Friday, March 8, 2013

Mar 8 - Luke 20

Today's reading in our daily plan is Luke 20. 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?)
  • Throughout most of this chapter we see two groups of religious leaders trying to trap Jesus and get him to say something that will get him in trouble. These two groups (the Pharisees and Sadducees) hated each other but teamed up because Jesus threatened their power. The Pharisees were the "teachers of the law." They lived out and taught a very rule-based religion. The Sadducees were wealthy priests, religious leaders, and their friends who wielded political power.
  • With each question Jesus gives the perfect answer, pointing out the hypocrisy of these religious leaders or their lack of understanding of spiritual things.
  • The "parable of the tenants" also appears in Mark 12. For some "Sat What" and "So What" on this story, see our post on Mark 12.
  • In the last section, Jesus states his authority by explaining (with a quote from Psalm 110) that he is Lord (which means "master"). 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The reason these religious leaders were against Jesus is because they cared more about money and influence and the impressions they made on others than about discovering God and his truth and will for their lives.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you ever find yourself caring more about money and influence and the impressions of others than you do about God? It's easy to live like we are "Lord" -- like I'm the one who matters most, but the truth is that Jesus is Lord. We need to put him first in our lives in every way. So how do you need to put Jesus above money or influence or the impression you're making on others?