Questions and Answers Luke 5-7
Q. What did Jesus preach?
A. Luke 5:1 = The Word of God.
Q. What preceded Simon Peter’s recruitment by Jesus?
A. Luke 5:3 = Jesus preached from Peter’s boat, then gave him a great catch of fish.
👉You can talk to folks about Jesus and they will just stare at you dumbly until you’re finished. Or, you can observe what they need and offer to pray with them for that need and they can see God work on their behalf. Which way is more effective?
Spend time with folks and touch their lives in a personal way.
Q. What was Peter like?
A. Luke 5:8 = Peter recognized Jesus as Messiah after that miracle and humbly bowed before Him.
Q. How should we be about praying for healing on behalf of others?
A. Luke 5:19–23 = Persistent!
Q. What must accompany a prayer for healing?
A. Luke 5:23–24 = Repentance for sins.
👉Not all illness is caused by sin, but all healing must be preceded by repentance of sins.
Q. What did Levi (Matthew)follow Jesus immediately when Jesus asked him to?
A. Luke 5:26–28 = Jesus’ miracles were widespread. Levi had no doubt Jesus had God’s favor.
Q. Did Levi halt his career to take up his new vocation in following Jesus?
A. Luke 5:29 = No. He kept his vocation. He held a banquet for Jesus in his own home, inviting his infamous peers along with religious folks and other friends. But Jesus was his guest of honor.
👉Jesus is also with us. Maybe our social engagements would go better if Jesus were our guest of honor.
Q. Why should we keep our old friends after our own salvation?
A. Luke 5:31–32 = We lead them to the cross as friends..
Q. How were John the Baptist and his disciples different than Jesus?
A. Luke 5:33 = They fasted and prayed, while Jesus and his disciples fasted and celebrated.
Q. Why did Jesus and the disciples celebrate?
A. Luke 5:34 = There was no need to fast bewcause fasting is done when Jesus (the Bride Groom) is away. Celebrating and feasting happens in His presence.
Q. What is the point of the illustration of new and old wineskins?
A. Luke 5:36–39 = Jesus wasn’t there to add to the Law and the Prophets. His purpose was to do something new.
👉 This is why tithing is not part of the New Testament of Love. Tithing is part of the Old Law which had to be kept meticulously. I believe in giving. The New Testament says to give generously (not ten percent according to the Law), but not after Jesus’ death and in the New Covenant of Love is tithing ever mentioned. The New Testament is filled with encouragement to believe God for our 24/7 lives and to give always. From the heart, not as a requirement of the Law that must be obeyed. Tithing was mentioned once by Jesus when the religious leaders questioned Him about the Law. But the Old Testament Law is over, along with its requirements and was completely fulfilled upon Jesus’ death on the cross.
Q. What do godless, religious folks stumble over in regards to believers?
A. Luke 5:7–11 = Random acts of kindness stun godless, religious folks. Whether stunned by joy or by rage, a believer is guaranteed a reaction!
👉 Kindness, unconditional love, all the rest of the fruits of the Spirit are ours to demonstrate to a dark, blind world.
👉This is the essence of our mission: In Jesus’ name, we exhibit the fruit of the Spirit to those who will receive it. God makes new believers and builds up His own family. It’s all about people!
Q. Jesus said it was good to do good at all times 24/7. Even in this time while Jesus walked the earth, when the Law of Moses was carried out, and it became necessary at times to interrupt the Sabbath to do good. Was this always the case in the Old Testament days?
A. Luke 5:3–5 = Yes. David and his companions ate the special bread set aside for the priests because they wer hungry. David knew that God cared first for people. God is NOT legalistic!
Q. And God did not punish David, did He?
A. Luke No. David knew God wouldn’t. Study the Scriptures and draw near without fear to Father God!
Q. Why were religious folks not impacted by this event concerning David?
A. Luke God’s Word tells us to seek for wisdom as if seeking for hidden treasure. God’s compassion is all over the Old Testament books as well as New Testament writings. Religious folks did not know God’s Word as a treasure to be uncovered, but as a rule book to sweat and labor in. Though knowing the Scriptures, they ironically missed knowing God.
Q. What did Jesus attempt to make these religious folks see?
A. Luke Luke 5:5 = The One behind the Law. The purpose for the Law was to purify them regularly so that they could draw near to God without sins blocking them. The Law is perfect, but man is not. It was a temporary solution to teach men that they always fall short and always would; they couldn’t save themselves. Only God saves. This does not surprise God!
Q. What is true of hatred, alienation, mocking and cursing of God’s people?
A. Luke Luke 2:22–23 = It’s not unbelievers who do such things, but believers who do these great harms to their own brethren, and have since time began! People who know God persecute their brethren. And the world laughs at our foolishness.
