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Signs, Morality and Logic

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living in the Presence of the Enemy

Enemies - 2We need to keep in mind that all the events described in chapters 11 and 12 of Luke’s Gospel occurred in the context of the disciples coming to Jesus and asking him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). The context of the model prayer is not to acquire our own personal needs, because our heavenly Father already knows about them, and, as a good Father, he will take care of them without our having to ask. Rather, the context of Jesus’ model prayer is our request for the Kingdom of God to come and for God to rule here as he does in heaven (Luke 11:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Public Insults and a Private Rebuke

While Jesus was still speaking to the crowd, he was invited for a meal at the home of one of the Pharisees (Luke 11:37). One has to wonder if the Jewish authorities wanted to get Jesus away from the crowd of pilgrims that kept getting larger and larger (Luke 11:14, 29). Jesus was invited to “dine” aristao (G709) at the Pharisee’s home. This was not the evening or chief meal of the day, because Luke later makes a distinction between the two in Luke 14:12. There the ariston (G712) is mentioned with the chief meal of the day, or the supper—deipnon (G1173). John uses the word aristao (G709) to describe the meal Jesus made for the disciples after they labored all night fishing (John 21:12, 15), so it would appear that Jesus was invited to eat a breakfast with the Pharisee immediately following the hour of prayer at the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

Resurrection - 7Luke gives us a vivid picture in Luke 11:29 of the crowd as the people began to throng Jesus (G1865 – gathering thick together); the people simply continued to add to the crowd already there after Jesus healed the mute man (Luke 11:14). It is difficult to imagine such a thing occurring in the streets of Galilee or during Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. However, it would be very easy to understand such a thing occurring in the Temple, while Jesus was at Jerusalem during one of the annual Jewish festivals, when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the city (cf. Luke 10:38).[1] On this occasion Luke tells us Jesus was involved in a fierce debate with the Jewish authorities, whom he declared were an evil generation of leaders, who sought sign after sign after sign without ever committing themselves to obey God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of the Evil Spirit

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In Luke 11:24-28 Jesus offers his listeners a parable about an evil spirit in an effort to unveil what was at stake for the Jewish nation, if they didn’t receive him as their Messiah. First of all, there isn’t a single example in the Bible where a demoniac was healed but, afterward, became possessed again. Therefore, we need to ask if Jesus’ words have another meaning. Secondly, we need to remember that Jews in the first century thought and spoke differently than did gentiles of the same period. Jews would think and speak in pictures, but gentiles more analytically. For example, a gentile might have claimed Caesar was a great leader, but the Jews would have called David a great shepherd. A gentile might refer to a good man as someone of strong moral character, but an ancient Jew might say he was as a tree planted by the riverside, whose leaves didn’t wither (cf. Psalm 1:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Three Arguments

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When his enemies had accused him of being in league with the Devil, because he was able to do the impossible, Jesus exposes the feebleness of their accusation by presenting three arguments, by offering his adversaries three possible scenarios. The first is an illogical argument on their part that Jesus used demonic power to advance his goals. Jesus second argument left his antagonists without an argument to support their own activities in the realm of spiritual warfare. Finally, Jesus showed in the parable of the Strong Man that Jesus was stronger than Satan, and was dismantling his kingdom, showing that Jesus was the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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