Saturday, 15 January 2011

Luke 3

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.21 And as he was praying, heaven was opened

It was as Jesus was praying that heaven was opened. Something happens when we pray whether we see it or not.

Susan said...

Three times John the Baptist is asked: What shall we do? v.10, v.12 and v.14

His response is change your attitude - be generous, be fair, be just; which is rather like Micah 6:8

"And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Susan said...

v.15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.

It seems like they thought John was the Messiah yet later when Jesus came they were less inclined to think he was the Messiah because he was too ordinary, too normal.

Susan said...

v.4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'

To what extent did John fulfill the ministry God had for him? Humanly speaking it looks small. Only a small number of people around Jerusalem heard him and only a few reponded. John may have only ministered for a year before he was imprisoned and then died a couple of years later.

Yet it was enough.

Susan said...

v.23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,

The genealogy in Luke is different to Matthew. Matthew's goes through Solomon and Luke's goes through Nathan (who were both sons of David). There are several theories why this is so. One is that it is Mary's genealogy since Luke is clear that Jesus was only "thought" to be Joseph's son. It was customary to write a women's genealogy as if it were her husband's.