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The Sanhedrin

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In Luke 20:1-2 Jesus gets a visit from members of the Sanhedrin. There were many sanhedrins throughout Judea and Galilee. They were the local courts of the land, composed of three or twenty-three members,[1] populated by the Jewish leaders in each town. The chief court in Jerusalem, THE Sanhedrin, or the Supreme Court of the Jews, seems to have been composed of the three, twenty-three member courts at Jerusalem.[2] It was made up of Pharisees, Sadducees and Jewish elders (considered to be the Jewish nobility). The high priest would preside over the assembly as its president or nasi, i.e. prince (cf. cf. Numbers 11:16; ).[3] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter’s Three Contrasts

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In a previous blogpost I showed how Peter exhorted the elders or leaders of the local church bodies meeting throughout Asia Minor to feed the flock of God. However, this command, which actually comes from Christ, has more to it than simply teaching God’s word. In the latter part of 1Peter 5:2 Peter uses three pairs of contrasts—negatives and their corresponding positive compliments—to show how an elder needs to express his responsibility of feeding or tending the flock of God. First it should not be done through constraint, but willingly; secondly, it should not be done for the sake of filthy lucre but of a ready mind; finally, it should not be done as lords over God’s heritage, but through one’s own example. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Responsibilities During Persecution

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The term elder (G4245 – presbuteros) was the Jewish term for leader. The gentiles used the term bishop or overseer (G1985 – episkopos) to designate a leader of a city etc. In 1Peter 5:2 Peter begins to exhort the elders, or the leaders of the local church bodies in Asia Minor, concerning the responsibilities of their office by telling them to feed or tend the flock of God. The Greek word (G4165) means more than simply feed (the sheep). It takes into consideration providing for the needs (of the sheep) like pasture land, water, and safety. Leadership and protection are factors when defining this word (cf. John 10:11-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Context of the Centurion’s Request

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One may ask why the centurion would want or need the Jewish elders (Luke 7:3) to speak for him. Ordinarily, the Romans were viewed with contempt by the Jewish people. They were their conquerors who continually oppressed them. There is no reason to think that the centurion should believe Jesus would treat him or his request with kindness. Therefore, he needed friends of Jesus who would act on the centurion’s behalf and make his request known in the matter of his dying servant. But, what about the father of the dying young man? If Luke 7:2-10 reflects the same event as John 4:45-54, why couldn’t the young man’s father simply make the request of Jesus and expect Jesus to respond favorably? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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