Week of September 8 - Day 1

Day 1 Read: Luke 10:25-28

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 

Reflect: What was the teacher of the law asking Jesus? How did Jesus respond? Why do you think Jesus turned the question back on the man?

Consider: “You have answered correctly”. Jesus’ affirmation reveals to Luke’s readers that 10:27 is indeed the way to eternal life.

Do this and you will live. Another way of phrasing this idea is found in Acts 2:38 and 16:31. The verb “do this” is in a present imperative, and Luke emphasized by this the continual nature of the Christian commitment.[1]

Respond: What do you think was the motive behind the man’s question in verse 25? Think about how the lawyer’s question was designed to trap Jesus, and how he even answered his own question. What motives drive you when you seek answers from scripture? Do you want the “cold hard truth” or just the minimum to get by?


[1] Robert H. Stein, Luke, vol. 24, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 316.