December 31 ~ The Good Samaritan

Winslow Homer
American 1836 – 1910
How Many Eggs
1873
Watercolour and gouache on pap

•The Good Samaritan•
Background @ Luke 10:25
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question, “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
Story @ Luke 10:25-37

•Jesus Visits Martha & Mary•
Background @ Luke 10:38-39
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.
Story @ Luke 10:38-42

•Jesus Teaches About Prayer•
Background @ Luke 11:1
Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
Story @ Luke 11:1-13

•Someone Greater Than Solomon is Here•
Background @ Matthew 12:38-45 (the sign of Jonah)
@ Luke 11:29a
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “This evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign.”
Story @ Luke 11:29-32

Winslow Homer
American 1836 – 1910
An October Day
1889
Watercolor on paper
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute | Williamstown, United States

•Set My Lamp Aglow•
Background @ Luke 11:33a
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “No one lights a lamp and then hides it.”
Story @ Luke 11:33-36

•God Made the Inside as Well as the Outside•
Background @ Luke 11:37
As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal, so he went in and took his place at the table.
Story @ Luke 11:37-54

•Hypocrisy•
Background @ Luke 12:1a
Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other.
Story @ Luke 12:1-12

Winslow Homer
Charles Savage Homer
Watercolor

•Story of the Rich Fool•
MUSIC & HYMNS:
PSALMS RESPONSIVE READING @ Psalms 50:1-15 (NLT)
SCRIPTURE @ 1 John 3:16-17 (NLT)
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Luke 11:37-41; 12:13 (NLT)
Then someone yelled from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
NARRATE the STORY @ Luke 12:13-21 (NLT)

•Seek the Kingdom of God Above All Else•
Background @ Luke 12:22
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.”
Story @ Luke 12:22-34

•Be Ready, He’s Nearer Than•
Background @ Luke 12:35-36
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.”
Story @ Luke 12:35-48

•A Peace Treaty of Repentance•
Background @ Luke 12:49
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished”
Story @ Luke 12:49-59 and 13:1-5

•Illustration of the Barren Fig Tree•
Background @ Luke 13:6
Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden…”
Story @ Luke 13:6-9

•Jesus Heals on the Sabbath•
Background @ Luke 13:10-11a
One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in the synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit.
Story @ Luke 13:10-17

•Illustrations of the Mustard Seed and Yeast•
Background @ Luke 13:18
Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it?”
Story @ Luke 13:18-21

•Physical and Spiritual Blindness•
Background @ John 9:1
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.
Story @ John 9:1-41

•The Good Shepherd and His Sheep•
Background @ John 10:1-3
“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber. But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
Story @ John 10:1-21

•Jesus Claims to be the Son of God•
Background @ John 10:22
It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Story @ John 10:22-42

•The Narrow Door•
Background @ Luke 13:22-23
Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?”
Story @ Luke 13:22-30

•Blessings On the One Who Comes in the Name of the Lord•
Background @ Luke 13:31
At that same time Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”
Story @ Luke 13:31-35

•Humility•
Background @ Luke 14:1,7
One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely. When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave this advice:
Story @ Luke 14:1-14

•The Story of the Great Feast•
Background @ Luke 14:15
Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”
Story @ Luke 14:15-24

•The Cost of Being a Disciple•
Background @ Luke 9:57-62 || @ Matthew 8:18-22 (the cost of following Jesus)
@ Luke 14:25-26a
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple…”
Story @ Luke 14:25-35

•The Stories of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, & the Lost Son•
Background @ Luke 15:1-3
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people – even eating with them! So Jesus told them these stories:
Story @ Luke 15:1-32

•The Story of the Shrewd Manager•
Background @ Luke 16:1
Jesus told this story to his disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs. One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money.”
Story @ Luke 16:1-18

•The Rich Man and Lazarus•
Background @ Luke 16:19
Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.”
Story @ Luke 16:19-31

•Forgiveness & Faith•
Background @ Luke 17:1
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!
Story @ Luke 17:1-10
~ §tacy §weeney