Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalms 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8
Today is the 13th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and that it is great to be here with you today and all gathered around the global campfire for the next step forward, which will take us back into the book of Numbers, but when we get to the New Testament we’ll be beginning the third gospel, the gospel of Luke as we finished the gospel of Mark yesterday. So, we’ll talk about Luke when we get to Luke but first numbers, chapter 19 and 20. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.
Introduction to the Book of Luke:
Okay. So, we are about to begin the third book of the New Testament, which is the third gospel known as the book of Luke or the gospel of Luke. And Luke has a little bit more of an intriguing story regarding its place in history. So, we’ve been reading Matthew and Mark and now we are going to read Luke and Luke is the third of what is known as the synoptic Gospels Matthew Mark and Luke. Now, they’re called the synoptic Gospels because they’re very familiar in the stories that they tell and the way that there composed. There so similar that it’s widely believed among biblical scholars that one couldn’t really exist without the other, that they were written at different times, but they were used…they were known and so they were used as source material for each other. So, it’s believed that the gospel of Mark, the gospel that we just completed was the first gospel ever written down about Jesus with Matthew coming next maybe about a decade later-ish and with the gospel of Luke that we’re about to read now perhaps within five years of that. Of course, like specifically dating these books, right down to the month and year, that’s pretty impossible, but there is compelling evidence that the gospel of Luke may have been the last of the synoptic Gospels because of the way it’s written. And it’s not…I mean it is the skill of Luke, the writer, but it’s as if these stories have been fleshed out over time. And, so, it’s tightly written and its concise and it flows narratively well. So, scholarly opinion is that Luke not only wrote the gospel of Luke, but he was also the writer of the book of Acts and that Luke and Acts are two volumes of the same work and that each of these volumes were written to a man named Theophilus. So, there’s been some debate about that in trying to date Luke because there was a high priest in Jerusalem named Theophilus between A.D. 37. and the early 40s, but I would say that most scholars would date Luke later than that and the material in the gospel of Luke, you know, whereas the gospel of Matthew is very Hebrews centric, right, Jesus is fulfilling Hebrew prophecies basically on every page, the gospel of Luke is written more from a Gentile perspective and it shows the gospel of Jesus as an inclusive thing, not only a Hebrew centric thing. It includes the whole world and welcomes us all into the family of God. So, that gives us a little bit of an overview of the territory that we are about to head into, the third gospel, the third book of the New Testament, Luke. Today, chapter 1 verses 1 through 25.
Father, we thank You for your word and Father, we thank You for bringing us to the gospel of Luke. And now that we have entered into the third of the Gospels we pay attention to the fact that we’re moving through this story during a season that is leading us toward Easter. And, so, Father, we commit ourselves to paying even more close attention to the words coming off the pages and into our ears in the gospel of Luke and we invite your Holy Spirit to come, reveal things that we perhaps hadn’t understood before, been aware of before, all in pursuit of intimacy with You, Jesus. It’s You, we seek it’s You we want to walk with, it’s You that we want to become like. So, in this season where we are inviting your Holy Spirit to rearrange whatever needs to be rearranged in our lives and to insert or pull out of our lives things that do or do not belong all in the pursuit of intimacy with You and becoming more like You, well then, we commit ourselves to paying close attention to the words that come off the page and into our ears. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
I used to make a lot of plans and
then I’d ask God to bless them
but I never stopped to seek His face so I know I used to test Him
and still He wouldn’t let me down He’d let me do things my own way
and when I’d fail He’d pick me up
He knew I’d get it right someday
He changed my pride to humility
He changed my doubt to faith
my desires now have purity
and within His plans I’m safe
in everything I seek His face I let Him make all the plans
I trust in Him to give me strength
because the whole world’s in His hands
firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to give a shout out to Annette Allison. I heard your prayer for Lloyd your husband. I’m praying for his renewed strength and for God’s perfect peace to reside in his heart. Also, Kathy I heard you, from, I think it was Kentucky, you’re gettin’ tired, you’re about ready to give up. I pray for your strength to be renewed too and that’s concerning your nephews addiction. Alright. And Brian and the Hardin family, once again thank you for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow. Alright. Keep it flowing y’all. Alright. Bye-bye.
