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Who Is Barabbas?

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The practice of Roman governors releasing Jewish criminals is never mentioned in ancient books, except in the New Testament. Moreover, many ancient manuscripts don’t have it mentioned in Luke, but this is of no real import, because, even if Luke doesn’t mention it in Luke 23:17, it is mentioned in all three of the other Gospel narratives (Matthew 27:15; Mark 15:6; John 18:39). Moreover, the fact that there is no mention of the practice in Jewish literature is no reason to conclude that the Gospel narratives are wrong, because many ancient records would have been destroyed in the Roman-Jewish War  in 66-70 AD. The fact is that Rome did practice such a custom in other countries of the Empire, where it is recorded that Roman governors released local prisoners during a lectisternium, festivals of the local gods. If this was introduced by Pilate to compensate for the cruelty, for which he at times treated the Jews, it would fit the context of the Passover—an event commemorating the release of Jews from captivity in Egypt (cf. John 18:39). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 26, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Profiteering Inside the Temple

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Jewish tradition tells us that the money-changers (Matthew 22:17-21) were licensed by the high priests, the authorities at Jerusalem. Without any doubt, Annas and his family figured prominently among them, and most of the high priests profited very well for the business conducted by the money-changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice inside the Temple compound. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was the Sin of the Unjust Steward?

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In Luke 16:1 we have come to the Parable of the Unjust Steward. In my previous post I identified the unjust steward as the high priest in particular, but in general he could be any one of the Jewish authorities in Jesus’ day. In the parable it doesn’t appear that the rich man immediately deprived his steward of his office (Luke 16:4) and neither was Eli, the high priest when Samuel was a boy (cf. 1Samuel 2:31-33), immediately deprived of his office as. Rather, they would continue, until that faithful priest would come along whom the Lord had chosen (cf. 1Samuel 2:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Lord Comes Suddenly to His Temple

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During the days of the judges, when Samuel, the prophet, was a little boy ministering in the Temple, a man of God came to Eli, the high priest, and told him that not only had God rejected him, but had rejected the priesthood of Aaron in favor of a priest of his own choosing (1Samuel 2:27-36). Similarly, during the days of Annas, the high priest, Jesus came into the Temple at age 12, answering and asking questions that astonished the teachers of the Law (Luke 2:46-47). Just as Samuel was his mother’s firstborn, but was not redeemed, causing him to be dedicated to the Lord and so was attached to the priesthood, so Jesus, without a record of his redemption at birth (Luke 2:22), and being his mother’s firstborn, was, therefore, dedicated to the Lord and was technically a Priest of God from birth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Spies of the First Century AD

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It is inferred by Luke that Annas, the high priest, had sent Ananias and Sapphira into the nascent church (cf. Acts 5:1-13) in order to spy out what was done and bring believers under the authority of the high priest. The same is inferred in Galatians 2:12-13, once one realizes that James didn’t send these people to do what they had done (cf. Galatians 2:4). From time to time Paul had to rebuke a wrong spirit of prophecy or a message or letter that was allegedly from him or one of the other apostles (2Thessalonians 2:2), inferring that others were seeking to gain a foothold in the churches he raised up. Moreover, John also shows there were people who had identified themselves with the apostles but broke away, showing ulterior motives existed among those who did so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah

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To show the nature of God’s judgment upon the false teachers of the second chapter of his second epistle, Peter pointed to three examples of God’s judgment upon mankind. His first example of God’s judgment, which fell upon the angels or messengers (patriarchs) of God, pointed to Satan (through the leaders into whose hands he vested his authority – see Revelation 13:2). Peter’s second example of God’s judgment was the Noahic Flood, which points to the world. In his final example of God’s judgment Peter mentioned Sodom and Gomorrah which cities God destroyed because of their extreme wickedness, and this judgment corresponds to the flesh (cf. Jude 1:7). It is this third judgment that will be the subject of this blogpost. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Angels Who Sinned

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After mentioning false teachers would arise within the church and bring in destructive heresies, Peter connects their work with that of the false prophets of the Old Testament. Those spiritual leaders brought upon themselves and the Jewish nation the judgment of God that culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Likewise, a similar judgment would be incurred by the false teachers who troubled the believers in the five Roman provinces of Asia Minor in the first century AD. In the next few verses (2Peter 2:4-9) Peter points to three examples of God’s judgment that was imposed upon those who sinned in a similar fashion, as was then occurring in the churches of God in Asia Minor. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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