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Who Were the Lawyers?

LawyersThe lawyers or the “experts in the Law” told Jesus that his denunciation of the Pharisees also insulted them (Luke 11:45). Many lawyers were Pharisees, but not all. Some were Sadducees. The lawyers were the rabbis who discussed the interpretation of the Law, and their doctrines were later codified in what has come down to us as the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud. These important Jewish works contain what is known as the Oral Law, or what the New Testament describes as the tradition of the elders (Matthew 15:2; Mark 7:3, 5). Jesus claimed that the lawyers or rabbis made the word of God void, because following their traditions contradicted what Moses wrote. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and Demons

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The words Jesus spoke in Capernaum (Luke 4:31-34) must have been similar to what he claimed in Nazareth. In Nazareth Jesus used Scripture to say he was the Messiah, and there the community rose up against him. However, in Capernaum it was a demoniac that rose up against Jesus. One has to wonder if the demoniac in Capernaum tried to do something similar to Jesus that the whole community at Nazareth intended on doing. In other words, the demoniac, at least at first, may have been considered to be in his right mind by the community of Capernaum, because demoniacs, as a rule, are not permitted in the synagogue.[1] The man may even have been a well respected and feared leader in the synagogue. In this context he may have risen up in the assembly to challenge Jesus, saying that his claim to be the Messiah would end in the Romans destroying the nation (cf. Mark 1:24 and John 11:48), or at least the city from which Jesus began gathering a following. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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This Day this Scripture is Fulfilled

Spirit of the Lord is upon me -1

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It is interesting that Matthew punctuates his entire Gospel with the theme of Christ fulfilling all things under the Old Covenant. Luke doesn’t do that. Rather, except for a few statements in the final week of Jesus’ public ministry, Luke brackets the whole of Jesus’ words and deeds between Luke 4:19 and 24:44 under the theme of what in Scripture was to be fulfilled. Here in Luke 4:19 Jesus claimed he was the Messiah by saying Isaiah 61 was fulfilled in the ears of his family and friends at Nazareth. Then in Luke 24:44 Jesus told his disciples in the upper room that all things in the Law, Prophets and Writings (Psalms) that were written about him had to have been fulfilled by him. Luke sets forth these two Scriptures as an inclusio.[1] That is, everything that falls between these two verses, he intends for us (and his addressee, Theophilus – Luke 1:3) to understand they concern Jesus fulfilling the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

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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How Did the Jews Understand Daniel?

Understanding Daniel

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Jesus claimed that the Law and the Prophets were until John (Luke 16:16), and Isaiah spoke of an age, or the time of the Jews’ service, coming to an end in Isaiah 40:2. Isaiah’s prophecy is at the heart of the reason for John’s ministry (Luke 3:4-5; cf. Isaiah 40:3-4). The end of this period marked the beginning of the time when the Kingdom of God was preached (Luke 16:16). In a previous blogpost I argued that the age that came to an end is represented in Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy as the time of the building of the Temple and the waiting for the Messiah, comprising 483 years (cf. Daniel 9:25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unto Us a Child is Born

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The Scripture records that Mary brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7). It was her firstborn, but the Scripture also denies that Joseph had any part in Jesus’ conception (Luke 1:34-35; cf. Matthew 1:18-20). This scene recalls to us the prophecy of Isaiah that a “virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:11). Of course many interpretations have been made of this Scripture in order to disclaim its most obvious understanding. However, it is interesting to note that the disclaimers come only after the public ministry of Jesus. Religious folks were not so unbelieving prior to Jesus coming on the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The 490 Years Begin Here!

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I apologize in advance for the long post, but we must set a date for the beginning of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy. I am not qualified to set a date by the stars. Nor do I have an infallible personal knowledge of ancient history. Let those who think they have such speak up, but I do not know of any whether in theological circles or secular historians. All have based their knowledge upon the false foundation of the works of Claudius Ptolemy, the second century AD astronomer. Therefore, I must count backwards from the times of Jesus, the Messiah. Since the prophecy pertains to his coming, we can find the date by counting 483 years back to the first year of Cyrus, the king of Babylon. This means, of course, that the significance of the second part of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy pointing to the time and arrival of the Messiah is placed in serious jeopardy. However, I am confident that Daniel did not place all his eggs in one basket. There is enough information that can be gleaned from the surrounding chapters to show who Messiah is and that he came on time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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