Bible Verse of the Day – Luke 1:1-4
Welcome to my Bible Verse of the Day – Luke 1:1-4 Bible study. I would like to start with the Book of Luke. It is the third book in the New Testament. I have to tell you first off that is will not be your typical Bible Study. I like to take one verse at a time and really chew on it. As you see, my first “Bible verse of the day” is actually 4 verses.
But these 4 verses will probably fill more than four posts on this blog. I’m not going to be too concerned with how long it takes to study any particular verse and I may expand into other areas as I get into the word. This translation is the New International Version.
This is not the first written account
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
It is generally accepted that Luke was indeed the author of this book. In fact it is generally agreed that Luke authored both Luke and Acts as a two volume work. We can’t be absolutely sure this is true but one indication that this is so is that no one who lived around that period in time disputes the fact.
What is the significance of this writing?
We can’t be absolutely sure when the book of Luke was written either but it was probably written between 60 and 70 ad. Luke makes note that he is writing about “things that have been fulfilled among us”. Although Luke wasn’t a disciple or actual eyewitness, he was in contact with those who had seen Jesus after he had been risen from the dead.
The fact that someone had risen from the dead was, of course, quite significant. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”