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Luke presents Jesus as a great prophet by means of literary and geographical allusions to the ministries of Elijah and Elisha.
• All three prophets resurrected an only son: Elijah at Zarephath, Elisha at Shunem, and Jesus at Nain.
• The miracles performed by Jesus and Elisha were performed on the slopes of the same hill—a connection Jesus’ audience was sure to make.
• The parallel miracles and locations of these events strengthen Luke’s presentation of Jesus as the fulfillment of Israel’s prophetic expectations.
Christ never preached a funeral sermon. When meeting the dead, He gave them life. He came to give life (John 10:10; 11:25–26). He who has Christ, has life. Without Christ, man is dead in his sins (Eph. 2:1). He gives enjoyable life, but also eternal life.
mis•ery \ˈmi-zə-rē, ˈmiz-rē\ noun
plural -er•ies 14th century
1: a state of suffering and want that is the result of poverty or affliction
2: a circumstance, thing, or place that causes suffering or discomfort
3: a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress synonym see DISTRESS
she was a widow With no husband or sons, the widow’s means of provision were gone. She would be forced to rely on the charity of her neighbors and struggle for her livelihood.
7:13 he had compassion Jesus is moved to action due to her suffering and destitution
Jesus Christ, compassion of
Jesus Christ’s pity and loving concern for the lowly and the needy. His words and deeds show God’s merciful and gracious nature in action.
The compassion of Jesus Christ is the basis of Christian confidence
Heb 4:14-16 The Greek word here translated “sympathise” has the sense of “be compassionate towards”.
Jesus Christ’s power over human life
The people’s response, “A great prophet has arisen among us” and “God has visited his people” (7:16 ESV) suggests that the people of Nain remembered the last time a great prophet, Elisha, had performed a very similar miracle on the slopes of the same hill.
7:16 A great prophet has appeared among us Accounts of Elijah and Elisha raising sons from the dead appear in 1 Kgs 17:17–24; 2 Kgs 4:32–37.