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Setting the Time for Luke 7

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After concluding his sermon on the plain Luke tells us that Jesus went into Capernaum (Luke 7:1). Nevertheless, does Luke mean to say that the events he records next immediately follow those in chapter 6, or is he bringing together two events in their chronological sequence but separated by a longer period of time than Luke 7:1 implies? I believe the latter to be so, and I hope to show in this study that there is reason to believe this proposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Mary’s Journey to the Hills of Judea

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Luke tells us that Mary made haste to visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39). Therefore, she didn’t wait around in Nazareth unnecessarily, but journeyed to Judea at the earliest opportunity. She was anxious to see Elizabeth and prove the angel’s words one way or another. The problem is that a young girl wouldn’t make such a journey alone. It would be assumed by all in first century culture that respectable women never traveled alone. Luke presents Mary’s safe visit to Elizabeth and her safe return home by assuming a Jewish context of safety. That is, he implies the use of the Jewish annual festivals and of Mary’s using pilgrimages with friends and relatives to journey to and from Judea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Overview of Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

Paul had intended to be in Jerusalem by the Passover but was prevented in doing so when a plot against his life was uncovered (Acts 20:3). His second plan was to be there by Pentecost (Acts 20:16). Obviously, he would have more time to spare on his journey than if his first plan was fruitful. Since he spent the winter months at Corinth (Acts 20:3; cp. 1Corinthians 16:6), he would have been ready to embark from there to the Province of Syria in late February or the first week in March. However, due to the plot on his life Paul spent three or four weeks journeying through Achaia and Macedonia visiting the churches there and didn’t set sail from Philippi until after the Days of Unleavened Bread (Acts 20:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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The Conclusion of the First Pentecost

As a result of Peter’s first sermon on the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, as it is called in the Greek, three thousand souls came to believe in Jesus and came under his authority. They repented of their rebellion against God (an inward expression) and submitted to baptism (an outward expression or testimony) to the new life they were given by Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Peter concluded that the promise of new life was offered first to the Jews, but also to those who are afar off (Acts 2:39). That is, the new life of the Spirit was to include both Jew and Gentile. How this would be brought about was probably not understood at this point in time, but in a few years it would come clear. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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Jesus Is Lord of All!

Many, if not most of the Jews present at Pentecost 34 CE when the Holy Spirit fell down upon the Apostles, knew Jesus was a man, approved of God, in that he was enabled to perform so many great miracles. They knew this, yet they, and especially those who mocked at the praise of the Apostles, took and crucified Jesus (v.23)—cursing him by putting him on a tree. However, God showed he did not endorse the ruling of the Sanhedrin when he resurrected Jesus from the grave (v.24), because it was not possible for the grave to hold him. Why? It is because God foreknew they would do this, and he had it placed in prophecy in the mouth of David, that he would raise him from the dead. If it is in prophecy, it **must** be fulfilled, if God is to retain his good name. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Messiah

 

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The Day of the Lord

At times I wonder if it isn’t easier to convince an unbeliever of the truth about the Lord and his word than to convince a believer who believes wrong doctrine and thinks he is correct. It doesn’t seem to matter how many Scriptures I use to prove a point, the brother will cling to the error taught him by a man he trusts or the organization of which he is a member. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Acts of the Apostles, Last Days

 

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Speaking in Tongues

After the Holy Spirit fell down upon the Apostles and all those within the house where they were gathered for prayer, the Apostles began to speak in tongues. Many Jews scattered abroad were attending the Feast of Pentecost and wondered what was taking place. All seemed to be hearing the Apostles in their native tongues. That is, the tongues of their homeland, not the universally understood commercial language of Greek in the West or Aramaic in the East. At this point Luke enumerates twelve different countries to which the Jews had been scattered (Acts 2:9-10).[1] The point of the miracle was to emphasize that this was the time for the regathering of God’s people out of those places where they were scattered. The time of restoring all things to their original God-intended beauty and meaning had begun (cp. Acts 3:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Last Days

 

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