More often than not God does things the opposite than we expect. Besides gifting a child to a barren old couple or having our Savior born to a virgin in a barn... in Luke 3 and 4 we see that God places John in the wilderness and Jesus in the desert. Humble. Humble. Humble.
They were up against a lot. They were each tempted and tested by demons and the devil.
"For this reason he [Jesus] had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted." Hebrews 2:17-18
As we continue into Luke we see how Jesus helps others in their weaknesses.
Like the Pharisees, tax collectors, and soldiers in Luke 3 we ask,
What should we do?
John and Jesus throw us for a loop. They call us not to follow our culture, man made religious rules, or our "hearts", but - like Jesus' disciples - to follow Him!
Below is a Bible study sheet that will serve as a guide for Luke 5 & 6. Click here or on the image below and print pages 9-10. Most notes will be written in the margins of the Luke text but there are some specific questions to be answered on the Bible study sheet as well.
Here‘s what else you need: - A Bible journal with wide margins OR you can print the whole book of Luke double spaced with 12 font. - An additional Bible translation to compare. NIV, NKJV, NASB, & ESV are some reliable ones. - An audio Bible, audio Bible app, or you can listen online here. - A trusted Bible commentary. I have the Luke People's Bible Commentary. - A regular pencil & some colored pencils. - A Holy Hen House annotation bookmark (below).
It may feel hard at first. Jen Wilkin in her book Women of the Word reassures us, "...Bible study becomes more intuitive the more you do it. It is the process for an orderly, long-term building project with cumulative benefits. Even if you are in a season of life that won't allow you to use ALL the tools of the process exhaustively, you can use them as far as your time does allow. Build slowly if you must, but by all means, build."
One important aspect that should not be overlooked during our time in God's Word is prayer. Before, during, and after. As Jen Wilkin says,
Prayer is what changes our study from the pursuit of knowledge to the pursuit of God himself.
Let's encourage one another throughout the week by sharing images of us studying the book of Luke on Instagram and Facebook using #HHHBibleStudy. It is an extra motivation to know we are reading God's Word together!
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