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The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

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Many modern teachers of eschatology (study of last things) will tell us that the “great and terrible day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:1) is yet in our future.[1] However, if we take the New Testament writers at their word, the great and terrible day of the Lord has already past. It is not in our future. The book of Malachi has had tremendous influence over the eschatology of the New Testament writers. For example, in the day when the Messiah suddenly comes to his Temple and purifies the sons of Levi that they may offer offerings acceptable to the Lord, the question is asked: “Who will be able to stand?” (Malachi 3:1-3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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John the Baptist

John the Baptist - 1In the past few studies I’ve been looking at the book of Malachi, as this book is drawn from in the New Testament, and using this knowledge of the relationship between Malachi and the New Testament to define the eschatology of the New Testament writers. So far, it has been somewhat surprising to understand the magnitude of the influence this little book has had upon what we read in our New Testament scriptures. Nevertheless, this little journey has not only been surprising for me, it has also been pleasant and encouraging. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 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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Feeding the 5000

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When the people realized Jesus had left Capernaum, they followed him from the shoreline (Luke 9:11). Mark even tells us that at least some of the people were able to reach Bethsaida before Jesus (Mark 6:33-34). When he went ashore and found the people, Jesus had compassion upon them and received them and preached the Kingdom to them and healed many of their diseases (Luke 9:11; Mark 6:34). As the day drew on, however, the Apostles wanted Jesus to send the people away, because there was no food readily available at that place (Luke 9:12). It was a deserted area, probably used for grazing sheep or cattle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When Herod Became Aware of Jesus

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While the Apostles were going through at least part of the region of Galilee, and perhaps Peraea, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and doing miracles of healing and casting out demons, they caused quite a commotion. Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of that region, received reports concerning what occurred. If Jesus was unknown to Herod prior to the Apostles’ expedition, he certainly became aware of Jesus at this time, due to the fuss that was raised by the people in his jurisdiction, as that commotion pertained to the Apostles’ ministry among them (Luke 9:7). This is the same Herod who beheaded John the Baptist, and it is also he to whom Jesus was sent by Pilate on the day Jesus was crucified (Luke 22:6-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Doubt, Unbelief—What’s the Difference?

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As we walk through these studies in Luke, we need to understand the difference between the attitudes of John the Baptist, Simon the Pharisee and the sect of the Pharisees and the Jewish authorities. Jesus warned of the blessings that were meant to go to the Jews but would ultimately go to the gentiles, if the Jews wouldn’t repent and receive the Gospel Jesus preached (cf. Luke 4:24-27). History reveals that the Jews, as a whole, didn’t believe Jesus, so the Gospel eventually went out to the gentiles, and they were granted the privilege of preaching the word of God to the world throughout this age, something up to the 1st century AD had been granted only to the Jews. Yet, one has to wonder about at least some believers. John the Baptist (Luke 7:18-23) and Simon the apostle of Jesus (Luke 7:36-50) show they doubted Jesus was the Messiah. Why were they excused, but the Pharisees and the Jewish lawyers punished? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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No Greater Prophet

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After John’s disciples left to return to John with a message from Jesus (Luke 7:24), Jesus turned to the people who remained. They seemed to have been aware of the fact that John questioned the direction of Jesus’ ministry, and it seemed obvious that he had expressed some displeasure in what Jesus was and was not doing. Some of those people may have been offended with John’s request, but Jesus was not. Therefore, Jesus turned to the people and asked them why they went out of the cities in order to hear John. What did they expect to find? They could not have expected to find someone tossed by the wind (Luke 7:24), because John wasn’t fickle with words. That is, people couldn’t take John’s words to mean anything they interpreted them to mean (cf. 1Corinthians 1:17). They knew John wasn’t double-minded. They knew he wasn’t tossed and carried away by every wind of doctrine (James 1:6-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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