Bible Study Notes on Luke 10:21-42 – 20180625

WritingIIILuke 10:21  “…Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit…”
Not sure what all this means, but to take it on face value, it’s obvious Jesus was very pleased by what happened.  Odd that He goes from speaking to the Father and then referring to Him in the third person, like He’s speaking to someone else.  The way the commentaries read, He may have been speaking before the crowd of the seventy, prayed openly to the Father, then turned and spoke to the crowd.  He then turns privately to His disciples.  What He says seems to be an affirmation that God reveals Himself to those who want to know Him, while those filled with self are blinded to Him.

24  “…many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see…”
Prophets were given a glimpse of God’s redemption plan, but many times not the specifics.  Much of what they proclaimed didn’t seem to make a lot of sense.  And just because they were God’s willing vessels didn’t mean they understood it.  Jesus was the fulfillment of everything they prophesied.  The disciples are getting to see Him while the prophets did not have the chance.

26  “…What is your reading of it
Jesus knew the question was fake.  Why ask something you should already know the answer to?  At least the lawyer answered truthfully.

29  “…wanting to justify himself…”
Asking such an obvious question made him look foolish.  So he plows ahead and asks another, trying to make it sound like he could succeed in tripping up Jesus with his intelligence.  If he understood the law, he would also understand his neighbor was anyone with which he had contact, anyone in need.  So Jesus sets him up to recognize that even a Samaritan would be his neighbor.

37  “…He who showed mercy on him…”
Wouldn’t name the Samaritan, as many have observed.  And that was the point.  He was a lawyer.  One who was supposed to know the law and probably claimed to keep it better than most.  Yet, he asked a question to which he should have known the answer, simply to try to trick Jesus, and he showed he failed to keep the law in that his prejudice against a Samaritan prevented him from even mentioning him by name, much less actually treating him as a neighbor.  That explains Jesus’s reply to go and do likewise, because you haven’t been.

40  “…Martha was distracted with much serving…”
Nothing wrong with serving others, especially Jesus.  But we mustn’t forget that serving Jesus isn’t as important as knowing Jesus.  If we seek Him first, there will be time to do the serving.  And in fact, we won’t be able to serve as is needed unless we know Him.

40  “…Therefore tell her to help me”
She thought providing for her guests was the most important and expected Jesus to think so too.  Our wants and desires aren’t always God’s.  We need to adjust our wills to His.

42  “…one thing is needed…”
Knowing Jesus.  That is always the top priority.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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