The rabbis among the Sanhedrin conspired with the Herodians to catch Jesus in his words. They sent their own disciples with the Herodians as spies, pretending to be honest seekers of truth (Luke 20:20; Matthew 22:15; Mark 12:13). However, Jesus knew their hypocrisy, and Matthew even says Jesus called them hypocrites (Luke 20:23; Matthew 22:17-21; Mark 12:14-17). Jesus told them to bring him the tribute money. It was a Roman denarius, and just like the Jews wouldn’t accept just any coin for the Temple tax, but it had to be a certain one minted in Tyre, neither would Rome accept any coin but the Roman denarius for the tribute money. Read the rest of this entry »
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In Luke 15:8-10 Jesus spoke a parable about a woman and a lost coin. It is interesting that Jesus would cause the woman to represent mankind, who rejoices over the finding what was lost in man’s relationship with God. Her search is as one seeks a treasure (Proverbs 2:1-6), and this represents one’s repentance toward God (Luke 15:10). I believe Jesus chooses a woman in order to rebuke the Pharisees. His words are meant to be a kind of shock to get them to consider their behavior. Most Jewish authorities in the first century didn’t consider women on the same level as men. In fact, some of these authorities didn’t believe women should even be taught the Scriptures.
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In Luke 14:15 we are told that a man spoke out claiming they who dine in God’s Kingdom are truly blessed. This man was probably a rabbi, or at least another Pharisee, and what probably prompted him to speak of eating bread in the Kingdom of God was that Jesus implied wrongdoing on their parts as guests in the home of the chief Pharisee. Moreover, Jesus implied that even their host acted inappropriately and wouldn’t be blessed in the Kingdom. It was in this context that the man spoke out (Luke 14:7). No doubt, he considered his place in the Kingdom of God was a given, simply because he was a Jew (cf. Luke 3:8; Ezekiel 33:24). Read the rest of this entry »
I find it interesting that the Lord told Moses to have the people “gird up their loins” at the time of their exodus out of Egypt (Exodus 12:11). This was how they were to eat the Lord’s Passover, which in the New Testament was the day upon which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. Moreover, Jesus’ command, that his disciples gird up their loins, seems to point to a second exodus out of what was spiritually called Egypt, i.e. Jerusalem, the place where Jesus was crucified (Luke 12:35; cf. Revelation 11:8). Read the rest of this entry »
It can probably be assumed from the Genesis account of Adam and Eve that mankind was intended to live forever. Only by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would death enter our race. It seems that the original ideal was all but forgotten in the traditions of men, only the Jews preserve a tradition of the promise of a resurrection, but even they are not clear (at least up to the first century AD) as far as life after the resurrection was concerned. It wasn’t until New Testament times and the advent of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, preached by Jesus, that men began to wonder about living forever once more. Read the rest of this entry »