Why not a project on Luke? My last reference on here was to Romans, and I have very much enjoyed that… sorry for not sharing more of it. Perhaps I will at some point!
But I read Luke recently, and it seems to me time to spend some moments looking at this incredible gospel, and understanding where it is coming from a little more.
How do you get to know a book of the Bible better? I follow Torrey’s method, which is to read the book through, and then simply to list, in my own words, the events of each chapter. You can see my handwritten notes on Luke below:
So having made those notes, I read through them again, and started to get a sense of some of the bigger ideas and preoccupations of the gospel of Luke.
At one point, I thought about going back to Matthew, to get a point of comparison, but then felt it was not right to, as every single book of the Bible has an artistic whole, and also a spiritual whole. I will get insight into Jesus’ life, and how the Father works, through Luke that I will not get from a different gospel. Yes, Luke might have referred to a mutual source, and as one of the later gospels to be written certainly would have done. BUT there is a special anointing on Luke, that yields special treasures.
Don’t you often find, the more you burrow into something of worth, that the more distinct and rarefied and precious it is? Half the delights of study and specialised knowledge, come from particular discoveries. And a quarter again of the delights of this study are being able to induct others into the joy of those particular discoveries. This is true of all literary study, but SO MUCH MORE TRUE of the Word of God, as it carries authority, creativity, fecundity, divinity and life-transforming power of the highest order.
So I have also started to read through the gospel of Luke, to start to see the connections between it all; my plan is to read through it in a reasonably short space of time, so that the connections come through to me. You can see the recordings already done below, if you’re interested. And I must say, that simply the reading of Scripture, simply the entrance of God’s Word, brings light. Next time I record, I will do two chapters in each ‘slot’.
Let me encourage you to read Luke along with me over the next few weeks.