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Identifying the Rich Young Ruler

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Luke refers to a man who came to Jesus, asking how he might inherit eternal life (Luke 18:18). Only Luke mentions that he was a ruler (G758), while Matthew says he was a young man (Matthew 21:20, 22). All three Synoptics tell us he was very rich (Matthew 19:22; Mark 10:22; Luke 18:23), but Mark adds that Jesus loved him (Mark 10:21). So, he is a rich, young ruler, whom Jesus loved. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Rich Young Ruler

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The rich young ruler asked how he might inherit eternal life (Luke 18:18). The idea behind his question was what he could do in order for him to obtain it as a possession. He viewed it as he did the rest of his great possessions. Jesus told him, if this was truly what he desired, then all he needed to do was keep the commandments of God (Luke 18:20; cf. Leviticus 18:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Glaring Contrast

Rich Young RulerAs Jesus was journeying toward Jerusalem two kinds of people came to him. The first type was a group of women seeking to have Jesus bless their babies (Luke 18:15). They were forbidden by Jesus’ Apostles to take their children to him. It may be this was because Jesus had already decided it was time to leave that area and continue on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 18:31; cf. 18:15 and Matthew 19:13-15). Nevertheless, delaying Jesus’ departure was not a problem for the second type who wanted to see Jesus. He happened to fit into the upper class of Jewish society, a ruler. Although an exception was made for him, the Apostles dismissed the mothers with their babies. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Barnabas ~ Whom Jesus Loved

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Barnabas is a nickname given by the Apostles to a Levite named Joseph of the country of Cyprus (Acts 4:36), who had resettled in Judea. Joseph, called Barnabas, is also the brother of Mary, the mother of John Mark (cf. Colossians 4:10 and Acts 12:12). I have identified Mary, the mother of Mark, as Mary, sister to Martha and Lazarus HERE. Therefore, if that study is true, Lazarus is probably Joseph, whom the Apostles called Barnabas. This should become clearer as one goes further into this study. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Acts of the Apostles, Barnabas

 

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