Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 7 Study # 5
July 26, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<544> Thesis: The sense of entitlement destroys the ability to "believe". Introduction: A month ago we looked into Luke's characterization of the ruler of the synagogue and discovered that he was not anything at all what he should have been as a representative of God. Our conclusion in regard to this was that Luke wanted his reader(s) to understand that "faith" is supposed to be in the "grace" of God, not in the "worthiness" of the suppliant. We also noted that Luke's use of Jairus was intended to reveal one of the precursors of "faith": a sense of unworthiness. This morning we are at the point in our text that turns us again to the "larger" story. Thus, we are going to be looking at Luke's presentation of Jesus' dealings with Jairus.