International Subject: Living as God’s People
U.H.S.C. Subject: Pressing Forward, Not Looking Back
Lesson Text: Luke 6:12, 13, 17-31
12. And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
17. And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
18. And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
19. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
20. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
24. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
25. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
26. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
29. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
30. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
I. Praying and Choosing (Luke 6:12, 13)
II. Healing and Teaching (Luke 6:17-31)
Time: AD 31
General Theme: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” — Luke 9:62
The choosing of the twelve apostles can be interpreted several ways, each adding to our understanding. Metaphysically, we know that lying within us are twelve powers that must be activated. Spiritually, we see that there are times when we must pray all night long. In prayer and meditation, we condition our mind to bow in humble submission to the will of God. Naturally, Jesus didn’t just pick anybody to be his apostles. Jesus had thousands of disciples; these twelve were the leadership team in training. Leaders have to be trained
Jesus’ words to the disciples are reminiscent of his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Jesus was a man on a mission. As Jesus said, “…No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) In our last lesson, we saw Jesus being repeatedly attacked by the Pharisees. Yet here, we see Jesus elevating apostles, teaching disciples, preaching to the masses and healing the sick. Jesus didn’t allow his critics to silence his ministry. Continue in the calling of God on your life and he will give you strength to carry on.