The Great Teacher (Day Twelve Luke 1-2)

In our New Testament Reading Challenge we started the book of Luke today which is unique and special for many reasons.  Luke was an incredible teacher.  Teaching was clearly his spiritual gift, this is why in The Absolute Basics of Christianity we study him extensively in week seven.  Individuals with this gift have a strong desire to present truth in a systematic sequence. For example, in the first chapter of his gospel, Luke states that his purpose in writing this book is to lay out an “orderly account” (Luke 1:3). He also notes that others have already written about the life of Jesus; however, he feels compelled to do so as well, presumably because he was not completely satisfied with the other accounts. Teachers like Luke are concerned with facts and accuracy. Look at the following verses in different gospels and you will see that Luke is much more precise with his language.

  • Mark 1:30 NET Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, sick with a fever, so they spoke to Jesus at once about her.
  • Luke 4:38 NET After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.
  • Mark 3:1 NET   Then Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
  • Luke 6:6 NET On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered.
  • Mark 1:40 NET Now a leper came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said.
  • Luke 5:12 NET While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came to him who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

If you read Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-16, you might notice that he only traces the genealogy of Christ back to David while Luke traces it all the way back to Adam and Eve (Luke 3:23-38).  There is no doubt that the gospel of Luke gives more details when it comes to names, cities, towns, dates, events, and side points than any of the other gospels. Luke’s account of the early church in the book of Acts is equally precise. Those with the gift of teaching pay close attention to the details and stick to the facts more than those with any other gift. They are more anticlerical and thoughtful than most. They may not have a lot to say but when they say it, everyone listens because it is well thought-out and worth listening to.  Pay close attention as we read through Luke’s gospel and you will notice many details that the other gospels omit.

You are doing great with the New Testament Challenge!  Keep up the good work and don’t forget about the blog contest going on until December 10, 2011.

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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7 Responses to The Great Teacher (Day Twelve Luke 1-2)

  1. Royce Hart says:

    I had to look up ‘anticlerical’… “adj. Opposed to the influence of the church or the clergy in political affairs.” I’m not sure how that relates to the other descriptions, but okay. I think it’s interesting that a person more interested with specific facts, accuracy and order wouldn’t be inclined to see the church’s influence in secular matters.

    I guess I’m not spiritually gifted for teaching; I don’t see the significance of some of the extra details Luke mentions, unless they have some hidden meaning.

    • Pastor Pete says:

      Royce you make a good point when you say “I don’t see the significance of some of the extra details Luke mentions.” Those examples I gave may seem somewhat meaningless because they don’t change the overall meaning of the text. However the examples were mainly to point out just how meticulous and detail oriented Luke was. With our Luke we would not know many names of people Jesus and the early church encountered. We would also not know the names of many of the places that Jesus and the early church impacted. The other Gospels in general leave out many of these things. Imagine the Bible without the book of Acts for example wow, that would really change everything would it not? You may not have the gift of teaching like Luke did, but through Luke you can be encouraged to know that God desires to use your unique gifts in unique ways. Luke adds context, and a great deal of celerity to the entire New Testament, this comes as a result of thousands of little details he felt compelled to capture and articulate to the world. Great post by the way!!!

  2. evaasbury says:

    I think this is to let us know just where the history of his genealogy did come from. That in the beginning was the word and he was in the beginning.

  3. Royce Hart says:

    I stand corrected – the devil isn’t in the details, God is! I read about the meanings of the names of Jesus’ lineage… pretty amazing. Check this out, if you string the literal translations of the names of the generations from God through Noah, here’s what you get:

    God = The God
    Adam = Man
    Seth = is appointed
    Enosh = a mortal man of
    Kenan = sorrow is born
    Mahalalel = The Glory of God
    Jared = shall come down
    Enoch = instructing that
    Methuselah = His death shall bring
    Lamech = those in despair
    Noah = comfort and rest

    “The God-man is appointed; a mortal man of sorrow is born! The Glory of God shall come down and teach that His death shall bring the grieving comfort and rest.”

    • Pastor Pete says:

      Interesting…where did you see this or was this a personal observation?

      • Royce Hart says:

        When you mentioned that Luke was the only one to trace Jesus’ lineage back to Adam, I remembered hearing Chuck Missler and other pastors talk about this. I googled the passage and Missler’s name; it brought me to a page that had this and other name translations, acrostics, etc. 

        God loves hiding things like this (Proverbs 25:2). I think it’s a way of showing just how integrated the entirety of His Word really is. I mean, it’s hard enough to write out a good acrostic, but to embed it in the names of Jesus’ family tree? And have it cohere with the story of redemption? Those are fingerprints of the Holy Spirit. 

        I know that googling other folks’ writings is no substitute for studying things out for myself, but I could never discover things like this without knowing Hebrew. 

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