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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 7 Message Outlines

Luke 7:30-35 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 5 Study # 3
November 2, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:A "generation" has at least one of three main characteristics: a time frame identified by a specific "marker"; a people group identified in that time frame by a specific "characteristic"; and a "root cause" for the characteristic of the people in the time frame.

Introduction:As we have considered Luke's record of the need for a love-driven faith, we have seen that there is a fundamental issue involved besides the one that drives the "need": the bottom-line doctrine of John the Baptizer. "Need" has to do with the consequences that are coming. In John's "doctrine", those consequences are wrapped up in his "wrath to come" terminology (Luke 3:7). When we address the "bottom-line doctrine" in the light of this "need", we see that his most fundamental concept is "repentance". He said that if one would "repent" he would escape "the wrath to come". This is his make-or-break doctrine.

Because of the fact that this was his bottom line, Jesus had to either "correct" it, or "reinforce" it. He, therefore, made absolutely sure that the people knew that He was completely in John's doctrinal "camp" by compelling them to consider the facts about John and telling them that he was the prophesied forerunner of "the day of wrath".

But, just as it is today, so it was then: there were people who accepted the doctrine and there were people who rejected it. That raises a huge question: why do people remain in their jeopardy? I believe that the rest of Luke's record in chapter seven is designed to answer that question. In the first half, Luke revealed that the method of meeting the need is a faith that embraces the doctrine of escape through repentance. But, if people really can escape the wrath by faith, why don't they "repent" so that they may escape? In the last half of Luke's chapter seven he gives the answer: they are all "Patrick Henrys". They would rather die than be subject to the Love of God.

This morning we are going to begin our study of Luke's presentation of those in love with Death, slaves of their own sense of "liberty". They are called "the Pharisees and the lawyers" in 7:30, but Jesus called them "the men of this generation" in 7:31. This morning we are going to spend all of our time attempting to understand what it means to be a "man of this generation".


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