course.   

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the preservation of Your Word that allows us to continue studying and learning about Jesus so we can become better followers.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen. 

Tomorrow’s reading (Sunday, Mar 30, Day 19 of study) is Luke, Chapter 10. 

The first verse of Mark, Chapter 9 is a continuation of the conversation with Jesus at the end of Chapter 8.

What?  What did Jesus mean He told the disciples that some of them would not die before they saw the Kingdom of God arrive in “great power”?  When I first read this, I thought it meant some of the disciples would still be living when Jesus returned for His second coming and they would be swept up to heaven with Him, but Jesus’ second coming still has not happened, so did Jesus lie?  Was He mistaken?  Or was He referring to something else?  Reading the verse again very carefully, I realize that I was mistaken.  The Kingdom of God is not necessarily referring to heaven, but to the state of “Kingdom” that Jesus is striving for here on earth that will lead the way to the heavenly Kingdom of God.  Further, Jesus is predicting that some of the disciples will witness the arrival of that Kingdom, and that the arrival will happen in “great power.” 

Mark then tells us about the transfiguration of Jesus up on the mountain.  The transfiguration was something that only “some” of the disciples witness, as stated in verse 1.  The transfiguration is also a display of “great power”, so perhaps the transfiguration was part of what Jesus was talking about in verse 1. I say part of it because these same disciples would also witness the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.  These things are open to interpretation, so you might have other ideas about what Jesus was talking about in verse 1.

The transfiguration (111 in the Harmony of Gospels)  During the transfiguration, Jesus becomes dazzling white, and then Moses and Elijah appear with Him.  They don’t just appear as images, they talk with Jesus!  Can you imagine witnessing such a site?

So what just happened?   My Bible commentary (Life Application) says that the transfiguration displayed the divinity of Jesus, his divine nature.  It also brought together Moses who represented the law, and Elijah who represented the prophets, showing Jesus to be the fulfillment of both the Old Testament law and prophetic promises.

We say Old Testament now, but keep in mind that there was no such thing in Jesus’ day.  The Bible wasn’t yet in existence, so the law was the law of Moses.

Jesus is affirmed by God  God affirms Jesus again, much like He did at the time of Jesus’ baptism, this time saying, “This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”  (Mark 9:7)

Peter   Personally speaking, Peter’s remark speaks to me.  Peter, being Peter, is astounded with fear, and doesn’t know what to say, but speaks up anyway, feeling the need to say something.  Oh, I am such a Peter at times, speaking up or sharing thoughts when it would be best to stay quiet and keep my thoughts to myself! (Not criticizing Peter, but myself.)  Often it’s best to just observe what is happening, take it in, and prayerfully allow the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts and responses (or lack thereof).  I’m trying to get better at that.

Social Location   The term “social location” refers to how we see and perceive things based on who we are, where we’re from, and the experiences we’ve had.  Our social location guides our perspectives and the positions we take on issues.  For instance, if someone offers $10,000 to help others in need, members of a group will respond in different ways depending on their social location.  Those who have observed suffering will want to relieve those who suffer.  Those who have benefitted from education will want to help others receive a good education.  Those who are hungry will want to provide food and help others in practical ways.  When we read the Bible, we need to consider the social locations of the people we read about.  Keep in mind that the disciples and crowds who hear Jesus teach don’t have the benefit of reading about these things from a Bible.  Bible didn’t yet exist.  Some were hearing the Word of God for the first time, while others had been raised with Jewish teaching. Still others had followed pagan ways.  Some were educated and people of higher status, while others were uneducated.  Some lived lives of luxury while others struggled to get by.  Still others were outcasts who had been marginalized by society.  All of these things contributed to the social location of the people and affected the ways they responded to Jesus and the culture of their time.

Think about the social location of the disciples, a diverse group of men from varying backgrounds.  None were prepared for what they found themselves experiencing as disciples of Jesus. They had as much to learn as the crowds around them.  Knowing that His time was limited, Jesus was urgently trying to teach them, but often the disciples didn’t understand what they heard because they didn’t have a base of reference to help put things in perspective. The Gospels provide reference for us today.  Praise be to God for that!

