24: Teachings on God’s Kingdom (1) (Lk 17:11-18:8)
This segment begins with Luke’s
mention of Jesus’ journey. As in 9:51, Luke makes the Lord’s final destination
and purpose clear to the reader: “Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem…” (11). After
healing ten lepers, the Lord responded to the Pharisees’ question about when
the kingdom of God would come. His response then led to
a series of teachings on God’s kingdom. Throughout this and the following
lessons, we sense the imminence of the coming of God’s kingdom in view of the
mission Jesus was about to fulfill in Jerusalem.
“nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’
For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (17:21).
Did You Know…?
“Show yourselves to the priests” (17:14): The
law required a person to show himself to the priest after a cure (Lev 13:2-3;
1. At what point were the lepers
cleansed? What does this teach us about the effect of God’s command?
2. Why did Jesus comment on the
fact that the one who returned was a foreigner (18)?
3. What makes a person thankful?
What does his thankfulness say about his relationship with God?
4. In your life, how do you
express your thanks to God?
5. What did the Lord Jesus mean
by “the kingdom of God is within you”? How is this reality different from the
Pharisee’s view of God’s kingdom?
6. Explain the phrase “one of the
days of the Son of Man” (22). Why will the disciples not see this day?
7. Based on the following verses,
explain what the day of the Son of Man will be like:
8a. According to 32-33, how
should we prepare for that day?
8b. How does Lot’s
wife serve as a warning for us?
9. How does Jesus’ response in 37
answer the disciples question, “Where, Lord?”?
10. What is the purpose of this
11. Why does the Lord use an
unjust judge in the parable?
12. What do verses 7-8 teach
about God’s faithfulness versus men’s lack of faith?