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Jesus and Beelzebub

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Beelzebub in the New Testament is the same as Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, in the Old Testament (cf. 2Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16). The same was the god of the Philistines. The name means lord of flies (or dung), but its original ending might have been zebhul, meaning house, making the real name of the god mean lord of the house (of the Philistines). The ancient Jews loved to use a play on words in order to demean a god or a hated ruler.[1] Some scholars understand the deities of one nation of the ancient Near East to be the demons of its neighboring nations. With this in mind, the King of Israel, Ahaziah, sent messengers to Ekron, the chief city of the Philistines, to inquire of Baalzebub to be healed of his ailment (2Kings 1:2), that is, cast out the disease. Jesus claimed to exorcise demons by the power of God (Luke 11:20), but he was accused of healing, or casting out demons, by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of demons (Luke 11:15, 18). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith and Authority

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After completing their pilgrimage of at least eight-days in Jerusalem, Jesus took his disciples and returned to Galilee. What occurs next is recorded in Matthew and Mark, and actually takes place after they reached Galilee (Luke 9:44-45; Matthew 17:22-23). Except for the minor setback with the little boy, the apostles were on a spiritual high! They were very enthusiastic and in awe over the events that transpired during the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus had put down all of his enemies, and it seemed that no one would dare come against him! Nevertheless, Jesus arrived back in Galilee just like he left, in secret (Mark 9:30; cf. John 7:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Faithless and Wicked Generation

Faithless Generation

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Obviously, a cursory read of any one of the Gospels leaves a lot unsaid that could be understood and help the reader to understand what Jesus said and did in its original context. Luke’s account of the young boy healed by Christ is no different. Many things await comparison with the other Gospel records, and even some matters can be gleaned by thinking about what is not said but could be implied by what is said. For example, the fact that the father brought his son to Jesus, might have been part of a conspiracy by the Jewish authorities at Jerusalem to expose Jesus as a fraud, and thereby destroy him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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