I have approached my Bible reading differently lately in that I decided to read what Dr. Luke, the Physician, wrote. First I read the book of Luke and then continued with the book of Acts. Luke was an eyewitness from the beginning and minister of the word (Luke 1:2).
Luke said it seemed good to him also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first to write it unto Theophilus (beloved of God). Why would he do this? He continued, “That you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you have been instructed.”
I don’t recall much being said about Luke throughout the Bible. But we know from his writings, his knowledge, that he was there, he was listening, he was learning, and he shared what he knew. Other writers, namely Paul, mentioned Luke being with them on occasions, but he must have been a very quiet person. We know he was well learned. What can we learn from Dr. Luke? I suggest:
- He was there. He was in the presence of Jesus. He was where the action was going on. We might compare that to our being in regular attendance at all the services of the church. The Bible says “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
- He was listening. Smart people listen more than they talk. Someone has said, “I never learned a thing when I was the one doing the talking.”
- He was learning. Dr. Luke was smart but he continued to learn. We don’t ever outgrow our need to study the Word of God. There is always something we can learn. God knew if we could read the Bible one time and learn all we needed to know, that we would put it down and never pick it up again. We can always learn something new every time we read from the Bible.
- He shared what he knew, and aren’t we thankful he did? To read the book of Luke and continue with reading the book of Acts is wonderful in that one will get the full picture of the life of Jesus and the acts of the apostles in teaching His commands. We can share what we learn from the word of God, in fact that is our marching orders as brother Ira North used to say. We are to go and teach others the gospel of Christ. Luke wrote it because he wanted Theophilus (and all of us) to know the certainty of those things we are taught or read in the Word of God.
Not only are we thankful that Dr. Luke, our brother, was present, but he was listening, learning and was willing to share what he had both seen and heard with all of those who dare to take time to sit down and read his writings. I am most grateful for God’s word.