11: Middle Galilean Ministry (2) (Lk 7:1-50)
Jesus had concluded His sayings
and began to go from one place after another to carry out His ministry. In this
lesson, we see Jesus meeting the needs of various individuals and grasping
every opportunity to teach the people important truths. Typical of this Gospel,
Luke focuses on Jesus’ interest in people. At the same time, he also takes note
of the different responses to the Lord’s words and deeds.
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell
John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the
lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the
gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me’”
Did You Know…?
Elders of the Jews (7:3): highly respected Jews
of the community, though not necessarily rulers of the synagogue.5/1551
Denarii (7:41): A denarius was worth about a
1a. On what basis did the elders
beg for Jesus’ help?
1b. How is this different from
the approach of the centurion?
2. In what ways did the centurion
show his great faith?
3. Explain the centurion’s words
in verse 8.
4. How did Jesus heal the
servant? What does this demonstrate about Jesus? (cf. Mt 8:13)
5. What is significant about
Jesus’ comment in verse 9?
6. Record what it is about this
miracle that moves you.
7. How is this miracle different
from, and in a way greater than, the other miracles we have read thus far?
8. What impact did this miracle
have on the people?
9. Where was John at this time?
10. Why do you think John began
to have questions about whom Jesus was?
11. What was the point of Jesus’
response in 22? (cf. Isa 35:5-6; 61:1)
12. Explain 23. How does this
apply to us?
13. How can we regain our faith
in Christ when harsh circumstances make us question His love and power?
14. What did Jesus mean by “he
who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he”?
15. Explain the reactions of the
two groups of people in 29 and 30.
16. What does the parable in 32
17. Explain verse 35 according to
18a. Luke records the woman’s
actions in detail. According to Jesus, what motivated her actions?
18b. In contrast to the woman,
what do we know about Simon the Pharisee from his thoughts (39) and inaction
19. What important teaching can
you learn from Jesus’ parable in 41-42 about what motivates us to love the
20. What does the woman’s action
teach us about how we should love the Lord?
21. Why were the woman’s sins
forgiven? Does 47 teach that she was forgiven on the basis of her love for the
22. Jesus said to the woman “Your
faith has saved you.” What can we learn from this story about the meaning of faith?