Audience of One
When Luke wrote the books of Luke-Acts, he definitely wasn't seeking to cater to the wide readership the Bible has today. In fact, it wasn't even for a single community. His book was addressed to one person - Theophilus.
Luke 1:1-4 - Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
We note from Luke 1:1-4 that Luke was writing with an audience of one in mind, and we can imagine the care, energy, and time invested into this one individual. But his investment was centered around the teaching of Jesus Christ, which is something that many of the social justice movements today should be aware of; our care for others must be accompanied by the teaching of what Jesus did for us. It is when we focus upon one soul, one person, that communities are changed, nations are reached, and the world comes to understand the beauty of our God.
A Tale of Two Cities
Gen 10:8-10 ESV
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD." The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Nimrod's name means "The Rebel." No matter how mighty or strong he was, he used his might to rebel against God. Humankind values might, talent, and power, but they use it to oppress the week and poor, it is This is the main characteristic of the first kingdom of man that is mentioned in the Bible.
On the other hand, Jesus' kingdom consists of serving. It is an upside-down kingdom where the leaders lead by servitude and mercy.
Which kingdom do you belong to?
A fortress, a ghetto, and a tent
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a]wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Three lessons to learn from Jericho, Ai, and Achan's tent
1) God fights for us if we are consecrated unto Him - our lack of skill and ability is not an issue
2) When you sin or fail morally, don't let the weight of your guilt cause you to despair.
3) God wants us to consecrate ourselves and eliminate specific sins from our lives
Deuteronomy 7:6 – For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
What is Holiness? And where does it come from?
How can we be Holy?
So how do we know if we are Holy / possessed by God?
Are you possessed by God? Do you have His autograph on you? Does your life really prove who you belong to?