Jesus continues to teach his followers, inviting them to come to him, to find rest in him. He teaches Martha, the one that is given to hospitality and is serving them all, that she too can let go of some of the things that cause such anxiety in her. It is good for her also to sit at Jesus feet. And as Luke gives an account of Jesus teaching the Lord’s prayer we are reminded of Matthew’s account that calls us to that secret place with him. He then gives us a principle of God’s kingdom, ask, seek, knock, God has the answers and is not withholding anything.
Rest For The Weary
Jesus makes a plea to come to him, to learn of him, to find rest in him. The Scribes and Pharisees and of the lawyers he said in Luke 11:46 “you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers!”. But not so with Jesus. He says in
Matthew 11:30 (LEB) For my yoke is easy to carry and my burden is light.”
Mary Has Chosen the Better Part
This is a classic case. A wonderful woman, Martha, that is given to hospitality is diligently preparing for her guests. It is a lot of work and this is Jesus and his disciples and she wants it to be just right. But her sister Mary is just sitting at Jesus feet. So, in Luke 10:40 she goes to Jesus, interrupts his teaching, and emphatically says in front of everyone there, “tell her that she should help me!” Jesus answers Martha just as emphatically because Martha needs to learn a lesson. As Jesus says to her in Luke 10:41-42 “you are anxious and troubled about many things! But few things are necessary, or only one thing”. Martha had made her situation more difficult than it needed to be. Here, Martha needed to take a lesson from Mary who in Luke 10:39 “sat at the feet of Jesus and was listening to his teaching”.
Teach Us To Pray
Luke 11:1-4 is a short version of what we know as the Lord’s prayer. It begins with honoring God the Father. It is then a request, a prayer in agreement with His will that His kingdom come on earth. Now, followed by a request, give us our daily bread. And a reminder, we need to be forgiven, we aren’t perfect people, and we need to forgive others. Then the last request, as Matthew says, “deliver us from the evil one”.
Matthew 6:5-18 sets the context for your prayer as the secret place, the place where you and God meet, the place where God has said “let us reason together” (see Isaiah 1:17-19).
Everyone Who Asks Receives
Jesus makes a strong point about how God operates in His kingdom. And he does not teach using a parable, but he uses an example of how people behave in the world. In Luke 11:5-6 a man experiences lack. It is true, in the world there may be lack. And in the world, people may respond like in Luke 11:7 “Do not cause me trouble”. Now, he tells us how God’s kingdom works in
Luke 11:9–10 (LEB) And I tell you, ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Hear the Word of God and Follow It
People have many ideas about who God is and what is important in His kingdom and this woman in Luke 11:27 offers hers. It is right for Jesus to honor his mother, God’s word says he should. But this woman has the wrong focus. The kingdom of God is not about the burdens we have born, or the service we have given in raising our children. Jesus answers her in
Luke 11:28 (LEB) But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and follow it!”
The Sign of Jonah
Your Eye is the Lamp of the Body
Give as Charitable Giving the Things That Are Within
I Will Send Them Prophets and Apostles
Everything You Have Said in the Dark
Fear the One Who Has Authority
The Holy Spirit Will Teach You
- Luke 10:38–42 Mary Has Chosen the Better Part
- Luke 11:5–13 Everyone Who Asks Receives
- Luke 11:27–28 Hear the Word of God and Follow It
- Matthew 11:28-30
- Luke 10:38-42
- Luke 11:1-13, 27-54
- Luke 12:1-12
The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ – The Gospels
This series follows the order of readings from the Tyndale One Year Chronological Bible. Covering these events chronologically as they happened, gives a much different context and helps us understand the move of God as He is introducing the Saviour, the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. This series begins with Return To Me And I Will Return To You at the end of Malachi and introduces the “Witnesses” writing the Gospels.
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