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The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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It is commonly thought by Bible scholars, although not by all, that the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18) is about the spreading out of the Gospel, no doubt, because Jesus mentions the plant as a metaphor for the Kingdom of God. The problem with this understanding is context. Jesus uttered the parable in the presence of both his enemies and those who are normally impressed with what he says and does (Luke 13:14-17). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Was Jesus Excommunicated?

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Because the Gospel narratives always record Jesus teaching in the Temple, while he and his disciples were in Jerusalem, the mention of his teaching in a synagogue in Luke 13:10 seems to imply his visit to Jerusalem was over, and he was now in Galilee. It was the Sabbath day, and, while Jesus was teaching in the synagogue (Luke 13:11-12), he saw a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years. Her back was bent, so that she couldn’t straighten up. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Plot Against Jesus

Questioning JesusIn a previous blogpost, I showed how it could be logically understood through the Scriptures that Jesus could have been crucified one year prior to when the event actually occurred. At least this seems to have been the idea in the minds of Jesus’ enemies. However, it seems that God guided the events in a manner so that his original plan prevailed. Nevertheless, if Jesus was supposed to die, why would it have been wrong to die one year earlier? Why didn’t God simply permit the events begun by the scribes and Pharisees to run their course? What might have occurred had Jesus been crucified a year before the actual historical event? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Crucifixion that Almost Was

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I wonder if Jesus could have been crucified one year earlier than when that event actually took place, which, according to my understanding, took place in 31 AD. Could God have permitted the event to occur one year earlier, and would this have made a difference afterward, as far as the preaching of the Gospel was concerned? The fact is, that Jesus does seem to indicate that the crucifixion could have occurred one year prior to when it actually took place. Nevertheless, it was delayed because Jesus prayed to his Father. I was surprised to see this possible eventuality and almost missed it. Would it have changed anything, if Jesus was crucified at another time? Perhaps matters such as this can never be known with certainty, but it is encouraging to understand that Jesus prays for us, and our heavenly Father listens to Jesus and always answers his prayers (John 11:41; cf. 1John 5:15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Pilate’s Passover

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It was time for Jesus’ ascension, i.e. time for him to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate a Feast Day. This particular occasion could not have been the Passover when Jesus was crucified, as I hope to show here. Nevertheless, neither does Luke mention which Feast Day this might have been. Luke 9:51-53 shows the Samaritans were upset that Jesus was set to go to Jerusalem instead of celebrating that Feast Day with them. The Samaritans had no reason to celebrate the Feast of Dedication (celebrated in our December) or the Feast of Purim (celebrated in late winter), because these days had special meaning only for the Jews in Jerusalem. Therefore, there would be no reason for the Samaritans to be jealous of Jesus’ determination to go to Jerusalem, if his intention was to celebrate one of these feast days. The Scriptures the Samaritans used was the Samaritan Pentateuch which they called the Law. These were the only Scriptures they used and the feasts they celebrate correspond to those found in Leviticus 23. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

The Parable of the Appointed Time

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In Luke 12:54-56 Jesus criticizes the Jewish people of his generation for not knowing the time in which they lived. That is they didn’t discern the gravity of the moment. They simply let it go by without consideration. They knew when to expect rain or a hot day, but they simply didn’t reflect upon what had already occurred in their presence, in terms of interpreting John the Baptist’s coming and teaching, as well as Jesus own teaching and miracles. They should have known they were living in the last days of the Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 31:29) and the beginning of the times of the Messiah (Deuteronomy 18:15), which would be the time of the New Covenant as predicted by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-33). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Signs, Morality and Logic

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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