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An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

Resurrection - 7Luke gives us a vivid picture in Luke 11:29 of the crowd as the people began to throng Jesus (G1865 – gathering thick together); the people simply continued to add to the crowd already there after Jesus healed the mute man (Luke 11:14). It is difficult to imagine such a thing occurring in the streets of Galilee or during Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. However, it would be very easy to understand such a thing occurring in the Temple, while Jesus was at Jerusalem during one of the annual Jewish festivals, when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the city (cf. Luke 10:38).[1] On this occasion Luke tells us Jesus was involved in a fierce debate with the Jewish authorities, whom he declared were an evil generation of leaders, who sought sign after sign after sign without ever committing themselves to obey God. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and Beelzebub

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Beelzebub in the New Testament is the same as Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, in the Old Testament (cf. 2Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16). The same was the god of the Philistines. The name means lord of flies (or dung), but its original ending might have been zebhul, meaning house, making the real name of the god mean lord of the house (of the Philistines). The ancient Jews loved to use a play on words in order to demean a god or a hated ruler.[1] Some scholars understand the deities of one nation of the ancient Near East to be the demons of its neighboring nations. With this in mind, the King of Israel, Ahaziah, sent messengers to Ekron, the chief city of the Philistines, to inquire of Baalzebub to be healed of his ailment (2Kings 1:2), that is, cast out the disease. Jesus claimed to exorcise demons by the power of God (Luke 11:20), but he was accused of healing, or casting out demons, by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of demons (Luke 11:15, 18). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Coming Kingdom of God

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In Luke 9:27 Jesus claimed that at least some of the Apostles would be alive to see the coming of the Kingdom of God. Misunderstanding what Jesus meant has led some folks to believe Jesus was wrong, and the writers of the New Testament were wrong to expect Jesus to come in their lifetimes. Moreover, misunderstanding the signs of this event has led many to falsely claim Jesus would return on certain dates, and the world as we know it would end at that time. This slant on the Scriptures has always proved to be wrong and has led many to take for granted that Christianity is just another of the world’s religions and has no basis in reality. What can we say about these things, and what did Jesus really mean in Luke 9:27? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Authority of Jesus

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Authority is a strange thing. One cannot see authority, touch it, smell it, hear it or taste it. In other words, authority is something we may know and understand, but such a thing cannot be witnessed through our five senses. Nevertheless, we know when we are in the presence of authority. A man of authority is able to move many men to act according to his will, and some men are able to move nations by the word of their power. Jesus represented Heaven, so he spoke and acted out of the authority of God. It is interesting to see, as we read the Gospel narratives, who recognizes Jesus’ authority and who does not. One may even be surprised with the fact that the very men, who were given authority over God’s people, were unwilling to recognize God’s authority over them in the person of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Second Temptation

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I have been discussing Jesus’ three temptations found in Luke 4:1-12. They are the same temptations found in Matthew 4:1-10, but Luke reverses Matthew’s second and third temptations. Nevertheless, in Luke 4:16 to Luke 6:49 Luke discusses Jesus’ temptations in the order in which Matthew places them. I have been discussing these temptations with the understanding that the wilderness into which the Spirit led Jesus (Luke 4:1), is not a desert or an uninhabited place. Rather, it was a wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), that is, people who are absolutely devoid of the kind of spiritual understanding that would lead them to God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Simeon and Jesus

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Luke tells us of a man named Simeon, who came into the Temple by the leading of God’s Spirit (Luke 2:25, 27). The Scripture implies he was already there when Joseph and Mary came in with Jesus (Luke 2:27). What is significant about Simeon, according to Luke, is that he was just a (righteous) man and devout (cautious and religious, pious). The Holy Spirit was upon him, and he waited for the consolation of Israel—i.e. he anticipated the fulfillment of the 70 Weeks Prophecy, which predicted the coming of the Messiah near the time of Jesus’ birth. What the Holy Spirit revealed to him was that he wouldn’t die until he met the Messiah (Luke 2:26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sign

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In Luke 2:12 the angel gave the shepherds a sign: Jesus would be “wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” I can see how lying in a manger might be a sign. After all, how many mothers would use a manger for her newborn’s crib? However, how could swaddling clothes be a sign, if just about every newborn Jewish babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, until it was about a year old? I believe the manger was a near sign to the shepherds, but swaddling clothes was a deeper sign to folks with a deeper Scriptural understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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