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The Judgment at the Nobleman’s Return

Judgment-Day

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After the nobleman obtained his kingdom and returned (cf. Luke 19:12, 15), he decided to find out what his servants had done in his absence. The two fruitful servants used their mina / faith and produced a good harvest for the nobleman. In response, they were given authority over multiple cities. In the context of chief tax-collectors, they would conduct business as usual, except their responsibilities were extended over multiple cities, instead of just one or a part of one. This seems to indicate fruitful disciples of Jesus would be rewarded with greater responsibility in the Kingdom of God, but doing the same business they had done before Jesus’ return. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Wicked Servant

Hate

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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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Who Might the Unjust Steward Be?

Unjust Steward

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Many scholars understand the Parable of the Unjust Steward to be one that is very difficult to interpret. After all, it is often claimed that Jesus seems to commend the unjust steward for his dishonesty (Luke 16:8-9). Such a thing doesn’t seem to fit the context of Jesus’ character. Nevertheless, if one takes the whole of what Jesus claims, before and after this parable, its true senses seems to unfold. Rather, Jesus pointed to what the unjust steward was able to accomplish by influencing the folks in his generation. In other words, he made his wasted (G1287) life benefit him (Luke 16:1, 4) for goals he had set in this world (cf. Luke 16:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

Resurrection - 7Luke gives us a vivid picture in Luke 11:29 of the crowd as the people began to throng Jesus (G1865 – gathering thick together); the people simply continued to add to the crowd already there after Jesus healed the mute man (Luke 11:14). It is difficult to imagine such a thing occurring in the streets of Galilee or during Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. However, it would be very easy to understand such a thing occurring in the Temple, while Jesus was at Jerusalem during one of the annual Jewish festivals, when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the city (cf. Luke 10:38).[1] On this occasion Luke tells us Jesus was involved in a fierce debate with the Jewish authorities, whom he declared were an evil generation of leaders, who sought sign after sign after sign without ever committing themselves to obey God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does God Lie to Accomplish his Ends?

False-Prophets

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Christians have been accused of twisting Scripture and tweaking the text in order defend God who tells his faithful to lie for him, and not only so, but sometimes this leads to the death of the one being deceived. In other words, Christians use deception, just as our God does. First, we use deception upon one another, presumably to keep the faithful devoted to God. Secondly, we practice deception against others through evangelism in order to attract unsuspecting people into the fold. Support for such an accusation comes from using certain Scriptures out of context in order to paint an evil and disturbing portrait of the Lord. For example, according to this argument, God is not above using lying spirits to deceive and kill unsuspecting folks (1Kings 22:22).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2016 in apologetics

 

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