- 9:57-62.How would you describe the three different types of people deterred to here? Why was Jesus not satisfied with their response to his summons to follow him? Why was Jesus not satisfied with their response to his summons to follow him? Contrast Jesus’ own attitude (verse 51).
- 10:1-12.How do these verses show the urgency both in Jesus’ own concern for evangelism, and in the work he gives to his disciples? What is the reason for this urgency? In what activities ought it to make us engage?
- What do these verse verses show of the greatness of our privileges in Christ? In how many of them are you sharing?
- Verses 21, 22. What caused this outburst of joy? What does this prayer teach us of: (a) the Father’s method of working, (b) Jesus’ unique relationship to the Father?
- Consider the summary of the law in verse 27. Is it an adequate summary? How does Jesus’ story guard against a misinterpretation of it? Who is your neighbor? And how can you prove yourself to be a neighbour?
- Verses 38-42. Martha and Mary were concerned about different things. Which did Jesus consider the more important, and how did he solve the tension between them?
Note. Verse 42. The ‘one thing’ may well be a pun, implying that there is no need for an elaborate meal, and Mary, by choosing to listen to Jesus, has chosen the best dish!
- Verses 2-4. This abbreviated version of the Lord’s Prayer gives, as it were, the ‘iron rations’ of prayer. Consider what aspects and themes of prayer are selected as the most essential. How does your prayer measure up to this pattern?
- Verses 5-13. What attitude in prayer is commended in these verses? What results may such prayer expect? What reasons are we given for confidence in prayer?
In verses 15 and 16 two attacks on Jesus are recorded: a charge of collusion with Satan, and a demand for a sign to authenticate his mission. The first is answered in verses 17-26, the second in verses 29-32.
- How does Jesus show the falsity of the charge that he cast out demons by demonic power? What, on the contrary, do his exorcisms prove about Him?
- What is the sign of Jonah? Cf. Matt 12:40. Why should the generation to whom Jesus preached stand condemned at the judgment? What was their sin?
- Verses 37-44. How would you summarize the faults of the Pharisees? Translate them into terms of modern life. What attitude and action does Jesus recommend?
- Verses 45-52. What three charges does Jesus level against the lawyers? Translate these, too, into modern terms. Who may still be guilty in this way? How can such sins be avoided?
- Verse 44. Contact with a grave caused defilement (Num. 19:16).
- Verse 51. For Abel, see Gen. 4:8; for Zechariah, see 2 hr. 24:22. As Chronicles was the last book in the Hebrew Old testament, he whole range of Old Testament history is thus indicated.
- In a context of growing opposition and publicity, what does Jesus teach about the security of hi people, and of the help God given in time of need?
- What, then, should be the disciple’s reaction to persecution, both in his outward response and in his inner attitude?