Bible Studies for Life Lesson for October 16 - Hope Discovered
September 29 2011 by Wayne Proctor, pastor, Eure Baptist Church

Focal Passage: Luke 7:1-17

David Livingstone loved the African people. Experiencing a call to missions as a young man, he prepared himself theologically and medically for a career as a missionary. Although his first choice of destinations was China, God and the London Missionary Society sent him to Africa. Over the course of his life, Livingstone would explore one-third of the vast continent of Africa. He would gain the respect of many African tribes, and upon returning to Britain on short furloughs, would expose to any who would listen the horrid cruelties of the slave trade. In 1866 he went into the heart of Africa a final time. When he was not heard from again for 5 years, Henry Stanley was hired to find him, “at any cost, dead or alive.” Stanley found Livingstone at Lake Tanganyika. He was deeply impressed with Livingstone’s faith and the devotion of the natives to him. Stanley vainly attempted to convince Livingstone to leave Africa.

Livingstone was a humble servant of Christ. When others tried to make him into someone great, he remarked that he was just a poor imitation of Jesus, THE great missionary and healer. The two life events found in this passage reveal the authority of Jesus over sickness and death, and the compassion of Jesus to people who were not of His race, culture or position. The first was a Roman centurion who was faced with the likely death of one of his favored servants. A man of imposing authority himself, he implored his friends to find Jesus. In the eyes of the Jewish observers, this army captain was deserving of help. He had shown his love for the Jewish people, even giving of his money, reputation, and influence so a worthy synagogue could be built in Capernaum. In response, Jesus came to heal the ailing servant. But Jesus never arrived. Instead the centurion asked that Jesus just “say the word,” and he would believe that his servant would be healed. And so it was.

In the second instance, a widow’s son had died. The funeral was in process, and Jesus stopped the proceedings by speaking to the deceased, who instantly sat up and spoke. Jesus healed because He is the healer. Jesus raised the dead because He is the resurrection and the life. Jesus did these miracles, not because the people were worthy, but because they were willing to believe, and in so doing, hope was discovered.
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