Monday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 11:29-30
29 As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “This evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of Jonah. 30 What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to the Son of Man will be a sign to these people that he was sent by God.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

11:29 The account in vv. 29–32 answers the request of v. 16 from those who were testing Jesus by seeking a cosmic sign, in spite of already having seen many miracles. no sign will be given. For the meaninglessness of a sign when hearts are hardened, cf. Luke 16:31; John 12:9–11. The sign of Jonah refers first to Jonah’s “three days and nights in the belly of the great fish”, which foreshadows “the Son of Man” being “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” i.e., a reference to Jesus’ death and resurrection (cf. Luke 16:30–31). Additionally, “the sign of Jonah” draws attention to the need for a concrete response of repentance, as was the case of Nineveh in response to Jonah’s message.

Study Questions:

  • In Luke 11, the people are demanding more signs that Jesus really is who he said he was. Jesus brings up Jonah. If you remember, God wanted Jonah to go to Nineveh, but Jonah refused. He didn't like those people. They were brutal and dangerous, and he wanted God to destroy them. You probably know the rest of the story... a boat, a storm, a huge fish that swallows him up for three days. Disobeying God had some consequences, and Jonah eventually learned his lesson. Why do you think it's necessary for God to discipline his children? How often do you draw a connection between his discipline in your life and his love for you?

  • It's true, God disciplines those he loves. If you are a parent, you understand this dynamic well. In fact, to NOT discipline your children is a very UNLOVING thing to do. Think about a time or two in your life when you were disobedient to God and you faced his discipline in the form of negative consequences. What was the lesson that you learned? Spend time thanking God for these lessons and for his discipline in your life.

Pray:

  • That you would remember God disciplines those he loves. 
  • That you would welcome his correction in your life.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory !

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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