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The Judgment of the Wicked Servant

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Luke 19:22 tells us that the nobleman judged the wicked servant out of his own words. If the man really feared (G5399) the nobleman (Jesus), he should have acted differently than he did. The Greek word (G5399) has both a positive and a negative side. It can be defined as a healthy respect for someone or outright terror of another man. The wicked servant in the parable didn’t have a healthy respect for the nobleman. Therefore, he must have been afraid (the negative kind of fear) of him. Why, then, didn’t his terror (G5399) of the nobleman cause the wicked servant to be faithful, while the nobleman was away? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Wicked Servant

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Before the nobleman of the Parable of the Pounds went off to a far country to receive a kingdom, he gave to each of his servants a mina, which in previous studies we have found to mean faith. It is the currency of the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, one of the nobleman’s servants never used the mina (G3414) that his master had given him to carry out his business (Luke 19:20). Rather, he saved it by wrapping it up in a napkin to give to his master upon his return. In the language of the Kingdom of God, this servant never acted in faith, never used the Kingdom’s currency. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Vindication of God’s Elect

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In Luke 18:1-7 we have recorded the Parable of the Unjust Judge. There, we are offered several motifs that pertain to the coming of Jesus (cf. Luke 18:8). The parable was delivered to Jesus’ disciples in the context of eminent suffering and judgment that was about to befall the Jews of that generation (Luke 17:24:37). The Pharisees had been aggressively interrogating Jesus concerning the coming of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, Jesus told them that they had the wrong idea about the Kingdom. It doesn’t come in a manner that can be observed (Luke 17:20). Rather, it would be found within man. God rules from the throne of a man’s heart, not from an observable throne in a palace (Luke 17:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith that Looks to God

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It is one thing to claim Jesus as one’s Savior and to say he is a child of God. It is quite another to act like this is true in one’s life. Often, believers think that publicly embracing Christ is the faith that is needed. While this is true, and very important in the life of the believer, there is another kind of faith the Lord looks for in his elect. It is the kind of trust that waits for God to act on the believer’s behalf. In our own modern day believers often take up their own defense in the courts of the land. Standing on our human rights, we have discovered we are often able to defeat our foes by taking our struggle to this world’s justice system. In doing so, we demonstrate publicly that we embrace Christ as our Savior, and our efforts often help our brethren in their walk with Christ. However, I don’t believe that this is the faith our Lord looks to find in us? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Good and Evil in God’s Kingdom

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In Luke 12:29-30 Jesus told his disciples not to doubt that our Father knows what we need. We are not to act like the nations whose lives are dictated by the necessities of life. No matter what the undertaking, a nation or its leaders will not make a move without knowing that they could reasonably expect success in that project. And, the planning of that undertaking would be dictated by an adequate supply of food and drink, and tools necessary for its successful completion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Maturing in One’s Relationship with God

TrustIt’s not good for me[1] to be constantly seeking after a confirmation of the word God deposits in my spirit. If I have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16) and the earnest of his Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5), then I have been given the power to understand and discern many things that God tells me within my spirit. One of the things that hinders my growth in Christ is from time to time I wonder, if it is really God who is giving me these thoughts. I resolve within myself to just trust that it is he. Sometimes I think I just can’t believe God actually speaks to me, but this is supposed to be a common thing with all of his children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Awakening Jairus’ Only Daughter

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A messenger, someone from Jairus’ house, came to tell him his daughter had died (Luke 8:49), and he mentioned to Jairus that Jesus shouldn’t be troubled (G4660) further (Luke 8:49; Mark 5:35). This same Greek word is used by the Roman centurion (Luke 7:6), when he told Jesus it wasn’t necessary for him to enter the centurion’s house. If a Jew entered the home of a gentile it would bring trouble on him from those strictly observant Jews who jealously guarded their separate status, concerning the gentile community (cf. Acts 11:2-3).[1] So, the messenger from Jairus’ home implied, if Jesus continued to the house, Jesus would be troubled or harassed by some of the folks who were already there (cf. Luke 8:53). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Mutual Submission of the Believers

