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Luke 7:1-17

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Our Lord’s Power Over Disease and Death

Luke 7:1-17

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Lesson Number 18

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord is impressed with great faith.
  2. The Lord is concerned about great need.

Practical Application

  1. Let the Lord heal with a word from a distance.
  2. Don’t miss the spiritual picture of salvation from Nain.

Questions

  1. In His miracles, Jesus has shown His power over the 4 Ds. What are they?
  2. How do Revelation 21:4 and Romans 8:22 relate to this discussion of the 4 Ds?
  3. What made this Roman centurion not your typical Roman soldier?
  4. What caused Jesus to marvel in verse 9?
  5. When did the Lord tell the woman not to weep?

Answers

  1. Disease, Death, Demonic, and Disaster
  2. Revelation 21:4 describes the blessing of the eternal state for the believer. The 4 Ds will be gone forever because all these problems are the result of sin. Romans 8:22 says that the whole creation now groans because of sin. But the work of Christ on the cross dealt with the problem of sin for all creation.
  3. He appears to be a convert to Judaism, who recognized that Jesus was the predicted Messiah. He was very generous to the Jewish people and paid to build a local synagogue. He was also atypical in that he cared for his sick slave.
  4. Jesus was impressed by the great faith of the centurion. The centurion understood the power of authority, that the Lord had to simply speak a command and everything would obey – even whatever was causing his slave’s sickness.
  5. Before He raised her son back to life.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Great faith is not measured by great results, but by great trust in the Lord’s power and authority, regardless of the results. Think back to a time in your life when you had to demonstrate great faith. What was the result?
  2. The Lord had compassion on her. Reflect on the depth of this word. Imagine the Lord’s expression and demeanor toward this hurting woman.

Challenge

  1. Our God is a God of compassion. Are you hurting? Turn to Him to heal your hurting heart. Remember, time does not heal wounds – Christ heals wounds.

Key Verses

  • “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” Luke 7:9
  • “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’” Luke 7:13

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