Luke 16:14-31

For what was the rich man punished?
In what way does this parable reinforce the lesson of verse 9?
What does the parable teach about the reality of future punishment and the means of avoiding it?
What ought men to be doing now?
And why?

Note. Verses 16, 17. The ministry of John the Baptist marked the end of the Jewish prerogative.
Men of every race and kind could from now on come into the kingdom.
Yet the moral law remained unchanged; e.g., verses 18, the sanctity of marriage.

 

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Luke 16:1-13

The point of this parable lies not in the dishonesty of the steward’s plan, but in his prudent provision for the future.
Verses 1-9. For what did the steward’s master commend him?
What ought Christian disciples to learn from the wisdom of the world?
How can money be used to provide ‘spiritual capital’ for the future?
Cf. 1 Tim. 6:18, 19.
Verses 10-13. How do these verses show that Jesus was not condoning the steward’s dishonesty?
How ought material possessions to be seen in perspective?

 

Luke15:1-32

Show how these three parables answer the Pharisees’ objection (verse 2).
What are the Son, the Spirit and the Father all eager to see happen and to bring about?
What does the story of the prodigal son tech about sin, repentance and the love of God?
Verses 25-32. What were the Pharisees meant to learn from this episode? Can you see the same tendency in yourself?

Luke 14:1-24

  1. Verses 7-14 How does Jesus’ teaching in these verses run counter to the ways of the world? How did his own life exemplify this teaching?
  2. Verses 15-24. How is Jesus’ parable related to the remark in verse 15? What is it that keeps people out of the kingdom, and who will, in fact, get there?

Luke 10

  1. 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?
  2. What do these verse verses show of the greatness of our privileges in Christ?
    In how many of them are you sharing?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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!

Luke 9: 46 – 62

  1. Verses 43-56. Further failures of the disciples.
    Why did they find it so hard to understand Jesus’ teaching or to practice it?
    Do you find the same difficulties?
    How are they overcome?
    Cf. Phil. 2:3-8.
  2. 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).

 

Note.  The Analysis shows a new section of the Gospel begins at verse 51.
But verses 51-56 are included in this study because they also record an example of failure on the part of the disciples.

 

Luke 9:28-45

  1. Verses 28-36. What lessons would the disciples learn from this experience about the real character and mission of Jesus? Can you find any connections with the truths they had been taught the previous week (verses 20-27)?
  2. Verses 37-43. Note the disciples’ failure (verse 40). Do you find any significance in the fact that this followed a week of new revelations (verses 22-27)? What ought we to learn from this?

Notes

  1. Verse 23. ‘Take up his cross’: like a condemned criminal on the way to execution.
  2. Verse 27. See NBC.
  3. 30. Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets. They were God-given guides whose endorsement of fresh teaching was important. Cf. Mal. 4:4-6.