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Is the Kingdom About the Food We Eat?

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I was once a part of a church fellowship that adopted a lifestyle similar to that of present day Jews. That is, we lived under the Mosaic Law, in as much as that would be possible without a physical Temple. I worshiped on the Sabbath, tithed and kept the seven annual Jewish Feast Days, as they are mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was a big deal, if someone put a plate of ham on the table or even flavored the salad dressing with ham sauce sprinkled with little cubes of ham. Certain food was unclean and could not be eaten, according to how we understood the word of God. We had adopted a lot of physical ‘sauce’ and poured it all over the spiritual New Covenant we supposedly embraced in Christ. Nevertheless, I was so far in Moses that there was very little of Christ that could be seen in my behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Hatred Toward Jesus and the Publicans

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As far as the collection of taxes was concerned, the official responsible to Rome during the time of Jesus, would have been Herod Antipas for Galilee and Peraea. Matthew would have been one of Herod’s agents. In matters dealing with Judea and Samaria, the official agent responsible to Rome for collecting taxes would have been either Pilate or the president of Syria, and Zacchaeus would have been one of his agents. It seems, however, that the text places a greater responsibility upon Zacchaeus than upon Matthew, who may have been responsible for only a specific location in or near Capernaum. Zacchaeus, on the other hand, seems to have been the taxing authority in Jericho, and, no doubt, he had other taxing agents working under his authority. These agents would have been responsible to him, but he was responsible to the Roman authority accountable for collecting taxes for Rome. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Receiving the Chief Publican

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Although Jesus was comfortable in any crowd and at any function, both he and Zacchaeus probably didn’t normally mingle with the same social crowd. Although Jesus did dine with several rich and important people, normally, we would expect to find him with the poorer classes. On the other hand, Zacchaeus would have always dined with rich Jews like himself or with gentiles who were also of the upper class. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Three Woes Against the Pharisees

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Jesus judgment against the Pharisees was that they scrupulously tithed even the smallest things (Leviticus 27:30), but they neglected the more important matters of the Law (Luke 11:42). The problem was they couldn’t count love for God and their fellow man (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Leviticus 19:18). Therefore, they neglected these more important matters, because they couldn’t measure them (cf. Mark 12:29-33). The whole of the Oral Law consisted of nitpicking matters similar to how far one could walk or how much one could carry on the Sabbath, and what constituted breaking one’s vow, and what was and what was not clean and other such matters. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Sending Out the Twelve

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Jesus sent out the Apostles on their own to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to folks in the region of Galilee (Luke 9:2). Sending them out two-by-two (Mark 6:7) was necessary for the Twelve to learn to do these things by themselves, because Jesus wouldn’t always be there to do the preaching. They had to learn to do what Jesus did. Therefore, Jesus gave them authority over demons and diseases and power to work miracles etc. as signs to show that the word they preached was true (Luke 9:1). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Woman with the Issue of Blood

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While he was on his way to heal a young girl, a woman who had in issue of blood for twelve years (Luke 8:43; Mark 5:27-28) came up behind Jesus and touched him, hoping to go undetected. She believed that by touching Jesus she would be healed, and she thought that going to him among the thronging crowd her presence and purpose would go unnoticed. She was immediately healed, and her bleeding stopped (Luke 8:44). Mark 5:29 says that the woman felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. What she did was reach out and touch one of the four fringes or tassels, which hung from Jesus’ outer garment (Luke 8:44; cf. Numbers 15:38-39; Matthew 23:5). They were there to remind devout Jews of the Lord’s commandments and one’s duty to obey them. It had a set apart or holy significance (Numbers 15:40) that the woman reached out to touch, hoping to be made whole. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Authority of Jesus

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Authority is a strange thing. One cannot see authority, touch it, smell it, hear it or taste it. In other words, authority is something we may know and understand, but such a thing cannot be witnessed through our five senses. Nevertheless, we know when we are in the presence of authority. A man of authority is able to move many men to act according to his will, and some men are able to move nations by the word of their power. Jesus represented Heaven, so he spoke and acted out of the authority of God. It is interesting to see, as we read the Gospel narratives, who recognizes Jesus’ authority and who does not. One may even be surprised with the fact that the very men, who were given authority over God’s people, were unwilling to recognize God’s authority over them in the person of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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