11. THE WIDOW OF NAIN (Luke 7:11-17)
BACKGROUND: People call Jesus a great prophet because they remember how both Elijah and Elisha of the Old Testament raised a widow's son from the dead
- Think of various reasons why so many people wanted to attend this funeral (vs.12).
- Think about this widow's life. She had only one child at a time when everyone wanted as many children as possible. What do you think were the highlights in the life of this small family while the father was still living?
- What had probably been worst for this woman when her husband died?
- What economical and psychological problems may arise when a mother is raising her only son
- What was this mother possibly thinking about God while walking behind the coffin of her
- At the time of the young man's death Jesus was in Capernaum, a town about 40 kilometers from Nain
(Luke 7:1). The funeral was held not later than the following day. Why did Jesus want to reach this funeral in time, even though it meant he had to walk hurriedly such a long
- Why did Jesus want to help this widow who had never asked him for help?
- In what situations have you felt that God's help couldn't possibly reach you in time?
- How can we become convinced that the help of Jesus never comes too
- Why did Jesus say to the crying mother: "Don't cry!"
- Jesus says today to you, too: "Don't cry!" What does he mean by that?
- How did Jesus raise the young man from the dead?
- What does Luke mean when he says: "Jesus gave the boy back to his mother" (vs.15)?
- How do you think this incident changed the relationship between the mother and her
- The Heavenly Father, too, had to see his only Son being carried to his grave. Do you think his pain was greater or less than that of the widow?
- In verse 16 it says: "God has come to help his people." Why didn't he help his own Son when he was dying?
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