- If you live in the Evansville/Henderson Area, will you go to Fall Fest this year? What is your “must have” when you do go?
This week we are going to continue our study of Luke. We will examine Luke 11 and see how some passages from the Old Testament can help us better understand what we are reading.
BIBLE ENGAGMENT- LUKE 11:29-32
CONTEXT– Jesus has been with the crowds teaching and performing miracles, yet the people continue to ask for a sign.
29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.
- What stands out to you from this verse?
- What questions does it raise?
- Do you think that the people were really searching, or simply wanting to see more “tricks” from Jesus? What makes you say that?
QUESTIONS– In this short passage, Jesus gives 2 Old Testament references. First, he mentions Jonah. However, within his discussion of Jonah he mentions “The Queen of the South.” When we come across these types of references, it is a good practice to look them up to see if they can inform our interpretation. So, we will examine the Queen of Sheba reference.
QUEEN OF SHEBA – 1 KINGS 10:1-9
The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon
10 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.2 Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind.3 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. 4 When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, 5 the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at[a] the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.
6 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. 7 But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.8 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 9 Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”
- What stands out to you from this story?
- Why do you think Jesus references this story in Luke 11? What is the connection?
- On Sunday, Pastor Chris described the Queen of Sheba’s encounter like this: “She SEARCHED, She DISCOVERED, She BELIEVED.” How might that be different that what is happening in the Luke passage?
- Have there been times in your life where you were similar to the crowds in Luke 11 . . . you weren’t really searching even though you acted like you were?
- There are those like the crowd in Luke 11 that are not really searching for truth. This person may not be ready to hear what Jesus has to say. However, there are those in our life that are searching, that are seeking to discover. We believe those that are truly searching will eventually find ultimate truth in Jesus.
Think of one person in your life that you would categorize as “searching.” This would be a great person to invite to our upcoming “Explorer Edition.”
- How can your group hold one another accountable to putting out an invitation to “Explorer Edition” to the person you just named/thought of?
CLOSE IN PRAYER