Luke 11

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence. o

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read    Luke 11

Commentary.

Jesus’ teaching on prayer (1-13) —- The prayer Jesus taught has been known “The Lord’s Prayer, and has been prayed by many in all occasions. Jesus taught what to pray; Adoration of God, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Jesus taught how to pray; with boldness, with persistence. Jesus taught why to pray; relationship and commune with loving God. Jesus taught the most important gift of God in prayer was the Holy Spirit who would empower all.

Matthew emphasized communal character of the Lord’s Prayer with “Our Father.” (Matthew 6:9). 

Jesus’ power to exorcise demons and the sign of Jonah (14-32) — Jesus healed the mute caused by demon. Some people questioned his source of power. Beelzebub was the name of the king of Satan. Jesus answered them with logic; Satan would not work against himself, with comparison; by what power do exorcists among you work? and challenge; if I drive out by the finger of God?. Searching for the sign, therefore, was the quest of persons who were evil, disobedient and rebellious.  Only sign that Jesus showed was the sign of Jonah. As Jonah saved the life of people in Nineveh so Jesus would save this generation, indicating his death and resurrection in three days to complete God’s salvation through him.

The lamp of the body (33-36) — This teaching is related to in previous verses. The image of light helped the people to get that Jesus’ message was clear enough like the light in the darkness, and give God’s light to persons of integrity and openness of a sound eye.

Six woes (37-54) —- The first three owes went to Pharisees; neglecting God’s justice, coveting attention and place, and being hidden contamination like buried graves. The second woes went to the teacher of the law; burdening others while claiming personal exemption, honoring dead prophets while consenting to cause of their death, confusing the people by the gross incongruities between their lives and their teaching.  

Pharisees and the teachers of the law still opposed Jesus. But Jesus continued to go his way to Jerusalem.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Reflect on your prayer life,” what to pray, how to pray, and why to pray?”
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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