Let’s work through theintroduction… Author? Audience? Place composed? Language? Date? Themes?
Initial Thoughts θεόφιλος Introduction Why is Luke writing? Addressed to Theophilus Luke 1:3-4: “…κράτιστε Θεό φιλε, ἵνα ἐπιγνῷς περὶ ὧν κατηχήθης λόγων τὴν ἀσφάλειαν.” Acts 1:1: “Τὸν μὲν πρῶτον λόγον ἐποιησάμην περὶ πάντων, ὦ Θεό φιλε…” Luke-Acts Luke and Paul connection Luke the doctor? Universality of Luke’s message
Miracles “Love is shown more in actions than in words” (Spiritual Exercises 20). Miracles today Science’s impact? Miracles back in Jesus’ day Divine elements Jesus proclaims the Kingdom and the effects of the Kingdom not only through words, but also through actions.
Did Jesus really performmiracles?What are the three things that possibly confirm that Jesus did?
Types of Miracles What are the four types? Examples of each?
Jesus’ Miracles Not overly medical nor overly gimmicky. Healings usually involve some sort of ______ contact. Why would Jesus make sure of this? Exorcisms carried out verbally.“The healings and exorcisms were not simply remarkable cures of physical disorders but the means by which individual men and women received the kingdom, brought to them in the person of Jesus, with the consequence that their whole existence was transformed and the reign of God became a reality of their lives.” – J.R. Porter
How Did People Think About Sickness? What is our attitude toward sickness? Jewish attitude toward sickness Alienation Social Political Religious Think back to our classes of people in Jesus’ Palestine
Why Does Jesus Perform Miracles? To demonstrate the power of the Kingdom of God. But… why demonstrate the power in this way?“Affection is Symbolism of particular miraclesresponsible fornine-tenths of Because making the unwell well is an act ofwhatever solid love and justice.and durablehappiness Acts that form/renew r_____________s.there is in ourlives.” - C.S. Lewis
Harrington, chapter 5 17 healings, 6 exorcisms, 8 nature miracles Three qualities of a miracle (from JP Meier): Remember them? Nature miracles make extra sense to someone who knows the HB. Examples?
Jairus’s DaughterLuke 8:40-56 Galilee (Capernaum) Elijah/Elisha – prophetic connections 1 Kings 17:17-23; 2 Kings 4:18-36 What is the symbolism in these restorations of life? What are these restorations pointing toward?
1 Kings 17:17-23 17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” 22 The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”
Woman with Hemorrhages Luke 8:42b-48 Set within the Jairus story What’s a hemorrhage? Number 12 again What part of society is this woman from? What part of society was Jairus’s daughter from? What does this say about the Kingdom?
“Legion”Luke 8:26-39 The Brick Testament NOT in Galilee Asked to leave at the end. Remember Lk 4:24: “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” Sucks to be a prophet, no? Demoniac is literally on the fringes of society Where is he living? Why “Legion”? The former demoniac asks to stay with Jesus. Does this say anything about the Kingdom?
The Ten LepersLuke 17:11-19 Implication that the returnee is the only Samaritan. Remember the good Samaritan? What does this story say about the Kingdom of God?
Centurion’s Servant Luke 7:1-10 Capernaum The centurion is ethnically _______? First instance of healing in a Gentile household. Relationship between centurion and Jews. Helped build synagogue. Remember what the synagogue is for at this time. Centurion first sends Jews, then he sends friends. Sense of worthiness The healing is NOT the center of the story. An Acts preview?
Widow of Nain Luke 7:11-17 Why does Jesus act? What emotion motivates him? Widow Only son Remember the anawim. Luke 7:18-23 18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’” 21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Table Fellowship What happens around your dinner table? People eat with like company, so the “pure” eat with _____? Luke 7:36-50 Sinful woman washes feet. Luke 11:37-54 What a dinner guest! Luke 14:1-24 Again… What a dinner guest! Parable of the Wedding Banquet Luke 22:13-35 The Road to Emmaus
This Table Fellowship ThingWon’t Go Away Matthew 15:1-2, 10-11 1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” 10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Acts concerns – Peter and Cornelius, Acts 10-11; Paul in Galatians 2:11-14 Acts 15
Your task One sheet of paper with all three names. 20 point HW4. What is AIDS? What is HIV?5. How do people with HIV/AIDS die?6. What groups of people feel the effects of HIV/AIDS most?7. What two biblical convictions is Overberg trying to correct?8. What biblical condition does Overberg think is helpful for understanding people with HIV/AIDS? Why?9. What are the three responses that Overberg believes we must have to the HIV/AIDS issue?
Gospels parallels Why do these stories look similar? What does it say that all the gospels include this story? And that they’re fairly similar! What seems to be Mark’s particular take on the events? What seems to be Matthew’s particular take on the events? What seems to be Luke’s particular take on the events?