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Lesson # Luke 4:18-22
Study Material - Luke 4:18-22
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18 '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 downtrodden, 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. ' 20 And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. 21 And He began to say to them, 'Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.' 22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, 'Is this not Joseph's son?'
Isa. 61:1-2 is quoted here by Jesus. Who is the Spirit of God upon? Jesus Christ. Who was anointed to preach the gospel? Jesus Christ. The Spirit was never upon any human being at any time prior to Christ. Isaiah was not speaking of himself, but of the Savior to come.
To set free those who were trodden under, or under bondage. To restore to those who had lost all they had. To help those who could not see to see. The year of Jubilee was the 50th year in which every servant was to be freed from their bond, property to be returned to its original owner. It is the favorable year in which people were restored to their freedom and prosperity abounded, or was to abound, as a result. In that 50th year all work was to cease and all were to depend on the provisions from God. Of course no one ever did, and that is why they got themselves in trouble.
Negative volition was their enemy. It kept their eyes shut so that they could not see the truth, the reality of life. Who is the wicked person. Well each one of us could look in the mirror and see the real wicked person in our lives. That person in the mirror is our biggest enemy. Preventing us from advancing to our full potential in our spiritual lives.
Jesus read the scripture from Isaiah, and those present sat in silence, clueless as to just what happened. Here is the Son of God right in their midst, sitting with them, reading to them, explaining to them, and yet they still do not get it.
'Isn't this a nice young man! So well dressed, handsome. He speaks well. Don't you think? Isn't this Joseph's son? Why, yes. It is Joseph's son. All grown up now! He does read quite well - for a carpenters son, you know.'
Here are these Jews, by blood perhaps, but certainly not by spiritual descent. They had these scriptures for centuries. They had their heritage from Abraham to David to the present. They read these verses over and over again every week (in their social gathering), every year at their feast celebrations. Jesus has for over a year now been preaching and teaching, and performing miracle after miracle. These people have heard the rumors from Capernaum. The talk of the things Jesus has said and done. Yet here they are, clueless. Totally in the fog about life. This is an example of just how powerful the sin nature , which is in each one of us, can be. We, each one of us, can be our own worst enemy. Our own volition can blind us from the truth. Even now as we sit here reading or hearing someone else read these words, are they real and carry meaning? Or do they just seem to float right through an empty clueless head. 'My. My. It certainly was nice to have been here. That boy certainly does know how to read well - for a carpenters son. You know! Now, about our tea party later on.....'
Clueless. They listened and heard nothing. Not even a drop of interest in what he had to say raised a question, or a desire for more information. Perhaps some clarification.
Revelation describes these people very well. Neither hot nor cold. Just kind of bland. The salt is gone. No flavor, no taste with respect to their life. They are just sort of rotting away in life and they do not even smell their own rot. If you have ever visited a pig farm, or rather if you have never visited one, then you should really go visit one. Walk into the pig barn and the smell will hit you so hard, that it nearly knocks you over. In fact the smell will even stay with you when you leave. It is in your nose, in your clothes, and you can't seem to get away from it. And that is with just one little visit. Stay and work there and you will get used too it, such that you won't smell the odor as other visitors do.
When your life has become so apathetic toward God, toward Bible study, that anything read, or heard just doesn't ring your interest, then you have become a pig farmer in your spiritual life. You just don't smell your own stink. And if someone tells you that you stink, you get mad at them. See verse 28.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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