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Jesus’ Response and Absentee Landlords

Judgment - 3An envoy from the Sanhedrin sought to lay a trap for Jesus by questioning his authority to do those things he had been doing, ever since the day he had entered Jerusalem, while riding on the colt of a donkey, amid the praise of the people, as though they were welcoming their King. Since the Jewish authorities refused to answer Jesus’ counter question, he responded by telling them he wouldn’t reply to theirs (Luke 20:8). Nevertheless, in reality he did answer them in a thinly veiled parable that immediately followed their confrontation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants

Parable of the Pounds

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With the previous studies in mind, the nobleman of Luke 19:12 (Jesus) entrusted each of his servants (disciples) with a mina (G3414). A mina was a Greek coin equal to 100 drachmas, or 300 shekels under the Old Testament coinage. Its value was about three months wages. Besides collecting taxes and custom duties, a tax-collector often served as a bank, whereby he lent out money in short-term loans at a fixed rate of interest. Additionally, the publican acted as a money-changer who could exchange foreign coin for local coinage, so business could be conducted in Judea, and the reverse would be true for folks traveling away from Judea to Mesopotamia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is the Rich Man?

Rich Man and LazarusAfter teaching his disciples the Parable of the Unjust Steward, and then rebuking the Pharisees for their ill treatment of the word of God, Jesus told a story about a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus (Luke 16:19-20). The rich man was clothed in purple and fine linen, and this should remind us of the clothing of the high priest (Exodus 23:4-6). So, Jesus is probably still teaching about the same people he alluded to in the Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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It is commonly thought by Bible scholars, although not by all, that the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18) is about the spreading out of the Gospel, no doubt, because Jesus mentions the plant as a metaphor for the Kingdom of God. The problem with this understanding is context. Jesus uttered the parable in the presence of both his enemies and those who are normally impressed with what he says and does (Luke 13:14-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of the Evil Spirit

Butterflies

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In Luke 11:24-28 Jesus offers his listeners a parable about an evil spirit in an effort to unveil what was at stake for the Jewish nation, if they didn’t receive him as their Messiah. First of all, there isn’t a single example in the Bible where a demoniac was healed but, afterward, became possessed again. Therefore, we need to ask if Jesus’ words have another meaning. Secondly, we need to remember that Jews in the first century thought and spoke differently than did gentiles of the same period. Jews would think and speak in pictures, but gentiles more analytically. For example, a gentile might have claimed Caesar was a great leader, but the Jews would have called David a great shepherd. A gentile might refer to a good man as someone of strong moral character, but an ancient Jew might say he was as a tree planted by the riverside, whose leaves didn’t wither (cf. Psalm 1:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Blessings and the Limitations of Men

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There are four parts to the parable in Luke 6:39. Luke mentions that Jesus spoke to the people as he began concluding his sermon on the plain. The parts are: the blind leaders, the speck in the eye, the good and bad tree and the man’s heart (Luke 6:39-45). The parable stands out as a warning both to those who would follow after men and to those who trust in themselves that they are able to lead and teach men. Moreover, the parable contrasts good and bad teachers, showing what men should look for, before they choose which leaders or teachers they believe and follow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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