Mar. 6 – (Luke 11:1-13) Though we recite the Lord’s Prayer word for word, there are topics that we can expound on. Sentence by sentence write down the topics and begin inserting in your concerns in those areas. Reciting the Lord’s prayer is good. Taking those topics and putting in your personal needs etc. is even better. Picture God as a totally generous and always-ready friend. Then picture Him as a wise and thoughtful father. Now ask Him boldly for what you have not dared to ask before. He has promised to answer. We need to trust that His timing and response is exactly what is for our good!
Mar. 7 – (Luke 11:14-32) What would it have been like to be part of the crowd watching Jesus in verses 14-16? Describe what you would have seen or heard. What are the tactics of Jesus’ critics (15-16)?
Jesus answers the first charge. How does he point out their illogical position (17-29)?
Jesus makes several stupendous claims about himself and his work (21-22, 23, 24-26, 27-28). How does each claim strengthen or clarify his argument?
Mar. 8 – (Luke 11:33-54) Jesus is having lunch with a Pharisee. Of course, the Pharisees are watching to see all the ‘wrong’ that Jesus did. Of course, Jesus is going to tell the Truth about their hearts. Of course, all others there will feel included in Jesus’ reproach and let Him know they were offended. Of course, Jesus then speaks the Truth about their actions. Of course, this led to a mass attack by all who were offended by Jesus. And of course, Jesus died and rose again for their sins!
DID YOU KNOW? “…from the blood of Abel (Gen. 4) to the blood of Zechariah (2 Chron. 24:20-22). The murders of Abel and Zechariah encompass all of OT history (2 Chron.) is last in the Hebrew order of OT books.
Mar. 9 – (Luke 12:1-12) What is the leaven of the Pharisees (vv. 1-7)? Hypocrisy (leaven) in Christians is one big tool the enemy shows to unbelievers to use as an excuse not to believe on Jesus Christ. Where do you see “leaven” in your life? Ask the Lord to make you aware of it and then get rid of it. Oh the joys of communing with the Father knowing your motives are pure! Oh the joy of not giving the enemy that tool to use against you.
Verses 8-9 have intrigued me. What does it mean to deny Jesus before men (in this day)? Does it mean someone asks you if you are a Christian and you deny it? Does it mean not sharing your beliefs at every opportunity? One explanation helped me put this into focus: The eternal consequences for those who deny Christ will be far worse than the present persecution that they hoped to avoid by denying him. Selah
Mar. 10 – (Luke 12:13-34) The man in the crowd was evidently the younger brother because by law the older brother got the lion’s share of the family’s inheritance (vv. 13-21). But economic justice was not the man’s goal. Jesus’ response shows his perception of the man’s real problem. This man is called “the rich fool”. But you and I probably also know poor fools and middle-class fools. According to Jesus’ parable, what makes a person a fool? If you dare, ask yourself: Am I a fool? Selah
When we’re anxious, what should we do (vv.29-31)? What should we not do? When we get stressed, instead of heading to the refrigerator (or other places) where should we go? Can you picture that?
Mar. 11 – (Luke 12:35-48) In this passage, Jesus pictures a servant’s total loyalty to their master, whether or not he is physically present. If you believed that Jesus would physically return next week, how would that affect your agenda for the next few days? Selah
Mar. 12 – (Luke 12:49-59) What kind of division did Jesus come to bring? It’s important to know this! Simply said, He wants to divide our “adamic” nature from our “resurrected” nature. Be aware when your “old man” is rising, and kill it so the “new man” can take over.