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The Would-be Followers of Jesus

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As Jesus journeyed toward Jerusalem, a certain man volunteered to follow him wherever he went (Luke 9:57). According to Matthew, this certain man (Luke 9:57) was a Jewish scribe / rabbi (Matthew 8:19-20). News of Jesus’ victories at Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles seemed to make Jesus untouchable. Many of the rulers of the synagogues believed on Jesus, but they feared to publicly announce their positions for fear of ostracism and their positions in the synagogue being taken away by the Pharisees and other Jewish authorities (cf. John 12:42-43). Nevertheless, news of Jesus healing a man born blind and a child born a demoniac seemed to turn the tide of public opinion. Even the authorities began to think Jesus was now unstoppable. Therefore, there was no time like the present to stand with him. Who would dare say or do anything against Jesus now? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Awakening Jairus’ Only Daughter

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A messenger, someone from Jairus’ house, came to tell him his daughter had died (Luke 8:49), and he mentioned to Jairus that Jesus shouldn’t be troubled (G4660) further (Luke 8:49; Mark 5:35). This same Greek word is used by the Roman centurion (Luke 7:6), when he told Jesus it wasn’t necessary for him to enter the centurion’s house. If a Jew entered the home of a gentile it would bring trouble on him from those strictly observant Jews who jealously guarded their separate status, concerning the gentile community (cf. Acts 11:2-3).[1] So, the messenger from Jairus’ home implied, if Jesus continued to the house, Jesus would be troubled or harassed by some of the folks who were already there (cf. Luke 8:53). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Was the Gospel Preached to the Dead?

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Several of Peter’s lusts of men (1Peter 4:2) which he enumerates in 1Peter 4:3 have to do with excessive indulgence in wine. Although there is room for a literal interpretation in his context, I wonder if his main thought was an over indulgence in certain behavior (Isaiah 29:9-15). The words of the prophet concern a people who have secretly conspired (Isaiah 29:15) to do evil. Thinking no one knew their motives, the Lord tripped them up, so that the wise and prudent among them were unable to insure success of their plans (Isaiah 29:14), because the people honored God with their lips, but not with their hearts (Isaiah 29:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Who Were the Generation of Vipers?

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God sent John, the son of Zacharias, to prepare the people of Israel for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. From the very beginning of Luke’s Gospel, we get the idea that something is wrong. Luke doesn’t come right out and say what’s wrong, but what he does say implies corruption, and his implications cannot be missed by Theophilus, the high priest, to whom Luke’s Gospel is addressed. Earlier, Luke alluded to the days of Samuel, the prophet, when the high priesthood was corrupt. The implication is that in John’s day it was no different. Nevertheless, one cannot openly accuse one’s leadership of wrongdoing during the 1st century AD and expect to live a long life. John accused Herod of committing adultery by taking his brother’s wife for himself, and John was beheaded not long afterward. Jesus openly confronted the Jewish leadership (Matthew 21:23-46) and was crucified within a week. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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To Whom Was Jesus Sent?

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I find it interesting that, when Jesus was born, there was no room for him in society.[1] No one even knew of his coming, except perhaps Mary and Joseph and John the Baptist’s parents. The wise men who sought him, because they looked for the fulfillment of the promise of his coming, thought he would be among the great of society, or at least they believed that certainly the powerful would have been alerted of his arrival (Matthew 2:1-3). A glaring charge against the powerful religious figures of the time is that, although they knew where Jesus was to be born (Matthew 2:4-6), they didn’t seek him with the Magi who came from the East! Is it any wonder that God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to them? Rather he visited shepherds, and it was they who found him on the night he was born, and stirred up society by informing others (Luke 2:8-18). Yet, it is telling, is it not, that the rich and powerful weren’t moved, until believers of their own rank came seeking Jesus (Matthew 2)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Babes in Arms

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Sometimes I look out into the world and consider how the Gospel message is going out to the nations and think—“You’ve got to be kidding!”[1] Christianity in America (and this is the only Christianity of which I am really aware) seems so unlike what Jesus and the Apostles did in the 1st century CE. Jesus and the Apostles were close to the people. Rarely did they ever come in contact with those in authority, and when they did, it was the authorities who came to them or had Jesus and the Apostles brought to the authorities, usually in chains. Yet, today, the Church seems comfortable with the powers that be, and perhaps even becomes upset when the authorities ignore us or don’t take us seriously! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Jesus

 

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