If we consider Luke 23:8 and apply it to what we are told in Luke 13:31, Herod may have been interested in seeing Jesus, but he doesn’t seem to be actively seeking his life. This doesn’t mean Jesus was never in danger from Herod Antipas, because Jesus may have used the close proximity of Herod Philip’s territory to Capernaum as a useful place of escape from time to time, when the political interest of Herod Antipas was stirred (cf. Luke 9:9-10). Nevertheless, there doesn’t seem to be a real occasion in Luke 13 whereby Herod would naturally think (without being convinced by others) that Jesus was a political threat.
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In a previous blogpost, I showed how it could be logically understood through the Scriptures that Jesus could have been crucified one year prior to when the event actually occurred. At least this seems to have been the idea in the minds of Jesus’ enemies. However, it seems that God guided the events in a manner so that his original plan prevailed. Nevertheless, if Jesus was supposed to die, why would it have been wrong to die one year earlier? Why didn’t God simply permit the events begun by the scribes and Pharisees to run their course? What might have occurred had Jesus been crucified a year before the actual historical event? Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
The Lord warns us that we need to beware of hypocrisy. What we are within will be made manifest to others. It is impossible for any of us to hide our true character forever. Eventually, God will bring all things hidden out into the open. The heart of the hypocrite is open to the Lord, and believers are no different. Our hearts, for good or for bad, are open to him as well. The implication Luke 12:1-12 is that the inner realm is much stronger than that of the outer. We cannot hide who we are. In Matthew 10:27, it is the Jesus who spoke in darkness, and what he said had to be proclaimed in the light. In Luke 12:3, it is we who speak in the darkness, and God, for honor or dishonor, will bring that to light as well. What the Lord whispers in our ears will be made public, and what we whisper in the ear of others cannot be hid. It must be made public. There is a power at work here that we are unable to see, but we are able to witness its effect. Read the rest of this entry »
It is important for us to realize that Jesus at this time is not traveling to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) in order to die there, as so many Bible commentaries suppose. Rather, Jesus set his face as a flint to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) in order to confront the religious authorities about his office as Messiah, and this happened to be the time of his third Passover of his public ministry. The Galilean Jewish authorities had already rejected Jesus as their Messiah (Luke 6:11; cf. Matthew 12:14, 23-24; Mark 3:22), and considered his claim to be demonic, or, put another way, evidence of insanity (Mark 3:21; cf. John 10:20). Nevertheless, Jerusalem hadn’t the opportunity to officially reject him, although they hadn’t shown any signs of receiving him as their Messiah up to this visit, either. Read the rest of this entry »