This passage contains two stories of events occurring on the Sabbath which result in conflict to point where the Pharisees begin to plot against Jesus. In the first one (6:1-5) the disciples were eating grain they had plucked along their way, prompting some Pharisees to ask why they were violating the law of the Sabbath. Remember that the Pharisees have constructed hundreds of oral regulations to define “work” for the Sabbath and in their very strict construction of the term, plucking a bit of grain from a plant was work, while walking for miles was not.
2. Bonus Post: The Son of Man
We’ve already seen that Jesus will often refer to Himself as “the Son of Man”, a rather interesting little title. In fact, it is the title He uses for Himself more than any other; it is even more interesting to note that this title is used only once in all of the rest of the New Testament in Acts 7:56: “Look,” he (Stephen) said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (cf. Luke 22:69).
Source: Bonus Post – The Son of Man
3.Choosing the Twelve
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
When Jesus is faced with a major decision, He goes off by Himself to pray, often for an extended period of time; we might want to take note of this. In these verses Luke begins a new section that is centered around the 12. It’s interesting for us to see that Jesus chose them from among many “disciples” who were in His presence at this point in His ministry, something we often overlook in the story of His ministry.
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4. Jesus Teaches His Followers
Luke 6:17-46: Introduction
In these 29 verses, Luke tells of teachings that are directly parallel to Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Is Luke reporting the same occasion? Are they still on a mountain? Scholars argue over these and other questions, and in all of these years, they haven’t settled the issues, so let’s not worry too much about them here.
As I wrote back when we covered Matthew’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount may very well be a summary of Jesus’ Kingdom teachings, a compilation of His major themes about what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom, rather than a transcript of one particular event. I would suggest that the same is likely the case with Luke’s account in chapter six. Either way, both are content rich to say the least.
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5.Poor and Rich
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20b)
“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort. (Luke 6:24)
I should begin by mentioning that the word “blessed” means fortunate or joyous, while the word “woe” is used to indicate an approaching disaster in Scripture. Thus in this paradox we can see that the poor who follow Christ are fortunate, joyous, which the rich face disaster.
Source: Poor and Rich – The Life Project
- The Life Project. 2017. The Life Project | Finding Clear and Simple Faith. [ONLINE] Available at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/. [Accessed 17 January 2017].