Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Lk. 17:11-37; Jn. 11


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Luke Chapter Seventeen

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The Lord healed ten lepers, but only one (a Samaritan) turned back to give thanksgiving and praise (Lk. 17:11-19).
  2. Jesus gave a cryptic message to the Pharisees (Lk. 17:20-21), and a more thorough message to the disciples regarding the Kingdom of God (Lk. 17:22-37).

John Chapter Eleven

  1. Chapter Eleven contains the seventh sign/miracle recorded in John, and the fifth I AM message.
  2. The family of Lazarus, Mary & Martha is introduced (Jn. 11:1-2).
    1. Lazarus: “whom God helps” (a form of the Hebrew name Eleazar).
    2. Mary: “rebellion” (Heb. name Miriam).
    3. Martha: “rebellious” (fr. Aramaic root).
    4. Bethany: “house of misery” was a village on the SE slope of Mt. Olivet, 2 miles from Jerusalem.
    5. Mary & Martha are most famous for Martha’s kitchen fit (Lk. 10:38-42).
  3. The miracle is detailed:
    1. Mary & Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick (Jn. 11:3).
    2. The Lord delayed His journey to Bethany in order to teach His disciples and in order to magnify the glory of God in the coming miracle (Jn. 11:4-16).
    3. Martha met Jesus on the road and accused Him of not arriving on time.  
      1. Jesus encouraged her with the hope of eternal life in the resurrection (Jn. 11:17-27).
      2. Jesus fifth I AM message: “The Resurrection and the Life” was Martha’s encouragement.
    4. Martha sent Mary out to Jesus on the road, where she also accused Him of not being there when He was needed (Jn. 11:28-33).
    5. Jesus wept with a deeply moved spirit as He observed the weeping of Mary and the other Jews (Jn. 11:33-36).
    6. The Lord had raised a widow’s son (Lk. 7:11-17), and a synagogue ruler’s daughter (Lk. 8:49-56) prior to this, but in neither case had the dead body been buried.  Lazarus’ decomposition had already begun.
    7. Jesus issued the resurrection command and gave thanksgiving and glory to God the Father for crafting the work-assignment (Jn. 11:41-44).
  4. The miracle resulted in many coming to faith in Christ (Jn. 11:45), and many others rejecting the Christ and siding with His enemies (Jn. 11:46).
  5. The chief priests and Pharisees formed a select committee for the preservation of their own political power (Jn. 11:47-57).