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When Those Who Should, Don’t…

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Those who attended the July 17-21 Intensive Bible Training with Michael Card discovered some astonishing insights from God’s Word. Delving into the Scriptures, Michael led participants into a deeper understanding of Jesus through an in-depth study of “Luke: The Gospel of Amazement.”

Here are a few insights from Michael’s teaching on one of the major themes of Luke’s gospel:

“When Those Who Should, Don’t…”

As Luke went about the task of collecting eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus, he noticed a pattern emerging. Time and time again, religious leaders—supposedly spiritual men, people who should have understood what Jesus’ ministry was about—were simply unable to comprehend the Rabbi from Nazareth. On the other hand, simple, run-of-the-mill people (most of them women) were able to almost immediately grasp the gift of grace that Jesus was offering them.

Eventually, the sheer weight of examples caused Luke to develop these stories into a literary theme which, for the lack of a better term, I call “when those who should, don’t and those who shouldn’t, do.”

Excerpt from the seminar presentation notes of Michael Card.

• Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist,
and Mary. Luke 1:5-56 (67ff)

Zechariah, a priest serving in the Holy Place in the Temple, is given a promise directly from the mouth of the angel Gabriel and yet, does not believe.

While Mary, a simple young girl from the backwater town of Nazareth, hears Gabriel and immediately responds by submitting herself as a “slave of the Master.”

• The Centurion and the Jews. Luke 7:1-10

The Jewish friends of the pagan soldier come to Jesus, insisting that he “deserves” Jesus’ attention.

While the Roman Centurion sends word, “…I do not deserve.” Nevertheless, he still asks for Jesus’ gift of healing for his slave. His faith amazes Jesus.

• Simon the Pharisee and the “sinful” woman. Luke 7:36-50

Simon, a Pharisee who has invited Jesus for meal fellowship, inwardly judges both Jesus as well as the sinful woman who has crashed the party.

While the woman who was a “sinner” weeps over the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus responds to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” because Simon has only viewed her as one of his categories.

• The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37

So pervasive is this literary theme that it even makes it into the parables of Jesus. Here the priest and Levite pass by the wounded traveler, while the Samaritan goes far out of his way to help.

• The parable of the lost son. Luke 15:11-32

The younger son, who has wasted his father’s inheritance limps home and asks to become a servant.

While the older brother scorns the father’s forgiveness and complains that he is really a slave.

• The tax collector and the Pharisee. Luke 18:9-14

The religious Pharisee “prays about himself” before God and goes home unjustified.

While, unthinkably, the tax collector seems to understand the grace and forgiveness of God when he merely blurts out “have mercy…”

• The rich young ruler and Zacchaeus. Luke 18:18ff, 19:1-10

The young man cannot give up his possessions.

While Zacchaeus, the tax collector, repents and pays restoration.

• The rich men and the poor widow.  Luke 21:1-4

The poor widow put more into the treasury than the rich men.

• The Crucifixion. Luke 23:35, 47

The religious leaders mock Jesus on the cross.

While the thief and the Roman soldier protest His innocence.

• The 11 and “the women.” Luke 24:8-12

After the resurrection, the women come to the eleven, believing Jesus has been raised from the dead.

While the disciples think they are merely “delirious.”

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Luke 2:13-20

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Luke 2:13-20

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 13&14: There appeared with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising: “Glory to God in the highest, on earth PEACE among men w/ whom He is pleased”.

Verse 15: Shepherds: “Let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing the LORD has made known to us.”

Verse 16: They came in a hurry, found Mary, Joseph and the baby as He lay in the manger.

Verse 17: When they had seen, they made known which had been told them about the Child.

Verse 18: All who heard wondered at things told by the shepherds.

Verse 19: Mary treasured all, pondering in her heart.

