Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 5 Study # 4
November 9, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<482> Thesis: Having genuine discernment is absolutely essential to "Life", but obtaining it requires responding to God in humility. Introduction: There is a word found in our text at the end of the two paragraphs which have been the focus of our most recent studies that functions as a kind of summation of the material in the paragraphs. In the paragraph of Luke 7:24-29, Jesus compels His audience to come to grips with the ministry of John as the "more than a prophet/greatest born of a woman" who was, specifically, the one promised who would arrive on the scene before the coming of the Lord. At the end of this attempt by Jesus to force His hearers to begin to live on the basis of a legitimate rationality, we are told by Luke that "all those who heard, including the tax-gatherers, acknowledged God's justice." This is the NASB translators' choice of words for a single word in Luke's record. In the paragraph of Luke 7:30-35, Jesus makes a big point of the main characteristic of "the men of this generation" and winds up what He was declaring by saying, "Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children." This is, again, the NASB translators' choice of words.' But Luke used the same term in both cases, a word that is typically translated "justify". This morning I want to pursue Luke's "point". What was he trying to accomplish by the use of this "summation word"?