Luke is an old friend of mine. I’ll introduce you.
JUNE 9, 2021
Luke is an old friend of mine. I’ll introduce you on Key Life.
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Thank you Matthew. If you have your Bible open it to the first few verses of the first chapter of Acts, as we get this plane off the runway, on our trip that is going to take a very long time. We’re looking at the book of Acts and beginning a brand new series. And we’re, and we’re doing some introductory stuff. Whenever you start a new book in the Bible and every Bible teacher knows this, you’ve got to set the setting. You got to talk about when, where, who, what and that’s what we’re going to do. And the first thing you’ve gotta do, when you look at Acts is to look at the author. If you pick up a book and you read the cover and you look on the cover, there’s always a part of it that is devoted to who in the world wrote this book, so-and-so lives in so-and-so, serves as so-and-so was educated in so-and-so and is used in so-and-so in so many, whatever. And it’s there, well, that’s true here too. Luke doesn’t mention himself a lot, but you can know that he’s there everywhere, that he’s reporting things from people who actually saw these things. And sometimes he was even there with them. Seems to me that because we’re going to be studying what he wrote for a number of months, you ought to have an opportunity to meet the man who wrote the book of Acts. He’s a, as I’ve said, a very good friend of mine. In Latin, his name is Lucius. If you are Greek, it would be Lucas, but most of you know him is just good, old, plain Luke. Although Luke is mentioned only three times in the entire Bible, did you know that? Three times in the entire Bible, he’s one of the most unique and exciting individuals in all of Scripture. Next to the the apostle Paul, Luke wrote more of the New Testament than any other individual. Luke was just so you know, a Gentile by birth, he was Goyam. He was born to freed slaves in Antioch, a city in Asia Minor, founded in 290 BC by a Macedonian General, Calvary General of Alexander the Great, in honor of his father, Antiochus. I looked it up, you know, and if you’re ever asked something like that on a contest and you win some money, send part of it to Key Life. If a man in his whole lifetime, becomes proficient in one field of endeavor, society says, now that’s a success. Luke, the writer of Acts and the gospel of Luke was proficient in at least four areas. He was a world traveler. I mean, as you read through the book of Acts, you begin to see this guy knows the world. He’s been there. He’s done that. He could write a travel log about the entire world. He knows the world in the way we know how to get to the corner drug store. He knows the world and he makes observations on the world that you can’t get any other place. So he’s a world traveler, therefore he’s a success. But he’s also a physician. Paul calls him, and this is where there’s a title to a book, the beloved physician. That is a wonderful thing to say about Paul, about Luke, a physician, who fought a constant battle with pain and suffering and death. I think I may have mentioned David Seel, a physician in Korea. He’s in Heaven now, but he wrote a book, does My Father Know I’m Hurt? Well, Luke could have written a book and in some ways, Luke and also Acts are the two books that he wrote. And you could kind of title them, Does My Father Know I’m Hurt? So Luke was a physician and was in fact Paul’s personal physician. Thirdly, Luke was a nautical master who was familiar and proficient in the techniques of sailing. And when we get to it, we’re going to see that. I mean, where did he have time to do that? I barely have time to sit down and go over notes of a sermon, before I preach. I don’t have time to go to medical school or to find out about sailing. And besides the last time I went sailing, I went with a friend of mine, another preacher and I said, look, there’s something I don’t understand before we get in this boat. How can you get back to shore, if the wind is blowing you away from shore? I mean, we don’t have a motor in this thing and we could end up in China or something, or England or something. He said, don’t worry. You just tack. I said, tack, he said, yeah, tack. That’s how you play the wind, so you can be, get back to shore. So, we get out a long ways, you can barely see the shore, the winds blowing us further. And I said to him, tack. He said tack, I don’t know what that is? I just read it somewhere in a book. We ended up three towns down, down the way. I didn’t have time, I was a preacher, I didn’t know about, but Luke, man, he was a master at sailing. And then Luke was also, an incredible writer and historian. He surpassed some of the greatest writers of history, in history. He was read by some of the most powerful people of his time and our time. An amazing guy. And I’m running out of time. I’ll tell you a little bit more about him tomorrow, but you got to keep in mind the person who wrote the book of Luke and the book of Acts is, he’s something else. You are too. You think about that. Amen.
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