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Tell No Man?

Leprosy - 1Luke tells us that Jesus told the man whom he had cured of his leprosy to tell no man what happened. Rather, he was to go to the priest and offer the sacrifice that Moses prescribed in the Law. Some folks seem to believe that this man disobeyed Jesus, pointing to Mark 1:43-45 where Jesus is said to have “strictly charged” the man, saying: “See that you say nothing to any man…”, but the man published (G2784) abroad what Jesus had done for him! Did Jesus really intend for this healing to be kept secret? If so, why did he say further that the man was to show himself to the priest and offer the appropriate sacrifice as a testimony or a witness to them? It doesn’t make sense for Jesus to say on the one hand: “Tell no one!” but on the other: “Go to the priest and offer the sacrifice according to the Law, as a **witness** to them. How should we understand this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Apostles’ Obedience and Faith

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Not long after Jesus calmed the winds and the waves on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:24), there was another voyage on the lake that would be of some significance (cf. Matthew 14:22-33). At that time Jesus walked upon the lake’s waters from where he fed the five thousand to where the disciples had been toiling fruitlessly against the winds. Just as in Luke 8:22-25, Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and row to the other side, and a storm developed during their voyage (Matthew 14:24; cf. Mark 6:48). In Luke’s storm Jesus was asleep in the rear of the boat (Luke 8:23), but in Matthew’s storm Jesus wasn’t with the disciples initially, but he walked to them on the Sea of Galilee and then got into the boat (Matthew 14:22, 25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Apostles’ Failure to Obey Jesus

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Just after he delivered the Parable of the Sower (Mark4:1-2, 35) while in a boat near Capernaum, Jesus told his disciples to launch out and go to the other side of the lake (Luke 8:22). The lake is the Sea of Galilee, which is in the shape of a spear from north to south with a decided bulge on the west side. Capernaum is situated on the northwest end of the lake near the River Jordan, which flows through the lake from the north and out its southern coast. The lake is about 140 feet deep at its deepest point and approximately 700 feet below sea level, making it the lowest fresh water lake on earth, second overall only the Dead Sea which the Jordan River empties into. The Sea of Galilee is about 8 miles across at its widest point and about 13 miles long.[1] Jesus’ voyage from Capernaum to Gerasenes was about seven to eight miles on a southeast diagonal. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Believer and Civil Authority

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At the top of Peter’s list of how believers should behave we find submission to the political authorities. We in modern America tend to object to the kind of submission both Peter and Paul hoped believers would embrace. To actually endure wrongful treatment without objection seems absurd in our society (cf. 1Corinthians 6:7). Yet, the context of Peter telling his readers to submit to the civil authorities (1Peter 2:13-14) comes at a time when some great trial (1Peter 1:7; 2:20; 3:14, 17) enveloped the whole of five Roman provinces in Asia Minor (1Peter 1:1). Such a trial almost always includes at least the assent, if not the assistance, of civil authorities. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke

 

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Fishers of Men

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Up until Jesus entered Peter’s boat, Luke shows us how men failed Jesus. They seemed to want to control him and use him for their own ends, like one would a powerful resource. In Nazareth he was met with unbelief, and when Jesus tried to show them the consequences of their unbelief (Luke 4:23-27), they sought to kill him (Luke 4:28-29). The Lord is not a lifeless commodity or spiritless resource we need to control. Just as we enjoy our freedom, so God enjoys his. He doesn’t force us to choose his way, so we shouldn’t seek to compel God to do our will (viz. “naming it and claiming it”). Our simple trust is all he requires. God must be free to give us a negative reply, if our relationship with him is to go anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Learning Obedience

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This is off the subject, but it speaks to the point I wish to make in the current theme of doing as Jesus did, or living out the Jesus Style.[1] Anyway, often when discussing the deity of Jesus with folks who don’t believe he is God (a god, perhaps, but not the God), I am told that he obeyed the Father, showing he was subject to him. How can God be subject to God? I reply to this by saying, “Of course Jesus obeyed the Father, because he took upon himself the form of a servant. Servants are obedient to a higher authority. If God became man (a servant), as a servant he would need to be obedient to the power higher than the status of the servant” (cp. Philippians 2:7-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Jesus Became Obedient

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Sometimes the word obedience takes on a negative slant.[1] The image brought to mind might be that of defeat, perhaps even demoralization—being made to do or say what one hates. On the other hand, one could envision the utter joy on the face of a babe who takes his first steps, causing his feet to obey his desire. Obedience can be thrilling—to experience the joy of having what one eagerly desires to finally fall into place! The wonder of it all, Jesus became obedient, all the way to death—even the death of crucifixion (Philippians 2:8)! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Jesus

 

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