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June 14: Luke 6:1-26

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Start by finding a quiet spot to study, and be sure to have a notebook/journal and a pen. Then ask God for guidance and focus as the Holy Spirit works on your heart through this special time with Him.

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Today's Passage: Luke 6:1-26 (NLT)

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.” And Jesus added, “The Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath.”

On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:

14 Simon (whom he named Peter),
Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James,
John,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
15 Matthew,
Thomas,
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (who was called the zealot),
16 Judas (son of James),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

17 When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed.19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,

“God blesses you who are poor,
    for the Kingdom of God is yours.
21 God blesses you who are hungry now,
    for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
    for in due time you will laugh.

22 What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. 23 When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.

24 “What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
    for you have your only happiness now.
25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
    for a time of awful hunger awaits you.
What sorrow awaits you who laugh now,
    for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
26 What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
    for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

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OBSERVATION

Jesus taught a message completely contrary to worldly values and aspirations. He gave hope to the poor and undervalued while at the same time giving warning to those who valued their own status and self-importance over others.

APPLICATION

Will my thoughts and actions today be based in serving myself or others? I’m reminded of the concept of “Me Third”. This is where my focus should always be to think of “God First, Others Second, and Me Third”. Contrary to the world but pleasing to God!

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank You for turning the world upside down and showing us the way of truth and light. I’m so easily pulled toward the ways and desires of the world. Pull me back to You when I stray and please don’t be gentle about it! I would rather be strongly directed by Your Holy Spirit than let things of the world separate us. Thank You for never leaving me alone in this fight for righteousness. Amen
Verse 22, this verse gives hope to all. Those that are weeping will laugh soon, this helps us through the difficult times when we are tired and our minds are tired also and we have thoughts that are sad and negative. Jesus will always lead the way and make sure you are taken care of.

Lord, help us to remember that you have us in your grace and that we will be triumphant. Let us show your love to others and help those in need. Amen
OBSERVATION
It is possible to read and study the Bible yet completely miss what God is saying and how he wants it applied to everyday life. The Pharisees knew the law of God, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” They knew what it said, but they didn’t know how to live it. Jesus’ reference of David eating the showbread when he was hungry showed them the overriding principle that human necessity is more important that religious ritual. Jesus taught the two laws that every action should be judged by which is love God and love people.
APPLICATION
I must diligently study God’s Word in order to correctly handle the “word of truth”. (2 Timothy 2:15) How do I do that? Follow the link https://voices.lifeway.com/bible-theology/8-ways-to-better-understand-the-bible-when-it-seems-too-confusing/
PRAYER
God I want to know you and the Bible is how you’ve chosen to reveal yourself to me. Help me to understand it. Protect me from false teaching and wrong interpretation. Let your Spirit guide me into truth.

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