Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Lk. 11:1-13,33-54; 12:1-48


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Luke Chapter Eleven

  1. After three years of learning from Jesus, and ministering with Him, the Disciples realized that they needed help with their prayer life (Lk. 11:1-13).
    1. The Lord gave them a model prayer to follow, which outlines basic principles for prayer that even baby believers can follow (vv.2-4).
    2. The Lord went on to give the adolescent-level prayer principle of persistence (vv.5-8), and the mature-level prayer principle of “much more” (vv.9-13).

(Lk. 11:14-32 outlined on Day 286. Points 4 & 4a repeated here)

  1. The chapter concludes with a series of messages that appear to be a sampling of exhortations that Jesus gave as His crucifixion approached.  [The order is unclear, and perhaps immaterial as it reflects an assortment of messages given on various occasions]
    1. A rebuke against the crucifixion generation (Lk. 11:29-32; cf. Matt. 12:38-41).
    2. The parable of the lighted lamp (Lk. 11:33-36; Matt. 5:14-16).
    3. Judgment against lawyers & Pharisees (Lk. 11:37-54; Matt. 23 in assorted verses).

Luke Chapter Twelve

  1. Chapter 12 is primarily a private message of the Lord’s to His disciples (Lk. 12:1,54).
  2. The messages recorded here, (like ch. 11), appear to be a sampling of the Lord’s messages as His death approached.
    1. He warned His disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees (Lk. 12:1; Matt. 16:6).
    2. He encouraged them to have confidence in their struggles (Lk. 12:2-9; Matt. 10:26-33).
    3. The warning against blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Lk. 12:10; Matt. 12:31-32).
    4. The need to relax when standing before rulers & authorities (Lk. 12:11-12; Matt. 10:17-20).
  3. The parable of the rich fool is unique to Luke (Lk. 12:13-21), although the practical application is found elsewhere (Lk. 12:22-31 || Matt. 6:25-34; Lk. 12:32-34 || Mt. 6:19-21).
  4. The chapter closes with messages on readiness in the context of imminence (Lk. 12:35-59).
    1. The Jews are warned that when the Son of Man returns, He will have his Bride with Him (vv.35-40).
    2. Peter is warned that imminence has a doubled urgency for him and the other Apostles (vv.41-48).

(Chapter Twelve continues tomorrow)