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Jesus’ Trial Before the Whole Sanhedrin

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One might argue that Jesus’ whole public ministry was one, big, three and a half year trial, but in reality his trials were intermittent. He wasn’t debating with the Jewish authorities every hour of every day, and neither was he correcting his disciples all of the time. I suppose he had many hours of pleasant discourse in what could be termed good times with those closest to him. After all, the text does say he loved his disciples, and they loved him (John 13:1; 15:9; 16:27), and love cannot exist under constant criticism or distrust. Nevertheless, during Jesus’ final hours, he was tried almost constantly. It began during his final meal with his disciples, and the trials didn’t end until the day was over, and he lay peacefully in the grave. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Response and Absentee Landlords

Judgment - 3An envoy from the Sanhedrin sought to lay a trap for Jesus by questioning his authority to do those things he had been doing, ever since the day he had entered Jerusalem, while riding on the colt of a donkey, amid the praise of the people, as though they were welcoming their King. Since the Jewish authorities refused to answer Jesus’ counter question, he responded by telling them he wouldn’t reply to theirs (Luke 20:8). Nevertheless, in reality he did answer them in a thinly veiled parable that immediately followed their confrontation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sanhedrin

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In Luke 20:1-2 Jesus gets a visit from members of the Sanhedrin. There were many sanhedrins throughout Judea and Galilee. They were the local courts of the land, composed of three or twenty-three members,[1] populated by the Jewish leaders in each town. The chief court in Jerusalem, THE Sanhedrin, or the Supreme Court of the Jews, seems to have been composed of the three, twenty-three member courts at Jerusalem.[2] It was made up of Pharisees, Sadducees and Jewish elders (considered to be the Jewish nobility). The high priest would preside over the assembly as its president or nasi, i.e. prince (cf. cf. Numbers 11:16; ).[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Profiteering Inside the Temple

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Jewish tradition tells us that the money-changers (Matthew 22:17-21) were licensed by the high priests, the authorities at Jerusalem. Without any doubt, Annas and his family figured prominently among them, and most of the high priests profited very well for the business conducted by the money-changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice inside the Temple compound. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Casting Out the Money-Changers

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Three times in four days Jesus cast out the money-changers who were conducting business inside the Temple walls. In doing so, we are told that he cleansed the Temple, which he had also done in the beginning of his ministry (cf. John 2:13-17). By the third time the Jewish authorities would have been beside themselves in anger and frustration, as Jesus cast out the money changers and those who bought and sold within the Temple complex. Yet, because the people hung upon Jesus’ every word (Luke 19:47-48), the Jewish authorities didn’t dare seize him. They were livid, but could do nothing in public (John 12:19; cf. Luke 22:52-53). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is Abraham in Hades?

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According to Old Testament theology, there was no consciousness in the grave (sheol – H7585). David claimed there is no remembrance of God there (Psalm 6:5), neither were the dead able to praise God or hope in his truth (Isaiah 18:38). The fact is: “there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 10), according to the word of God. Nevertheless, during and after the Babylonian captivity the idea of consciousness and activity in the grave crept into Jewish theology. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Woman and the Lost Coin

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In Luke 15:8-10 Jesus spoke a parable about a woman and a lost coin. It is interesting that Jesus would cause the woman to represent mankind, who rejoices over the finding what was lost in man’s relationship with God. Her search is as one seeks a treasure (Proverbs 2:1-6), and this represents one’s repentance toward God (Luke 15:10). I believe Jesus chooses a woman in order to rebuke the Pharisees. His words are meant to be a kind of shock to get them to consider their behavior. Most Jewish authorities in the first century didn’t consider women on the same level as men. In fact, some of these authorities didn’t believe women should even be taught the Scriptures.
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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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