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The Sheep in the Wilderness

Good Shepherd

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Those whose lifestyle depicted that of open sinfulness were utterly rejected by the Jewish authorities. Neither would they allow for repentance on their parts, so they were astonished with Jesus’ willingness to mingle with them as though they were righteous. Therefore, Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ and rabbis’ attitude toward his policy of receiving publicans and sinners by speaking three parables, and, because Jesus directs his parables toward the scribes and Pharisees, they are depicted in them in a negative manner. Moreover, it is implied that the Jewish authorities would never have done what they see Jesus doing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Fighting Jesus for the Kingdom

Kingdom suffers violence

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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 »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Finding Fault with Jesus

Finding Fault

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Sometimes one’s interest in another is only to do harm. For example, a thief might observe the habits of a person in order to understand what the best opportunity would be to either steal from the man personally or steal his goods, while he is away from his house or place of business. Jesus’ enemies were men in positions of authority, so they watched him in an effort to find fault with him in order to discredit him, and, if they could show he had broken the law, to take him into custody and destroy him. At times these efforts embraced hypocrisy, in that Jesus’ enemies invited him to social gatherings, so that, under the pretense of friendship, they could watch him and uncover the evidence they needed to do him harm. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Righteous Living and the Rich Fool

Rich Fool

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While Jesus taught his disciples, a man in the crowd asked him to tell the man’s brother to share the inheritance with him (Luke 12:13). Often questions of one’s worth come at a time of death or when one is writing his last will and testament. Some may say this man is or was worth millions. Of another, some may conclude that he wasn’t worth much at all! Yet, of the two who is to say which one enjoyed life more? Who, by taking into account only the accumulation of tangible wealth, could say for certain which of the two lived a richer life. Wealth can buy many desirable things, but it can’t buy love, long life or peace. Even the poorest of men could enjoy all three of these, so one’s worth in this context cannot be accurately put into tangible terms. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Interrupting Jesus!

Interruptions

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While Jesus was teaching his own disciples in the presence of an innumerable multitude (Luke 12:1), he was interrupted by a bystander (Luke 12:13). The man asked Jesus to arbitrate between him and his brother concerning an inheritance. Contextually, their father had died. The problem is, is the man’s question legitimate or has he been put up to it by one of the rabbis? The man’s question could be legitimate, because this thing was often done among the ancient Jews, hoping a rabbi could bring about a judicious settlement between quarreling members of a family. On the other hand, it is probably more likely that the man was a disciple of one of the rabbis, and the rabbi sought to discredit Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living in the Presence of the Enemy

Enemies - 2We need to keep in mind that all the events described in chapters 11 and 12 of Luke’s Gospel occurred in the context of the disciples coming to Jesus and asking him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). The context of the model prayer is not to acquire our own personal needs, because our heavenly Father already knows about them, and, as a good Father, he will take care of them without our having to ask. Rather, the context of Jesus’ model prayer is our request for the Kingdom of God to come and for God to rule here as he does in heaven (Luke 11:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel Cannot Be Hid

LeavenThe Lord warns us that we need to beware of hypocrisy. What we are within will be made manifest to others. It is impossible for any of us to hide our true character forever. Eventually, God will bring all things hidden out into the open. The heart of the hypocrite is open to the Lord, and believers are no different. Our hearts, for good or for bad, are open to him as well. The implication Luke 12:1-12 is that the inner realm is much stronger than that of the outer. We cannot hide who we are. In Matthew 10:27, it is the Jesus who spoke in darkness, and what he said had to be proclaimed in the light. In Luke 12:3, it is we who speak in the darkness, and God, for honor or dishonor, will bring that to light as well. What the Lord whispers in our ears will be made public, and what we whisper in the ear of others cannot be hid. It must be made public. There is a power at work here that we are unable to see, but we are able to witness its effect. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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