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Luke 04

Luke 04

The fourth chapter of Luke contains the stories of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, Jesus being rejected at Nazareth, Jesus driving out an evil spirit, Jesus healing many with diseases and sicknesses, and Jesus trying to look for a solitary place, but being sought after.

Presentation of Luke 04

Review questions:

  • Who wrote this story? Luke
  • Who was Luke writing this story to? Theophilus
  • Who was Luke writing this story about? Jesus
  • Who are some of the characters that we have met so far in Luke’s story? [kids shared a bunch of names]

For a further sense of understanding the first century culture that Jesus lived in, teacher and songwriter Michael Card has a series of videos about Luke. I edited a section out of his video of what a first century home would have looked like. Here is the link (password is: hwcyouth).

I then talked through the story of Jesus’ temptation by the devil/Satan.

  • I discussed the first temptation of turning stones into bread (because Jesus would have been extremely hungry and bread would have sounded really good at the time). Jesus answered this first temptation with “It is written…”
  • The second temptation was an offering of all the kingdoms of the world for a little devil worship. Jesus answered with another, “It is written…”
  • The third temptation to throw himself off of a cliff to be caught by his angels was presented with a little Scriptural backing from Satan about angels protecting Jesus. Jesus answered with still another, “It is written…”

Each time he was presented with temptation, Jesus relied on the Word of God to be able to stand up under temptation. The enemy doesn’t often tempt us with things that we don’t care about. The enemy tempts us with things that we REALLY like. Since our memory verse had been 1 Corinthians 10:13 for the month of September, the selection of that verse was driven home in light of the story of Jesus’ temptation and his example of how to withstand temptation.

I borrowed a student to demonstrate throwing himself off of a cliff when we talked through the people of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth when he told them that the Scripture in Isaiah that he had read was fulfilled in their hearing by Jesus. The people took him to a cliff and were going to throw him off, but he walked right through them.

Then we talked about the story of Jesus having power and authority over evil spirits as well as sickness and disease.

Two key verses stood out in this fourth chapter of Luke:

  1. Luke 4:32 – “They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.”
  2. Luke 4:37 – “And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.”

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