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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