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Jesus’ Response and Absentee Landlords

Judgment - 3An envoy from the Sanhedrin sought to lay a trap for Jesus by questioning his authority to do those things he had been doing, ever since the day he had entered Jerusalem, while riding on the colt of a donkey, amid the praise of the people, as though they were welcoming their King. Since the Jewish authorities refused to answer Jesus’ counter question, he responded by telling them he wouldn’t reply to theirs (Luke 20:8). Nevertheless, in reality he did answer them in a thinly veiled parable that immediately followed their confrontation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Snare that Backfired

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The Jewish authorities had hoped to trap Jesus (Luke 20:1-2) by causing him to defend himself and admit to something theologically wrong, proving himself to be a lawless fellow seeking to cause trouble for legitimate authority, or admit that he was King of Israel in opposition to Caesar. The least they wished to accomplish was for Jesus to lose face before the people, but they had hoped they could arrest him and punish him themselves or turn him over to Roman authorities to be slain as a rebel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Controversy Over Authority

Jewish AuthoritiesAuthority is a very sensitive matter. Who has authority? The state claims authority over much of our lives. Some consider that they intrude upon matters they should not, that some personal things shouldn’t interest the state. In America it is claimed that the ordinary citizen has certain inalienable rights, or put another way, we have inalienable authority over certain matters. A case in point would be we have personal authority over our faith. The state has no right or authority to intrude upon that personal authority, unless we abuse it by intruding ourselves upon the personal rights or authority of another person. Authority has always been a sticky matter, and Luke tells us of the suspicion of the Jewish authorities over the claims Jesus was making against them in matters dealing with authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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Profiteering Inside the Temple

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Jewish tradition tells us that the money-changers (Matthew 22:17-21) were licensed by the high priests, the authorities at Jerusalem. Without any doubt, Annas and his family figured prominently among them, and most of the high priests profited very well for the business conducted by the money-changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice inside the Temple compound. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Reaction to the Coming of Jesus

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When the Jewish authorities in Jerusalem witnessed Jesus’ entry into the city, they immediately demanded that he stop what his disciples were doing (Luke 19:39). The Roman procurator, Pilate at that time, would have taken a dim view of self-appointed messiahs, announcing their readiness to lead the people. The Jewish authorities were suddenly in great fear. An uproar would have taken place, if they tried to arrest Jesus at that time, and one would surely develop, if the Roman military suddenly came down from the walls, upon Pilate’s orders to stop what was taking place within the Temple compound (cf. John 11:48). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is Experience Better Evidence for Truth?

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In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus the rich man believes that a resurrection would alert his brethren to be forewarned of their fate, if they didn’t repent. Since the rich man’s sins aren’t mentioned, one sin that he may have in mind is the doctrine of the Sadducees that there was no life beyond the grave. They didn’t believe in a resurrection, so God’s blessings were to be received in one’s life on earth. There simply was nothing else. Therefore, the rich man thought his brethren needed to be warned that there was, indeed, an afterlife, and they needed to be aware of consequences of their actions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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