Yes, I know it is Thursday and I am posting on my Wednesday's Challenge, but I know you will forgive me.
I read chapter 17 of Luke today.
What would we do without the Gospel of Luke, his Gospel brings the story of Jesus to technicolor. Luke is the only scholar and Gentile writer of the New Testament, he did careful investigation and research, interviewing eyewitnesses. This Gospel was probably written in about 62 A.D. His motive in writing the Gospel is that all people would know, both Jew and Gentile, that the Gospel is for everyone. Luke knew personal information about John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus, and other facts. His Gospel gives greater insight to Jesus' prayers 3:21, 5:26, 6:12, and parables on prayers 11:5-13 and 18:1-14. The Gospel also emphasizes evangelism Luke 19:10, and the universal message of salvation 2:14 and 32, 3: 4-6, 9: 51-56, 10:33, 17:16. There are 6 miracles and 19 parables that are only found in Luke. He also added the Magnificat 1:46-55, Benedictus 1:68-79, and Nunc Dimittis 2:19-32. The prologue to Luke's gospel, the first four verses is among the greatest Greek writing of the first Century. This first sentence in the Gospel of Luke shows his knowledge and aptitude in writing. Luke also gives more attention to women, women during this time were possessions, with no legal rights, no voice. Luke gave women notice; Elizabeth 1:5,24,25,57,58, Anna the prophetess 2:36-38, the widow of Nain 7: 11-17, the woman at the Pharisee's house 7:36-50, Mary Magdalene, Susanna, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, 8:2-3, Martha and Mary 10:38-42, the weeping daughters of Jerusalem 23:27-31.
Luke was a physician, a faithful friend and companion, and fellow worker of Paul, he was probably one of the earliest Gentile converts. See Colossians 4:14, Philemon 24, 2 Timothy 4:11. Luke also wrote the book of Acts.