Key verses

Mark 9:24  “I do believe, but help me not to doubt!”    Doesn’t that still ring true for us today?  We do believe, but in times of fear or uncertainty we are prone to fall prey to doubt.  When that happens, repeat this verse to God, claim it to seek His help for overcoming doubt, helping you grow stronger in faith.

Mark 9:23   Jesus said:  “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

Mark 9:29   Jesus said:  “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.”   This is a verse where we fill in the blank.  In the passage Jesus is talking about a demon.  We have many demons in our lives – fear, greed, lust, temptation, depression, and addiction, just to name a few.  This verse reminds us that we might have faith, but there are things we are not capable of conquering on our own.  We need to turn to God in prayer, seeking the power of God.

Be the salt of the earth  We will close today’s notes with the closing verses of Mark, Chapter 9 when Jesus talks about salt.  Salt has three properties:     1)  gives seasoning/flavor   2) has healing properties   3) preserves       (You can read more about salt in Matthew 5:13 and Luke 14:34.)

As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth by living in a way that our faith seasons our lives and shares flavor with others, that we find ways to bring healing to those in need, and help preserve love, goodness, joy and other good things God gives us, not to mention the ultimate preservation of life through salvation in Christ alone.

Dear God, Thank You for another day of reading about Jesus.  Please bless our studies and help us hear how the Bible is speaking to each of us.  Please help us grow in wisdom and understanding so that we can help flavor the earth with the salt of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  In His precious name we pray.  Amen. 

You might want to check out 2XSalt ministries!  This is an awesome ministry based on the teachings about Salt. I love the name because it can be read as “To exalt (the Lord)” and “2 x’s the salt”.   For info go to http://www.2xsalt.org

Tomorrow’s reading will be Luke, Chapter 9.

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This is Day 13 of our Bible Study.  Newcomers still welcome!  We’re reading about Jesus, just one chapter per day, in preparation for Easter. To date we’ve read the first eight chapters of Luke, and the first seven chapters of Mark.  Don’t have a Bible handy?  Just go to http://www.BibleGateway.com 

Harmony of the Gospels  As noted before, many stories and information about Jesus are repeated among the four Gospels.  However, each Gospel also has scriptures and stories that are unique for that author. To help readers compare the Gospels and find desired scriptures, some Bibles feature a  “Harmony of Gospels”.  (You can probably find them online, too.) This is a comparison of the four Gospels displaying which stories, information and parables are contained in each of the Gospels.  The information is usually provided in a parallel format, meaning that it is in spreadsheet-like form, offering a column that lists each of the stories, topics or parables contained in the Gospels, and a column for each of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).  The reader can scroll down to see which authors tell about particular events, or use the Harmony of Gospels to look up particular passages.  There are 250 events listed in chronological order, meaning they are listed in the order they’re believed to have happened.  Each event is numbered, and the same number is used to identify that event in each of the Gospels in which it appears.  For instance, event 16 is “John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus.”  If I look across the columns for each Gospel, I see that Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote about this, and in each column is the Bible address (chapter and verse) so I can locate it easily.  Some Bibles included the numbers for the events in the headings.  If I go to Luke 3:1-18 in my Life Application Bible, the heading looks this:  

       John the Baptist Prepares the Way for Jesus (16/Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8)

The inclusion of verses from Matthew and Mark show me where to find this same event in each of those Gospels.  It also tells me that John does not include this event.  Hopefully knowing about the Harmony of Gospels will be helpful for you. 

Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees  (Mark 8:15)  When the disciples talk about food, Jesus responds using yeast as a metaphor to refer to the evil teaching of the Pharisees.  The commentary in my Life Application Bible says this: “Just as only a small amount of yeast is needed to make a batch of bread rise, so the hard-heartedness of the religious and political leaders could permeate and contaminate the entire society and make it rise up against Jesus.”   

A Key Verse:  As the man stared intently, his sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.  (Mark 8:25)    When we “stare intently” by reading the Bible, meditating on God’s Word, and praying about what is on our minds, our sight will also be “completely restored”, giving us clarity and perspective, allowing us to “see everything clearly”, too. 

