Ever feel like a beggar when you pray to God? The apostles said, "Increase our faith!"
The ten men who had leprosy called out in a loud voice, "Have pity on us!"
The tax collector stood at a distance... beat his breast, and said, "God, have mercy on me a sinner!"
The widow kept coming to him with the plea, "Grant me justice against my adversary."
Those who listened to Jesus asked, "Who then can be saved?"
A blind man sitting by the roadside begging called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" He shouted all the more...
Sounds like a lot of begging doesn't it?
When Martin Luther was on his death bed, a scrap of paper in his pocket read,
"We are beggars; this is true."
Everything that we have - our health, our possessions, our family, the food we eat - all of them are from the Lord's hand and the same is true when it comes to our salvation!
When Jesus taught his parables he drew the listeners to Himself as the provider, healer, and loving Savior. Throughout the book of Luke we read how others passed the foreigner by, looked down on the children, and insulted beggars on the side of the road. BUT Jesus stopped. He listened with an attentive ear. He hushed their cries by healing them physically. He recognized their faith and assured them of their forgiveness! He still does this with us today!
"Rise and go; your faith made you well."
"The kingdom of God is within you."
"Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?"
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
"Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
"What is impossible with men is possible with God."
Below is a Bible study sheet that will serve as a guide for Luke 17 & 18. Click here or on the image below and print pages 21-22. Most notes will be written in the margins of your Bible or printed 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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