More Parables

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Luke 16–17 Most parables have only one point; therefore we must not press the details but seek that one truth addressed to us. Here we have three parables: The parable of the unrighteous steward (16:1-9). Jesus is not recommending dishonesty here. We must always seek to be absolutely honest in all our dealings with people. The point is that this steward prepared for the future, and so must we, by shrewdly putting all of our trust in Christ …

Rejoice, the Lost Has Been Found

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Luke 13–15 Luke 15 contains three parables with this in common—in each there is rejoicing when what was lost is found. A shepherd has 100 sheep, 99 of which are safe, but one has wandered off and is in mortal danger. The shepherd puts forth the effort to go find that one sheep and rejoices when it is found. There are many people who are wandering sheep, so let us be involved in evangelism, for there is no …

To Be and Not to Be

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Luke 11–12 Jesus gives us a great deal of practical advice on how we are to live as well as how not to live if we are ready to listen. Here Jesus gives us five directives: Be prayerful (11:2). Jesus gives us himself an example of prayerfulness (v. 1). He gives us a model for prayer, the Lord’s Prayer. He gives us encouragement to pray urgently, as the friend who needed food to serve his guest (vv. 5-8). …

Jesus and His Followers

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Luke 9–10 Since we are called to follow Jesus, we can learn about our relationship to him as we note how he dealt with his followers when he was here on earth. Jesus empowered his followers for the task to which he called them (9:1). When God directly or through his church calls you to a task, do not say you are unable to do it. When Jesus calls us to do something, he will surely give us …

Jesus and People

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Luke 7–8 As we learned yesterday, Jesus was always going about doing good—to people. As someone has said, “How is it then that I am so often satisfied just going about.” Wherever Jesus met people, he was a blessing to them. “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). Jesus met a centurion who had a sick slave, and he made the slave well. He met a widow who was taking the corpse of her only son to the cemetery, …

The Preaching of Jesus

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Luke 5–6 Matthew gives us the Sermon on the Mount. Luke gives us a similar sermon but tells us it was delivered on “a level place.” There are two possibilities. One is that these were two different sermons. After all, Jesus preached many sermons in many places, and the content in each place very likely had some similarities. The other possibility is that this was one sermon, delivered on a level spot on the mountain. Both accounts tell …