04 September: A Near-Death Escape!
I never cease to be amazed at man’s ability to kill man[a] – especially in blatant ways, as this near-death escape in today’s chapter…
READ LUKE 4 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When visiting Jerusalem in 2012, I asked a Jewish couple what Plan B was. They’re all waiting for the Creator God’s Messiah (Saviour) to come, but the ancient prophet Isaiah clearly predicted that He’d be killed when He got here![b] So, who’s going to kill Him? Why’s He going to die? And, what’s their back-up plan once He dies? …They hadn’t thought of this….
What’s incredible about today’s chapter, is that our Maker’s “good news” (news that Jesus was specially sent to give [v43] – and later, expended His life doing it), that “good news of great joy” which the angel brought in two chapters ago[c] – now has such a negative effect! [v28-30] It’s hard to understand how such a life-threatening moment on a cliff top, and this near-death escape, could come from a statement like:
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives; recovery of sight to the blind; to set free those who are oppressed and to proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favour.” [v18-19]
But when I read these ancient words, that Jesus used from the prophet Isaiah, I look back over my own life-journey. When I feel cornered by life; boxed in with nowhere to go and my hands are tied; when hopes and dreams seem to be near death, Yeshua really is: “The Lord is Salvation”…
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to speak personally with the Lord of LIFE? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[d]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
The Lord is my strength and song. He’s become my salvation. This is my God and I’ll praise Him; My father’s God, I will praise! [Exodus 15:2]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
Your Country: Pray for Judges and Juries
Yourself: A balance lifestyle: physical/spiritual/emotional/educational
Your concerns for today
Give ear to my prayers, O Lord. Take note of my groaning. [Psalm 5:1]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Remember Your promises: to show mercy and have compassion on me, giving me recovery and growth, if only I listen to Your voice, Lord my God, keeping all Your commandments and doing what’s right in Your sight today. [Deuteronomy 13:17b-18]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
I see how great is the love that You, Father God, have bestowed on me – that I would be called a child of God; and such I am. [1 John 3:1]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[g] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Prayer
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” [Matthew 7:7]
[a] Revelation 6:4
[b] Isaiah 42:1-4; 50:6-7 and 53:1-12
[c] Luke 2:8-14
[d] Matthew 6:5-15
[g] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31