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The Two Debtors

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During the dinner to which Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus, a woman, who had heard Jesus was in the Pharisee’s house, came in also with the intention of anointing Jesus with the ointment out of the alabaster box she carried with her (Luke 7:37-38). Luke tells us she was a sinner. Obviously she was very emotional in the account written by Luke. She seems to have been sad over something, but also grateful to Jesus, because she held him in awe for some reason, but Luke is silent about these details. Nevertheless, the woman took her place at Jesus’ feet and wept there. Her tears fell on Jesus’ feet, and she wiped them with her hair; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment out of the alabaster box she had with her. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Freedom to Be Gracious

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It is a gracious matter to endure suffering, while acting out of one’s desire to be obedient to God (1Peter 2:19), or to behave in a manner pleasing to him. Often, this suffering comes at the hand of others. When Peter addresses the plight of the servant in 1Peter 2:18-20, application can be made to other walks of life, for example one is able to act out Peter’s argument at one’s place of employment. Yet, it needs to be remembered that the primary application is to the one who has no freedom, like slaves and conquered peoples. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Jesus and the Sinner

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After Jesus’ first meeting with the leaders of Judaism since the beginning of his public ministry, Luke continued to record their response to him and his claim to be the Messiah. They seem to be very attentive of Jesus’ activity, challenging his disciples about his and their willingness to keep company with publicans and sinners. When Jesus saw what was occurring and spoke for his disciples, the doctors of the Law confronted him about his public religious spirit (i.e. fasting). Yet, at each turn Jesus responded in such a manner that exposed the apparent self-righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, showing how they overlooked the weightier matters of the Law, while they made a public show of their own personal religious prowess. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ First Temptation

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I have been arguing that Luke offers us a record of how Jesus was tempted or tested during his 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-2). Rather than being in the desert (wilderness) of Judea, I have argued that Jesus was in Galilee in the wilderness of people (cf. Ezekiel 20:35), people completely devoid of God’s Spirit and correct spiritual understanding, where even Jesus’ disciples were slow to understand (Luke 24:25; Mark 7:18; 8:17-18). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Messiah’s Baptism

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Luke tells us in Luke 3:16-17 how John described Jesus’ baptism. Nevertheless, Scripture records that one of the reasons Jesus left Judea after John was imprisoned by Herod was that the Pharisees knew that he baptized more than John (John 4:1, 3). Yet, the Scripture also makes a point in revealing that Jesus, himself, baptized no one (John 4:2). Jesus’ disciples did the baptizing, just as Christians continue to do today. This is simply a baptism of water to which folks come to confess that they have repented of their rebellion against God and receive Jesus as their Lord. So, not only doesn’t Jesus do the baptizing, but the method is water, just like that of John. This couldn’t be the Messiah’s baptism of which John spoke, could it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Messianic Expectations

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The whole idea of the coming of Christ has very powerful features. Even today it isn’t difficult to get people wondering and hoping for the near return of Christ. In the 1st century AD those who studied the Scriptures knew that the time of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy was nearing its culmination. Some were already looking for his coming. We are told that both Simeon and Anna the prophetess of chapter two in Luke both looked for the coming of Christ (Luke 2:26) and the redemption of Jerusalem (Luke 2:38). It is entirely possible that the Magi that came from the east in Matthew 2 were high ranking Jews from Babylon who waited for and sought the coming of Christ. The problem is that the authorities at Jerusalem, though they knew of his coming (Matthew 2:3-6), didn’t seek him out, as the Magi did. No doubt, this is why John was sent by God. None of the Jewish leaders looked for the Messiah, and the people didn’t know enough to seek him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Does John Differ from Jesus?

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Jesus and John had many similarities in their ministries. For example, John’s message in Luke 3:4-5, especially concerning the mountains and hills, was opposed by the Jewish authorities’ argument that descendants of Abraham are somehow exempt from national judgment (Luke 3:8). John claimed the valleys (what is wanting) must be filled, and the mountains and hills (what is exalted over others) must be brought low and made a plane before the coming King. To claim before God that one has privileges mocked John’s message of the needed level plane. Jesus argued similarly in John 8:39-40. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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