Luke 18 Outline
– The parable of the widow who persistently plead with the judge to grant her justice (Luke 18:1-8)
– The parable of the proud pharisee and humble tax collector (Luke 18:9-14)
– The kingdom of God is for those who are humble like little children (Luke 18:15-17)
– The rich ruler who rejected God because he cannot let go of his wealth (Luke 18:18-30)
– Jesus predicted about his death and resurrection (Luke 18:31-34)
– Jesus healed a blind man called Bartimaeus (Luke 18:35-43)
Luke 18 Bible Study
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells the parable of a persistent widow to remind them to pray persistently and not give up. In the parable, a widow importunately asked a judge to give him a fair judgment against the adversary. The judge will eventually grant justice to the woman because he gets fed up with her continuous pleas. Jesus want us to pray persistently in our requests to him so that our faith can be strengthened. God is the only judge of this world. He is a righteous judge who judge fairly. He always keep his promises and never tell lies.
In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells the parable of the pharisee and tax collector who went up to the temple to pray. The Pharisee, who is proud, criticize the tax collector in his prayer, by saying that he is more righteous than him and that he fast 2 times per week and give tithe. The tax collector, who is humble, did not even look to heaven when praying and he beat his breasts and confessed he is a sinner. Jesus is using this parable to tells us that anyone who is proud will be brought down while those who are humbled will be exalted by God. Haughtiness is a sin. We must never be haughty because it creates a wall between us and God. God is holy and he wants us to be holy for him. Pride is responsible for all kinds of evil including jealousy, war, revenge and etc.
In Luke 18:15-17, Jesus said that anyone who want to receive the gift of eternal life must be like little children. Children are naÃ¯ve and they believer everything that people tell them. If you can naively believe in Jesus like children, you will be able to please God and receive from him whatever you ask in your prayer.
In Luke 18:18-30, a ruler came to Jesus and asked what should he do to receive the gift of eternal life. Jesus replied that he must obey the ten commandments. The ruler said that he had kept these commandments since he was a boy. Then, Jesus asked him to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor so that he can have treasures in heaven. After, he must come and follow Jesus. When the ruler heard this, he was sad because he hold tightly onto his money and decided he couldn’t let go of his wealth. If you want to be a follower of Jesus, you must be willing to sacrifice everything that is precious to you. Jesus said whoever that wants to be his disciple must put God first in his life.
In Luke 18:31-34, Jesus predicted that he will be handed over to the enemies and be mocked, insulted, spat and flogged. Then, he will die and risen to life on the third day.
In Luke 18:35-43, Jesus healed a blind man who was sitting along the road nearby to Jericho. This story is recounted in Mark 10:46-52. The blind man is called Bartimaeus. When Bartimaeus heard the crowd, he asked the people what is happening and they told him Jesus is passing through the city. When Bartimaeus realized this, he shouted to Jesus to have mercy on him. The people rebuked him but he shouted even louder. Then, Jesus stopped and asked them to bring the blind man to him. Jesus asked the blind man what he should do for him and he replied he want to see. Because of Bartimaeus faith, his eyes were healed. As soon as his eyes got healed, he followed Jesus. Bartimaeus did not keep quiet when the crowd rebuked him but he shouted even louder. When you pray for something, you must desire it to happen otherwise God won’t do it for you.