👉 Brace yourself! Only God is your shelter in those times. Wait it out quietly. God guards and protects all of us, even the persecutors! The question is, “Will I run or will I wait it out?” Keep in mind that the world watches us and considers our reactions. They know that no one is perfect. Their question remains, “Are Christians really different?” How much better off would we be if we really understood that we have only one common enemy, Satan himself, who spends all his time looking for chinks in our armor in the form of pride, selfishness, false piety , or whatever, which are the opposite behaviors of the fruit of the Spirit. Think about your rotten fruit.
All seeds planted reap. See the comparison chart below:
Undealt–with Rotten Fruit
of Human Sin Fruit of the Spirit
- Hate 1. Love
- Sadness 2. Joy
- Turmoil 3. Peace
- Impatience 4. Patience
- Unkindness 5. Kindness
- Harmfulness 6. Goodness
- Unfaithfulness (not trusting God)
- Faithfulness (trusting God)
- Roughness 8. Gentleness
- Lack of self–control
👉If you harbor any of these sins, your armor is chinked and you are ripe to be manipulated by Hell against your brother. So confess your sins every day, nail your flesh to the cross and let God move you as His servant amongst His flock. Don’t stand inthe way of God’s Kingdom work! Don’t pretend you are His special emisssary to root out evil in the church. Be part of the work, humbling yourself daily and leaving the transformation of your heart and other’s hearts to God to complete.
Q. Are rich unbelievers happy?
A. Luke 6:24 = Yes. But sorrow comes and then there is nothing else to be happy about.
Q. Do rich unbelievers tend to only be happy about their wealth?
A. Luke 6:24 = Yes. They are focused on cash.
A. Luke 6:25 = Cash satisfies temporarily. It will be gone and then awful hunger will follow.
Q. What does God think of comedy?
A. Luke 6:25 = If comedy is careless with no root or basis, it is proof that you don’t know God and mourning will soon follow.
Q. Should I be concerned about my reputation?
A. Luke 6:26 = No. If I am praised by man I should be suspicious of why. Only God should get any glory I am involved in.
Q. What is wrong with these four types of places in life?
Place in Life Wrong Perspective Right Perspective
1) Experiencing Wealth Money is happiness God is happiness
2) Experiencing a full
Self–satisfied. “I am the center of my universe” Feeding the poor is my mission
3) Full of empty laughter Life is carefree I laugh with those who laugh; weep with those who weep. I am others–oriented.
4) I experience praise by
I’m right because I’m so popular Praise belongs to God
A. Where you are in life alters perspective. It takes humility to do things God’s way all the time. But the Holy Spirit helps us to do things right! Hallelujah!
Q. This chart reflects opposite perspectives, doesn’t it?
A. Luke 6:24–26 = Yes.
Q. What can I do to keep my perspective a godly one?
A. Luke 6:27–31 = Jesus pointed out our wrong reactions and the right ones. Make a plan while all is peaceful. See the chart:
Jesus says, “LISTEN!”
Incident The flesh says
(taking offense)… Jesus says…
I’m attacked or accused fight back! love them
People hate me take revenge! do good to them
People curse me curse them back! bless them
People hurt me resent them! pray for them
People hit me hit back! let them hit and only block the punches
People steal from me
take it back! give them even more
People ask me for things no, they’re mine! give freely
People openly take things from me protest and take your things back! don’t try to get them back
Q. What is the basis for Jesus’ instructions on behavior?
A. Luke 6:31 = To treat people as I would like to be treated under the same circumstances.
👉 If you think you will never be the offender in any of these circumstances, think again! Whether by accident or intentionally, all of us have been a provoker.
Given the same circumstances, we all fail. This is why we need to be prepared for anything.
Q. In a nutshell, what is the underlying response I should have toward my brother?
A. Luke 6:31 = Instead of taking offense, which is a sin, I love in response to every kind of attack.
Q. What is love for?
A. Luke 6:32–34 = Pouring oil on our enemies.
👉We love in the flesh those who please us. It takes God’s unconditional love to really love, and pouring love on those we have no human reason to love need it the most. They are the reason we are still here!
Q. What do I do with an unreasonable debtor?
A. Luke Luke 6:35 = You need a proper perspective of lending:
1) Be unconcerned if the loan goes unpaid
2) Knowing God will repay me
3) This attitude is totally God–like
4) Remember that God is kind to even debtors
5) Remember that God is kind to evil people
6) Remember that I must be compassionate, just as my heavenly Father is.
Q. What attitude does one who doesn’t pay his debts have?
A. Luke 6:35 = Unthankful heart and/or evil attitude
Q. And yet God loves him?
A. Luke Yes!
Q. Why do I get judged?
A. Luke 6:37 = Because I am judging others too.
Q. Why do I get criticized?
A. Luke 6:37 = Because I am criticizing others too.
Q. Why do I feel forgiven?
A. Luke 6:37 = Because I forgive others and myself
👉In all these things (judging, criticizing and forgiving), it really begins with not judging myself, not criticizing myself and not forgiving myself. Once I lay off my poor self, I can feel the release of wanton emotions and want that release for others too. Don’t you hate being judged, criticized or resented? Release your friends and loved ones from your sinful grasp. Release them from your hurtful, cursing, powerful negative words!