Lord, Lord, I thank You for your word so that we can rest in confident trust when You say be overcome by the power of your blood in our testimony. Thank You for taking all our sin, all sin committed by any human for all time upon yourself so that we can experience the presence of our wonderful heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit and You Jesus our Emmanuelle. Lord, I bring before a daughter great sin has been perpetrated against your daughter by early Father who was ordained to respect You glory and be an example of your righteousness and mercy to mankind and He violated the trust of His daughter and sinned against You Lord and I hear this and I’m reminded of my own violation and I’m so grateful God that You have redeemed the last treasure of my virginity, my future as a beloved wife, my relationship o myself and my ability to trust those in authority because Lord, You have revealed to me how much You love me, how much You, yourself suffered at the hands of sinful men and that miraculously in You I am born again. In You Christ Jesus is my identity. Not in the sin perpetrated against me, Satan’s lies, his __, his __ because he has no power over me. God, Your word stands alone as true. The cross is the final truth and Jesus is alive and living in me. Alleluia. Thank You, Jesus that in You our Father can redeem the stone upon our hearts so we can receive clarity, truth, confidence, hope and be ever filled with a love of the Almighty God who claims us as His own, His own treasured possession to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. Lord, I pray all this mercy, grace, and truth established in this blessed daughter that her life and anyone else’s life who the devil has attempted to destroy through sexual violation, please forgive us Father God all of us for all our sin. Only in the Lord are remade holy and righteous and it’s in…
Hey Daily Audio Bible family, this is Cherished One in Chicago and I have a couple praises and a prayer request. One praise is that winter is almost over in Chicago, which is a big deal because Chicago winters are no joke. Another thing is God provided money for a ticket for me to go visit a family member down south and he provided a ticket that’s not super expensive. So, that’s a really big praise. My prayer request, I guess I’ll just pray it out. Jesus, thank You for today, thank You that You gave me an idea to call the Daily Audio Bible, so I won’t feel so alone tonight. I ask that You would encourage my heart and anybody else’s who really struggles, especially on Sunday nights. It’s just…intense loneliness. I ask that You would help us to not believe the lie that a person can fill that even though that You know my heart so longs to have a mate. I ask that You would just prepare my heart for a future whatever that is gonna look like and help me not push so hard and search so much for that. I ask that for anybody listening to this that they want to give up on life that You would just give them a new sense of hope and peace and joy in You and that You’d remind each one of us of the gospel and how beautiful it is. Jesus I’ve forgotten, I really have forgotten, but please remind me and give me heart soft enough to hear it. Amen.
Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Jackie calling from Colorado and I have a prayer request today for my son and myself. My son’s name is Justin, I’m Jackie and he’s from…he’s being released from prison in nine days and he is coming to stay with me. His father’s driving him here from eastern Colorado. And Justin and I get along very well. And it was my decision to move to Colorado so I can be here for his release and so he would have some stability…lots of stability and support. And I just pray and I ask for the Daily Audio Bible family to pray for myself and for Justin, that I will know how to…not be so much…that I will be the woman that I should be when I’m dealing with him. I know I tend to be motherly and he’s a grown man and I just don’t want to…how can I say this…I just want to treat him with love and respect and that how God would want me to treat him. And, so, just pray that the Spirit of the Lord just comes down upon me heavily, that I get wisdom and the fruits of the Spirit will be manifested in my life and that I can treat my son with respect that God would have __…
Hello, my DAB family this is Mark Street from Sydney Australia. Today is Monday the 11th of March and on, you know, family, look, I’m just calling in for myself today. This time of the year I think I told you during the last year that in the lent season I become…always seem very depressed and I feel other things and there’s no logical reason for it. I’m just asking for you lift me up in prayer. I know this family is so wonderful and I just need God’s help through this season. There’s no reason I should feel like this but I just feel helpless at the moment. I thank you family. I love you and hopefully I will pull myself out of this very quickly. Love you. Bye.