Luke Reading (#16)
Take a few minutes to catch up and pray that God would bless you through the reading of His word.
Read Luke 6:12-23
[6:12] In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.  And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:  Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew,  and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot,  and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon,  who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.  And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
- Where did Jesus go in v. 12? What did he do there? For how long did he do it?
- How many of his disciples did Jesus choose (v. 13)? What did he call them?
- Where did Jesus go next (v. 17)?
- Who was there (v. 17)?
- Why were they there (v. 18)?
- What happened to those with unclean spirits (v. 18)?
- What did the crowd want (v. 19)? Why?
- Who is Jesus teaching in v. 20-23?
- According to v. 20, who is blessed? Why?
- According to v. 21, who is blessed? Why?
- According to v. 22, who is blessed? On whose account are these people rejected?
- What should the disciples do when these things happen (v. 23)?
- To whom else did these things happen?
- If Jesus is the Son of God, why did he need to pray so much?
- Look at the list of apostles that Jesus chose. Using what you may know about them (and what Luke tells us about them), what kind of people were they?
- Were they influential or powerful? Morally superior?
- Why might Jesus have selected these kinds of people to be his disciples?
- Looking at the so-called “sermon on the plain” (v. 20-23):
- What does it mean to be “blessed”?
- What does it mean that “yours is the kingdom of God” (v. 20)?
- When Jesus talks about being poor, hungry, and weeping (v. 20-21), what is he talking about?
- Is he speaking about literal, physical poverty and hunger?
- Or is it a spiritual hunger/poverty that he’s talking about? Or both?
- When do the blessed people experience their troubles (v. 21)? When and where do they receive their reward (v. 21 and 23)?
- How does Jesus’ commitment to prayer (seen throughout Luke’s account) encourage you as you pray?
- What kinds of people does the world consider to be blessed?
- How are you tempted to live in light of that kind of blessedness?
- Why is it hard to us to live for the kind of blessedness that Jesus describes?
- Are there any ways that you avoid being rejected by people because you are a follower of Jesus (v. 22)?
- How can you cultivate the kind of poverty, hunger, and weeping that Jesus commends?
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