Luke Chapter 10: Advent

Luke 10 has fewer sections than we have encountered in previous chapters, but this makes it no less significant. We see Jesus deploying an even greater number of disciples to put into practice what they’ve learned. Jesus gives some great advice about how to witness to people by building relationships, as well as what to do if the message of faith is not well received. To reinforce what He is sending them to do, He tells one of His most well know parables: that of the Good Samaritan. The gist of that is to help the newly commissioned missionaries know the identities of their neighbors. Chapter 10 concludes with Jesus at the home of His friends, Mary and Martha. There is a great lesson for everyone in how those two take their hospitality for the Lord to heart.

As you read, pay attention to the lessons being put into action about who is a neighbor, as well as how we are to conduct ourselves regardless how others might receive us. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the doing that we lose sight of the one(s) for whom we serve. May we always remember the how and the why when it comes to loving God and the people He’s given us to do life with.

You can read today’s chapter by clicking here.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Why did Jesus send out the disciples two-by-two, and for what purpose?
  2. Why do you think Jesus asked the disciples to travel light? What was the implication for the traveler, as well as for the ones they would meet?
  3. What is Jesus’ sense of urgency for their mission? Does it speak to you about the importance of sharing His good news (the actual meaning of our word, evangelism)?
  4. How do you think the disciples heard Jesus’ words as recorded in verses 23-25?
  5. The Samaritan people were reviled to those faithful to the Jewish faith and culture. Why do you think Jesus made a Samaritan the hero of this story?
  6. How do you think highlighting a Samaritan was received by those who were heading out as missionaries? Do you think there was an embedded message with this story? If so, what?
  7. Look at verse 36 and then answer for yourself who is your neighbor. What must you do with this knowledge?
  8. How do Mary and Martha differ in this story? It can be argued both were doing good work, but one ultimately was about a greater work. Which one? Why?
  9. What was the one thing that was important and who made the right choice?
  10. Are you more of a Mary or a Martha?

Prayer: Dear Lord, readings like today’s help us see how important it is to serve you. Still, we can often get so task oriented that we miss the primary reason for that service. Help me to be about that which is most important, and the one for whom that importance must be exemplified. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.