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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of Luke, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In Luke, Jesus carries the covenant story of God and Israel to its culmination and he announces the good news of God’s kingdom to the poor and the rich.

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LUKE 1-9: (RS)


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The Gospel According to


LUKE, a physician, writes with the compassion and warmth of a family doctor
as he carefully documents the perfect humanity of the Son of Man, Jesus
Christ. Luke emphasizes Jesus’ ancestry, birth, and early life before moving carefully
and chronologically through His earthly ministry. Growing belief and growing
opposition develop side by side. Those who believe are challenged to count the
cost of discipleship. Those who oppose will not be satisfied until the Son of Man
hangs lifeless on a cross. But the Resurrection insures that His purpose will be fulfilled:
“to seek and to save that which was lost” (19:10).
Kata Loukan, “According to Luke,” is the ancient title that was added to this
gospel at a very early date. The Greek name Luke appears only three times in the
New Testament (Col. 4:14; 2 Tim. 4:11; Philem. 24).

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Dedication to Theophilus


1 INASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those athings which 1have been fulfilled among us,
2 just as those who afrom the beginning were beyewitnesses and ministers of the word cdelivered them to us,
3 it seemed good to me also, having 1had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, amost excellent Theophilus,
4 athat you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.

John’s Birth Announced to Zacharias

5 There was ain the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, bof the division of cAbijah. His dwife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,
9 according to the custom of the priesthood, 1his lot fell ato burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 aAnd the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of athe altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, ahe was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and ayou shall call his name John.
14 “And you will have joy and gladness, and amany will rejoice at his birth.
15 “For he will be agreat in the sight of the Lord, and bshall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, ceven from his mother’s womb.
16 “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
17 a“He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 And Zacharias said to the angel,

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aJohn 20:31
1Or are most
surely believed
2 aActs 1:21,
22 bActs 1:2
cHeb. 2:3
3 aActs 1:1
1Lit. accurately
4 a[John
20:31] 5 aMatt. 2:1
b1 Chr. 24:1,
10 cNeh. 12:4
dLev. 21:13, 14
9 aEx. 30:7, 8
1he was chosen
by lot
10 aLev. 16:17
11 aEx. 30:1
12 aLuke 2:9
13 aLuke 1:57,
60, 63
14 aLuke 1:58
15 a[Luke
7:24–28] bNum. 6:3
cJer. 1:5
17 aMal. 4:5, 6;
Matt. 3:1–3;
18 aGen. 17:17
19 aDan. 8:16
bLuke 2:10
1this good
20 aEzek. 3:26;
23 a2 Kin. 11:5
25 aGen. 30:23
27 aIs. 7:14;
Matt. 1:18
28 aDan. 9:23
bJudg. 6:12
1NU omits
blessed are
you among
29 aLuke 1:12
1NU omits
when she saw
30 aLuke 2:52
31 aIs. 7:14;
Matt. 1:21, 25
bLuke 2:21
32 aMark 5:7
b2 Sam. 7:12,
13, 16 c2 Sam.
7:14–17 dMatt.
33 a[Dan. 2:44] 34 1Am a virgin
35 aMatt. 1:20
b[Heb. 1:2, 8]

LUKE 1:36

a“How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am aGabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you 1these glad btidings.
20 “But behold, ayou will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple.
22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.
23 So it was, as soon as athe days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to atake away my reproach among people.”

Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 to a virgin abetrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, a“Rejoice, highly favored one, bthe Lord is with you; 1blessed are you among women!”
29 But 1when she saw him, ashe was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found afavor with God.
31 a“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and bshall call His name JESUS.
32 “He will be great, aand will be called the Son of the Highest; and bthe Lord God will give Him the cthrone of His dfather David.
33 a“And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I 1do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, a“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called bthe Son of God.
36 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her

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LUKE 1:37

old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
37 “For awith God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, ato a city of Judah,
40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was afilled with the Holy Spirit.
42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, a“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 “For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 a“Blessed is she who 1believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

The Song of Mary

46 And Mary said:

a“My soul 1magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has arejoiced in bGod my Savior.
48 For aHe has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth ball generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty ahas done great things for me, And bholy is His name.
50 And aHis mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.
51 aHe has shown strength with His arm; bHe has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 aHe has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.
53 He has afilled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has helped His aservant Israel, bIn remembrance of His mercy,
55 aAs He spoke to our bfathers, To Abraham and to his cseed forever.”

