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A Cure for Hypocrisy

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In order to get Jesus away from an ever increasing number of people who had collected together to listen to him, a Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him at his home. What occurred came to be Jesus’ final address to the Pharisees in Luke’s narrative. Although he did speak with certain Pharisees later, Jesus never again addressed a group of them on matters the whole sect believed and practiced. Here in Luke 11:39-40, Jesus accused the Pharisees of being hypocrites, of appearing good to folks on the outside, while in reality their hearts were full of wickedness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Did God Force the Jews to Reject Christ?

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In 1Peter 2:8 we are told that the Jews who are in unbelief were “appointed” to stumble at Christ (1Peter 2:8)! But, what does this mean? Were the Jews appointed or destined to reject Jesus? I don’t believe this view was Peter’s intent. Otherwise, one might expect him to express some sort of lamentation over the condition of his people, the Jewish nation. Paul grieved over the Jews, wishing he could be accursed from Christ, if that meant his kinsmen (the Jews) were accepted. In other words, he was willing to trade places with his nation, if God would will it so. Yet, nothing like this is expressed by Peter, so how could he mean to say that God intended that the Jewish nation would reject Jesus, their Messiah—the Elect or Chosen One? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Caretakers of the Vineyard!

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Late in his ministry Jesus spoke a parable before the people and the Jewish leaders (Luke 20:9-19). There he spoke of God planting a vineyard (the Jewish people), letting it out (giving the oversight) to certain men among the Jews (viz. the priesthood of Aaron; cf. Leviticus 8:10-11; Deuteronomy 24:8; 33:8-10) In the course of time God sent his Son (the Messiah) to receive the fruit of what was his (Luke 20:13). The problem is that the caretakers had become corrupt and never intended to release the fruit of the vineyard to its owner. Rather, they intended to steal it by killing, God’s Son, the Heir (Luke 20:14). However, although they were able to kill Jesus, the Son of God, (Luke 20:15), their plan to usurp the inheritance was seen for what it was and foiled from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sign

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In Luke 2:12 the angel gave the shepherds a sign: Jesus would be “wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” I can see how lying in a manger might be a sign. After all, how many mothers would use a manger for her newborn’s crib? However, how could swaddling clothes be a sign, if just about every newborn Jewish babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, until it was about a year old? I believe the manger was a near sign to the shepherds, but swaddling clothes was a deeper sign to folks with a deeper Scriptural understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Storm and Paul’s—I told you so…

Once the winds over the sea calmed down, the captain and crew supposed they could then reach their desired end and set sail away from Fair Havens, but it wasn’t long before a strong storm arose and came upon them without warning, driving them further out to sea and away from the safety of Crete (Acts 27:13-15). Luke tells us that the storm was what sailors called a Euroclydon (we would call it a Noreaster today), and the Greek seems to attest to it swirling nature, somewhat like a typhoon, but, unlike a typhoon which is soon over, this storm lasted many days. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul in bonds

 

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Philip in the Samaritan village as he was ending his ministry there and told him to go south toward Gaza (Acts 8:26). The Apostles had returned to Jerusalem, but Philip was a hunted man, perhaps not by name but because of his faith and how he interpreted that faith. He was more liberal in his faith than the Apostles, who had adopted a more conservative stance of preaching the Gospel. Both expressions of the Messianic faith were used by Jesus to spread the Gospel. Philip could no longer preach openly in Jerusalem during the Holy Days when pilgrims from all over the Empire visited Jerusalem, but the Apostles were still able to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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Mercy and Truth Came to us by Jesus

What John has given us at this point is an entirely different worldview than was held either by Judaism or the pagan world. What Moses gave us was that there is a single cause for all that is. Polytheism believes there were many forces (gods) that collided and produced the world in which we live. In fact, mankind and our physical world are but a reflection of that of the gods. We don’t even belong to the real world, according to the worldview held by the great empires of the ancient world. Judaism alone taught “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and that he is the single cause of all that is. Because he is the single cause, it is possible to have a single Lawgiver who is in control of everything, and far from being a mere emanation of the gods, we are real, part of a real world and answerable to our Creator for what we do. This was the Law that came through Moses and the God he introduced to Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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