Luke Chapter 7
Here we find a Roman Centurion, a Gentile, putting to shame all the Jews (which must by definition have included the Apostles at that point in time) by the unquestioning faith displayed regarding Jesus ability to heal. Considered himself unworthy to have Jesus even enter his house.How many of us could learn so much from just this one incredible display (that includes me at the top of the list)
Luke Chapter 6
It was v37a that 'leapt' out at me here, what I consider to be one of the more abused verses in the Bible.How many times have you heard people try and avoid legitimate challenges by misapplying this verse. So many Christians think it is a 'Get out of jail free' card to avoid any challenges.When that particular 'log' has been removed it is obvious that it is hypocrisy that is being spoken against here.To put it plainly; if you were guilty of adultery and you took someone else to task for committing adultery then this verse would apply to you.When you allow scripture to inform assessment of scripture it becomes even more obvious because we are told in Mat 18: v15-18 ( for instance) what to do when we "judge" someone to be in sin.If we were to truly 'judge not' in the way that too many would prefer then we would be unable to follow the very clear instructions laid out in Matthew reference above.
Luke Chapter 5
Christians should fast (from food primarily) regularly; not just when they want something or find themselves in extremis regarding some issue.This is a much neglected aspect of Christian life, especially here in the soporific West where, in general, persecution is something that happens 'elsewhere' and rarely disturbs the Spirit sapping surroundings of the West.
Luke Chapter 4
Here in verse 1 we find that the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness was Gods idea from the start; we are told that Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Spirit.Oh I love the Trinity; think about it, in effect He (God the Father) degreed that Himself (God the Spirit) should lead Himself (God the Son) into the wilderness - I don't understand how that works, but I think it is great