For this study, please read Luke 18:1-30 and all of Hebrews 11.
In Luke 18:8, Jesus asked, “However when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”. How do you interpret the intention of his question? After all, there are many aspects and applications of faith — even superstitions are a form of faith. Do you take it to mean that it’s likely that faith will not exist at all prior to the Lord’s return, or was Jesus concerned with a narrower focus on the subject? Consider your answer in light of verses 1-30.
Starting with the parable of the persistent widow, what belief(s) might she have had that could have motivated and reinforced her persistence?
Now please turn to Hebrews 11 and analyze the examples of Cain and Abel, highlighted in verse 4. Are there any parallels between them and the Pharisee and tax collector from Luke 18:9-14? If so, what are they? Also, please consider the following questions:
- How can Abel still be speaking, even though he is dead?
- If he is still speaking, what is his message?
Returning to Luke 18, please discuss the faith demonstrated by the people in verse 15 and what we can learn from verses 16-17.
Next, what can be learned about the beliefs held by the rich ruler from his conversation with Jesus? What was the “one thing” he lacked? Why is it hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God? And to close out Luke 18 and segue back to Hebrews 11, what is the theme that ties verses 1-30 together? What connection is there between Luke 18:29-30 and Hebrews 11:6?
Finally, Hebrews 11 recounts several individual examples of applied faith. Please isolate the specific action taken in each case and then discuss what the individual must have believed in order to take the action they did.