Bible Study Notes on Luke 18:24-43 – 20180813

WritingIIILuke 18:27  “…The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”
Jesus is speaking here specifically regarding salvation.  Man cannot save himself, but God can provide a way for him and has.  Yet, I think we can use the phrase for any situation.  Nothing is impossible for God.  As Job said, no purpose of His can be withheld from Him.  Problem comes with us.  Do we really believe that?

30  “who shall not receive many times more in this present time…”
Not sure how to interpret this.  I think it’s an assurance that whoever does have to leave their families for the kingdom will be rewarded with something to take its place.  Those whose families aren’t believers and who are thrown out of their earthly families can find connection with their local church family.  Happens quite often in some countries.  But I wonder if Jesus had something additional in mind.  Commentaries say the same.  More and lasting comfort, peace, satisfaction, etc., which can’t be found in temporal things.

31  “…all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man…”
Interesting.  The things He’s referring to are those which most Jews seem to overlook.  They are keen on the prophecies of the Christ coming as king and ruler, but don’t make the tie-in with the suffering servant.  He was saying all things the prophets said about how the Christ would be treated, suffer, and die would be fulfilled.

34  “…this saying was hidden from them…”
One commentary suggested it was more like covered or veiled rather than hidden.  I don’t think it was intentional.  Barnes’s Notes commentary says it well.  They were so predisposed to believe their own version of who the Messiah was or was going to be, any idea contrary to that was beyond their comprehension even though it was stated plainly.  Commentary makes a good point.  What they saw as a mystery was actually plain, which we can see clearly now.  What we see now as a mystery may also be quite plain, so we should trust God and just believe what He has spoken.

35  “…as He was coming near Jericho…”
On His way up to Jerusalem.

39  “…but he cried out all the more…”
He saw his chance, and he wasn’t going to let it slip away.  He didn’t care what other people thought.  He knew Jesus was the one to help him and was determined to reach Him.  We should have the same desire to reach Jesus.

43  “…immediately he received his sight…”
This time Jesus didn’t do anything extra.  He just spoke the words, and the man received his sight.  His power is total and absolute.  His varying ways of doing things are not a reflection of His power, but contain other reasons.  We would do well to observe and study.  There is usually something to be learned by studying His methods.

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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