Jesus predicts his death for the first time (Mark 8:31)   We’re getting closer to the events that we commemorate at Easter.  Jesus knows He is nearing the end of his three years (approximately) with the disciples, and begins preparing for them for the events to come.  Jesus rebukes Peter for saying that Jesus shouldn’t talk about such things, but Peter’s reaction is understandable.  The disciples have grown very close to Jesus.  It’s hard for Peter to hear Jesus talk like this about Himself.  However, Jesus knows of God’s plans, the purpose for what is to come, and the significance of the ultimate sacrifice He is about to make. Only Satan would try to stand in the way God’s divine plan to save the world from sin and death. 

Following Jesus (Mark 8:34-38) Following Jesus isn’t as easy as using a social media site.  We can’t just click a “like” or “follow” button.  Jesus is straightforward when He says that following Him means putting aside our selfish ways, ambitions and goals, and being willing to carry our own cross (as Jesus had to do as He was led up to Calvary), and follow Him.  We must be willing to put forth the effort, even when it’s difficult, to abide by God’s will and follow as Jesus leads.  If we are willing to do these things for the “sake of the Good News”, Jesus promises we will find true life! 

Great question:   How do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process?  Is anything worth more than your soul?  (Mark 8:36-37)       Another question:  Does anyone hear Toby Mac singing?  Love that song!  Love anything Toby Mac.  🙂 

Dear God, May Your blessings be upon us as we continue to read and learn about Jesus. I hope each of us reads with an open heart, as well as an open mind.  To You be the glory for any good that is done.   In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen. 

EASTER BIBLE STUDY: 40 Chapters in 40 Days    Day 13, Mark, Chapter 7   ( For online convenience, you can read the Bible at http://www.BibleGateway.com  )

Gospel  Means “good news”    The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are referred to as “The Gospels”; perhaps because they tell about the life and teaching of Jesus, sharing the good news of Jesus as Christ, the fulfillment of the promised Savior, Messiah.  For Christians today, the good news is the salvation found in Christ alone – that Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can all be forgiven of our sins; and was resurrected and ascended up to heaven, promising eternal life with Him in heaven for all who claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.  This is what we celebrate at Easter!

Repetition of stories and teachings  As mentioned before, many of the same teachings and stories are found in the four Gospels.   However, there are differences in how they are shared, and reading something more than once helps us learn and remember better, so please read the entire chapters even if you have read the same story before.

Pharisees Just as there are various groups of Christians today, there were various groups of Jews in ancient times. One group was the Pharisees, which means “separated ones.”  History does not tell us what “separated ones” referred to in their time, but today it seems possible that Pharisees were separated from more common people as being religious leaders who were well educated in religious law.  That probably started out as a good thing, but by the time Jesus came along, Pharisees had become legalistic, teaching and believing that the way to please God was with strict obedience to law.  Pharisees became so legalistic that they created hundreds of their own rules for upholding the traditional laws of Moses.  The Pharisees upheld traditional Jewish teachings and beliefs (what we know as Old Testament teaching), but cared more about their appearance and status as religious leaders than about using their position to promote good for others.  They opposed Jesus because Jesus challenged their teachings and interpretations of the laws.

Piety/piousness:  Piety can be a good thing or a bad thing.  Christian piety is good when it is about righteousness, holiness, living in a Godly way with humility and grace.  Christian piety is bad when it evolves into self-righteousness or spiritual arrogance.

Jesus sends a demon out of a Gentile girl (Mark 7:24-30)  Please do not be offended thinking that Jesus was discriminating against the Gentile mother or that was he calling her a dog. No, not at all!  First, remember that Jesus came to save the Gentiles (non-Jews) as well as the Jews.  Also remember that Jesus spoke in metaphors.  The point He was making with his metaphor was that He was trying to provide for His family of disciples and followers.  The woman apparently understood and did not take offense because she replied with respect (was not argumentative) when she pointed out that even dogs are blessed by the crumbs they receive.  Notable here is that Jesus didn’t have to physically see or touch the girl to drive the demon away, for when the woman returned home, her daughter was lying quietly in bed and the demon was gone!  What authority Jesus had!