Verse 20: The shepherds went back glorifying & praising God for all they had heard & seen just as had been told them.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 13&14: What more can God do to compel the shepherds to come to His bedside? It is not a fluke! He wants you, He loves you! Come! Don’t miss Christmas! Already within hours of Immanuel, God with us, Jesus, born, heaven is exclaiming what His death will accomplish: Peace! Jesus will bring PEACE between God and his handmade creation…. you and I! Those who come to Jesus please God.

Verse 15: Everyone MUST make a choice about Jesus! Each shepherd was invited. Steve couldn’t go for Emil and Phillip couldn’t go for Pete, each one had to choose. From the shepherds long ago, to us today, the same decision is at hand. The same God who made known to the shepherds about His arrival is the same God making Himself known to you today.

Verse 16: Gods Word is True. God was not 1/2 true or mostly true, but completely true. God was not found in a logical place, or how I think He should show up, but He was found where He said He would be. The same is true today. God is found in His Word and His Word is always found to be True.

Verse 17: When I see God is true to me, I can’t help but tell people.   He will be true to you! Seek Him! You will find Him, it’s a promise from God.

Verse 18&19: Your personal testimony of what God has done for you is a powerful thing. God turns your mess into His redemption. How God does this, truly is a miracle that only God can do and leaves others speechless.

Verse 20: The shepherds went back to their same job, with their same sheep, on the same night, with their same crew, completely changed. Each shepherd knew that God saw them personally. Each shepherd knew that God saw & loved them so much that He was compelled to come with skin on to bring peace between Him and man. This peace we are all created to know. God’s love for you is relentless; proven by this Christmas story in Luke 2. Truly a compelling compassion.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 13&14: Do you have peace with God? Years ago did you come to Jesus, only to walk away these months or years later? Will you come back this Christmas?

Verse 15: What have you decided about Jesus? (Not deciding is deciding)

Verse 16: Are you in God’s Word? Do you know what God’s Word says to you?

Verse 17: How has (is) God transforming your life with the Truth of His Word?

Verse 18&19: What is your story? How has the story you have wanted to run from and trade in, become your personal story of God’s glory and your redemption?

Verse 20: How has God shown you His relentless love? Changing you internally regardless of the external circumstances you live in? If you do not know how God has revealed Himself to you will you ask Him to reveal it? How did it even come about that you are reading this story of Christmas today? Could it be that God needed you to personally know how much you mean to Him? Will you miss Christmas or go back to work after Christmas Day praising and glorifying God? How has God’s compelling compassion changed you?

LIVE IT OUT!

LORD, show me who You are this season. As I read Your Word, transform my life as only You can do. Still the madness, stress and frustration, and fill that space with You.

Homework: Matthew 5:1-10

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Luke 2:8-12

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Luke 2:8-12

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 8a: In the same region.
Verse 8b: There were shepherds.
Verse 8c: Staying out, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Verse 9a: An angel of the LORD suddenly stood before them.
Verse 9b: The glory of the LORD around them, they were frightened.

Verse 10: I bring you good news of great joy for all people.

Verse 11: Today in the city of David, born for you, a Savior, Christ the Lord.

Verse 12: This will be a sign: the baby wrapped in cloths in a manger.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 8a: God intentionally comes to where you are. He knows where to find you.

Verse 8b: The shepherds were dirty, lowly homeless, outcasts…. invisible in “society”, lonely, not accepted. Jesus comes for messy people.

Verse 8c: Working the night shift…the shift no one wanted…doing something important? Watching sheep who didn’t care about them. Easy to be overwhelmed with the feeling of unimportance. Easy to feel “overlooked”and even smaller than usual. Watching sheep was not glorious…but what was worse than that? Watching sheep at night…risking life and limb for these dumb animals that don’t even care, living among people who may seem not to care either.  Away from family.

Verse 9a: Suddenly Heaven opens up in their life and they are faced with a messenger from God. God will not overlook you, forget you or lose you. God will show up when you least expect it, in a way that only God can. God knows you and what will get your attention.