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At first, Peter seems to refer to the rest of the flock of God as the ‘younger’ who need to submit to the ‘elder’ (1Peter 5:5a). While 1Peter 5:1 does seem to refer specifically to the pastors and officers of the local bodies of believers throughout Asia Minor, I have to wonder if the use of the word ‘younger’ in verse-5 doesn’t modify verse-1 to include the elder and more mature believers of the community. Their lives are meant to be examples to the whole body of believers. They may not be the ‘official’ elders, but their lives do influence what is done by their respective local church groups to a great degree. So, Peter calls upon the younger to have a submissive attitude toward their elder brethren in Christ and consider them as examples to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Whatever We Have Heard…

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Some folks who try to harmonize the Gospels believe that the time when Jesus came to Nazareth in Luke 4 is the same time he came to Nazareth in Matthew 13 and Mark 6, but this is not so. Rather, the other Synoptics are the fulfillment of what Jesus prophesied in Luke 4:23. Notice what Jesus said in Luke:

Luke 4:23 KJV  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. (emphasis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Physician Heal Yourself!

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What did Jesus mean when he mentioned the proverb: ‘physician, heal yourself’ in connection with his rejection at Nazareth? Is it only a Jewish proverb?[1] Actually, it can be found similarly stated in secular literature too.[2] In the Bible it is found only in Luke, but, whether Luke is quoting Jesus exactly or paraphrasing, the statement does certainly seem to be an expression of sarcasm against Jesus’ claim about himself in Luke 4:19. The problem is the attitude is self defeating. Jesus’ words were words of grace, which was admitted by all (Luke 4:22). To demand grace is illogical. One cannot demand what one does not deserve or has no claim upon. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Barbarism and Crude Laws

ANE cultural changeSometimes it is difficult for our Western mindset to come to grips with the ways of the Ancient Near East (ANE)[1]. The problem, at least from a contextual standpoint, is that we evaluate the severity of the Mosaic Law in the light of our Western culture, rather than in the context of ANE traditions. If the new atheists (and those of us who agree with them) would focus on the original context in which the Mosaic Law was given, a new and more positive understanding might develop, rather than merely gaining rhetorical points by dwelling upon the intellectual snobbery motif of the backward ways of the Bible in light of modern Western thought. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Does God ‘Settle’ for Less than Perfect?

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No doubt one of the biggest errors the new atheists have made, regarding the persona of the God of the Bible that they paint for their readers, is their assumption that, because the Bible mentions a thing, that thing is automatically approved by God.[1] This, of course, is not true, and their argument is even denied in Scripture, itself. David, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), power raped Bathsheba, and then had her husband, David’s close friend, killed in order to hide what he had done. Did God approve of what David had done? Of course not! He sent his prophet Nathan to confront him about his sin (2Samuel 12:1-7a). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Gospel Was Preached to Abraham

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Continuing his argument from the point of Scripture, Paul tells us that the Gospel was preached to Abraham (Galatians 3:8). Is this true, and, if so, where do we see the Gospel, which Paul preached in the New Testament, given to Abraham? We find it in Genesis, the twenty-second chapter where Abraham was willing to offer up Isaac, his only son, as a sacrifice to God (Genesis 22:1-2, 18). God promised to bless all nations through Abraham and these blessings came only through Sarah and then through Isaac (Genesis 17:15-16, 19). The ram as a substitute pointed to Christ, and Isaac was received back by Abraham as though he were resurrected (Hebrews 11:17-18). Jesus said that Abraham was able to see his (Jesus) day through this sacrifice (John 8:56) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Seeking God’s Will

Although certain aspects of God’s will seemed obvious to Abraham, the actual choice of a bride for Isaac wasn’t fully known. What was her name, and what would she be like? Such questions simply are not known as one steps out to do God’s will. One hardly ever knows the end from the beginning. God alone is aware of such knowledge. Mankind lives in the moment and is aware only of present circumstances. The future holds his hopes for the fulfillment of his present labor, but nothing is guaranteed, or is it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Laughter of God’s People

Have you ever considered what a blessing laughter is? We laugh at many things, and some folks have even made their living by making us laugh. In my day it was people like Abott and Costello, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope. Sometimes we laugh at things that would ordinarily be sad, but, because of how they occur and to whom they occur, we laugh. We are reminded of such things in movies like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Later humor was directed toward political antics and even matters concerning human sexuality. But, no matter where we look for a laugh, the most wonderful of all occasions for our laughter occurs when we are surprised by and delighted in an event or thing for which we didn’t dare to hope. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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