Q. What should I do instead with my extra energy?
A. Luke 6:38 = Give.
👉 Do you realize that
A) you can’t give and judge at the same time?
B) you can’t give and criticize at the same time?
C) you can’t resent and give at the same time?
Our creative energies need to willfully be placed in giving ourselves to people who are a challenge to know. The world thinks it’s foolishness and may even make you doubt, but keep your eyes up. People are why we are here! Giving makes them see God and teaches us how to love.
Q. What should shepherds in the church be like?
A. Luke 6:41–42 = Clean as a whistle in his life! What he can teach another should be an area of victory in his own life.
Q. What happens when young people are installed in church leadership?
A. Luke 6:41–42 = No mention of young leaders here. As long as a young leader doesn’t teach what he doesn’t know yet, age is of no repute.
Q. Why do people judge?
A. Luke 6:42 = Perhaps they see their own sins reflected in the one they judge?
👉 If temptation of judging a brother wells up in you (or criticizing or resenting him), ask God why it bothers you so much. There is usually some sin in you that God is revealing so you can confess and be rid of it.
Q. Can we deal effectively with our own sins?
A. Luke 6:42 = Yes. We can confess and we have others to confess to.
Q. How can I identify a good friend?
A. Luke 6:43–45 = By his fruit.
👉 People are wanabes. If their lives are honorable, they are living right. If not, they live for themselves. Sometimes it is hard to see all the fruit in someone’s life, but fruit eventually surfaces.
Q. Why should I keep my life pure?
A. Luke 6:45 =What I invest in goes into my heart and is known by my speech.
Q. Do folks in trials walk with God?
A. Luke 6:46–49 = Sure.
Q. Why do they stay faithful to God?
A. Luke 6:47 = They listen to God’s teaching, then obey it in peaceful times. Jesus calls this a strong foundation.
Q. How do I know my foundation is strong?
A. Luke 6:47–48 = I don’t walk away from God because of trouble. I remember God’s Word and obey it, even in trouble, just like Job.
Q. How does Jesus’ miracle power work?
A. Luke 7:1–10 = Through no display of dramatics, but through people who understand authority, that Jesus heals all from where He is, and not necessarily in His physical presence.
Q. When one can grasp this truth, what is he?
A. Luke 7:9 = Full of faith!
Q. Does Jesus only heal in the presence of tremendous faith?
A. Luke 7:11–17 = No. Jesus raised the only son of a widow from his little coffin in the midst of his funeral procession! The sheer reality of loss was present.
Q. Why did Jesus raise the boy from the dead?
A. Luke 7:12–13 = Jesus’ heart overflowed with compassion for his motehr so He chose to heal the boy for her sake. Jesus even picked the boy up and gave him back to his mother!
Q. When I come to saving faith and I choose with my will to believe all God has done for mankind to this point and forever, does God help me to keep that faith?
A. Luke 7:23 = Yes! God blesses you, which keeps your faith anchored in Him.
Q. What is the opposite of accepting God’s plan for me?
A. Luke 7:23 = Being offended by Him.
👉Who would be offended by God’s wonderful blessings of healing and raising our dead? It seems ludicrous, doesn’t it? Yet to this day, people are offended. The only way to understand is to come to the truth about us all. We want to be God. This evil is at the root of every sin. Man is basically evil and jealous with an evil heart that resents not being Number One. Jesus reminded us all of our second place status. Every day we must nail our self–idolatry and narcissistic, self–centered flesh to the cross and put God back where He belongs—on His throne!
Q. What shows what a man really believes?
A. Luke 7:35 = The fruit of his life.
👉 People wag their tongews! What they are is shown in their lives. Check the fruit and you have the man!
Q. How can I show the gospel to a rebellious person?
A. Luke 7:36–42 = By the telling of analogies that relate to a specific subject he is errant in. Jesus dealt with a Pharisee who passed judgment and harbored unforgiveness of a sinner. Jesus taught the Pharisee how to behave in a story, which the Pharisee agreed came to a right ending.
Q. Should I worry about how the story is received?
A. Luke 7:49 = No. He’ll discuss it with others like himself. Only God can use the story to transform the heart.
Q. What do we need to do to be saved?
A. Luke 7:50 = Believe God. He only means well and is a wonderful Father!
Q. What is evidence that I am saved?
A. Luke 7:50 = I have peace.
👉Only believers have peace. All other claims for peace are really just yearnings for it.
✍️🍒Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🍒✍️