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Luke’s Apparent Eyewitness Testimony!

When we consider the reasoning among the Apostles in Luke 9:46 and John’s statement in Luke 9:49, we are forced to ask: which mission was more important: sending out the Twelve (Luke 9:1-6) or sending out the Seventy (Luke 10:1-16)? Nevertheless, we must conclude that neither is more important than the other (1Corinthains 3:4-6). Having said this, to what might we account for the greater detail we find in Luke 10:1-12 when it is compared to Luke 9:1-6? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Lambs Among Wolves

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Some commentaries say these Scriptures were of a temporary nature.[1] It is claimed that the authority given to the Seventy was not like that given to the Twelve, and that these served their purpose as Jesus preached in the towns on his way to Jerusalem. Nevertheless, Jesus told the Seventy everything that he told the Twelve (cf. Luke 9:1-10), but in more detail, if not given additional commands. Luke speaks of a plenteous harvest (Luke 10:2) but few laborers to do the work. Approximately one year earlier the Apostles were sent out on a similar mission, but their labor was to cast seed for growth. Now the harvest has come. Time was given for the good seed to bear fruit, and what the fields have yielded must be brought in for the Lord of the harvest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Are There So Few Laborers?

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The cities into which the Seventy were sent, represent the harvest fields for the Kingdom of God. The harvest belongs to the Lord of the harvest (Luke 10:2), who seems to be Jesus, who sends out the Seventy to preach the Gospel. However, Jesus claimed the harvest was great and would overburden the few laborers that were sent. Therefore, Jesus told the Seventy to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send in more laborers (Luke 10:2). This is a surprise! Why are there so few laborers? Hadn’t Jesus, the Lord of the harvest, understood the extent of the harvest when he called for laborers to go into the fields? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Calling Down FIRE from Heaven…

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Jesus steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem for the Passover (Luke 9:51). He sent messengers (James and John) into a village to prepare for him (Luke 9:52, 54), but the people would not receive him (Luke 9:53). The folks in Samaria held only to the Torah for their Scriptures, and because they celebrated the same three great feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles) as the Jews at Jerusalem, they refused to extend their hospitality to Jesus and his disciples (Luke 9:53). They would not have celebrated Hanukkah or Purim, which aren’t mentioned in the Law, and which had meaning only for the Jews who worshiped in Jerusalem. Therefore, what Luke 9:53 tells us is that the Samaritans took offense, because Jesus seemed to prefer the Jews at Jerusalem over them, because he made it obvious that he intended to celebrate the next great feast of Leviticus 23, the Passover, at Jerusalem and not with the people of Samaria. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Remembering

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In a very real sense, memory changes us. An emotionally painful memory tends to act as a hedge to keep us from behaving in such a manner that gave rise to that event in the past. Religious and family traditions, or collective memory, cause us to behave in a certain socially acceptable manner, especially while in the company of family and friends who hold to those traditions. And, we probably don’t wander far from those traditions even when we share the company of strangers. Memories of the past that helped make us what we are today jump into focus when they are triggered by something we experience in the present. Visiting old friends we hadn’t seen in years, for example, will trigger memories of people and events we hadn’t thought about in a long time. It isn’t as though we had forgotten our friends or the things we experienced together, but seeing them once again brings many memories of our relationships into focus. Peter points to something like this in his second epistle. He writes that he intends to be an impetus to keep his readers thinking of Jesus and their walk with him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Entering the Kingdom of God

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Peter claims in 2Peter 1:11 that the believer who cultivates the characteristics he mentioned in 2Peter 1:5-7 will be granted an abundant entry into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, when he speaks of the Kingdom, is Peter referring to salvation or something else? It seems Peter is referring to something else, because his epistle is addressed to believers who have already obtained the same kind of faith the apostles had (2Peter 1:1). It is in this same faith to which believers are to add these things in their new life in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Working Out One’s Salvation

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In 2Peter 1:8-9 Peter points to the work of God on the one hand and the work of the believer on the other (cf. 1Peter 2:4-8). If the Gospel (the accurate knowledge, G1922 – epigenosis) of our Lord, Jesus, is believed and active in us, these things will abound and we won’t be idle in God’s hands or unfruitful in what we do for him (cf. Philippians 2:12). The word idle (G692) is used by Jesus in the Parable of the Householder (Matthew 20). In verses 3 and 6 the householder found laborers who stood idle (G692) in the marketplace, so he hired them and sent them into his vineyard. Peter’s point is that, if the believer applies himself to working out the things mentioned in 2Peter 1:5-7, he won’t be idle, because he will be laboring to produce the fruit of the Gospel, and he won’t be barren in producing fruit out of the accurate knowledge, (G1922 – epigenosis) of Christ, our Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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