Epistles of Thomas

October 4, 2008

Luke 13-15

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Those eighteen who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them…(13:4). This is an obvious reference to a historical event that occurred during the lifetime of Jesus. It would be valuable to learn as much as you can about it. Why does Jesus say that no prophet can die outside Jerusalem (13:33)? Has this been the case in Jewish history?

In chapter 14, Jesus explains what it will cost to become his disciple. How does counting the cost of building a tower relate to making the decision to spend your lifetime following Jesus? Do we, today, place too much emphasis on getting people saved “from hell” without helping them to count the cost of what this will mean in being saved “to a life of saltiness.”

At the beginning of chapter 15 the religious leaders are again complaining about Jesus welcoming sinners and eating with them. Jesus responds with three stories: the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son. How do these three parables answer their accusation? What does it say about the people of Israel, their relationship to God and their relationship to Jesus?

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