Passage: Luke 6
v1-11 - The Pharisees are tailing Jesus everywhere He goes, and as they catch Him and His disciples eating a few heads of grain on the Sabbath, a case could be made that they were working harder than He was on that day. But Jesus shows them up with a question that boxes them in when he heals the man with a shriveled hand.
v12-16 - Jesus chooses 12 men out of the dozens of disciples following Him. Notice He does this after once again spending lots of time on His own in silence praying.
v17-49 - A crowd has once again assembled wanting the "healing power that was coming from Him (v19)." Notice that despite the crowd, Jesus looks directly at His disciples as He begins to teach them. Matthew records the same thing at the beginning of his version of the sermon on the mount (Matt 5:1). Luke's version of the sermon is very similar to Matthew's but also has key differences. Whereas Matthew tells of teachings that have a very Jewish feel, the Gentile Luke reports Jesus' teachings that had a broader appeal. Luke emphasizes teachings in which followers of Christ will be eternally rewarded for acquiescing to others in the short term.
Old Testament Reference -
1 Samuel 21 tells the story of when David and his men ate the consecrated temple bread, which Jesus references in v4.
Use the comment box below to discuss one or more of these questions.
Which of Jesus' teachings in this chapter would be: - The most controversial today? - The most surprising to people today? - The most misunderstood today?
How would you explain to somebody what the word 'blessed' means (v20-21)? What about the word "woe" in v24-26?
Finish this sentence: The Sermon on the Mount (or on the plain, as Luke's version is often referred to) is about ______________.
Follow the AAA Prayer Pattern:
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Your Lord and King (v20)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Don't come to Him saying "Lord, Lord" without doing what He says (v46)
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:
Communion Preparation for Good Friday:
Those who come to the Lord's Table must be conversion-minded. As we prepare for Friday, we'll be reminded what this means from Lord's Day 32-33 of the Heidelberg Catechism:
MONDAY: Can un-converted people who do not turn to God from their ungrateful and impenitent ways be saved?
By no means. Scripture tells us that no unchaste person, no idolater, adulterer, thief, no covetous person, no drunkard, slanderer, robber, or the like will inherit the kingdom of God.
TUESDAY: What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?
Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.