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Responsibility For the Witnesses Deaths


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In the context of Revelation 11:8 and the witnesses being slain and their bodies lying in “the” street of the great city, the Angel seems to be identifying those guilty of their slaying (cf. Matthew 23:34-35). Why else would he claim their dead bodies would lie in THE street of the great city? Surely the Angel knew Jerusalem had more than one street. Yet, he reckons it THE street, as though there were only one. Moreover, they wouldn’t be buried for 3 ½ days. If that were literally true, Jerusalem would have been defiled. It was the practice of the Jews to bury the dead on the day they died, and that before sundown. Otherwise, the city would be defiled. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on October 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus Appearance to the Disciples

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Those of us who embrace Jesus as our Savior often take it for granted that, once Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, they immediately recognized and believed that what he told them was true, namely, he would go to Jerusalem, and the authorities would arrest him, turn him over to the gentiles, and they would crucify him, but he would also be raised to life after three days. Nevertheless, if we do believe this, it isn’t so. Even after Jesus appeared to his Apostles and other disciples, most of them still didn’t believe he had risen from the dead. This is how great a power their previous worldview exercised over their accepting what their eyes and ears and hands clearly told them. They simply would not believe what the facts distinctly revealed. They kept making allowances for what contradicted what they still believed. Pretty much, this is exactly what we can expect of anyone who has had his worldview challenged by the Gospel. Folks simply do not want to give up what they believe about reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Is it Simon or Simeon?


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Some ancient manuscripts of Peter’s second epistle have the Hebrew pronunciation, Simeon (συμεων – G4826), at 2Peter 1:1, while others have the Greek pronunciation, Simon (σιμων – G4613). Apparently, a later copyist changed Peter’s given name at 2Peter 1:1 to what he thought it should be. Throughout the Gospel narratives Peter’s given name is recorded as Simon, or the Greek pronunciation of his name. Probably, the copyist originally changed what Peter wrote at 2Peter 1:1 from συμεων (G4826) to σιμων (G4613), rather than the other way around. I can see no logical reason anyone would change how Peter’s name is written in the Gospels to agree with how his name is written at Acts 15:14, which is the only other place in the New Testament where Peter’s given name is written according to its Hebrew pronunciation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Epistles of Peter


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Loving Much and Loving Little


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I am surprised over the many commentaries I read that wrote about this section of Scripture, saying that Simon needed forgiveness. Yet, when the Lord spoke privately to Simon and presented to him the parable of the two debtors, he revealed in the context of the parable that both were forgiven their debts forthrightly. It therefore follows that that both Simon and the woman were forgiven. Otherwise, the parable has little meaning for Simon. Therefore, it was not forgiveness that Simon needed but a greater capacity to love Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Doubt, Unbelief—What’s the Difference?


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As we walk through these studies in Luke, we need to understand the difference between the attitudes of John the Baptist, Simon the Pharisee and the sect of the Pharisees and the Jewish authorities. Jesus warned of the blessings that were meant to go to the Jews but would ultimately go to the gentiles, if the Jews wouldn’t repent and receive the Gospel Jesus preached (cf. Luke 4:24-27). History reveals that the Jews, as a whole, didn’t believe Jesus, so the Gospel eventually went out to the gentiles, and they were granted the privilege of preaching the word of God to the world throughout this age, something up to the 1st century AD had been granted only to the Jews. Yet, one has to wonder about at least some believers. John the Baptist (Luke 7:18-23) and Simon the apostle of Jesus (Luke 7:36-50) show they doubted Jesus was the Messiah. Why were they excused, but the Pharisees and the Jewish lawyers punished? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Two Debtors


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During the dinner to which Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus, a woman, who had heard Jesus was in the Pharisee’s house, came in also with the intention of anointing Jesus with the ointment out of the alabaster box she carried with her (Luke 7:37-38). Luke tells us she was a sinner. Obviously she was very emotional in the account written by Luke. She seems to have been sad over something, but also grateful to Jesus, because she held him in awe for some reason, but Luke is silent about these details. Nevertheless, the woman took her place at Jesus’ feet and wept there. Her tears fell on Jesus’ feet, and she wiped them with her hair; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment out of the alabaster box she had with her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Who is the Unnamed Woman of Luke 7?


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The Synoptics all record an unnamed woman who anointed Jesus during or just after a meal at which he was a guest of honor. Both Matthew and Mark record the meal near the end of his public ministry in Matthew 26:1-13 and Mark 14:1-9, but Luke mentions the event closer to the beginning of his ministry, just after the beginning of his second year (Luke 7:36-50). The fourth Gospel is the only one of the narratives that names the woman who anointed Jesus. It was Mary, the sister of Martha, who lived in Bethany (cf. John 12:1-8). The similarity between John’s account and that of Matthew and Mark leaves little doubt that their unnamed woman is, indeed, Mary, Martha’s sister. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 27, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Who is Simon the Pharisee?


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As I claimed in another study, Luke presents the supper that Simon the Pharisee held in Jesus’ honor in such a way that it is hinted we should know who the main characters are. This is done, first, by naming the Pharisee. The sect of the Pharisees is mentioned just under ninety times in the Gospel records, yet Simon and Nicodemus (John 3:1) are the only Pharisees identified by name. Why would Luke do this, unless Simon can be identified elsewhere? Secondly, Luke implies identification of the main characters can be accomplished through comparing familiar things done at this banquet that are found elsewhere in the Synoptics and John. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Another Banquet Held in Jesus’ Honor


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Earlier and near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Luke tells us that Matthew (Levi) held a banquet in Jesus’ honor (Luke 5:29). Now, as Jesus begins his second year of public ministry, a second banquet is held in his honor. However, considering what has gone on up to this time in Jesus’ ministry, it is with some surprise that we find that a Pharisee had invited Jesus to eat with him, and Jesus accepted his invitation (Luke 7:36). Luke tells us this man’s name is Simon, and, as it turns out, he is the only Pharisee named in the Gospel narratives! It would seem then, at least on the surface, that this account may have some importance that isn’t apparent with a cursory read of Luke’s narrative. Moreover, there are hints in the text that tell us we probably should know who this Pharisee is, besides his name being Simon.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 22, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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