THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
DAY 14 STUDY QUESTIONS
I. Who is Luke written to and what does the name mean?
II. How did Luke write his Gospel? What methods did he use to get the information? What possible sources do you think he used?
III. When does Luke set his Gospel and why is that important?
IV. How does Luke describe Zechariah and Elizabeth?
V. What is an angel? Is angel a descriptive term? A general term? What does angel mean? Are all angels the same kind of creature?
VI. What kind of vow was John the Baptist to have at birth? What are the rules of this vow? What other characters in both the Old and New Testament took this vow?
VII. Why was Zechariah made mute? Was it a punishment?
VIII. Where does Gabriel stand? Who is Gabriel? Why does he come speak to men in the Bible?
IX. Why did Elizabeth feel disgrace at being barren?
X. Who does Luke make sure to connect with David in 1:27? Why? How did Jews track lineage?
XI. How is the greeting the angel gives Mary similar to the one given in Daniel 10? What is the significance of this?
XII. Why did Zechariah get struck mute when he questions the angel, but Mary is not?
XIII. What will make Mary pregnant?
XIV. How does Mary answer the angel?
XV. Does Mary give consent, or is the pregnancy forced on her? Explain.
XVI. How far is Nazareth from Judea? Why did Mary go there?
XVII. What is the response of the baby in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary entered the house? What happened to Elizabeth?
XVIII. What popular worship song is based upon Mary’s song?
XIX. Does Mary consider herself to be more holy than other people? What clues might be found in her song?
XX. Why did it matter if Elizabeth and Zechariah named their son after a relative?
XXI. What was Zechariah’s first response on being able to speak again?
XXII. How does Zechariah’s song differ from Mary’s?
XXIII. Where did John live until his ministry? What group lived in this place?
XXIV. Why is Dr. Luke careful to give specific details about who was reigning and what was happening politcally?
XXV. Why did Joseph go to Bethlehem? Was he born there? What does Bethlehem mean?
XXVI. How do Luke’s details differ from Matthew, concerning the birth of Jesus?
XXVII. What time of year were shepherds usually out in the field?
XXVIII. What is the first response most people in the Bible have to an angel?
XXIX. Did the shepherds follow a star to Bethlehem?
XXX. How did Mary respond to all this?
XXXI. On what day was Jesus circumcised?
XXXII. Why did Mary and Joseph take the baby to Jerusalem?
XXXIII. What did Simeon say about Jesus?
XXXIV. Why did Mary and Joseph marvel at his words? Didn’t they already know who Jesus was?
XXXV. How would you feel if someone said things about your child that Simeon said to Mary?
XXXVI. Did Anna live at the temple?
XXXVII. How far was Nazareth from Jerusalem? How often did Mary and Joseph go to Jerusalem? Why did they go there?
XXXVIII. What is special about the age of 12 in the Jewish religion?
XXXIX. Was Jesus disrespectful to his parents by making them worry and then the way he answered them?
XL. What does this teach us about motivation and attitude and our modern views?
XLI. What phrase is repeated here, to describe Mary’s reaction to these events? How does this ring true for mothers, today?
XLII. Who did Jesus grow in favor with? How does this contrast to what will happen later in Nazareth when he is on his ministry?
XLIII. Note the careful record of the government and political happenings of the time. Why is Luke so methodical about this?
XLIV. Where did John preach?
XLV. How did he respond to his hearers? Would that work today? Why or why not?
XLVI. When the crowd asks what they should do, what is John’s response to them? What does this emphasize about the things God cares about?
XLVII. If we are not taking care of those who are in need, do any of our other “righteous deeds” matter? What does this teach us about the role of the Church? Is our Sunday morning response to God’s calling appropriate? Why or why not?
XLVIII. What does John mean, “I baptize you with water… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit?” What is baptism with the Holy Spirit? Doe this mean we all need to be charismatic and speak in tongues?
XLIX. Why did Harod lock John up?
L. How does Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus differ from Matthew and Mark?
LI. Why is Luke’s genealogy different from Matthew’s? What is the purpose of the two genealogies?