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Luke 11:5-13 — Ask and It Shall Be Given You

Ask, and It Shall Be Given You

A/B – Lend Me Three Loaves
5. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend,
a. and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend
 b. lend me three loaves;

  c. 6. For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me,
   d. and I have nothing to set before him?

    e. 7. And he from within shall answer and say,
    e. Trouble me not: the door is now shut,
     f. and my children are with me in bed;
    e. I cannot rise and give thee.

C/D – We Will Rise and Give as Many as He Needeth
8. I say unto you,
 b. Though he will not rise and give him,

   d. because he is his friend,
  c. yet because of his importunity

    e. he will rise and give him
     f. as many as he needeth.

E/F – Ask, Seek, Knock
9. And I say unto you, Ask,  
 b. and it shall be given you;

  c. seek,
   d. and ye shall find;

    e. knock,
     f. and it shall be opened unto you.

E/F’ – Receive, Find, Opened
10. For every one that asketh
 b. receiveth;

  c. and he that seeketh
   d. findeth;

    e. and to him that knocketh
     f. it shall be opened

D/C – Will He Give Him a Stone? (No.)
11. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father,
 b. will he give him a stone

  c. or if he ask a fish,
   d. will he for a fish give him a serpent

    e. 12. Or if he shall ask an egg,
     f. will he offer him a scorpion?

A/B – Good Gifts
a. 13. If ye then,
 b. being evil,
  c. know how to give good gifts unto your children:
   d. how much more shall your heavenly Father
    e. give the Holy Spirit
     f. to them that ask him?


Overlay of Davidic Themes for the six elements of E/F

Scripture phrase

Davidic Theme

a. Ask . . .  for the Word
 b. It shall be given you  . . . the Promise
  c. Seek   . . .  to Overcome the World
   d. Ye shall find    . . . the Lord’s Servant
    e. Knock     . . . to receive the Lord’s Presence
     f. It shall be opened      . . . God’s Glory
a. For everyone that Asketh . . . sings the Song of Salvation
 b. Receiveth  . . . fulfillment of the Promises
  c. Seeketh   . . . Overcomes the World
   d. Findeth    . . . the Lord’s Servant
    e. Knocketh     . . . obtains Salvation
     f. It shall be opened      . . . the everlasting arms of the Lord

Extension of Davidic Themes in rhetorical questions of D/C

Scripture phrase

Davidic Extension  

a. Ask bread “Living Bread”
 b. give him a stone?  “A Living Stone” (see 1 Peter 2:4)
  c. Ask a fish   “He took…two fishes” to feed the multitude (see Mt 14:19)
   d. serpent    “As Moses lifted up a serpent…so must the Son of man be lifted up” (Jn 3:14)
    e. Ask an egg     (Eggs are present at the beginning of life)
     f. scorpion      Not the Torment of a Scorpion, (see Rev. 9:5) — or the sting of death — but Eternal Life

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