Luke 20:27-21:4

  1. 20:27-40. The Sadducees repudiated the doctrine of a life after death, both because of the practical difficulties it involved, and because it was not taught in the Five Books of Moses, which they regarded as the only authority.
    How did Jesus meet their objections on both grounds?
    Cf. Mark 12:24.
  2. 21:1-4. What does God look for in those who mark gifts for his work?
    Cf. 2 cor. 8:12.
    Contrast these verses with 20:46, 47.
  3. 20:41-44. ‘Son of David’ as a title for the Messiah carried the implication of a national, political deliverer.
    What does Jesus teach here about the true status of the Messiah, and about the character of his reign?

 

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Luke 20: 1-19

  1. Observe the atmosphere of hostility and intrigue in this passage.
    In this situation, what was the purpose of the parable of 20:9-18?
    To whom does it refer, and what does it imply about the status of Jesus?
  2. 20:19-26. Why was Jesus’ answer so effective?
    Apply both halves of verse 25 to your own situation.
  3. 20:1-8. Why did Jesus answer one question by asking another?
    Or was he treating their enquiry seriously?
    If so, why did he refuse to tell them the answer to their original question?

Luke 19:28-48

  1. Verses 29-40. What was Jesus’ purpose in making this public entry into Jerusalem?
    Cf. Zech. 9:9. What was he intending to teach about the nature of his kingship?
    Contrast Rev. 19:11.
  2. Verses 41-46. What was it about Jerusalem that moved Jesus to pity and to anger?
    How do these verses show that love does not exclude judgment?

Luke 19:11-27

  1. What does this parable teach about:
    (a) the present responsibility of the followers of Jesus, and
    (b) future judgement?
  2. Was the third servant’s excuse a valid one?
    On what ground was he condemned? What is his case intended to teach?

Luke 18:31-19:10

  1. Do you see any connection between the radical demand of verses 22 and 29 and Jesus’ own self-sacrifice (verses 31-330? Cf. 1 Pet. 2: 21.
  2. Compare and contrast these two men in their need and their attitude to Jesus.
    What can we learn from the different way in which Jesus dealt with each.
  3. Who took the initiative in the salvation of Zacchaeus?
    What can we learn from the expression of his repentance?

Luke 18: 1-30

  1. Verses 1-8. Why ought we to be persistent in prayer?
    How does the parable illustrate this?
    Note the elements both of comparison and contrast.
  2. Verses 9-14. What was the Pharisee’s error?
    Was he wrong to give thanks?
    What does God require in prayer?
  3. Verse 17. To what characteristics of children do you think Jesus was referring
  4. Verses 18-30. What did this ruler lack?
    Why are possessions so dangerous
  5. Do you see any connection between the radical demand of verses 22 and 29 and Jesus’ own self-sacrifice (verses 31-330? Cf. 1 Pet. 2: 21.

Luke 17

Verses 1-10. Four characteristics of a true disciple are presented in these verses.
Can you sum them up in four words?
Note the demand for personal application (verses 3, 10), and need to pray for an increase (verse 5) in such qualities.
Verses 11-19. What was required before the men could be healed?
And what did Jesus expect of them afterwards?
Can we learn anything from this for our own prayers?

What does Jesus teach here concerning the nature of:
(a) the kingdom of God, and
(b) the coming of the Son of Man?
What is the difference, and what the connection?
What aspects of his return does Jesus emphasize here?
How will it find the world?
And how should it find his own people?

Note. Verse 37. The figurative language (cf. Job 39:27-30) suggests that, ‘Where there is spiritual decay, judgment will come.’ Or it is perhaps a proverbial saying meaning simply, ‘When the time is ripe, it will happen.’