Luke 18:18-43 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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Jesus Gives Sight to a Blind Beggar
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Luke 18:18-43
Memory Verse: 42

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I. The Rich Young Good Guy (18-30)

>1. Who came to Jesus? (18, 21, 23; Matt. 19:20)

* Luke 18:18 "A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

* Luke 18:21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said."

* Luke 18:23 "When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth."

* Matthew 19:20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"

* Its not clear if Matthew 19 and Mark 10 are the same event and man.

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>What did he ask Jesus?

* "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

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>Why does Jesus reply teach about him and his understanding of the man's motive? (19)

* Luke 18:19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone."

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>If the man already know the commandments why did Jesus repeat them?

* Luke 18:20 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"

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>2. What kept him from being perfect? (21-22)

* Luke 18:21-22 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

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>What does his reaction reveal? (23)

* Luke 18:23 "When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth."

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>What can we learn from Jesus and about Jesus from his next words to the rich young good guy?

* Luke 18:24-25 "Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

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>3. What encouraging words did Jesus give those who were suprized? (26-27)

* Luke 18:26-27 "Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

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>Why did Peter state what he did?

* Luke 18:28 "Peter said, “We've left our homes to follow you."

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>How did Jesus encourage him?

* Luke 18:29-30 "Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

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II. Jesus Again Predicts His Death (31-34)

Jesus' Late-Ministry Travels

>4. What did Jesus know about the details of the things that would happen to him in Jerusalem?

* Luke 18:31-32 "Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him."

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>What is the final outcome?

* Luke 18:33 "On the third day he will rise again."

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>5. Why did the disciples not understand?

* Luke 18:34 "The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about."

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>Why then tell them?

* Luke 24:6-8 "He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" Then they remembered his words."

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III. A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight (35-43)

>6. Where did the blind man live?

* Luke 18:35 "As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging."

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>How did he earn his living?

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>What does this tell us about his fatalistic life?

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>How did he know that Jesus was passing by the place where he was living?

* Luke 18:36-37 "When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."

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>7. What did he do when he learn about Jesus passing by?

* Luke 18:38 "So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

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>Why did those who led Jesus' way rebuke the blind man?

* Luke 18:39a "Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.”

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>Why did he shout all the more inspite of their words?

* Luke 18:39b "But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

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>What did he believe about Jesus?

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>9. How did the man respond to Jesus?

* Luke 18:40-41 "When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” "Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”"

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>What did Jesus do for him?

* Luke 18:42 "And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”

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>What did Jesus mean when he said, "Your faith has healed you"?

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>What can be learned from the blind man?

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>10. How did the man and the crowd respond to this miracle?

* LUke 18:43 "nstantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too."

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>What does this event teach us about Jesus?

* Isaiah 29:18-19 "In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."

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