The moral of Aesop's fable "The Rooster and the Fox" is
The trickster is easily tricked.
In Luke 19-20 the Pharisees, experts of the law, and leaders tried to catch Jesus doing anything wrong. They even sent spies to find something bad about Jesus with the intent to imprison or even kill him. Ironically, the Pharisees were the ones that were exposed and they found nothing on Jesus.
"Everyday he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words." Luke 19:47-48
"The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people." Luke 20:19
"They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent." Luke 20:26
"Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask him any more questions." Luke 20:39-40
Jesus didn't get distracted by their traps, he stuck to his mission. As he told Zacchaeus,
the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19:10
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.
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