This is the final 2019 post for use in ladies' triplets. It incorporates eight of the tools you have learnt this year. Let's get going!
Read Luke 13:1-5 below.
For literary context look up and read from 12:35 through to 13:9.
Vocabulary: in a New Bible Dictionary (if you have access to one) look up the words ‘Pilate’ and ‘Siloam’. In case you don’t have access to this reference, view the entries for these words here:
Consider the historical context – think about things like:
- the genre (what type of literature is the book of Luke?);
- the timeline tool (in which testament is the book of Luke?);
- The original audience - to whom is Jesus speaking?
Now go through the passage 13:1-5 and mark all repeated words.
Look up the passage in a different translation (see below for three different ones) and see if the vocabulary and repetitions are any different and therefore shed any further light.
Grant Retief preached on this passage in July 2019 in a talk that addressed the subject of suffering. Based on all the work you’ve just done on the passage what do you think this passage teaches about suffering? Form a summary sentence capturing your thoughts.
What changes to your attitude or your behaviour could you apply after studying this passage?
Luke 13:1-5 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)
13 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 13:1-5 Living Bible (TLB)
13 About this time he was informed that Pilate had butchered some Jews from Galilee as they were sacrificing at the Temple in Jerusalem.
2 “Do you think they were worse sinners than other men from Galilee?” he asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And don’t you realize that you also will perish unless you leave your evil ways and turn to God?
4 “And what about the eighteen men who died when the Tower of Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 Not at all! And you, too, will perish unless you repent.”
Luke 13:1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. 2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”