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In Like Manner

ParousiaAfter Jesus’ resurrection he was with his disciples for 40 days (Acts 1:3), and on the day of his departure he took them to the Mount of Olives. There he was asked, if he would at that time restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). That is, his disciples wanted to know if, now that he had been resurrected, would he restore the Kingdom of God to Israel, namely make it once again a Theocracy, as it had been before the reign of Saul. Jesus replied that it was not for them to know the times (G5550 – meaning the greater period of time) nor the seasons (G2540 – meaning the lesser period of time). In other words, Jesus was saying it was not for them to know the day or the hour, which God had placed under his authority alone (Acts 1:7; cf. Matthew 24:36). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Drawing Near to God

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The Jewish authorities had little value for the people who came to Jesus, repenting of their past sins. It may seem odd that religious folks wouldn’t welcome a repentant sinner, but Jesus’ ministry, as viewed from the Jewish authorities’ perspective, wasn’t a legitimate Jewish ministry. Jesus did many strange things that, not only contradicted the traditions of the Jewish authorities, but also made those traditions seem unrighteous. It was difficult for the leaders of the people to admit to unrighteous behavior. After all, they worked so hard at being considered righteous by the folks around them. Their worldview felt good. Therefore, it was good, and they frowned upon those who refused to be as they were. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Is Our High Tower

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A tower was something used in ancient times for defensive purposes (Judges 9:51). It was a place where the people could flee in the event of an attack from an enemy. It was also used for early warning purposes, in order to detect an enemy’s (human or animal) approach. In the context of Jesus’ parable of counting the cost (Luke 14:28-33), the tower (Luke 14:28) represents the One or ones in whom the people placed their trust. Who would be a better defense for their nation—the Jewish authorities or Jesus? In Jeremiah 6:27, the prophet was set over the people as a tower and a fortress, not to help the people but to observe their wrongdoing and judge them. Herein, we are able to see that the foundation for the idea that the servant of God is a tower is laid in the Old Testament. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who’s Confused?

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Some of my Bible Commentaries suppose the Apostles were somewhat confused about Jesus’ coming and of the end of the age (both of which futurists posit yet to be fulfilled). Some even come right out and say the Apostles were mistaken to phrase their question in the manner in which it is recorded in the Synoptics. Obviously, the Apostles believed the destruction of the Temple, Jesus’ coming into his Kingdom and the end of the age were events that occurred simultaneously, which, if true, the futurists’ argument is debunked, because the scriptures never speak of a third coming of Christ, nor do they speak of a second Second Coming. Therefore, futurists **must** argue for more than one question in Matthew 24:3. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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A Proper Perspective for Relationships

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Sometime after leaving the home of the chief Pharisee, Luke tells us that a multitude followed Jesus (Luke 14:25). Jesus stopped and turned to them and said that anyone who doesn’t hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters cannot be his disciple. In other words, Jesus claimed that a disciple’s relationship with Jesus must come before any other close relationship, even one’s family (Luke 14:26). Does Jesus really intend that we actually despise our families so that we can follow him? No, this is not his intended meaning, because, if that were true, it would contradict other places of scripture, where we are told to love our parents, our wives, our children and our brothers and sisters. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of Two Invitations

Banquet InvitationAfter one of the guests in the chief Pharisee’s home rebuked Jesus (Luke 14:15), Jesus responded to by telling him and the others present a parable of a certain man who threw a great feast (Luke 14:16).The certain man in the parable is supposed to represent the Father, while his servant is supposed to be Jesus (Luke 14:16-17). The people who were invited represent the Jewish nation (Luke 14:16-20), and in the present context, especially the Jewish authorities. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Finding Fault with Jesus

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Sometimes one’s interest in another is only to do harm. For example, a thief might observe the habits of a person in order to understand what the best opportunity would be to either steal from the man personally or steal his goods, while he is away from his house or place of business. Jesus’ enemies were men in positions of authority, so they watched him in an effort to find fault with him in order to discredit him, and, if they could show he had broken the law, to take him into custody and destroy him. At times these efforts embraced hypocrisy, in that Jesus’ enemies invited him to social gatherings, so that, under the pretense of friendship, they could watch him and uncover the evidence they needed to do him harm. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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