The Finger of God: Casting Out Demons (Luke 11:14-23)

I love to write, as you can probably tell. In fact, I recently began writing my memoirs and hopefully someday you will be able to read about the exciting exploits and ornery misadventures of the Dirty Little Glover Boys, or something like that… Does that pique your interest? Make you ask the question; “I wonder what that story’s all about?”  If so, maybe you’re already hooked, hanging on every word, and eager to learn what happens next. “I hope so, he said silently to himself with glee…” Oops, sorry about that, I got carried away for a second.

In any event, great writers compel us to engage by capturing our attention, enlivening our imagination and cultivating our curiosity. And the very best have the uncanny ability to transport you through time and space to make you feel like you are there, right in the middle of the action. You feel the tension building as the antagonist gains the upper hand, placing the main character in sudden and serious peril. The muscles in the back of your neck tighten and you find yourself clenching the book even tighter as you lean forward on the edge of your seat feeling like you will be sucked right into the words on the page. The dialogue so gripping and the action so intense you lose sight of everything else around you and you are there, in the moment. Gotcha.

We all have our favorite authors that we love to read, and we can name them one by one quickly when called upon to do so. But I wonder if anyone would have Luke the Physician on their list. Likely not, because we don’t think of the Gospel writer in that way. But oh, let me tell you, he is among the very best indeed. In fact, he is a masterful storyteller. Except, he doesn’t write fiction. His stories are all 100% true, which makes them even more gripping and magnetic.

I hope you will be able to join us, as we unpack one of Luke’s finest works of storytelling. It has all the elements of a great story. The plot lines are rich and deep, the subterfuge real and perilous, the suspense thick, the climax gripping and the resolution sweet. Luke will have you on the edge of your seat and shouting at the end. It’s a story of huge significance with a powerful message told through a compelling narrative arc in only 10 short verses. You won’t believe how Luke expertly crafts the account of a real-life true story in such a powerful way.  And, even more importantly, you will be challenged and affirmed by the climax and the resolution wrought by the very Finger of God. Come, join us, you won’t be disappointed.

To the Victor Goes the Spoil!

If you are unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File.  For more information about this Bible study series please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.