Luke

How Much? - Luke 3:2

"…the word of God came unto John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness." Lk. 3:2 Preacher, How much are you willing to pay for God's word? I was a newspaper delivery boy. Not everyone was. I used to deliver the World Telegram and Sun, a Brooklyn afternoon newspaper. Rain or shine, snow or hale I never remember delivery being cancelled. I rode my bike and when that was impossible, I walked. I was never driven. Not everyone on a street got a paper, only a few here and there who subscri...

"What a Word is This?" - Luke 4:36

” (Lk. 4:36).     People in   Capernaum were surprised by the authority with which Jesus spoke.   “What a word is this?” they wondered out loud.   The Hebrew children said something similar when they came upon the manna for the very first time.   The said “what is this?” which is what manna means.   We hold in our hands the words of Christ, and what a word it is!   His words are eternal.   His words are spirit and are truth. &n...

Check the Flow - Luke 8:44

"Stanched" in   Luke 8:44  If the life of the flesh is in the blood, the woman pushing through the throng was dying with every step.  For twelve years she had carried this heavy burden.   Her health was spent and the Scripture tells us that so was any wealth she might have had, which she gave to physicians.   None could heal her.   She did her best to draw close to Jesus.   Then with one "trembling" touch she touched him.  In the Subways...

Luke 11

Once again we find the Lord in prayer, and this awakened in His disciples a desire to be taught to pray. As yet they did not possess the Spirit as we do today, and hence "praying in the Holy Ghost" (Jude 20), and the help and intercession of the Spirit, of which Romans 8: 26, 27, speaks, could not be known by them as we may know it. At this period the Lord was their "Comforter" and Guide from without: we have "another Comforter," who is within. In response, the Lord gave them the patter...

Luke 10

The disciples having been instructed in this way, the Lord still further extended the scope of the witness that had to be rendered in connection with His presence on earth, by appointing and sending forth seventy other disciples, two and two before His face. This saying as to the greatness of the harvest and the fewness of the labourers, seems, according to Matthew 9: 37, 38, to have been uttered on another occasion. There, the prayer is answered by the sending forth of the twelve: here...

Luke 9

The disciples had now had full opportunity of learning their Master's spirit and methods and power; so they were sent forth, and verses 1-6 tell us how they were commissioned. "Then He called . . . and gave . . . He sent . . . He said . . ." The order of the four verbs is very instructive. His is the choice and not ours. But then He not only calls but also gives the authority and power adequate for the service to which He calls. Not until that power is given does He send. And then in se...

Luke 8

The opening verses show the thorough and systematic way in which the Lord Jesus evangelized the cities and villages. He announced the kingdom of God, which involves God's authority being established and man's salvation secured through judgment. It was too early as yet for the Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 to be preached, though, now that we have that Gospel, we can still preach the kingdom of God in its present form. The twelve were with Him, and being trained under His eye. The ot...

Luke 7

Luke has just recorded the choice by the Lord of the twelve Apostles and also the instructions He gave them, particularly as to the gracious spirit that was to characterize them, and the reality that was to mark them. We find that He did not immediately dispatch them on their mission but retained them in His company, that they might further learn of Himself both by His words and His actions. The sending out to serve does not come till the beginning of the ninth chapter. We have alre...

Luke 6

As we open this chapter, we see the Pharisees and scribes attempting to confine the actions of the disciples, and then also the gracious power of the Lord, within the limits of the Jewish sabbath, as they were accustomed to enforce it. This illustrates His teaching at the close of chapter 5, and in result the "bottle" of the Jewish sabbath burst, and grace flows forth in spite of them. The words, "The second sabbath after the first," refer we believe to Leviticus 23: 9-14, and are i...

Luke 4

Our chapter opens with Him returning from His baptism, full of the Holy Ghost. But before beginning His service He must for forty days be tempted of the devil. To this testing the Spirit led Him, and here we see the glorious contrast between the Second Man and the first. When the first man was created God pronounced all to be very good, but Satan came promptly on the scene, tempted man and ruined him. The Second Man has appeared, and the Father's voice has pronounced His excellence...
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