Have you ever talked with someone about an event and they just breeze through it? “This happened, then that, and then this thing, and then it was done.” And you’re left thinking, “that’s it?”
I mentioned that one reason I was drawn to reading through Luke is because when I was researching the story of the birth of Christ, all the sources I came across–including personal ones–said it’s a very orderly account and is written for non-Jews. And that’s true. To a huge degree.
If you just read through Luke, without pausing to look at footnotes or other associated verses, it moves very quickly through the birth of John the Baptist and then Jesus. Admittedly, I was left thinking, “Really, Luke? That’s all you’re giving me?”
The thing is I think that’s how a lot of us approach our Bible reading at first. I know that’s true for me. I struggled to treat it with the reverence it deserved, and reading it often felt more like a check box to complete at the end of my day. But I want to change that.
I started with a cursory read of Christ’s birth so I could actually study it. I wanted to see what I felt was missing, develop questions, see what was confusing to me.
My questions so far:
- Why does he cover John the Baptist’s birth so in depth?
- Why could John’s father not speak for so long?
- Why do I feel like there’s detail missing on Christ’s birth?
I am sure these questions will be answered, at least a little bit, as I keep studying. And I am sure I will develop more questions. I’m really looking forward to continuing this study. I have a feeling it will transition to another of the Gospels, but I am excited to see what I learn.
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Have you been reading Luke? What questions do you have? What questions do you have about Christ’s birth?