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Calling Down FIRE from Heaven…

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Jesus steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem for the Passover (Luke 9:51). He sent messengers (James and John) into a village to prepare for him (Luke 9:52, 54), but the people would not receive him (Luke 9:53). The folks in Samaria held only to the Torah for their Scriptures, and because they celebrated the same three great feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles) as the Jews at Jerusalem, they refused to extend their hospitality to Jesus and his disciples (Luke 9:53). They would not have celebrated Hanukkah or Purim, which aren’t mentioned in the Law, and which had meaning only for the Jews who worshiped in Jerusalem. Therefore, what Luke 9:53 tells us is that the Samaritans took offense, because Jesus seemed to prefer the Jews at Jerusalem over them, because he made it obvious that he intended to celebrate the next great feast of Leviticus 23, the Passover, at Jerusalem and not with the people of Samaria. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Great Contest that Wasn’t

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Folks will often read about Jesus’ temptations in either Matthew 4:1-11 or Luke 4:1-13 and come to the conclusion that Jesus was tempted by a spirit-being called Satan (the Devil). However, if you and I could have happened by, would we have come to the conclusion that a spirit being was tempting a person by the name of Jesus? I doubt that it would have been that simple. I think, if we happened on the scene, we wouldn’t have noticed anyone called Satan, nor would we have noticed anyone taking Jesus to a high mountain or even to a pinnacle of the Temple. I believe these things are metaphors for topics or directions taken in real discussions, challenges (more like intimidations) and debates that took place between Jesus and others, whom Satan used to act in his place. Think about it; would Satan, a powerful spiritual enemy, have announced his presence by simply manifesting himself to Jesus there in the wilderness? All Jesus would have had to do was refuse anything he said—a no brainer! Whatever Satan would say must be wrong. What is wrong with this picture? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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No Room For Jesus

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One would expect royalty to be born in the kings’ palace, yet there was no room for the Savior, Messiah and Lord of the Jews. Neither was there a place for him among the nations, because at the very time that Jesus was born all Jews and all gentiles of the empire were hailing the Emperor of Rome by swearing an oath to Augustus Caesar (Luke 2:1-4), the anointed savior and god of the Roman world. There was no room for two saviors or two gods to rule mankind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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They Shall not Learn War Anymore

Where is the peace that has been promised? If Jesus is the Messiah, where is the world peace that should have come? The obvious answer to this question for a Christian is that Jesus certainly made peace between God and mankind, and the matter of world peace between nations will occur when Jesus returns. But, this is a copout to the Jew and to most, if not all, Gentile unbelievers. It seems like we are making excuses for Jesus’ failure to fulfill the office of Messiah when he was here. Why was he here, if not to bring peace between the nations and make Jerusalem the first city of the world? The Jews were supposed to be the conquerors of all their enemies and then peace would envelope the earth. If Jesus is Messiah, what happened? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 18, 2010 in Jesus, Religion


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Blood Ransom

The teaching of man’s depravity is one that is perfectly Biblical. The doctrine of Original Sin was developed by Augustine, and those who hold to a low opinion of Jesus, that is, those who believe Jesus was only a man, often repudiate Augustine for his understanding. Many even imply that his insight comes not from the word of God but from the pagan philosopher, Plato. I do not wish to defend Augustine per se or bring us into a study of Plato’s dualism. Nevertheless I do believe the Bible supports the doctrine of man’s depravity due to Adam’s rebellion and his need of a Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Redemption, Religion


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The Targumists and the God and Savior of Israel

Before I lay aside the Jewish Targums and go on to something else, I think I should mention that the targumist saw the Word of the Lord as the Savior of Israel. Notice two pertinent Scriptures:

45:17 JPS O Israel, that art saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Hosea 1:7 JPS But I will have compassion upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, nor by horses, nor by horsemen.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 27, 2009 in Godhead, Religion


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Eve’s Messianic Expectations!

The ancient Jewish Targums are interesting literature and useful in helping us understand Jewish thought about God during the times of Jesus. The Targums are ancient Aramaic translations of the Hebrew text of the Scriptures. One of those really interesting sections involves the Targumist’s understanding of Genesis 4:1-2. Immediately after the rebellion in the Garden of Eden, God promised a Redeemer before expelling Adam and Eve from the Garden (Genesis 3:15). In chapter 4 Adam and Eve began to populate the earth. According to the Targum, Pseudo-Jonathan, Eve seems to believe that her first child, Cain, is the Messiah: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 24, 2009 in Messiah, Religion


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