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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

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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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