March 8, 2019 at 11:42 am #3234officeKeymaster
The Porch for February 17 19
v.17 What word does Luke use to describe Jesus’ notoriety at this point? Think about the implications of that. A great crowd of disciples – interesting!
How did the crowd know to be there at that time?
Level place – as in right in the midst of daily life, not set apart on a mountain or church God is revealed in the level places! = Isaiah 40:4; Ezekiel 3:22-23; 8:4
v.19 What was emanating from Jesus that drew the multitudes to him? Have you ever experienced that kind of power? If yes, discuss. If no, why not?
dýnamis (“able, having ability”) – properly, “ability to perform”; “Power through God’s ability” Blessed = makarios (mak – extend, become large + charis – grace, benefits) – happy, to be envied (in an enviable position because of enjoying God’s favour)
20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. · poor – Do you think he means spiritually poor (as in righteously humble) or resource poor? · “poor” in Gk – to crouch or cower like a beggar – properly, bent over – could be negative (poverty) or positive (spiritual humility)
21 ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. · hungry – Do you think he means desiring earnestly or physically hungry?
22 ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. · hate – can also mean to esteem less than something else · revile – can also mean insult, mock
23 Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
Poor > kingdom Hungry > filled Weep > laugh Put down > rewarded
- Is Jesus a masochist who thinks suffering is good for the soul?
- How do you interpret these blessings? · In what ways (if at all) have they been true in your life?
Woe: ouai (oo-ah’-ee) woe! alas! uttered in grief or denunciation.
24 ‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. · rich – can also mean to have abundance · Consolation – can also mean encouragement, comfort
25 ‘Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. · full = satisfied
‘Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 ‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
- How do the woes make you feel? · Are they true? · Are they fair? · Does Jesus really wish these woes on people?
- Who would these blessings and woes appeal to? · Who would these blessings and woes challenge or offend? · Which group are you in?
Sum it up
· The blessed are those who…
· The woeful are those who…
[from Working Preacher – D.Tiede, 2010] The problem for the hearer is not that Jesus’ words are hard to understand but that their clear meaning is so challenging. The “rules of engagement” of Jesus’ reign stand in sharp contrast to the presumed rights of the prosperous to wealth, abundant food, and good times, “because I earned it!” · Discuss!!!!!
Choose one word to describe this teaching. · radical, extreme, noble, challenging, impossible, inspiring, weak
Compare Luke’s beatitudes to Matthew’s (Mt5:3-12). · Same, different, why, etc. o Matthew 9 beatitudes // Luke 4 beatitudes and 4 woes
If you had multitudes hanging on your every syllable, what would you say?
What are Faith United’s blessings? (or your church’s blessings) What might surprise us this year? (Whoa, not woe!)
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