Other Accounts of What You Read in Luke 4
Understanding the Scriptures
|Pinnacle (v. 9)||High point|
|Dash (v. 11)||Hit|
|As his custom was (v. 16)||As he usually did|
|Anointed (v. 18)||Chosen|
|Bare him witness (v. 22)||Heard what he said|
|Heaven was shut up (v. 25)||The skies were sealed so that no rain came|
|Famine (v. 25)||Lack of food|
|Elias (v. 26)||Elijah|
|Lepers (v. 27)||People suffering from a terrible skin disease|
|Eliseus (v. 27)||Elisha|
|Wrath (v. 28)||Anger|
|Astonished (v. 32)||Surprised, amazed|
|Besought (v. 38)||Begged|
|Rebuked the fever (v. 39)||Commanded the fever to leave|
|Suffered them not (v. 41)||Did not allow them|
Luke 4:16–30—Why Did the People of Jesus’ Hometown Try to Kill Him?
The Jews in the synagogue in Nazareth understood that when Jesus said He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that He was saying He was the Messiah. These people, however, knew Jesus when He was growing up. Their false ideas about what the Messiah would be and do made it difficult for them to believe that the person they knew was their Messiah. Even more, to falsely claim that you were the Messiah was blasphemy—which was punishable by death under the law of Moses. The people of Nazareth thought Jesus had committed blasphemy, and so they thought it was right to kill Him.
Studying the Scriptures
Do either activity A or B as you study Luke 4.
What Do Temptations Really Offer Us?
In Matthew 4:1–10 you studied how Satan tempted Jesus and identified how he tempts us in similar ways today. Speaking of that event, Elder David O. McKay, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, “Nearly every temptation that comes to you and me comes in one of those forms. Classify them, and you will find that under one of those three nearly every given temptation that makes you and me spotted, ever so little maybe, comes to us as (1) a temptation of the appetite; (2) a yielding to the pride and fashion and vanity of those alienated from the things of God; or (3) a gratifying of the passion, or a desire for the riches of the world, or power among men” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1911, 59).
What do you think it means to “not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4)? We must eat to live, but compare the life of someone who gives into the temptation of the appetite to that of someone who lives as Jesus suggested.
Satan tempted Jesus to prove who He was by putting Himself in danger and seeing if He would be saved in a miraculous way. If Jesus had done that, how would He have been tempting God (see Luke 4:12)? Satan knew that Jesus was the Son of God. Why do you think he tempted Jesus to prove something that he, Satan, already knew?
Suppose you have a friend or family member who is struggling with temptation. Using what you learned from Jesus’ temptations, write a paragraph to explain why Satan’s temptations are never as rewarding as our Heavenly Father’s promises are to the obedient.
Outline Jesus’ Mission
Give at least two examples of how Jesus continues to fulfill this mission in the lives of individuals today.