Verse 9b: When we are surrounded by the glory of God…God’s holiness and perfection, we realize very quickly how we are so not holy and perfect. Easy to think… just when you think you have it bad, God probably shows up to yell at you… right? After all, the “shepherd type”was usually a thief, unsavory…“God knows what I did, and now I will get it for sure” BUT…. that was not the case!

Verse 10: I (God) bring YOU. The message is for youpersonal. God didn’t make a mistake! God wasn’t looking to demand something out of the shepherds…. God wanted them to know they are personal to Him, and matter. That same message is for all people…for you and me today! God making sure you heard the message…. personally! God didn’t come to tell the shepherds or us that we are rotten and have made a mess of everything good… God came, with skin on this night, and wants you and me to know He sees us, and loves us, even in our mess. God is RELENTLESS for His handmade creation…you and me!

Verse 11: A Savior was born… HOPE was born for you and me! Not a committee, not a new set of laws with promises for all, not an adviser, not a reformer, not an adjuster, but a SAVIOR, for you and for me! It’s personal. This Savior is not meant to fix the external problems of the world, but the internal struggles of the heart…something no man or woman could bring! The real problem was not taxes, unemployment, oppression and debt… the real problem was sin. Sin keeps us from God. We need a Savior to bridge that gap. The Christ, the Messiah, God with skin on came to do just that! Hope has come for the shepherds, for you and for me! For all people!

Verse 12: The Messiah came, not to hide, but to be found. Since we would never look in the right place, God tells us: I AM here…wrapped in a manger. The manger is a messy place, but God came for messy people! A manger is approachable by all, no credentials needed, no long list to get your name on and schedule a meeting, and NO PRETENSE of cleanliness needed to come here. God came, compelled for His people, compelled to be reachable by all. What would be the purpose for the Messiah to come, then be out of reach of the very people He came to save? Jesus came for you and me to be found.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 8a: Did I know that God personally cares about me and desperately wants me to know His story on my behalf?

Verse 8b: Have I ever felt like everything I touch falls apart? Have I ever felt like a mess and been thrilled with that because the mess is why Jesus came?

Verse 8c: When have I felt overlooked, ignored, unimportant to all society? Do I know that I know, that I matter to God and that He sees me as precious, noticed, and loved? Have I ever thought of myself as God’s handmade creation who He loves more than anything? Do I realize that today, in God’s Word from Luke 2, God wants me to hear of His personal love for me?

Verse 9a: How has God gone out of His way to get my attention now and previously? When has God or His messengers shown up in my life? How did (do) I feel about that? Will I listen to what He has to say to me, or walk away fist raised in pride, bitterness and anger?

Verse 9b: Do I think that God hates me and just wants to yell at me and tell me how bad I am? Will I listen to what He really has to say to me?

Verse 10: Did I realize that this message in Luke 2 is inclusive for me? Or have I just thought it an ancient story exclusive about shepherds?

Verse 11: Do I realize my personal desperate need for a Savior? When have I craved peace to the inner turmoil, needed saving from my past, and desired personal hope for the future? Did I know that God came with skin on (Jesus) to provide that for His handmade creation (me)?

Verse 12: Did I realize that a manger is approachable for someone like me in my current condition? How long have I tried to straighten and clean myself up before I went to God? Did I realize that the manger is the perfect place to bring myself just as I am? Do I now see that God wanted to be reachable, so He came to a lowly place so I would not be the one out of place?

LIVE IT OUT!

Today, I will praise You LORD, for coming, not only to the messy shepherds that night, but to me! Thank You for coming to a messy place that I can come to without credentials, and without having to get cleaned up first. When I see the mess and the shame of my choices, You see the very reason You came. Lift my eyes, that I may see You, strengthen my legs that I may come to You.

Homework: LUKE 2:13-20

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

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Ladies don’t miss out…December 7, 2014
Come and enjoy a festive afternoon with music, a message from Kendra Graham, and a delicious meal.
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