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John’s Intended Worship

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With the Apocalypse finished, and John having seen and heard all of what the Lord wanted to convey to the churches, he immediately fell down before the angel’s feet whom the Lord had sent to bring the message of the Apocalypse to him (Revelation 22:8; cp. 1:1-4, 11). The sense seems to be, at least according to most Biblical scholars, that after seeing all the visions recorded in this prophecy, and hearing all of what the Lord wanted John and the elect to know, John placed himself in position to ‘worship’ the angel who had delivered the Lord’s message to him? And, this wasn’t even the first time John tried to do such a thing (Revelation 19:10)![1] Is this an accurate understanding of what John had tried to do? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Synagogue of Satan

False Assumptions

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The doctrine of Satan as understand by Christians today was not so developed in ancient Israel. At least, we have no indication in the Bible that such a doctrine was developed that shows Satan to be a spiritual archenemy of God. From Genesis to Revelation, there simply is no spiritual archenemy of God. As far as Scripture is concerned, satan simply means adversary or enemy. Jesus called Peter his enemy or his satan (G4567 – satanas) in Matthew 16:23. In the Old Covenant the Lord raised up two satans or adversaries (H7854) against Solomon (1Kings 11:14, 23). In fact, the Angel of the Lord was Balaam’s satan or adversary (H7854) in Numbers 22:22. So, what is Jesus referring to when he mentions the synagogue of satan? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Upper Room

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There is a place in Jerusalem today called The Cenacle or “dining room.” It comes from the Latin cenare, meaning to dine, and it is traditionally believed to be the very site where Jesus and his disciples shared their last meal, before he was crucified. Both Mark and Luke use the Greek anogeon (G508 – Mark 14:15; Luke 22:12), but Luke uses a different Greek word, huperoon (G5253) in Acts, where the 120 met together (Acts 1:13), and where Dorcas, whom Peter raised from the dead, was laid out (Acts 9:37, 39) and where Paul met with the brethren from Asia (Acts 20:8). Yet, the word probably indicates the same type of room where the Last Supper was held. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Context of the Centurion’s Request

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One may ask why the centurion would want or need the Jewish elders (Luke 7:3) to speak for him. Ordinarily, the Romans were viewed with contempt by the Jewish people. They were their conquerors who continually oppressed them. There is no reason to think that the centurion should believe Jesus would treat him or his request with kindness. Therefore, he needed friends of Jesus who would act on the centurion’s behalf and make his request known in the matter of his dying servant. But, what about the father of the dying young man? If Luke 7:2-10 reflects the same event as John 4:45-54, why couldn’t the young man’s father simply make the request of Jesus and expect Jesus to respond favorably? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Stretch Forth Your Hand

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In Luke 6:6-11 Luke records for us an event that most likely took place during the Feast of Tabernacles in 27 AD. It was a Sabbath day, so this particular Sabbath would have been the first day of the Feast, an annual Holy Day, which occurred in the 7th month of the Jewish calendar. Jesus had come into one of the local synagogues, probably his own at Capernaum. This can be presumed in that a trap was laid for him by the Jewish authorities. How could they attempt a successful snare, unless they had a fairly good idea where Jesus would be on that particular Sabbath? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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“You Are the Christ, the Son of God”

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I find it interesting that Luke would begin Jesus’ ministry with a miracle that casts out a demon. Why do that? It is the first miracle performed by Jesus in both Luke (Luke 4:31-36) and Mark (cf. Mark 1:21-27). Matthew mentions this only generally (Matthew 4:23-25), but John begins Jesus public ministry with the miracle of changing water into wine (John 2:1-11). The accounts end with the astonishment of the people (the Synoptics) and the belief of the disciples (John). What can we make of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

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As I said previously, many believe Jesus was living in Capernaum by the time Luke began his record of Jesus’ public ministry (cf. Luke 4:23). [1] Nevertheless, whether Jesus was visiting his hometown of Nazareth or living there, he went into the synagogue and was probably asked by the ruler or president of the synagogue to read from the Scriptures and teach from them that Sabbath day (Luke 4:16). Synagogues were the center of Jewish life in the first century AD. They not only served as centers for prayer and worship, but often for formal education for local Jewish families, as well. Indeed, they functioned as courtrooms for the local sanhedrin (not to be confused with the supreme Sanhedrin at Jerusalem), and punishment was administered there in the local synagogue (Deuteronomy 25:3; cf. Mark 13:9; 2Corinthians 11:24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and the Jewish Lectionary System

Year of the Lord's Favor

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Luke sums up Jesus’ Galilean ministry with his coming into Galilee from the Jordan (see John 1:43; cf. 1:35-39 and Luke 4:1)[1] and teaching in the synagogues, concluding that all of what Jesus said and did was under the powerful influence of the Holy Spirit. In doing this, Luke wasn’t saying that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit when he returned into Galilee in contrast to other times when he was not filled. Rather, Jesus was always filled with the Spirit in all of what he said or did, and Luke so concludes here in his summation of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 4:14-15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Born in a Stable

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Should we expect an animal stable to be the place for the long awaited Messiah (Luke 2:7; cf. Matthew 2:1-8)? No we should not. In fact, the Magi in Matthew’s account ended up in Herod’s palace in pursuit of the Messiah. The point is that the Davidic line was powerless (Luke 1:48, 52). The Jews were ruled by a priestly line that came to power through bribery. They were appointed by authorities who weren’t Jewish. Is it any wonder that the Messiah had no place among them (cf. John 1:10-11)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Paul in the Synagogue at Corinth

After Paul left Athens he came to Corinth, and as was his manner, he began to share Christ with his Jewish brethren in the local synagogue (Acts 18:4). This may also have been how he actually met Aquila and Priscilla, because Jesus told his disciples that when they entered a city to first inquire who in that city was hospitable enough to house guests and stay there (cp. Matthew 10:11). What better place could there be for a Jew to find hospitable Jews than the local synagogue? Archeology has uncovered in Corinth a partial inscription in Greek on a lintel, which is believed to have read (when complete) Synagogue of the Hebrews. Its writing indicates a later structure, but the synagogue over whose doorway this lintel was placed may have stood upon the same foundation of that in which Paul preached. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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