Note: Jesus's claim concerning Himself was two-fold: a) Messiah/Christ (i.e., the promised Deliverer); and b) the Son of the Living God (i.e., God come in the flesh). As difficult as these were, Jesus was persistent and strategic in setting them before the Jewish people of His day. Furthermore, as He made these claims, He performed miracles to validate the truth of His claim as a divine messenger, and, thus, the truth of those terribly incredible claims.
Notes: These passages were read earlier in another connection. The point here is that these are the narrative of Jesus's first tour through the villages and synagogues of Galilee. This tour came early in the Galilean campaign.
Scripture: Luke 8:1-3
Notes: Only Luke narrates the second tour, and that only briefly.
Questions/Observations: Notice that although some of these men will be later called as apostles, at this point that has not happened; they are traveling with Jesus as His disciples.
Notes: This tour occurs late in the 18-month Galilean ministry, after the nation had determined to disbelieve and after it had become clear that, because of the anger of Jesus's Pharisaic enemies, He did not have much more time before they would find a way to silence Him.
Adapted from the Life of Christ study notes of Dr. Doug Bookman, professor of New Testament Exposition at Shepherds Theological Seminary (used by permission).
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