Shhh, don’t tell.   Again, Jesus commands the people not to talk about the miracles they saw or experienced. Why?  Because He didn’t want people following Him just because He could perform earthly miracles.  What He had to offer – forgiveness, salvation, eternity – was  much greater, and when the time was right, that was what He wanted people to know and talk about.  The same is true for us today!

Oh, Lord, please continue to be with us and bless our time reading the Bible.  Help us to learn more about You so we can try to be more like you. Please also help us to live in ways that lead others to You.   In Your Holy name we pray.  Amen. 

Tomorrow’s reading is Mark, Chapter 8.  God bless you!

We’re moving right along in our Bible Study!  I hope you are enjoying reading the Gospels of Mark and Luke.  Just a chapter a day is easy to do, yet provides great reading for Bible study.

Want to join us?  Please do!  You can jump in where we are, or start from the beginning and read two chapters per day until you get caught up.  For summaries and introductions of Mark and Luke, please see previous posts starting on March 12.

Need a Bible?  Go to www.BibleGateway.com and do a search for the passage you want to read.

Below is the reading guide for the coming week:

Day 11   Sat, Mar 22:   Mark 5

Day 12   Sun, Mar 23:   Luke 7

Day 13   Mon, Mar 24:   Luke 8

Day 14   Tue, Mar 25:   Mark 6

Day 15   Wed, Mar 26:  Mark 7

Day 16   Thu, Mar 27:   Mark 8

Day 17   Fri, Mar 28:    Mark 9

Day 18   Sat, Mar 29:   Luke 9

I’d like to go back to Luke 6 where Jesus gives the Beatitudes (Latin word that means “blessings”).  You might have heard the Beatitudes said this way, “Blessed are those who are poor…Blessed are those who are hungry…Blessed are those who weep…”  If you prefer that wording, please refer to the King James Version of these passages.  If you don’t have a KJV Bible, you can access that version of the Bible at www.BibleGateway.com .   A more complete summary of the Beatitudes is found in Matthew 5:1-12 when Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount.

Why all the talk about the Sabbath?  According to Mosaic Law (the law given to the Israelites by Moses, who received instruction from God), the Sabbath Day was to be a Holy Day set apart for worship and rest only.  No work was to be done on the Sabbath.  In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees and other religious leaders were so busy trying to uphold all the Laws that they failed to recognize Jesus as the fulfillment of them.  They felt threatened by Jesus and began plotting against Him.  These leaders went to hear Jesus’ preaching and teaching, looking for ways to challenge Him.  When crowds followed Jesus after His teachings on the Sabbath Days, the leaders followed, too, and did not like it that Jesus was performing miracles on the Sabbath Day.  In hopes of dissing Jesus in front of the large crowds, they questioned Jesus about picking wheat for food on the Sabbath and doing miracles on the Sabbath.  Each time Jesus responded with authority, turning the questions back on the religious leaders.  For example, Jesus asked if the Sabbath was a day for doing good or doing harm?  Clearly Jesus was with the crowds to do good, but the Pharisees and religious leaders were there to do harm.  Jesus, as Son of God, claimed to be Master of the Sabbath.  That infuriated the leaders who went away determined to put an end to Jesus’ ministry.  Eventually their plots would lead to putting an end to Jesus.  We will get to those events soon as we continue our reading and work our way to Easter.

Blessings to all,

Renee

We’re up to the 7th day of reading the Bible, 40 chapters in 40 days.  How’s it going? 

Here is the reading guide for Days 7-10 of the study  (Mar 18- 21).    For online Bible go to www.BibleGateway.com

Tue  Mar 18:  Mark, chapter 2

Wed  Mar 19: Mark, chapter 3

Thu  Mar 20: Luke, chapter 6

Fri  Mar 21: Mark, chapter 4

In Mark, Chapter 4, you will start reading parables told by Jesus.  Parables are stories people can relate to that teach a lesson. 

I hope you’re reading the entire chapters.  Some events are covered by both Mark and Luke,but there will be differences, so it’s good to read both accounts. Reading something twice helps us to learn and remember better, too! 

Did you like it when I added follow-up questions and information?  Or do you prefer just having a reading guide? 

