Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mar 6 - Luke 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Luke 18. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The parable of the persistent widow carries the idea that if a mean judge will give someone what they want because they ask persistently, won't God do even more for his children who persistently ask him for things?
  • In Jesus' time, Pharisees were considered the most godly people while tax collectors were among the most sinful.
  • The story of the "rich ruler" also appears in the book of Mark. For some "Say What, So What, Now What," on that story, see our previous post about Mark 10.
  • Back in Jesus' time people with handicaps (like the blind beggar in verse 35) were considered "less than" and cursed by God with their infirmity. This is probably part of the reason people told him to shut up when he called out for Jesus (verse 39).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We need to pray persistently and not give up on asking.
  • We need to not be like the Pharisee who approached God based on his own merit, and instead be like the tax collector, who approached God based on God's grace.
  • We need to call out to God, like the blind beggar, even if there may be reasons not to.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What do you need to call out to God for? Like the blind beggar, do it. And, like the persistent widow, don't stop. Take some time to call out to God right now. And realize that, when you approach him, it's not on your merit but because of his grace.