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Luke and Egyptian Folklore

Rich Man and Lazarus - 2

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It might be interesting to discuss the possible literary genre of the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Some scholars believe its theme has been borrowed from Egyptian folklore. The problem with this idea is that Jesus would have no reason to use pagan literature to speak to the Jews, especially his disciples. Moreover, since there are obvious doctrinal issues with the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, why would Jesus use gentile literature to teach anything about the Kingdom of God. On the other hand, if the Jewish authorities were already using this story, which **they** borrowed from Egyptian folklore in order to support their own worldviews (Titus 1:14; cf. 2Timothy 4:4), then Jesus would have good reason to use it, if he wanted to expose error in the doctrines of the Jewish authorities of his day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The End of the World

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Peter told his readers in 2Peter 3:1 that he was reminding them of what he had already told them in his first epistle. It seems the scoffers (2Peter 3:3) had arisen and were mocking Peter’s claims that the end was near. That is, Jesus was manifest in the last days (1Peter 1:20) and was then at the time of Peter’s writing ready to be revealed from heaven in what he termed “a little while” (1Peter 1:5-7). Moreover, Peter claimed that it was revealed to the prophets of old that they didn’t minister to their own day but, rather, to the days of those who lived in the first century AD (1Peter 1:10-12). In other words the end of all things was at hand (1Peter 4:7), and Christ was, at the time of Peter’s writing, ready to judge the living and the dead (1Peter 4:5, 17). So the end of the world was at that time coming upon the folks who lived in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

Is Experience Better Evidence for Truth?

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In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus the rich man believes that a resurrection would alert his brethren to be forewarned of their fate, if they didn’t repent. Since the rich man’s sins aren’t mentioned, one sin that he may have in mind is the doctrine of the Sadducees that there was no life beyond the grave. They didn’t believe in a resurrection, so God’s blessings were to be received in one’s life on earth. There simply was nothing else. Therefore, the rich man thought his brethren needed to be warned that there was, indeed, an afterlife, and they needed to be aware of consequences of their actions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The End of All Things Is at Hand

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When we speak of the end of the world, according to what we see in 2Peter 3, what do we mean? What did Peter mean? If Peter meant something different from what we see in the text, which point of view should we retain—ours or Peter’s? Lots of folks seem to believe Peter was wrong to believe the end of the time/space continuum was about to arrive in the first century AD. I could go along with that, with this qualifier—Peter really wasn’t speaking of the end of time or the universe. This came to be a later assumption of the text, and such a thing is not found anywhere in the Bible. In other words, belief that time would come to an end and the universe would be destroyed is a modern assumption not supported in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Rich Man and Resurrection

Rich Man and Lazarus

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In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The second character mentioned in this story, of course, is a beggar named Lazarus (Luke 16:20-21). According to the text, he is full of sores, which seems to represent the fact that he is a sinner (Luke 15:1-2), whom the Pharisees and other Jewish authorities would never entertain at their tables, where discussion of the word of God was made. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Were the Scoffers?

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Speaking of his own days in the first century AD (cf. 1Peter 1:19-20; 4:7, 17), Peter mentions that scoffers (G1703) or mockers would arise in the last days (i.e. Peter’s days – 2Peter 3:3), who would deny the coming of the Lord, which Peter claimed would occur in the lifetimes of his first century readers (1Peter 1:5-7). These men would deny the first century coming of Christ by using the premise that everything is exactly as it had always been. That is, the Temple is still standing even though Jesus claimed it would be destroyed (cf. Matthew 23:37-38; 26:64).Where, then, is the promise of his coming (2Peter 3:3-4). If scoffers were come in the first century to deny the Apostles’ message, is it possible to know who they were? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Is the Rich Man?

Rich Man and LazarusAfter teaching his disciples the Parable of the Unjust Steward, and then rebuking the Pharisees for their ill treatment of the word of God, Jesus told a story about a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus (Luke 16:19-20). The rich man was clothed in purple and fine linen, and this should remind us of the clothing of the high priest (Exodus 23:4-6). So, Jesus is probably still teaching about the same people he alluded to in the Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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