At the Table with Jesus:

The Table Ministry in the Gospel of Luke

Fall semester, 2022

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Lesson 5 (Oct. 11, 12): Hand Washing at the Home of a Pharisee

Reading Assignment and Study Questions for this lesson: Luke 11:1 - 13:21

Study questions will be posted here when available. 

    Lesson 4 (Oct. 3, 4): Hospitality at Martha & Mary’s

    Reading Assignment and Study Questions for this lesson: Luke 9:51 - 10:42 (we're covering all of it in class!)

    1. What stood out to you about last week’s lesson? How did the stories before and after the table story of Jesus Breaking Bread at Bethsaida relate to the table story? How does the text help us answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”
    2. How does the theme of hospitality show up in these stories? What connects them?
    3. Have you studied the story of the dinner at Martha and Mary’s house in the past? What stands out to you this time?
    4. What common elements can you find between the dinner at the home of Martha and the other Table stories we have studied so far in Luke?

      You can also watch Tuesday's lesson here.

      On the Board for Tuesday class:

      Extra Scriptures: 2 Kings 1:9–16, 1
      Kings 19:19–21, Exodus 24:1, Numbers 11:16-17, Numbers 11:24-30.
      Abraham Gen 22:11, Moses Ex. 3:4, Jacob Gen 46:2, Samuel 1 Sam 3:1-10, Simon Luke 22:31-32

      Next Week: Luke 11:1-13:21

        Lesson 3 (Sept. 20, 28*): Breaking Bread at Bethsaida

        Reading Assignment and Study Questions for this lesson:Luke 9:1-50 (we'll cover 9:1-36 in class)

        1. What stood out to you about last week’s lesson? How did the three stage-setting stories we examined relate to the table story? What is most meaningful to you about Jesus in the story at the home of Simon the Pharisee?
        2. What does Herod ask? How does Herod’s question and it’s answer show up again repeatedly in the next stories?
        3. We talked about how Jesus teaches and challenges in each of the table stories. Who does Jesus challenge in the story of Breaking Bread at Bethsaida (the Feeding of the 5,000)? What is the challenge?
        4. What elements of Old Testament symbolism or connections to Old Testament stories can you identify in the Transfiguration story? What is important about those connections?

        Other Scriptures: 2 Kings 4:42-44

        Next Week: Luke 9:51-10:42

          You can also watch Tuesday's lesson here.

          On the Board for Tuesday class:

          Luke 9:1-36

          • The Twelve go out on mission
          • Herod asks Who is Jesus?
          • —— > Breaking Bread at Bethsaida
          • The Great Confession & 1st Prediction of the Passion
          • The Transfiguration

          Lesson 2 (Sept. 13, 21*): Dinner at Simon the Pharisee's

          *Wednesday Night Class will not meet 9/14 and will resume with Lesson 2 the following week, 9/21.

          Reading Assignment and Study Questions for this lesson: Luke 6:12-8:56 (we'll cover 6:17-7:50 in class)

          1. What stood out to you about the theme of Table in the Bible? What was most relevant to you about the story of Levi’s banquet?
          2. Look back to Jesus’ “mission statement” in Luke 4:14-22. Compare it with Jesus’ answer to John’s followers and his subsequent teaching in Luke 7:18-35. What is most important to Jesus about Jesus’ ministry? What same elements come up in this passage that we talked about in the story of Levi’s banquet? How does this story lead into the teaching at Simon’s banquet?
          3. Who invites Jesus to dinner in Luke 7:36-50? What do we know about him from the story? Why do you think he invited Jesus? What are the signs that Simon “loved little?”
          4. What are the themes or messages of the story of the dinner with Simon the Pharisee?
          You can view the video from Tuesday's lesson here.

          From the white board:
          3 Stage-setting Stories -
          - Sermon on the Plain - Lk 6:17-49
          - 2 Healings - Lk 7:1-17
          - Jesus and John the Baptist - Lk 7:18-35

          Extra Scriptures:
          - Gen 21:1, 50:24; Ruth 1:6; 1 Sam 2:21; Jer 29:10
          -Luke 4:17-21
          - Isaiah 61:1-2a
          Next Week: Luke 9:1-50

          Lesson 1 (Sept. 6, 7): Introduction & the Banquet at Levi's House

          Reading Assignment and Study Questions for this lesson: Luke 5:1-6:16

          1. What is significant about the table, or being at the table? What does being at the table mean to you? Where does it appear in the Old Testament? What does it mean in Scripture?
          2. How does this section (Luke 5:1-6:16) begin and end? What does that indicate this section is about (among other things)?
          3. In Luke 5:3, is this the first time Jesus and Peter have met? What former encounter can you find?
          4. How are the Pharisees involved? What is their concern? What is Jesus’ response? Why do you think Jesus and the Pharisees view this situation so differently?

          You can also view the video from Tuesday's lesson here

          Sources for this Series

          The inspiration for this series came from the discussion of the ten table scenes of Luke in Hicks' book, Come to the Table.  He was in turn inspired by LaVerdiere's Dining in the Kingdom of God.  Lesson titles have been adapted from their list and both books have been used as a resource.  I also use the multi-author set, Understanding the Bible Commentary, in all my classes.  Please contact me with any questions.

          Evans, C. A. (1990). Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: Luke (eBook Edition, 2011 ed.). (R. L. W. Ward Gasque, Ed.) Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

          Hicks, J. M. (2002). Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord's Supper. Abilene, TX: Leafwood Publishers.

          LaVerdiere, E. (1994). Dining in the Kingdom of God: The Origins of the Eucharist in the Gospel of Luke. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications.

          Fall Semester Schedule: Meeting weekly with a break for service projects the last week of each month.

          Date

          Lesson

          At the Table with Jesus: The Table Ministry in the Gospel of Luke

          Sep. 6/7

          1

          Introduction & Banquet at Levi’s House – Luke 5:1-6:16

          *No Wednesday Night Class on 9/14

          Sep. 13/21

          2

          Dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s - Luke 6:12-8:56

          Sep. 20/28

          3

          Breaking Bread at Bethsaida - Luke 9:1-50

          Sep. 27 – Service Day

          Oct. 4/5

          4

          Hospitality at Martha & Mary’s - Luke 9:51-10:42

          Oct. 11/12

          5

          Hand Washing at a Pharisee’s House - Luke 11:1-13:21

          Oct. 18/19

          6

          Sabbath at a Pharisee’s House - Luke 13:22-14:35

          Oct. 25/26 – Service Day

          Nov. 1/2

          7

          Hospitality at the House of Zacchaeus - Luke 18:31-19:27

          Nov. 8/9

          8

          The Last Supper, the Lord's Supper - Luke 22:7-38

          Nov. 15/16

          9

          Breaking Bread at Emmaus - Luke 24:1-35

          Nov. 22/23 – Off for Thanksgiving Holiday

          Nov. 29/30 – Service Day

          Dec. 6/7

          10

          Supper with the Disciples & Conclusion - Luke 24:36-53

          Dec. 13/14 – Bad Weather Makeup Day*

          *We follow Austin ISD - a weather closure or delay will cancel Tuesday morning class for the week

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