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What Does Jesus Mean by Mammon?

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Jesus concluded his parable in Luke 16:9 by telling his disciples to make friends with or by means of unrighteous mammon. Much of what the Lord intends for us to understand in the Parable of the Unjust Steward hangs on the meaning of the word mammon (mammonas – G3126), but we are unable to draw much help from the Greek. The word seems to be derived from G3125 (mamme), meaning grandmother, but the sense the translators give the word points to material wealth. Yet, the unjust steward doesn’t seem to be extorting the rich man’s wealth per se. Rather, he seems to be gaining the confidence of the rich man’s debtors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Interrupting Jesus!


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While Jesus was teaching his own disciples in the presence of an innumerable multitude (Luke 12:1), he was interrupted by a bystander (Luke 12:13). The man asked Jesus to arbitrate between him and his brother concerning an inheritance. Contextually, their father had died. The problem is, is the man’s question legitimate or has he been put up to it by one of the rabbis? The man’s question could be legitimate, because this thing was often done among the ancient Jews, hoping a rabbi could bring about a judicious settlement between quarreling members of a family. On the other hand, it is probably more likely that the man was a disciple of one of the rabbis, and the rabbi sought to discredit Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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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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Does Scripture See the Poor as Property?


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At this time I intend to begin addressing those Scriptures that challenge the point of view that the poor and the servant had value in Israel.[1] The new atheists, often ignoring the positive treatment of the poor / servant under the Mosaic Law, try to show that God (through the Law of Moses) had a dim view of those who were sold into slavery (servitude). The critics try to tell us that servants were treated as property under the Mosaic Law with human rights ignored in favor of exalting the rights of their masters or creditors. What can we say of such things? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in apologetics


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