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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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Jesus’ Three Entries Into Jerusalem

Triumphant Entry

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Prior to his coming in Luke 19:28-38, Jesus had instructed his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah (cf. Luke 9:20-21). Nevertheless, at this time in Luke 19 Jesus didn’t hold his disciples back. The Messianic fervor was growing, as they journeyed toward Jerusalem (cf. Luke 19:11) and continued to escalate, until they reached the top of Mount Olives. Jesus not only didn’t hold them back, but he, himself arranged for a colt to be at his disposal, so he could ride into Jerusalem in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus did all this in order to publicly present himself as Messiah to the nation, and in such a manner that his enemies wouldn’t be able to stop him or arrest him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Making Jesus King

Feeding the 5000 - 1

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I have just begun a study on the nature of Jesus’ Kingdom. Most Christians believe Jesus will return some day to the earth in a physical body to sit on a physical throne located in physical Jerusalem, which would be the capital of his physical Kingdom. I take issue with this point of view that seems to be the hope of most Christians, and in my previous study on this theme I pointed out that, if, as nearly everyone believes, Jesus did, in fact, come cir. 70 AD to judge Jerusalem and to destroy the Temple, as the scriptures seem to support (Matthew 26:64; cf. Daniel 9:26-27; Luke 19:12-15, 27; Acts 6:14), then wouldn’t that have been his ‘Second Coming’? If not, why not, and do the scriptures predict a ‘third’ coming of the Lord? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Hosanna to the King!

Jesus on a Donkey - 1

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After finding the animals the disciples returned to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives (Luke 19:35-38). They then placed their garments upon the animals and Jesus on the colt and marched toward the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem. While they went they placed their garments in the path of the colt upon which Jesus rode, while they shouted “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” (Luke 19:38). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Return of the Nobleman

Second Coming - 4It might be interesting, as far as eschatology is concerned, to consider the context of the Lord’s Parable of the Pounds (Parable of the Minas in many translations) of Luke 19:11-27. First of all, Luke tells us the reason Jesus gave the parable. It is because the people thought the Kingdom of God was about to be established immediately upon Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem, and this is where Jesus was headed (Luke 19:11, 28). This is why Jesus’ disciples lay the palm branches and their clothing before Jesus as he descended Mount Olives to enter the eastern gate of the city (Luke 19:35-36; Mark 11:8). Nevertheless, Jesus claimed in the parable that such hopes would not be realized. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Judgment at the Nobleman’s Return

Judgment-Day

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After the nobleman obtained his kingdom and returned (cf. Luke 19:12, 15), he decided to find out what his servants had done in his absence. The two fruitful servants used their mina / faith and produced a good harvest for the nobleman. In response, they were given authority over multiple cities. In the context of chief tax-collectors, they would conduct business as usual, except their responsibilities were extended over multiple cities, instead of just one or a part of one. This seems to indicate fruitful disciples of Jesus would be rewarded with greater responsibility in the Kingdom of God, but doing the same business they had done before Jesus’ return. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Day of Jesus’ Coming

Second Coming

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In Luke 17:22 Jesus told his disciples that in times ahead of them they will wish they could see one of the days of the Son of man, but they wouldn’t be able to see any of Jesus’ days. Desiring to see one of Jesus’ days would tempt the disciples to run after folks who claimed to be the Messiah—perhaps the Spirit of Jesus returning in them (Luke 17:23), but all such occurrences simply reflect the erroneous Pharisaical teaching of the arrival of the visible Kingdom of God on earth (Luke 17:20). Such a thing would not come from God, nor would such an obscure event reflect the coming of Jesus into his office as Messiah (Luke 17:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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