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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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Why Did Elizabeth Hide?

Shame

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The Gospel of Luke is the longest of the four Gospel narratives, but we need to remember that when it was first written it was a scroll. The information one could put on a scroll was limited. Although authors today are able to write large volumes having 600 or more pages, it wasn’t like this in the 1st century AD. By comparison the Gospel of Luke, the longest Gospel narrative, is less than 100 pages by today’s standards. Space was a premium! Luke had to limit himself to what was important to say and not be carried away in digression, concerning unnecessary events. Why, therefore, does he believe the fact that Elizabeth hid herself for five months is important? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Paul, Bound in the Spirit

Paul told his believing audience from Ephesus, that they would see him no more (Acts 20:25), for he was committed in his spirit to going to Jerusalem, knowing full well that trouble, perhaps even death awaited him there (Acts 20:22-24). It seems that Luke intends to show in Paul’s life an image of Jesus going to Jerusalem to be rejected and killed (cp. Luke 9:51), and just as Jesus was committed to fulfill the plan of God, so was Paul. Paul conformed himself to the pattern he saw in Jesus, even to the point of betrayal (Acts 21:20-24)! Was it an accident or was it a conspiracy conducted by false brethren (cp. Galatians 2:4; 2Corinthians 11:26)? Luke doesn’t tell us, but leaves the whole matter shrouded in mystery undaunted by our curiosity. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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