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Watching their Flocks by Night

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It has been pointed out that, if we consider the fact that the Scriptures tell us that the shepherds were “watching their flocks by night” (Luke 2:8), the time Jesus was born could not have been near Christmas when we celebrate his birth, because shepherds don’t have their sheep out in the fields in winter. Nevertheless, it has also been shown that, even today, there are many shepherds in Israel who keep watch over their flocks in the fields at night all year long. What can be said of these things? Is someone lying just to make a point? No, no one is lying, but the point of the phrase is misunderstood. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Weakness of God

Weakness of God

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“In Luke 2:8-14 we have a third annunciation scene, which follows the same pattern as the previous two: the appearance of an angel, a response of fear, the command not to fear, the announcement of a birth that brings joy. In this case, however, the announcement is not to a parent of the child to be born, for this birth is not just a family affair. Indeed, the angel stresses that he brings a message of ‘great joy which shall be for all the people’” (Luke 2:10).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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No Room For Jesus

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One would expect royalty to be born in the kings’ palace, yet there was no room for the Savior, Messiah and Lord of the Jews. Neither was there a place for him among the nations, because at the very time that Jesus was born all Jews and all gentiles of the empire were hailing the Emperor of Rome by swearing an oath to Augustus Caesar (Luke 2:1-4), the anointed savior and god of the Roman world. There was no room for two saviors or two gods to rule mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unto Us a Child is Born

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The Scripture records that Mary brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7). It was her firstborn, but the Scripture also denies that Joseph had any part in Jesus’ conception (Luke 1:34-35; cf. Matthew 1:18-20). This scene recalls to us the prophecy of Isaiah that a “virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:11). Of course many interpretations have been made of this Scripture in order to disclaim its most obvious understanding. However, it is interesting to note that the disclaimers come only after the public ministry of Jesus. Religious folks were not so unbelieving prior to Jesus coming on the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Quirinius, Governor of Syria

Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem

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Luke claims that Quirinius[1] was governor (hegemoneuo – G2230) of Syria when the enrollment of all the people of the Empire took place (Luke 2:1-2). However, history shows us that either Saturninus or Quinctilius Varus was governor of Syria when Jesus was born.[2] Nevertheless, Josephus also shows us that there were at least two governors of Syria during the time when Herod suspected disloyalty among several members of his family, and when he had them tried and executed.[3] Therefore, it may be possible that Quirinius acted as a governor of some capacity of Syria during the time Jesus was born, or even under some special authority by order of the Emperor to take the census. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Paul’s First Defense

With the Roman fortress behind him and the Temple of God before him, in chains and surrounded by a Jewish mob crying out for his death and Roman soldiers holding him in a precarious protective custody, Paul began his first of four final addresses. This one is before his countrymen, the Jews. I already discussed Paul’s main defense in a previous blog, but I wish to emphasize the logic behind Paul’s defense in this one. The mob grew silent as Paul lifted his hand in a gesture to speak, and when he spoke in Hebrew, the silence became even more pronounced (Acts 22:1-2). Paul’s defense was a simple narration of his life from birth to his embracing Messianic Judaism and his vision of Jesus in the Temple of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Why the Silence?

Aside from Jesus’ birth accounts and his trip to Jerusalem at age twelve, these are the only records we have of his early childhood and youth. Why? Why didn’t the apostles record anything for us about how he grew up? Wouldn’t this also be of use to us, if we are supposed to follow his example? Well, actually, the accounts of the early years of Jesus are in perfect harmony with similar accounts of people of the Old Testament like Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David. Aside from a few snapshots of their lives as babes or their youth, we have nothing concerning them either! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in Christianity, Jesus, Religion

 

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