Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 4 Study Notes
by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 5 November 19, 2006 Lincolnton, NC
37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
1901 ASV Translation:
37 And there went forth a rumor concerning him into every place of the region round about.
I. The Rumor.
A. Luke addresses the "spread" of the reputation of Jesus three times: Luke 4:14; 4:37; and 7:17.
B. There are several stages involved in Luke's record.
1. There is the "attraction" stage where people are "hearing rumors" and are becoming sufficiently curious to seek out a personal opportunity to check them out.
2. There is the "experience" stage where people are actually on hand to witness what is happening.
3. There is the "witness" stage where those with experience have become the source of new rumors.
4. Ultimately there is the cessation of the "experience" stage. At this point, all there is left is the "rumor" stage -- people "testifying" of what they have experienced.
5. However, the coming of the Holy Spirit as the Attendant of the Word is more than a sufficient compensation for the absence of first hand experience.
C. The problems of disbelief.
1. When disbelief is determined, nothing -- not personal experience, nor the ministry of the Spirit -- will override it unless God decides to be extra-gracious.
2. However, when gullibility is primary almost any kind of "testimony" is deemed credible.
3. Somewhere between cynicism and gullibility, "conviction" lives.