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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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What Was the Sin of the Pharisees?

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While Jesus was teaching his disciples the Parable of the Unjust Steward, the Pharisees were listening to what he had been saying, and they ridiculed him (Luke 16:14; cf. Psalms 123:4; Proverbs 1:22). Why would they do that? What did they see in Jesus’ parable that offended them? Without saying that the Pharisees and rabbis understood the parable completely, they probably would have been able to understand that the rich man was God. Moreover, from this deduction, it wouldn’t have been difficult to understand that the steward whom the rich man rejected must point to the Jewish authorities in that day. Therefore, they ridiculed Jesus’ teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sheep in the Wilderness

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Those whose lifestyle depicted that of open sinfulness were utterly rejected by the Jewish authorities. Neither would they allow for repentance on their parts, so they were astonished with Jesus’ willingness to mingle with them as though they were righteous. Therefore, Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ and rabbis’ attitude toward his policy of receiving publicans and sinners by speaking three parables, and, because Jesus directs his parables toward the scribes and Pharisees, they are depicted in them in a negative manner. Moreover, it is implied that the Jewish authorities would never have done what they see Jesus doing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 14, 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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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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The Parable of the Leaven

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In Luke 13:20-21 Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. Like the mustard seed, many Biblical scholars believe the leaven permeating the whole three measures of flour represents the Gospel going out to the world, until the whole world is brought under the influence of Christ. The problem with this interpretation is that even after 2000 years the whole world has not been brought under the influence of Christ, and even those areas which have heard the Gospel have been corrupted, some even doing violence in the name of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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