Posts from February 2020 (Page 2)

Posts from February 2020 (Page 2)

Single-focused and evil eyes

Luke 11:34-54 The passage begins by turning from Jesus who is a lamp that brings light to the issue of light and darkness within people. The condition of one’s eye determines whether one is full of light or darkness. Most translations refer to ‘a healthy eye’ or ‘a bad eye’. Literally it says, ‘a single eye’ or ‘an evil eye’. In these days a single eye meant a person…

There is no neutrality – only greater woe

Luke 11:24-28 This seems an odd passage. When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it finds no rest in waterless wilderness places and seeks to restore to the person it previously inhabited. Finding a person in a clean and orderly state it seeks to restore uncleanness and chaos by bringing in seven…

Casting out demons

Luke 11:14-23 Contrasting with people who ask and receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus encounters a man with a demon who causes him to become mute. In the gospels a mute man represents those who cannot speak of God’s glory in Christ. Their being unable to speak reflects their natural inability to know the good news and in this case being under the influence of demons. By…

Prayer aligns our lives with God’s will

Luke 11:1-13 Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray by giving them what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. In Luke’s gospel it is in a shortened form, but the main idea is to align our will and needs with God’s agenda (name, kingdom) and his provision (bread, forgiveness, deliverance). This then leads Jesus into two parables that illustrate the wisdom of praying. The first is…

Discipleship matters

Luke 9:46-62 The disciples argue about which among them was the greatest. This makes no sense when one’s Lord has described his being rejected and killed. Jesus says that the greatest among his disciples is the one who is as a child. It is not the innocence or trusting nature of a child nor any positive innate characteristic that makes a child a model for discipleship. In…

Failed Discipleship

Luke 9:37-45 At the beginning of chapter 9, Jesus had given the twelve power to drive out demons. While Jesus and three of the disciples had been on the mount, the other disciples had failed to drive out a demon from a father’s only son. Their failure to do what they previously had done was, as with their failure to feed the five thousand, evidence of a lack of faith and…

The Glory of the Christ

Luke 9:28-36 The disciples were intended to be encouraged by a glimpse of Jesus’ glory in the transfiguration. Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus, reflecting the glory of God. They speak with Jesus of his departure in Jerusalem. This refers to his death but literally they speak to Jesus of his ‘exodus’. By doing so, the work of Jesus is being compared with an exodus-like…

The Suffering of Christ

Luke 9:21-27 After Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ, Jesus begins to teach them more about his work as the Christ. He tells them: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” This has implications for discipleship. Jesus says: “If anyone would come after me,…

The Disciples on Mission

Luke 9:1-20 In this passage Jesus calls the twelve, gives them power and sends them to proclaim the kingdom of God. As they go, Jesus tells them not to take any extra provisions with them. This is because they are to trust the Lord to provide what they need. For the first time in the gospel, the disciples are sharing in the mission and ministry of Jesus with his enabling.…
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