Devotional Readings

Luke 1 – A long Chapter

There is much in this opening chapter….80 verses.

Our couples Bible Study group just began a new session in Luke. And yes we still call the group a Bible  Study, not just a small group, or a “community” group. Though the idea of inviting those in your immediate neighborhood to study the Bible with you is not a bad idea. The emphasis though should be on the Bible.

Anyway just a few thoughts further on Luke which of course came up in my daily reading today.

Much more can be discussed and it’s good to listen as you read the text.

Paul wrote.

2Ti 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Luk 1:4  That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Like Paul’s reminder to Timothy above Luke notes the importance of being instructed in the word and truth.

Incense is an interesting word study, try doing that on your own in the OT, particularly Leviticus and also Relelation.

Luk 1:9  According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

Luk 1:10  And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

Luk 1:11  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Luke mentions joy and gladness in 17 verses. This is a decided tone of his writing.

Luk 1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

KJV Search Results

17 Verses Found, 18 Matches

Luk 1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Luk 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Luk 1:44  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Luk 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luk 6:23  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

Luk 8:1  And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Luk 8:40  And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luk 15:7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Luk 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Luk 15:32  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Luk 19:6  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

Luk 22:5  And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.

Luk 23:8  And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season,because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

Luk 24:41  And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

Luk 24:52  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Luke 17 Verses 18 Matches

The mention of or reference to Elias fulfills the prophesy and expectations of his coming which the Jews wait for in the Passover each year.

Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Luk 1:73  The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

Luk 1:76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

Luk 1:77  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

Luk 1:78  Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

Luk 1:79  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luk 1:80  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Jesus said years later.

Mat 17:10  And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?

Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

Mat 17:12  But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

Mat 17:13  Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Note that Luke is very specific on names, even the angel.

Luk 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Luk 1:26  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

Luk 1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

Gill writes:

And the angel answering, said unto him, I am Gabriel,…. The name of an angel well known to Zacharias from Daniel’s prophecies, Dan 8:16 and is the first time we read of the name of an angel: the Jews say (a), the names of angels came out of Babylon, by the means of the Israelites; and it was there that Daniel became acquainted with this name of Gabriel, and also of Michael. Frequent mention is made of Gabriel in the Jewish writings (b): were there a particular angel appointed over conception, as the Jews say (c) there is, one would be ready to think it should be Gabriel, since he was sent to declare the conception and birth both of John the Baptist, and of our Lord Jesus Christ: the name of that angel the Jews indeed say (d) is Lilah; but yet the Cabalistic doctors (e) affirm, that that angel is under Gabriel. In what language this angel spoke to Zacharias, and afterwards to Mary, may be a needless inquiry; but since the Syriac language was generally spoken, and understood by the Jews at this time, it is highly reasonable that he spoke to them in that. The Jews have a notion, that none of the ministering angels understand the Syriac language, excepting Gabriel; and he, they say, understood seventy languages (f). Now the angel, by making mention of his name, puts Zacharias in mind of the prophecy of Daniel concerning the coming of the Messiah, which he had from him; and whereas his name signified, “a man of God”, or “the power”, or “strength of God”, or “God is my strength”, he suggests unto him, that he ought not to have distrusted his Words, since with God all things are possible: he adds,

that stand in the presence of God; beholding his face, hearkening to his voice, and ministering to him, and so had this affair immediately from him: and therefore he had no reason to doubt of the accomplishment of it. Gabriel, according to the Jews, is one of the four angels that surround the throne of God: their names are Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel (g),

“Michael they place at his right hand, and Uriel at his left hand, and Gabriel, מלפניו, before him, (in his presence, as he here says of himself,) over against the kingdom of Judah, and Moses and Aaron, who were in the east (of the camp of Israel); and why is his name called Gabriel? of Judah it is written, 1Ch 5:2 “for Judah”, גבר, “prevailed above his brethren”; and of Moses it is written, Lev 1:1 “and God called unto Moses”; and it is written, Isa 9:6 “and shall call his name Wonderful, Counselor, אל גבור the mighty God, lo! Gabriel”.

This makes me go back and check the references to fear…which seems to be the general reaction to being in the prescence of an angel.

KJV Search Results

25 Verses Found, 27 Matches

Here’s just Luke 1 and 2

Luk 1:12  And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Luk 1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

Luk 1:50  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luk 1:65  And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

Luk 1:74  That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

Luk 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Speaking of names.

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Luk 1:60  And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

Luk 1:61  And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

Luk 1:62  And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

Luk 1:63  And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

Is it true that Adam, Abraham, Isreal, John and Jesus are the only ones God gives names to in the Bible?

What about all the elect in Revelation 3?

Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 

Another name reference is the Holy Ghost, have you ever wondered why the KJV used this translation in some verses, but not all, and didn’t just use the word Spirit like the modern translations?

Luk 1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

Luk 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luk 1:41  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

Luk 1:67  And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying

For an interesting discussion see..

One aspect is understood in this way…

The word ghost means the soul of a man. The phrase “give up the ghost” means to die. The idea being that the soul of man continues to go on living after his body has died. Physical death is not the end. Man’s soul or ghost will exist forever.


Dr. Larry Bednar of KJV Textual Technology writes: “The crucial matter is use of Holy with Ghost, which prevents any sense of irreverence even in modern English. Further, the entire term Holy Ghost is proper since it’s really more personal. That is, departure of the ghost of a person brings death, so that his ghost gave him life, and the Holy Ghost gives eternal life to all who are in Christ. Thus Ghost can relate only to personage, but spirit can relate to inanimate concepts like a spirit of cooperation or skepticism. This difference is what differentiates the two names, Holy Ghost signifying the person in the Trinity, while Spirit (and other spirit terms) signifies the form in which He works on earth”

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