It would be great to share questions and comments.  Discussion allows us to learn and stimulate thoughts with each other, so don’t be shy to share your thoughts!   You can do so on my Facebook page (Renee Murdick Myers), Twitter @ReneeMyers3, or here on the blog site.  If you want to share privately, you can reach me by email:  ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com

Blessings to all!

Renee

 

   

Day 6:  Today’s reading is Luke, Chapter 5     Newcomers are welcome!

We’re off to a great start in our Easter Bible Study!  So far we’ve read about the following:

  •  conception and birth of Jesus
  • John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus
  • the baptism of Jesus
  • God affirms Jesus
  • Jesus is anointed with the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus alone in the wilderness for 40 days being tempted by Satan
  • Jesus begins His ministry
  • Jesus amazes others by how He teaches with unprecedented authority
  • Word quickly spreads about Jesus wherever He goes because of the miracles He performs
  • Jesus reaches out to those who have been marginalized and oppressed by society.

We’ll continue reading from the Gospels of Mark and Luke to learn about Jesus’ ministry.  Today’s reading is from Luke, Chapter 5.

To learn more about Mark and Luke, please see the first post for this study (March 12) and previous post from yesterday (March 16).    You can read the Bible online at www.BibleGateway.com

May God continue to bless our time reading about Jesus.

Newcomers welcome!  Please join us as we read about Jesus during the 40 days leading to Easter.  No previous Bible reading experience is necessary!  You can read from a Bible or go to www.BibleGateway.com .

To all who read the Bible, please read it as being more than a history book, religious document, or a book that tells stories about God and Jesus.  Yes, it is all those things, but also so much more!  The Bible is called the Living Word because God is still speaking to us through the Bible.  As you read, take note of the things that seem to speak to you, jump out at you, or stay on your mind after reading.  Those are the things God wants to bring to your attention.  Each of us will read the same passages, but take away different things because of how God speaks to us differently according to who we are and what He wants to say to us.  If someone else picks up on something you didn’t even notice, it’s ok.  It doesn’t mean you’re not as bright or that you’re not good at reading the Bible.  Not at all!  It just means that the Living Word spoke differently to that person.  Some things might not speak to you much at all, while other things make more of an impact.  Disciple Bible Studies encourages us to not just read what the Bible says, but also be open to what the Bible says to us.

Today’s reading is the first chapter of Mark.  The Book of Mark is believed to be the first Gospel written about Jesus, dated between AD 55-65, which would be 25-35 years after Jesus lived.  It is the shortest of the four Gospels and is referenced in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.  Mark was not one of Jesus’ disciples.  His biography of Jesus is compiled of stories he heard, or possibly read.  Mark accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey, so it is possible he acquired much of his information during that time.

Mark begins by referring to Jesus as Messiah.  He is referencing the Jewish use of Messiah which meant “anointed one”.  Old Testament writings refer to the coming Messiah as the divine One whom God will send to be King, to deliver God’s people from oppression, and reign supreme.  He also quotes the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3, written approximately 700 years before Jesus was born) and his foretelling of John the Baptist who would come to prepare the people for Jesus.  Mark goes on to report Jesus being baptized by John, Jesus being anointed by the Holy Spirit, and affirmed by God as His “beloved Son” with whom God is “fully pleased.”   From this we hear Jesus referred to as the Son of God.  Mark also tells about Jesus going into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan, then begins his accounts of Jesus’ ministry.

Follow-up questions:

  1.  How long was Jesus in the wilderness, alone, and exposed to wild animals?  (1:13)
  2.  Who tended to Jesus?  (1:13)

(For more about Satan confronting Jesus and Jesus’ response to Satan, refer to yesterday’s reading, Luke, Ch 4.)

3.  Temptation is only bad when we give in to it.  The Gospels show how temptation was used to strengthen and prepare Jesus.  What can we learn from Jesus’ time of temptation?

4. Jesus rebuked Satan by quoting scriptures (Luke, Ch 4).  With this in mind, how can we prepare ourselves so we’re ready when temptation comes our way?

