Posted by: Jack | April 4, 2009

Standing upright before God

It was the last day of class. We had spent 12 class hours to discuss various steps in Bible study methods. Students had completed 5 assignments each, practicing each of those steps. It was a lot of work, especially since a number of students waited until the night before to start reading and working at it. That makes for a long night, since assignments typically required 6 to 8 hours of work, after the reading was done!

The deliverance of Luke 13:10-17

The deliverance of Luke 13:10-17

Then, on that last day, during the last hour, I preach on the passage. Jesus delivers the hunch-backed woman, who was held in that condition for 18 years. One key idea is that Jesus actually noticed her (Luke 13:12). That Jesus noticed this social outcast, called her forward and even dared to touch her, would have outraged many people. Another key idea is that Jesus and the leader of the synagogue are engaged in an honor contest: “who gets the most applause?” Jesus clearly wins, because the woman praises God and the people rejoice in what Jesus does. Jesus’ opponents are openly shamed and embarrassed. It gives us pause to wonder if we would be embarrassed if Jesus visited our own church fellowship.

It is fascinating to watch the students during this sermon. Even though they’ve worked 40 hours or more on this text, doing grammatical analysis, word studies and much more, they haven’t seen everything yet. You see the surprise on some faces when I mention something they overlooked. This is what Bible study is all about: discovering the riches of God’s word and how to responsibly nurture ourselves and others with it. The Lord answered our prayers in the way he worked in the lives of many students. Pray that what they learned will become a life-long habit they just can’t shake.

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  1. I love your line, “This is what Bible study is all about: discovering the riches of God’s word and how to responsibly nurture ourselves and others with it.” How true. Whether we find oursleves as a student, a mom, a Bible teacher, whatever. . God teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Ps. 90:12). . .first for myself and then for others You bring my way.

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