Scripture Passage Luke 1:1-4

Scripture Passage: Luke 1:1-4

Observations on the Context: Luke was Paul’s traveling companion, probably Greek and Paul’s personal physician. Luke is not only an educated doctor but a detailed historian who authored the Gospel account of Luke and the book of Acts.

Luke clearly presents his preface that he has set in order a narrative of what has been accomplished among those in His day by Jesus Christ.

There were still living eyewitnesses and ministers (likely the original 12 Disciples/Apostles and others who walked with Jesus while He was physically on this earth) who had delivered Jesus message. Luke’s account was not a concocted story, but rather a carefully researched one.

Luke writes his historically researched and backed by eye-witnesses account to the Greek Theophilus. Why? So that Theophiluscould have certainty about the Gospel he has already been taught.

Application: Luke is the most historically researched Gospel account in the Bible.

It is the place to send Christians longing for certainty in their faith, like Theophilus, and skeptics who want the historical evidence – it is clearly presented here in Luke. John focuses on a relationship with God to an Asian audience, Mark shows Jesus’ fast paced ministry to the cross to the Romans, and Matthew shares that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah Israel has awaited. Each had different original audiences.

Prayer: Father, Thank You for this book of the Bible with such a clear and encouraging reason for why we have it. Help me to search Your Word and find certainty. Father, give me wisdom to expose what Luke says to skeptics I meet. Father, help me be patient with those who have been taught the Gospel but are yet not confident and certain, like Theophilus was. O Lord, teach me by Your Spirit as I study the Gospel account of Luke.

Study the Bible: Luke 13:6-9

Scripture Passage: Luke 13:6-9

Observations from the Context: There was not fruit being produced by the tree (person) for 3 years. Jesus intercedes for another year, fertilizing and tending the tree to bear fruit. But if it does not, it will perish at the end of the fourth year.

Application: I need to have the same heart as Jesus in discipleship.

More patience and patience that intercedes on others behalf, giving them more time to produce spiritual fruit.  . . . yet if they persist after a great length of time to have barren lives, I am to move on like Jesus to tend (disciple, invest in) another tree.

Pray it:

Father, give me a heart like Christ’s that will patiently bear with people and tearin them. For 3 years Your own disciples didn’t get it and produced little if any fruit. But you did not give up on them. In their 4th year, they bore much fruit. Father, deal so with me. And give me wisdom to know when it is time to stop waiting for fruit and to move on to a fresh garden to tend. Because of Your Son, I pray, amen.