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The Day of Jesus’ 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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What Is the Kingdom of God?

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It seems odd to me that Biblical scholars are still uncertain over what Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God, and have so many theories to explain what it might be. Why would this be so nearly 2000 years after Jesus’ ministry, in which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God to the Jews of his day? Has the Church lost its meaning over the years? One thing seems certain, when John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God was near (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17), the Gospel writers didn’t feel the necessity to explain what the term meant. The Jewish people seemed to at least understand what both Jesus and John meant when they spoke of the nearness of the Kingdom of God. No one believed it would be established 2000 years into the future. On the contrary they looked for it to come in their expected lifetimes (Matthew 2:1-2; Mark 15:43; cf. Luke 2:25, 36-38; 24:21; Acts 1:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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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 Most Honorable Place at the Table

Place of HonorJesus compared the meal in the home of the chief Pharisee to that of a wedding feast, and his guests were scrambling to seat themselves in the most honorable positions at his table (Luke 14:1, 8). The context of a wedding supper would point to the coming of a husband for his bride, which itself pointed to Jesus’ coming at the end of the age to (Matthew 25:1-13). At such a time a wedding banquet would be prepared to celebrate the union of the bridegroom and his wife (Matthew 22:2-4). However, the context of Jesus’ parables of the wedding banquet also shows those who were invited refused to honor the invitation of the king (Matthew 22:2-14; cf. Luke 13:25, 28-30, 34-35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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