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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 6 Message Outlines

Luke 6:6-11 (1)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
September 2, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Jesus always "taught", just as all of us do.

Introduction:It is no accident that Luke recorded 6:6-11 as the final paragraph in his presentation of the antagonism of the Pharisees toward Jesus. Nor is it any accident that he began this final paragraph by telling Theophilus what Jesus did on "another Sabbath". He had already told him that it was standard practice for Jesus to attend the service of the synagogue on the Sabbath (4:16). He had also already told him that it was standard practice for Jesus to teach when He went into the synagogues (4:15 and 4:31). He had also already told him that it was this, the teaching, that produced every bit of the "reaction" by the people (4:32 and 36). Now, it is true that if Jesus had done His teaching only with His mouth, He would have been swept off of the scene of history in relatively short order and we would have never heard of Him. But Jesus knew that teaching involves legitimate supporting behavior, so He supplied that. In other words, for Jesus, teaching was not just explaining with words; it involved the demonstration of the truth of those words with actions. It is for this reason that the apostle Paul commanded Titus to instruct the believers on Crete as to what kinds of behavior "support" the part of teaching that comes out of the mouth and what kinds of behavior cause the word of God to be blasphemed. Teaching has two parts; the mouth part, and the action part.

Because Jesus was teaching that He was God's solution to man's "viper nature", the behavior that He had to demonstrate, as an integral aspect of His teaching, was that He was capable of counteracting that nature and providing a "regeneration" that would produce a "dove nature" (Mark 10:16). So, everywhere Jesus went, He taught with His mouth, and He taught by His actions of power, that God has a solution for man in his twisted condition.

This morning we are going to consider this "non-accidental" record by Luke of Jesus as He, once again, entered into the synagogue on the Sabbath and began teaching.


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