Luke 18:31-43

This week we’re looking at the short stories in Luke 18, and┬ákeeping score as to who “wins” in each story. Here’s the recap┬áso far in table form:

Story Winner Loser
18:1-8 Poor widow Rich litigant and unjust judge
18:9-14 Tax collector Pharisee
18:15-17 Children Adult disciples
18:18-30 Disciples Rich ruler
Total: People of low status – 4 People of high status – 0

Today, we have two stories. And at first glance, the first one seems to break the flow. The status-reversal pattern Luke has set up (see above) seems to be sidestepped when Jesus chooses this moment to again remind his disciples of his impending death.

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