37 aGen. 18:14;
Jer. 32:17;
Matt. 19:26;
Mark 10:27;
Rom. 4:21
39 aJosh. 21:9
41 aActs 6:3
42 aJudg. 5:24
45 aJohn 20:29
1Or believed
that there
46 a1 Sam.
2:1–10; Ps.
34:2, 3; Hab.
1Declares the
greatness of
47 aPs. 35:9;
Hab. 3:18
b1 Tim. 1:1;
2:3; Titus 1:3;
2:10; 3:4; Jude
48 a1 Sam.
1:11; Ps. 138:6
bLuke 11:27
49 aPs. 71:19;
126:2, 3 bPs.
111:9; Rev. 4:8
50 aGen. 17:7;
Ex. 20:6; 34:6,
7; Ps. 103:17
51 aPs. 98:1;
118:15; Is.
40:10 bPs.
33:10; [1 Pet.
5:5] 52 a1 Sam.
2:7, 8
53 a[Matt. 5:6] 54 aIs. 41:8
bPs. 98:3; [Jer.
31:3] 55 aGen. 17:19;
Ps. 132:11;
[Gal. 3:16] b[Rom. 11:28] cGen. 17:7
58 a[Rom.
12:15] 59 aGen. 17:12;
Lev. 12:3;
Luke 2:21;
Phil. 3:5
60 aLuke 1:13,
66 aLuke 2:19
bGen. 39:2;
Acts 11:21
67 aJoel 2:28
68 a1 Kin. 1:48;
Ps. 106:48
bEx. 3:16
69 a2 Sam.
22:3; Ps.
132:17; Ezek.
70 aJer. 23:5;
Rom. 1:2
bActs 3:21
72 aLev. 26:42
73 aGen. 12:3;
[Heb. 6:13] 74 a[Rom. 6:18;
Heb. 9:14]

56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

Birth of John the Baptist

57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.
58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they arejoiced with her.

Circumcision of John the Baptist

59 So it was, aon the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias.
60 His mother answered and said, a“No; he shall be called John.”
61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”
62 So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled.
64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.
65 Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea.
66 And all those who heard them akept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And bthe hand of the Lord was with him.

Zacharias’ Prophecy

67 Now his father Zacharias awas filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
68 “Blesseda is the Lord God of Israel, For bHe has visited and redeemed His people,
69 aAnd has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,
70 aAs He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been bsince the world began,
71 That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us,
72 aTo perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant,
73 aThe oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
74 To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might aserve Him without fear,

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75 aIn holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

76 “And you, child, will be called the aprophet of the Highest; For byou will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give aknowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the 1Dayspring from on high 2has visited us;
79 aTo give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To bguide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 So athe child grew and became strong in spirit, and bwas in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

75 a[Eph. 4:24] 76 aMatt. 3:3;
11:9 bIs. 40:3
77 a[Mark 1:4] 78 1Lit. Dawn;
the Messiah
2NU shall
79 aIs. 9:2
b[John 10:4;
14:27; 16:33] 80 aLuke 2:40
bMatt. 3:1

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The Blessed State of the Righteous


1 Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who adelights greatly in His commandments.

2 aHis descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 aWealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness 1endures forever.
4 aUnto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 aA good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs bwith discretion.

PSALM 112 References

1 aPs. 128:1
1Heb. Hallelujah
2 a[Ps. 102:28] 3 aProv. 3:16;
8:18; [Matt.
6:33] 1stands
4 aJob 11:17;
Ps. 97:11
5 aPs. 37:26;
[Luke 6:35] b[Eph. 5:15;
Col. 4:5] 6 aProv. 10:7
7 a[Prov. 1:33] 8 aHeb. 13:9
b[Ps. 27:1;
56:11]; Prov.
1:33; 3:24; [Is.
12:2] cPs.
9 1Strength

6 Surely he will never be shaken; aThe righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
7 aHe will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 His aheart is established; bHe will not be afraid, Until he csees his desire upon his enemies.

9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His 1horn will be exalted with honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.




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