I. Reactions to the miracle
A. “The multitudes marveled” (Luke 11:14)
B. “Others…sought a sign from heaven” (Luke 11:16, 29-32)
C. “He casts out demons by Beelzebub” (Luke 11:15; cf. 23:2)
II. Christ responds to the slander
A. Exposing absurdity (Luke 11:17-18)
B. Exposing inconsistency (Luke 11:19)
C. “The kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20; cf. Exodus 8:16-19)
III. A parable showing superiority and strength
A. The strong man = Satan (Luke 11:21)
B. The stronger man = Jesus Christ (Luke 11:22)
IV. In spiritual warfare, there can be no neutrality
A. We must be engaged and united in the fight for the faith (Luke 11:23)
B. Attitudes of apathy and indifference are deadly (Revelation 3:14-19; 1 Corinthians 15:58)
Day 11/260: Read Luke 11
How impressive was Solomon’s wisdom? Jesus said that the queen of Sheba “came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon.”
She was floored by what she heard and told the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard” (1 Kings 10:6-7).
How much more impressive is Jesus’ wisdom? And yet, how often do we disregard His counsel? If an important leader was willing to travel many miles to hear Solomon, how much more willing should we be to go to great lengths to learn and apply the teachings of the Lord?
Throughout the New Testament, we learn how Jesus is superior to all those who came before Him. Abraham, Moses, Solomon, and Elijah all had weaknesses, but Jesus is the perfect, sinless Son of God. There is no weakness in Christ, only strength. We should turn to Him and learn from Him above all others who came before or since.
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Luke 12:15, And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Pray for wisdom and for strength in learning from Christ’s wisdom. Pray that you may always rely on God’s Word as the final word on any subject.