Responses to “Moving Toward a Conclusion”

Luke 9:57-62 and parallels (Bible Hub parallel gospels, pg.96)

What document is this? (Doc Q)

What qualities are added to the Son of Man image? (homeless in the world, nomadic, undefined unless on a journey)

What does it mean to have holes and nests? (security, home)

If the Son of Man does not have the security animals have, where is security found? (separate from ’things’, related to authority)

Who or what is the Son of Man here? (part that seeks to  be in relationship with God). Note this is a paradoxical word: universal and particular at the same time.

Luke 9:51, “When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem,”

compared to Mk.10:1, “And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them,” and Mt. 19:1-2, “Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;  and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.”

What geographical reference exists in Lk, but not in Mt & Mk? (Jerusalem)

Why the choice to go to Jerusalem? (symbolic for Jews as the place of God, for Jesus this also the place where God’s Law has been perverted, place of confrontation with the source of the perversion)

What does this say about Jesus’ attitude to conflict? (must be faced)

Luke 13:31-35

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

How does Jesus identify himself in v.33? (prophet)

What alternatives is he given at the beginning? (Go or stay)

What choice does he make? (to go)

What feeling comes through in vv.34-35?  (sadness, grief, maternal)

With what imagery would Jesus have to be in touch to be able to speak this way? (feminine,  relationship with God.)

Luke 12:49-53 

49 “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; 52 for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

What kind of fire  is Jesus talking about? The same as John’s or different? (like the fire required for banksia seeds to sprout, like the Aborigines’ nurturing the bush)

To what is Jesus referring in the next line? (baptism) What is its relationship to his first baptism? (final transaction, that which is demanded by first baptism, another meeting with God)

Luke 12:54-59

54 He also said to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

57 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper.”

What is Jesus complaining about? (people can’t read the signs)

What are the signs they are missing? (crumbling of society, denying of the prophets, zealot movement, politicisation and commercialisation of religion)

What are the signs of our times that are being missed? (increasing gap between rich and poor, climate change, increasingly polarised ideologies, lack of real leadership due to poll-driven politicians)

What is Jesus saying in v.57 in your own words? (choose the good, do the highest good)

What keeps you from “judging what is right” for yourself? (fear of conflict, lazy, following expectations, paralysed by enormity of problems, despair and isolation)

Mark 11:1-11 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 140)

What is going on in Jesus in Lk.19:41-44? (separation, failure, anger, isolation/desolation)

To what is Jesus referring? (sack of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple) Is it original? (either a genuine prophet statement by Jesus or an addition by Luke after the fact; (you choose))

What was happening and going on around him? (zealotry, prep for Passover, lack of unity)

What is it Jesus says they don’t know?  (the time of their ‘visitation’)

What does it mean to ‘know your visitation?’  Rewrite in your own words. (they knew not the Kingdom of God is already among them- God’s decisive moment for them.)

What/who is doing the ‘visiting’? (God? the Spirit? the Messiah? the Son of Man? Himself?)

Luke 23:27-30

27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. 28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’

What is the quality/feeling of Jesus in Lk.23:27-30? (feeling what it would have been like to miss the moment, sour grapes) 

If people had heard and understood Jesus’ teaching, why might that have changed the situation? (People would not have mistaken Jesus for the Messiah and hence there would have been no charge of blasphemy by the Jewish authorities and the Romans would not have been threatened by the Jewish ‘king’, and it they had followed his teachings, peace would have broken out)

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