Bible Proficiency Project
Week 14, 4/6 - 4/11, 2020

I.     Monday —Luke 12:13-21   Parable of the Rich Fool

1.     Why do you think Jesus responded in v. 14, who made Me a judge or arbiter over you?

2.    Why did God say to the man who built bigger barns that he was a fool?

3.    What is the true lesson to be learned in these two stories?

II.    Tuesday — Luke 12:35-59  The Faithful Servant

1.     What does Jesus say is the duty of the Christian in this teaching?

2.    What does it mean to live in the imminent expectation of the return of Christ?

3.    What category do you fit into: having been given much or not?

4.    How should we react when the gospel of Jesus brings division in our life?

5.    Is it wrong for a Christian to take another Christian to court?

III.   Wednesday — Luke 13:1-9  Repent of Perish

1.     What does it mean to repent?

2.    What is Jesus’ point about the way in which the Galileans and the 18 at the tower of Siloam died?

3.    What is the point of the story about the fig tree?

IV.  Thursday – Luke 13:10-17  Sabbath Healing

1.     In what way does Jesus connect the care for animals with the healing of the woman?

2.    The woman’s healing is a restoral to life, in what way is her response reflective of how one should respond

       when they are restored to new life in Christ?

3.    It says in verse 17 that all Jesus’ adversaries were put to shame. What exactly do you think they felt shame

       about?

4.    It was interesting that the multitudes rejoiced for the glorious things that He did. Do you think that may

       have also included backing down the religious leaders?

V.   Friday — Luke 13:22-35  The Narrow Way

1.     What is Jesus’ message here about being shut out in verse 25?

2.    What is the surprising element that is implied in verse 26?

3.    Who will be in the kingdom based on Jesus’ statement in verses 28-30?

4.    Why was Jesus not worried about Herod’s desire to kill Him while He was traveling through Galilee?

VI.  Saturday —Luke 14:1-24  The Great Supper

1.     Do you think that the man with dropsy (edema is the collection of excess fluid in the cavities or tissues of

       the body) was planted here as a trap for Jesus by these Pharisees?

2.    Describe the meaning of the “great reversal” in verses 7-11 and what should we learn from this in terms of

       what is to be desired and pursued?

3.    What is Jesus’ lesson in the verses 12-14?

4.    What is the sad reality of the original guests to the Great Supper?

5.    But what is the good news in this story?

ANSWERS

 

I.     Monday —Luke 12:13-21   Parable of the Rich Fool

1.     The man was asking Jesus to perform the function of a judge. Jesus makes clear on several occasions that

       He would not act in capacities that were not within the bounds of His office as Redeemer this first time. He

       comes to seek and to save that which was lost, not function as a Judge or a King.

2.    The man viewed what he would have in this life as his ultimate concern, but God says that is foolish

       because you never know how long your life will last.

3.    In both of these issues Jesus makes clear that our first priority and main focus in life should be pursuing

       eternal/spiritual treasure. One should worry more about the next life and not be consumed by a focus on

       this life.

II.    Tuesday — Luke 12:35-59  The Faithful Servant

1.     To be ready for the return of the Lord at any moment even though we don’t know when He will return.

2.    It means to live as though it could happen at any moment.

3.    Those who are in the church have the Word of God and the instruction of serving the King Jesus who will

       return in ultimate judgment to reward the living and the dead.

4.    Though we desire peace and the good of others Jesus has made clear that division will happen and we

       should be ready when it happens so that when we respond to it we do so in love and compassion being

       patient in waiting upon and desiring to do God’s will.

5.    There are some who say that Christians are forbidden to sue each other based on the passage in

       Corinthians. The situation however will dictate the course. Jesus here says if it is at all possible try to settle

       things outside of court. But what if we are talking about a situation where insurance companies are

       involved. Often in such cases the need to sue the insurance company because their job is to settle for as

       little as possible becomes necessary and that means suing the negligent party.

III.    Wednesday — Luke 13:1-9  Repent of Perish

1.     To turn from one’s sins through a change of the mind in which one moves from pursuing self-interests to

       following Christ in pursuit of doing God’s will.

2.    That death may come suddenly and unexpectedly  so that one should repent now and not wait.

3.    That there is a limit to God’s patience as He waits for one to repent and bear fruit. Unlike those who had

       died, those who are living still have time to repent.

IV.   Thursday – Luke 13:10-17  Sabbath Healing

1.     That these are all considered acts of mercy and compassion. Sometimes called works of necessity.

2.    She immediately glorifies God rather than directly glorifying Jesus. She may not have made the connection

       who Jesus was but understood that ultimately all restorations are of a miraculous nature the flow from

       God’s mercy.

3.    Jesus confronted them about their lack of compassion for those in dire need. The truth has a way of

       pricking the conscience when one is stuck in a wrong way of thinking.

4.    There does seem to be a theme that the people were oppressed by a legalistic practice foisted upon the

       multitudes. Jesus confronted this as well and in so doing freed the people up to worship in a spirit of joy.

V.    Friday — Luke 13:22-35  The Narrow Way

1.     Jesus is emphasizing that TODAY is the time to repent and come into the kingdom, tomorrow may be too

       late.

2.    These people are to be shut out believed themselves to be Jesus’ friends or acquaintances. This is a

       reference to the Jews who believed they would be saved simply because they were Jews.  

3.    While there will be those who are descendants of the Patriarchs yet many of those will be rejected, while

       many will come from outside of the Promised Land – that is the Gentiles will be included in.

4.    Jesus stressed here the prophecy that He had to die in Jerusalem and so Herod could not touch Him at

       this time. This is a demonstration also of Jesus, as God, being sovereign over the timing of when things

       happened.

VI.   Saturday —Luke 14:1-24  The Great Supper

1.     While the text does not allow us to answer this for certain, it is obvious that the man would not have been

       there by accident and that he had a seat at the table would have been by design.  There is a clue in verse 1

       when it says they watched Him closely. For what purpose one can only conclude based on the Pharisees

       track record that they were seeking occasion once again to trap Him. Thus, no one answered His question

       because they knew what He would do.

2.    Jesus’ point is not to be arrogant about a desire to make yourself important but rather to be humble and if

       you are to be honored let it be by others honoring you.

3.    Jesus directs us in our motivation for doing good things for others in that it should not be with an eye for

       what they can do for you. But rather, do good things for others for the sake of the good, and don’t show

       favoritism.

4.    That those who should have been first in line as God’s covenant people (those who saw themselves as

       worthy) had no desire to come into God’s presence. How many who grow up in the church are too busy to

       respond to the gospel and in the end they will realize what they have lost.

5.    There are really two positive details in this story of the Great Feast. The first is that those who are unworthy

       are invited and received into the Great Supper. This is a portrait of those who are the greatest of sinners

       are received and embraced by the Master when they accept His invitation. The second detail is that there

       is a great deal of room at the table and that God intends to fill His house.