5. What were Jesus’ first words in Mark?  (1:15)   Why does He refer to his teachings as “Good News”?

6. Back in the day of Jesus, Pharisees ruled with a heavy hand. Jesus would proclaim the news that would set the oppressed free, give sight to the blind, and heal the sick.  These things would be true literally and spiritually.  What examples of this did you find in today’s reading?

7.  Perhaps most amazing for those who witnessed Jesus’ miracles was his ability to cast out demons.  Even demons submitted to his authority, and the demons knew who Jesus was.  Demons recognized Jesus before his followers did!  Why did Jesus command demons to be silent and not reveal His true identity?

Bible scholars and commentaries suggest that 1) Jesus wanted people to recognize Him as their Messiah and Savior because of their own experiences and beliefs, 2) Jesus would reveal his true identity when the time was right, not when Satan forced him to do so, 3) Jesus didn’t want people to follow Him because he could perform miracles, but because He could free them from the power of sin and death, and that time had not yet come.

8.  Jesus had a busy time in Galilee.  He spent the day teaching in the synagogue (like a church, where scriptures were read and taught on the Sabbath Day), then healed “great numbers” of people who came to him at sunset.  Why does the Bible say they came at sunset? (1:32)  Why didn’t they come throughout the day?

The Sabbath was a day set aside for worship of God and rest.  It began at sunset the night before, and ended at sunset on the Sabbath Day.  People waited until sunset because they were observing Sabbath throughout the day.  Hmmm….what can we learn from this?

9.  What is the first thing Jesus did the next morning?  (1:35)  What does this say for the busy way we live our lives today?

After praying, did Jesus tell the people He was tired and needed a day of rest?  No.  He was refreshed and revived by His time in prayer.  He went on to do the work God called Him to do.

10.  Who were the people Jesus met with and healed?

The people Jesus tended to were those who were sick, oppressed, and those cast aside by society because of their afflictions (illness, physical handicaps, demons, leprosy).  Jesus not only gave them his attention, but also physically touched them and made them well.  Disciple Bible Studies refer to these people as “the least, the last, and the lost.”  Mark’s accounts talk about physical healings, but these miracles led to spiritual healing, too, that benefited the sick as well as those who saw and heard about the wondrous things Jesus could do.

Dear God, Thank You for these teachings about Jesus.  Please help us in times of temptation to be strong like Jesus.  Thank You, also, for the miracles Jesus performed during His ministry and the many ways You continue to be at work in our lives today.  May we live in ways that reflect the goodness of Jesus to others so that we might bring glory and honor to You.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen. 

Today’s reading comes from the 4th chapter of Luke.  (You can read online at www.BibleGateway.com )    In yesterday’s reading, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, baptizing believers with water while foretelling that someone greater than he (Jesus) would come to baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. One day, Jesus, himself, came to be baptized.  While He prayed, the heavens opened up and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove; and God affirmed Jesus to all who were there when they heard a voice from heaven saying, “Your are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you.”  (NLT version)  (Other versions:  “…and today I have become your Father.”)  After being anointed with the Holy Spirit, Luke records that Jesus began his ministry at age 30.  Luke concluded the chapter with a record of Jesus’ ancestry.  Remember that Luke’s purpose of writing was to give a researched and accurate account of Jesus.  The purpose of the record of ancestry was to establish Jesus as being from the line of Abraham (Jewish), and going all the way back to Adam, related to all men.  Thus, a Savior for all.  This genealogy also shows Jesus as being the Savior foretold in Old Testament writings.

Today’s reading begins with Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness.

How does Satan tempt Jesus?  How do those temptations relate to our temptations today?

How does Jesus defend Himself from Satan?  What does He use as His weapon?

Did anything about Satan surprise you?

Then begins Luke’s accounts of Jesus’ ministry.

How did people respond to Jesus as He began traveling in ministry?  (4:14-15)

How was He received in Nazareth, where people had known him since he was a boy, where he grew up?

What was their reaction to Him?

How did this affect Jesus’ ministry?

Other thoughts or comments?

Tomorrow we will begin reading from the Book of Mark.

Blessings to all!

Renee

For more about this Bible study, please see previous post from March 12.

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