Day 45 (Wed, Sept 24, 2014)

Jesus Teaches on Prayer and Demons

36 total verses: Luke 11:1-36

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

161. Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray in Luke 11:1-13
162. Blasphemy and teachings on demons in Luke 11:14-26
163. A woman blesses Mary in Luke 11:27-28
164. Sign of Jonah in Luke 11:29-32
165. The lamp of the body in Luke 11:33-36

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Luke 11:1-13. It raises questions that not only did the disciples ask him to teach him to pray in this chapter, but also quite a while earlier. In both cases, Jesus gave the same answer. So either the harmony of the Gospels is correct and the disciples forgot what Jesus taught them earlier and Jesus reteaches them here; or the harmony we are using here is not in the proper order (that the two different instances are actually the same); or at least one of the Gospel authors either failed to get the stories in chronological order, or was not trying to get them in chronological order. In any case, this section begins with Jesus teaching the disciples what we commonly refer to today as The Lord’s Prayer.

Then Jesus tells a story about a man who goes to his neighbor in the middle of the night to give him some bread for a visitor who just arrived. Jesus tells this story to say that sometimes when you ask for something, you can’t get it based on relationship, but you can by being a nuisance. And Jesus uses that to teach about asking God for things. Then teaches about God’s heart and about God being a good father.

Luke 11:14-26. Jesus casts out a demon from a man who was mute. Some people were amazed, but others accused him of doing it by the power of Satan. Jesus replied that if a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. Then he went on to teach about what happens when a demon is cast out and nothing really changes, except that the “house is cleaned” — he brings others, and they return.

Luke 11:27-28. A woman blesses Jesus’ mother, but Jesus says that the truly blessed person is the one who hears God’s word and keeps it.

Luke 11:29-32. People were looking for a sign from Jesus, but he told them that they would not be given a sign because the generation was evil.

Luke 11:33-36. This is a very difficult saying to understand, though the first part is almost identical to what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, about putting light where it can be seen. Then Jesus uses the light analogy, but talks about the eye being the lamp of the body. Gill’s Commentary helps confirm the direction I was leaning in interpreting this passage when it says “the understanding is the light of the soul, and the guide to all the powers and faculties of it.” If we interpret “eye” as what we see is true — that is, our belief system — then we can understand light as not just receiving the Gospel, but in changing our entire perspective to God’s way of seeing things — which is the ultimate truth. Darkness would include both rejecting the Gospel, and a failure to get God’s perspective on things that happen in life.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

very much like Luke 11:9, “Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.” (Amplified). This verse reminds me that if I really need something or desire something, it is important for me to pray for it or seek after it and not give up. Lack of persistence shows lack of faith. But God values faith, and rewards it. In order to have this kind of faith, however, it is essential to believe that God is listening and that He wants to give you the things that you need, both things for personal well-being as well as accomplishing things that God has given us to do.

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