Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
September 20, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<560> Thesis: A major challenge to "faith" surfaces when personal control is taken away. Introduction: We began a consideration of what is typically called, "The Feeding of the Five Thousand", last week. We began where Luke began: setting the stage. We saw that Luke is dealing with the larger issue of what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus. The chapter begins with Jesus commanding The Twelve to execute a specific task without making any provisions for themselves. The chapter ends with people making excuses for why they do not intend to give Jesus the right to tell them what to do. The "big issue" of the chapter is the revelation of one of the specific characteristics of the "faith" that it takes to be a disciple: the willingness to subject the quality of one's "life" to Jesus' unambiguous instruction. We also saw that one of the major sub-theses of the chapter has to do with "tetrarchs" -- people who think they have a right to tell others what to do when what they are going to tell them is contrary to the Word of God. This morning we are going to find that Luke understood this "tetrarch mentality" to be a deeply seated problem area that justifies itself with a claim of ambiguity regarding the meaning of the Word of God so that it can simply continue to tell others what to do. It is no accident that Luke recorded Herod's "perplexity" and neither is it an accident that he wrote in our text that "The Twelve" decided to attempt to take things into their own hands and were deliberately stymied by Jesus. The lesson is profound; it is a major challenge to "faith" when God takes our "control" away.