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Bible Pathways 10/22/2003

October 22

Read Luke 4 -- 5

In Today's Reading:

Temptation of Jesus; His teachings; healings; the miraculous catch of fish; other miracles; the call of Matthew

Some think they can worship God just as well while on the lake fishing or at home resting as they can in church. In contrast, Jesus recognized the need to honor God by regularly attending worship services. We read that He taught in their synagogues while in Galilee (Luke 4:15). And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath (rest) day (4:16). Jesus was invited to speak, And there was delivered to Him the Book (scroll) of the prophet Isaiah. And . . . He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (broken by calamity), To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And He closed the Book, and He gave it again to the minister (servant), and sat down (4:17-20; Isaiah 61:1-2).

The Scripture Jesus read contained a clear mention of all three Persons of the Trinity — the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Anointed One.

The people were amazed, And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him. And He began to say to them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:20-21). They marveled at His gracious words (4:22), but knew He clearly referred to Himself as the Messiah Who had been foretold by Isaiah and other prophets beginning with Genesis 3:15. You can imagine how startled they were when Jesus said that He Whom they assumed to be the son of Joseph (Luke 3:22) was really their long awaited Messiah.

The congregation listening to Jesus was so infuriated at His equating Himself with God that they disrupted the worship service, seized Jesus, and attempted to put Him to death for blasphemy by pushing Him over a rocky precipice. But He passing through the midst of them went His way (4:28-30).

How easy it is to be mistaken when we follow emotions rather than the truth revealed in God's Word. In contrast to the Jews of Nazareth, later the Jews in Berea received the Word with all readiness of mind, for they searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).

Word Studies:

4:29 brow = edge; 5:9 draught = catch; 5:27 publican = a person who is a tax collector; 5:36 maketh a rent = is torn.

Cross References:

For Luke 4:4: See Deuteronomy 8:3. Luke 4:8: See Deuteronomy 6:13. Luke 4:10-11: See Psalm 91:11-12. Luke 4:12: See Deuteronomy 6:16. Luke 4:18-19: See Isaiah 61:1-2. Luke 5:14: See Leviticus 13:1-3.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Rev. & Mrs. Mike Hall, Directors, Washington DC Bible Reading Marathon · Government Officials: Gov. Bill Owens (CO) and Rep. John Shadegg (AZ) · Country: Venezuela (23 million) on the northern coast of South America · Major languages: Spanish and Indian dialects · Religious freedom · 94% Roman Catholic; 1% Protestant; 1% Indian pagan religions · Prayer Suggestion: Have faith that God always keeps His promises (Genesis 17:16 & 21:2-3).

Memory Verse for the Week: II Corinthians 9:8

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