Summary: This is an inductive survey of the Travel narrative as recorded in the gospel of Luke.


I. Divide and Title

A. Segmental Divisions

9.51-11.13 Jesus sends the seventy

11.14-13.30 Renewed opposition and Jesus continues to teach

13.31-15. Jesus with the Pharisees

16.1-19.27 Jesus teaches on the kingdom

19.28-21.4 Jesus enters and claims the Kingdom

21:5-38 Jesus predicts the destruction of Jerusalem

B. Paragraph Divisions

9:51-56 Journey to Jerusalem begins

9:57-62 The cost of discipleship

10:1-24 Jesus sends the 72

10:25-37 Parable of the Good Samaritan

10:38-42 Jesus visits Mary and Martha

11:1-13 The Lord’s prayer

11:14-28 Jesus answers critics

11:29-32 Warning about unbelief

11:33-36 Teaching of the lamp

11:37-54 Jesus criticized religious leadership

12:1-12 Jesus deals with hypocrisy

12:13-21 Parable of the rich fool

12:22-34 Warnings about worry

12:35-48 Warnings about being prepared for the coming of Christ

12:49-53 Warnings about division

12:54-59 Warnings of the future

13:1-9 The call to repent

13:10-17 Jesus heals a crippled woman

13:18-21 Teachings on the Kingdom

13:22-30 Entry to the Kingdom

13:31-35 Jesus grieves over Jerusalem

14:1-14 Jesus heals a man with dropsy

14:15-24 Parable of the feast

14:25-35 Cost of Discipleship

15:1-7 Parable of the lost sheep

15:8-10 Parable of the lost coin

15:11-31 Parable of the lost son

16:1-15 Parable of the manager

16:16-18 Teachings on divorce

16:19-31 Rich man and Lazarus

17:1-10 Forgiveness and faith

17:11-19 Jesus heals the ten lepers

17:20-37 The coming Kingdom

18:1-8 Parable of the persistent widow

18:9-14 Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector

18:18-30 The rich young man

18:31-34 Jesus blesses the children

18:35-43 Jesus heals a blind beggar

19:1-10 The story of Zacchaeus

19:11-27 Parable of the King’s servants

19:28-44 The Entry

19:45-48 Jesus clears the Temple

20:1-8 Religious leaders question Jesus’ authority

20:9-19 Parable of the wicked tenants

20:20-26 Questions about taxes

20:27-40 Questions about the resurrection

20:41-47 Jesus confronts religious leaders

21:1-4 The poor widow

21:5-24 Jesus tells about the future

21:25-33 Jesus tells about the return

21:34-38 Jesus teaches about being watchful

II. Structural Analysis

A. Recurrences

1. Healings: One of the key themes that runs through the Travel narrative is the fact that Jesus performed healings and had compassion on those who were ill. This compassion becomes one of the trademark features of the ministry of Jesus and word of these miracles spread all over the country side and Jesus was usually swarmed by people wanting to see this man. It is clear why the author makes such great use of these narratives in the text because they were such an important part of Jesus’ ministry.

Evidence: 13.10-17, 14.1-14, 17.11-19, 18.35-43

2. Teachings: Luke has recorded the majority of Jesus’ teaching ministry in this section of His book and this seems to add weight to the overall ministry because of the concentration of teaching that occurs. Jesus calls on the people to be watchful because God is at work in the lives of His people and they do not see it. These teachings occur in three key areas; discipleship, warnings and parables. It is also significant to see that Luke has the most unique aspects of his gospel in this section and many of those unique accounts appear in the realm of teaching.

a. Discipleship: Jesus was active in the teaching and discipling of those who followed Him and in this section of the book Luke shows how Jesus was in the process of preparing His disciples for ministry. This preparation allows the reader to see how Jesus acted and responded to the people and how He expected His disciples to respond to people.

Evidence: 11.1-13, 13.18-21,22-30, 14.25-35, 16.16-18,19-31, 17.1-10,20-37

b. Warnings: Jesus gives many strong warnings to show the people that they were not as righteous as they believed and that they were facing some of the same problems and wrath that the pagan nations were facing. The righteousness of the leaders was that of a legalistic and deterministic nature. Thus, they would ignore some of the law to obey the tradition.

Evidence: 11.29-32, 12.22-34,35-48,49-53, 21.5-24,25-33,34-38

c. Parables: Jesus taught the people in many unique ways but this must be the most well known. Jesus used parables to instruct the people in how they needed to live their lives and what God expected of them. It was these story sermons that created the most confusion and frustration among the Jewish leadership. Many of the leaders either could not understand the teaching or they took personal offense to the teaching because they understood all too well what Jesus was saying.

Evidence: 10.25-37, 12.13-21, 14.15-24, 15.1-7,8-10,11-31, 16.1-15, 18.1-8,9-14, 19.4-27

3. Son of Man language: This is a specific term that Jesus uses to describe Himself and His role as the Messiah. It becomes a strong theme that Jesus weaves into His ministry in this section and it is from this that we find Jesus showing the true role of the Messiah and it was not what the people were expecting because they wanted a political Messiah to free them from Roman rule.

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