As the multitude with Jesus passed by, the blind beggar heard a commotion and asked what it was all about (Luke 18:36). He was told that Jesus of Nazareth passed by (Luke 18:37). The disciples of Jesus never refer to him as Jesus of Nazareth without adding that he was also a prophet. A demoniac referred to Jesus as Jesus of Nazareth saying he would destroy the nation (Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34). Those who sought to capture Jesus came seeking Jesus of Nazareth (John 18:5, 7), and the maid who caused Peter to deny Jesus referred to him as Jesus of Nazareth. It may be the part of the crowd that answered the beggar was not considered disciples of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »
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In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.
Jesus said that the many (the nation) who come and knock claim that they have eaten and drunk in his presence, i.e. in the presence of the master of the house, and he had taught in their streets (Luke 13:26). However, the context of the parable shows they were praying to God to act on their behalf. They still didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah, and they didn’t realize the very God whom they claimed to worship was the very one who visited them in the person of Jesus 40 years prior to their request at the time of the Jewish war with Rome. They claimed they had “eaten and drunk in his presence” i.e. they worshiped him in the language of the Temple sacrifices. They claimed he (God) taught in their streets – i.e. the Torah was read in the synagogues each Sabbath and Holy Day. They claimed they worshiped him and listened to and obeyed his words, and on this basis they made their request: “open to us” i.e. act on our behalf. Read the rest of this entry »
I wonder if Jesus could have been crucified one year earlier than when that event actually took place, which, according to my understanding, took place in 31 AD. Could God have permitted the event to occur one year earlier, and would this have made a difference afterward, as far as the preaching of the Gospel was concerned? The fact is, that Jesus does seem to indicate that the crucifixion could have occurred one year prior to when it actually took place. Nevertheless, it was delayed because Jesus prayed to his Father. I was surprised to see this possible eventuality and almost missed it. Would it have changed anything, if Jesus was crucified at another time? Perhaps matters such as this can never be known with certainty, but it is encouraging to understand that Jesus prays for us, and our heavenly Father listens to Jesus and always answers his prayers (John 11:41; cf. 1John 5:15). Read the rest of this entry »
Jesus is at prayer in a certain place (Luke 11:1). We know that he was journeying toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), and this was by far not a secret journey (cf. John 7:10), as when he journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (cf. Luke 10:1). We also know from John’s record that the next time Jesus is said to be in Jerusalem was during the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22). We know, as well, that the certain village mentioned in Luke 10:38 is Bethany, which is 15 furlongs (or less than two miles) from Jerusalem (John 11:18). There is therefore little doubt that this certain place of prayer is the Mount of Olives, which is the place to which Jesus often resorted with his disciples while at Jerusalem, when he desired privacy (Luke 21:37; 22:39; John 18:1-2). Read the rest of this entry »
In Luke 10:9-10 Jesus tells his disciples to ask, seek and knock. The verbs are in the present tense and in the imperative mood, which indicates that Jesus was telling his disciples to begin asking, seeking and knocking and continue doing so. Some scholars believe Jesus means for the disciples to be persistent when an answer is not forthcoming, but I wonder if this is true. Rather than approaching God who is unwilling, I wonder if Jesus is telling us God is willing, but we need to get rid of the baggage we have that God is not willing. In other words, not only don’t we know how to pray (Luke 11:1), but we have the wrong picture of God, and we need to work this out in our experience in order to understand God properly. Read the rest of this entry »