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Beware of the Scribes

Beware of Scribes

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After silencing the elite of Judaism who challenged his authority, Jesus turned to his disciples (Luke 20:45), but he spoke so that all the people heard, including the spies who watched him. Jesus then directed his criticism toward the scribes or rabbis, who were generally of the group of the Pharisees (Luke 20:46-47). He had just finished silencing the Sadducees and the Pharisees (the scribes), but neither group had shown any sign of repenting. Although they were silenced and couldn’t contradict Jesus’ wisdom, they still refused to repent of their rebellion against God and submit to the Messiah, whom he had sent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Zacchaeus’ Testimony

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There is little doubt that the they in the text at Luke 19:7 refers to the Pharisees and possibly scribes who might also have been curious enough to watch what Jesus did, as he passed through Jericho. Certainly, both groups were critical of Jesus in the past (Luke 5:30; 6:7; cf. 11:53), and there is no reason to believe Jesus’ critics were the common people (John 7:26). The Greek word used for murmured (G1234) is used only in Luke and then only at 15:2 and 19:7, and at Luke 15:2 it points to the scribes and Pharisees. However, this same Greek word is used in the Septuagint for those who murmured against Moses and Aaron (Exodus 15:24; 16:2, 7-8; 17:3; Numbers 14:2). It is also used of those who brought back a bad report of the Promised Land (Numbers 14:36), so the murmuring on these occasions was done by the leaders of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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John the Baptist

John the Baptist - 1In the past few studies I’ve been looking at the book of Malachi, as this book is drawn from in the New Testament, and using this knowledge of the relationship between Malachi and the New Testament to define the eschatology of the New Testament writers. So far, it has been somewhat surprising to understand the magnitude of the influence this little book has had upon what we read in our New Testament scriptures. Nevertheless, this little journey has not only been surprising for me, it has also been pleasant and encouraging. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy


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Ignorant of the Love of God

ignorantIt probably seems obvious to believers today that the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son points to our heavenly Father. The freedom of choice the father had offered his son (Luke 15:12), the longing he had for his son’s return (Luke 15:20) and the great joy, which he expressed when his son’s return was realized (Luke 15:22-23), all point to how our heavenly Father treats us. Nevertheless, aside from the sinner who wandered away or who accidentally became lost or even the one who made deliberate choices to separate himself from God, what about the ignorant sinner who really believes he has served God all his life? What can be said of him and his return to God? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Heart of God Toward the Sinner

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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, when his young son was still on his path home, his father ran to him, while his son was still some distance away (Luke 15:20b). It is implied in this verse that our heavenly Father meets us at some point in our journey back to him. He makes certain that we don’t have to make the full journey of repentance alone. The fact that the father of the young man ran to him would seem quite unfitting in the custom of the day, and this expresses the idea that our heavenly Father will not react toward us, in the manner in which we expect of him. Far from being angry over what we’ve done, he is always ready to give us much more than we desire. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Sheep in the Wilderness

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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

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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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