Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Luke 7.24-28 A Good Man’s Public Vindication

Summary: “I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

1. A. Last week we looked at John asking a question. What was John expecting that caused him to ask this question? Luke 7:18-19, Isaiah 9:1-7, Luke 3:7-9, 17

B. What was the response to the question? Luke 7:20-23

C. Who struggles with doubt from time to time? Where do you turn when you struggle with doubt? Luke 7:24-28, Ephesians 6:12, Isaiah 40:1-8, Hebrews 4:14-16

2. A. As we look at John, what was he privileged to do? Isaiah 40:9, John 1:23, 29, 34

B. How would you characterize Jesus’ response to John’s disciples? Luke 7:21-23

C. What is God’s attitude toward those who serve Him? Hebrews 6:10

3. A. As you read this public vindication of John, remember what he was like. Was he a man pleaser? Luke 7:24-28, 3:7

B. Do we/should we be seeking to please men? Galatians 1:10

C. Read the text again and examine what you really want out of life. Luke 7:24-28, II Timothy 3:1-5

4. A. How did Jesus identify John? Who speaks for God? Luke 7:24-28, 1:76

B. What does the Bible have to say about the prophet John? Matthew 3:3, Isaiah 40:3, Luke 7:27, Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6, John 1:6-8, 15

C. Take note of how long God was silent, not speaking through a prophet, from Malachi 4:6 to Matthew 3:3. What is it like now for us? I Peter 1:10-12, Matthew 13:11, 16

5. A. What was John longing for? Matthew 13:24-30, 47-50

B. Did John understand all of what was happening in his time? Do we? Luke 4:18-21, Isaiah 61:1-2, II Peter 3:3-13

C. Imagine the privilege that was John’s. He spoke for God. He proclaimed the Gospel as he pointed people to Jesus. Yet he considered himself “not fit to untie the thong of His sandals.” How about us? What are we called to? Did Jesus forget John? Does He forget you? II Corinthians 5:20, Romans 14:8, Acts 20:24, Ephesians 1:4, John 20:21, Hebrews 6:10, Luke 7:28

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