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Righteous Living and the Rich Fool

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While Jesus taught his disciples, a man in the crowd asked him to tell the man’s brother to share the inheritance with him (Luke 12:13). Often questions of one’s worth come at a time of death or when one is writing his last will and testament. Some may say this man is or was worth millions. Of another, some may conclude that he wasn’t worth much at all! Yet, of the two who is to say which one enjoyed life more? Who, by taking into account only the accumulation of tangible wealth, could say for certain which of the two lived a richer life. Wealth can buy many desirable things, but it can’t buy love, long life or peace. Even the poorest of men could enjoy all three of these, so one’s worth in this context cannot be accurately put into tangible terms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Should We Treat Our Enemies?

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In Luke 6:27-36 Jesus connects those who are rich, full and content with the status quo (Luke 6:24-26) with both the enemies of the Gospel and the enemies of the poor (the hungry, those who weep). Jesus claims that the evidence shows the rich (as a rule) hate the poor and the hungry, separating themselves from their company. Moreover (as a rule), they will defame those who embrace the hope given the poor by Christ, sending them away as though they were guilty of the world’s ills (cf. Luke 6:22). In recent history the America rich and powerful did this with the Blacks and even the Jews. Most recently they do it with illegal immigrants Nevertheless, Jesus’ disciples are called upon to love their enemies (Luke 6:27a), but what does that mean, and what does loving one’s enemy look like in real life? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sermon on the Plain

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Luke’s record of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry seems to be set in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. It was a time of harvest (Luke 6:1), and the fact that it was the grain harvest, indicates it was the later harvest in the year. It was a time of pilgrimages to Jerusalem, when men journeyed to appear before the Lord at the Temple. It was also a time for folks in Jerusalem and Judea to celebrate with folks in Galilee and rejoice together over how the Lord had made them a people, a nation among the nations of the world. From time to time, Jesus would go to Jerusalem to celebrate the great annual Holy Days that pointed to God’s blessings upon his people during their history, but sometimes he chose to celebrate those days in Galilee. The latter was true for the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, because this was the time he chose his apostles, and at least most of them would come from the folks in Galilee. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What About Foreign Slaves?

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The Mosaic Law makes a significant distinction between servants who are Israelites and servants who are not—i.e. foreign servants living among God’s people.[1] Some critics will point this out and conclude that, even if Israelites weren’t considered property, certainly the foreign born servants were treated as though they were property. Nevertheless, I believe this conclusion is read into the text, for I don’t see anything in Scripture to indicate that the Mosaic Law viewed foreign servants in Israel as slaves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Dignity of the Poor Under the Law

Hammurabi CodeOnce we understand that it was God’s desire to eliminate poverty in the land (Deuteronomy 15:4), the Scriptures that concern servitude take on new meaning, especially when one considers that in the year of release (every 7th year) the master was to load down the released servant (the poor) with gifts (Deuteronomy 15:13-14).[1] In other words the wealthy were called upon to offer an image of God in their persons, in that, because their ancestors were once bondservants in Egypt and God released them, so they were to do for their servants as God had done for their ancestors. Therefore and unlike accusations coming from the new atheists meant to denigrate God, great dignity was afforded the poor, just as Israel was given great dignity in the eyes of the Egyptians when God redeemed his people from bondage in Egypt. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Helping the Poor in Ancient Israel

Women Reaping the Fields

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The problem of the poor is with us even today.[1] I wonder, in the event that someone is able to show he is qualified to judge, who met or meets the need of the poor better—affluent America or ancient Israel under the Law of Moses. Certainly, neither America nor Israel can be held up as offering the ideal problem-solving method, because the poor existed throughout Israel’s history, and they still exist in America today. No nation in history has ever solved the problem of the poor in their societies. Even if many were cared for, many were not. Even if many were fed, clothed and sheltered, few (if any) were taught to feed, clothe and acquire shelter for themselves. So, which method is better, and who is qualified to judge? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Victims and Injustice

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Everything about us matters to God. When he set Israel apart from other nations, he showed he was intensely interested in their lives—how they behaved toward one another and even how they treated their enemies.[1] In fact, God’s interest in such things becomes even more evident in the diet he commanded for his people. The very food they ate in their daily meals was to remind them of how they should behave toward others. In previous blog-posts I examined the injustice of predatory behavior. Overly aggressive, violent activity and holiness simply do not mix. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in apologetics

 

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