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Notes on Luke 18:31-19:10

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Luke 18:31-34

Jesus prepared his disciple for his impending death. written by the prophets. Jesus wants the disciples to be clear on the fact that his crucifixion and death were not unknown to God. All of his promises had been moving toward the coming of Christ (24:26-27, 44-47). Son of Man. See note on 5:24.

Luke 18:32-33

These are some of the details that surrounded the death of Christ. But each of these things was predicted in detail hundreds of years before it happened (see note on v. 31; 9:22). given over. See 20:20; 23:1-2. mocked. See 22:63; 23:11, 36; Ps. 22:7. shamefully treated. See 22:63-65; 23:35, 39; Ps. 22:17; Isa. 53:3. spit upon. See Isa. 50:6; Mark 14:65; 14:19. whipping. See Isa. 50:6; Mark 15:15. kill. See 23:44-46; Ps. 22:18; Isa. 53:5, 12. rise. See 24:1-12; Ps. 16:10.

Luke 18:34

The disciples could not see how Jesus's death fit into their understanding of God's plan for the Christ.

Luke 18:35-43

Though physically blind, a man has enough spiritual sight to see that Jesus is the promised Christ. He trusted Jesus for healing and followed as his disciple.

Luke 18:35

blind man. Mark tells us that his name was Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46). begging. The man lived by the generous support of others.

Luke 18:38

Son of David. Luke previously emphasized Jesus's connection to David (1:27, 32; 2:4). But this is the first time someone addressed Jesus by the title. The man was acknowledging Jesus as the promised Christ. mercy. When he knows Jesus is there, he doesn't beg for money (v. 35). Instead, he calls out to the Christ, asking for mercy (see v. 13).

Luke 18:39

rebuked. The crowd urged him to be quiet, without mercy or compassion. cried out all the more. The blind man was persistent because of his desperation. It was a sign of his faith in Jesus (vv. 1-8; 8:15).

Luke 18:40

Unlike like the crowds (v. 39), Jesus responded with compassion.

Luke 18:41

The blind man had such confidence in the power of Christ that the impossible was a simple request (17:6). His request for healing revealed the depth of this man's faith. And this is why Jesus grants the request (v. 42).

Luke 18:42

faith. The conduit through which he received the healing. It wasn't a work or something that he did to earn God's blessing. healed. This man's recovery of sight points to his forgiveness of sins (v. 43). Jesus is just as powerful to deal physical healing as he is spiritual healing.

Luke 18:43

followed him. The blind man wanted more than healing. He revealed the fullness of his faith by becoming a disciple of Jesus (v. 42). people . . . gave praise to God. The man not only praised God, but encouraged others to do the same (see 1 Pet. 2:9-10).

Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus was an unlikely candidate to become a disciple of Jesus. He was rich (18:25) and despised by the people for his work as a tax collector (v. 2). Yet, nothing is impossible for the God who seeks and saves the lost (v. 10; 18:27).

Jesus' Commitment to Save the Lost - Luke 18:31–19:10

Jesus tried to prepare his disciples for his impending death in Jerusalem. This would be the culmination of God's plan to save a people for himself (see Rom. 3:21-26).

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