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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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What Type of Persecution Was Endured?

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Perhaps due to Hollywood productions that depict early Christians in Roman arenas facing lions and the like, we have come to believe persecution means persecution to the death, but this is not so. We are told that, because Jesus healed the afflicted on the Sabbath, the Jewish authorities persecuted him (John 5:16). The idea that they also sought to slay him is added to the fact that they were already persecuting him in some way or another. In one instance they claimed he was mentally unstable and had a demon (Mark 3:21-22). At other times the authorities stalked him, hoping for an opportunity to take him into custody (cf. Luke 6:7; 14:1; 20:20). They sought out people who would lie about him (Matthew 26:59-61), and provide “evidence” they could use in their effort to have him executed in their courts (cf. John 7:20, 25; 11:49-50, 53). Finally, they paid a large sum of money to have one of his own to betray him (Mark 14:10-11). All this, although culminating in Jesus’ death, was persecution, and Jesus tells us: “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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A Great Prophet Has Arisen

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With the raising of the dead son of the widow of Nain, great fear came upon all the people and they began to spread the news, saying “a great prophet has arisen” among them. Just as the raising of the woman’s son in 1Kings 17:23 proved to the widow of Zarephath that Elijah was a prophet, and God spoke through him, when the crowd who followed Jesus witnessed what he had done, they and the people of Nain began spreading the news that Jesus was a great prophet of God (Luke 7:16-17). While Jesus didn’t entrust himself to men (cf. John 2:23-24), he did use men to spread his fame throughout the land of the Jews through the miracles he did. News of him spread out from Capernaum (Luke 4:37), and he took advantage of the Jewish festivals when visitors would be present from all the neighboring regions (Luke 5:15, 17; 6:17-18). In the case of the people of Nain and the crowd who followed Jesus there, they would spread the news back to Jerusalem (Luke 7:17) when they would go to Jerusalem to celebrate the next Jewish festival (cf. John 5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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