Luke 3–4: The Herald & The Messiah

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 20: Saturday

And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.
And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 4:17–19

In Saturday’s Bible reading of Luke 3–4, Luke picks up his narration and introduces John the Baptist and Jesus as adults. In chapter 3, you can see Luke’s careful hand as he begins with the ministry of John as the herald of the Messiah, and moves into John’s baptism of Jesus. After this event, with Jesus now on the scene, Luke goes back to meticulously trace the genealogy of Jesus, establishing Him in the line of David.

In chapter 4, Luke records the temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness, and then Jesus’ reading of Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, announcing that today this Scripture is fulfilled in their hearing.

In Luke 1–2, I mentioned that Luke used a repetitive phrase at the end of each section. In Luke 3–4, look for the word Spirit or Holy Spirit and note when they are used. These chapters close with Jesus beginning His ministry of preaching.

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Isaiah 42 Photograph: ChristianPhotos.net – Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications
Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue (Jésus dans la synagogue déroule le livre), James Tissot:
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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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