Read Luke 3:1-4:13 (Preparation for the Public Ministry)
This week’s reading starts off with text that exemplifies Luke’s tendency for including historical information.
John the Baptist tells of how things will change upon the Lord’s arrival in 3:5. His message is indicative of a recurring theme in Luke’s Gospel, a reversal of things (i.e. rich become poor; hungry will be full; the lowly will be exalted).
You probably have heard the saying, “Don’t judge a person until you have walked a mile in his shoes.” How better to be able to help others than to be placed into their spot? Jesus has been tempted. Therefore, just like us he knows what it is like to be tempted. He has also felt hunger and the prospect of power. He is human and has human needs. However, through him, we are able to see how we should live our lives.
- Why does John the Baptist call the crowds a “brood of vipers” (v. 3:7)? Are you included in this crowd?
- What do you envision while reading verses 3:9 and 3:17? John the Baptist refers to the coming of the Lord. Does his analogy frighten you? Are you producing good fruit? If so, how? If not, what changes do you need to make in your life?
- Jesus receives the Holy Spirit prior to going to the desert and being tempted by Satan. Do you find comfort in your baptism, knowing the Holy Spirit is with you as well? (v. 3:21-22)
- What do the three temptations of Jesus represent (v. 4:1-4:13)?
Additional Questions (Found in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – Gospel of Luke)
- Question for Understanding 3:4-6 (ICSB)
- Question for Understanding 3:21-22 (ICSB)
- Question for Understanding 3:23-38 (ICSB)
- Question for Understanding 3:23 (ICSB)
- Question for Application 3:7-8 (ICSB)
- Question for Application 3:16 (ICSB)
- Question for Application 3:18 (ICSB)
- Question for Understanding 4:1-13 (ICSB)
- Question for Application 4:1-2 (ICSB)
- Question for Application 4:12 (ICSB)
Discuss the readings and/or study questions by reading/posting comments below.
May 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM
John the Baptist seemed quite harsh in life & his preaching. If we recall he wore animal skins & his diet consisted of insects. I wonder what drew the ‘multitudes’ to him to be baptized. They did wonder if he was the Messiah. But he seemed to preach fear v9 & 17, not love much different from the One who was to follow.
In regards to question #3, does anyone else start being VERY thankful for the Holy Spirit after watching a scary movie? Am I the only way who starts praying the Our Father or sings “Jesus Loves Me” when shadows seem like more than just shadows?
All kidding aside, I am SO VERY THANKFUL for all guidance I receive from the Holy Spirit. I feel very comforted knowing the Holy Spirit is with me at all times. When it comes to bible study, I always make sure to pray to God to send the Spirit to protect me and guide me during my study, since I know that scripture can be misinterpreted,
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