Bible Study

Blessings & Woes

Luke 6:17-26

17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,

    for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 

Blessed are you who hunger now,

    for you will be satisfied.

Blessed are you who weep now,

    for you will laugh.

22 

Blessed are you when people hate you,

    when they exclude you and insult you

    and reject your name as evil,

        because of the Son of Man.

23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

24 

“But woe to you who are rich,

    for you have already received your comfort.

25 

Woe to you who are well fed now,

    for you will go hungry.

Woe to you who laugh now,

    for you will mourn and weep.

26 

Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,

    for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Commentary

Drawn in by Jesus power, the people wanted to see Him perform healings, wanted to touch Him because power was coming from Him but they were missing the point of why Jesus came, He was sent to them to give them ultimate freedom from all their diseases through His shed blood on the cross. Jesus was looking out into the crowd, He spoke to His disciples instructing them that fulfillment only comes through God’s word and obeying His truth, not being swayed by men’s philosophy or false teachings. 

Questions

Where have you looked away from God’s word and studied something contrary?

What part of Jesus’ words to His disciples help you understand Him more deeply?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

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Jesus Calls His Disciples

Luke 6:12-16

The Twelve Apostles

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Commentary

Jesus spent the night praying to his Father in Heaven, he prayed and prayed all night. In choosing the men that His Father would bring him to hear and spread his gospel teachings and follow him. Jesus chose ordinary men.

 All are welcome to be HIS disciples

Questions

What will you do when Jesus calls you to speak on His behalf?

God has chosen you, how can you prepare for what lies ahead in your walk with Him?

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Jesus Chooses To Heal Rather Than Follow Tradition

Luke 6:6-11

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath 

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Commentary

Jewish tradition does not allow healing on Sabbath, according to the religious leaders that is practicing medicine, no professional could practice on Sabbath. Religious leaders were placing laws above a person that may be suffering  and require that healing. Jesus loved the people and placed more compassion on them than the religious tradition.

Questions 

Is there someone that stands firm on religious man made rules instead of having compassion for those who need God more?

How do you see yourself in stepping out of negative situations to help others who may be suffering?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

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Rules of the Sabbath are Broken by Disciples

Luke 6:1-5

Jesus is Lord Of The Sabbath

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Commentary

Picking grain was a forbidden activity on the Sabbath for the Jewish people, (one of 39 listed activities that were forbidden) but the disciples were hungry and the onlooking Pharasees were always questioning and watching what Jesus and His disciples were doing.Jesus reminded them about what David and his companions were doing when they ate the consecrated bread 

(1 Samuel 21:6). 

Jesus was trying to tell them that He is the Lord over the Sabbath and the Jewish traditions, no longer took effect because He is over all, all that come to Him with old ways that can be broken can be made new because of what He came to do on earth.

Questions

What do you hold tightly to that you cannot let go of to see Jesus work in your life?

Where have you done wrong things that you feel you won’t be forgiven for?

What effect does your past have on the way you worship Jesus?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

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Jesus Questioned About Fasting

Luke 5:33-39

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

Commentary

The Pharasees wrapped their sin in respectability, making themselves look good by doing good deeds in public while pointing out the sins of others. Jesus spent time with people that sensed their own sin and knew they were not good enough for God. In order for us to come to God we must repent and renounce sin and recognize it for what it is. 

Old wineskins is a reference to our old ways, we don’t put new wine in old wineskins as for us, once we come to Christ our hearts change, so do our habits that don’t reflect the risen Lord.

Questions for thought.

How have you been stuck in your old wineskins?

How do you pray for Christ to show Himself to you?

How have you sought out outside resources to gain your way into heaven?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

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Jesus Eats With Sinners

Luke 5:27-32

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Commentary: Levi (also known as Matthew) led a material life, not seeking God. Tax collectors were despised by all. (Not a great job to make friends at)  When Jesus comes on the scene he knew in an instant that this was the way to eternal life, a spiritual fulfillment. Jesus chose to spend time not with religious leaders but with people that sensed their own sin and knew they were not good enough for God. In order to come to God we must repent and in order to renounce our sin.

Questions:

Levi (also known as Matthew) left his sinful life of material fortune to gain a spiritual fortune to follow Jesus, Would you give up the things that draw you in to have a spiritual life with Christ?

How does chasing after the things in the world keep you fulfilled?  Do you thirst for more things? 

Jesus is the water for all to come and drink. How have you come to Him to satisfy your soul?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

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Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

Luke 5:17-26

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Commentary: God offers the same forgiveness given to the paralytic to all who believe, Forgiveness means that a relationship has been renewed despite a wrong that has been done. But the act cannot be erased or changed.  Thus Jesus paid the penalty that sin deserved- believing in Jesus means that sins can not longer be held against the believer. Guilt caused by sin is removed and replaced with Christ’s righteousness. Believers are so forgiven that in God’s eyes it is as if they never sinned.

Do you carry a heavy burden for sins you have committed? Confess all to Christ and receive ultimate forgiveness.

Questions:

How has this passage changed the way you view your current circumstances?

How have you trusted Jesus in the most difficult decisions?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV