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Sending Out the Seventy

Judgment

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In the shadow of the disciples question of who is the greatest (Luke 9:46), and the Apostle, John, demanding that others who were not of the Twelve keep themselves from using Jesus’ name in casting out demons (Luke 9:49), Jesus sent out the Seventy ahead of himself into towns and villages, as he journeyed toward Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Would-be Followers of Jesus

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As Jesus journeyed toward Jerusalem, a certain man volunteered to follow him wherever he went (Luke 9:57). According to Matthew, this certain man (Luke 9:57) was a Jewish scribe / rabbi (Matthew 8:19-20). News of Jesus’ victories at Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles seemed to make Jesus untouchable. Many of the rulers of the synagogues believed on Jesus, but they feared to publicly announce their positions for fear of ostracism and their positions in the synagogue being taken away by the Pharisees and other Jewish authorities (cf. John 12:42-43). Nevertheless, news of Jesus healing a man born blind and a child born a demoniac seemed to turn the tide of public opinion. Even the authorities began to think Jesus was now unstoppable. Therefore, there was no time like the present to stand with him. Who would dare say or do anything against Jesus now? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Calling Down FIRE from Heaven…

Fire from Heaven - 5

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Jesus steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem for the Passover (Luke 9:51). He sent messengers (James and John) into a village to prepare for him (Luke 9:52, 54), but the people would not receive him (Luke 9:53). The folks in Samaria held only to the Torah for their Scriptures, and because they celebrated the same three great feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles) as the Jews at Jerusalem, they refused to extend their hospitality to Jesus and his disciples (Luke 9:53). They would not have celebrated Hanukkah or Purim, which aren’t mentioned in the Law, and which had meaning only for the Jews who worshiped in Jerusalem. Therefore, what Luke 9:53 tells us is that the Samaritans took offense, because Jesus seemed to prefer the Jews at Jerusalem over them, because he made it obvious that he intended to celebrate the next great feast of Leviticus 23, the Passover, at Jerusalem and not with the people of Samaria. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Third Passover

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Because Luke doesn’t clearly show Jesus celebrating another Passover between John’s death and Jesus’ own crucifixion, many scholars believe Jesus set out to go to Jerusalem for the final time in Luke 9:51. Nevertheless, there are problems with this interpretation, and I believe that folks often skew the Scriptures in order to maintain this doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is the Greatest?

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If one is able to see that Jesus had divided the Twelve into three groups of four each in an effort to teach them the value of ministering to one another, consider what is recorded in Luke 9:46-50. On the way back to Galilee from Jerusalem, the Twelve disputed among themselves concerning who was the greatest. Instead of which individual was the greatest, this may have had to do with which of the subgroups’ ministries was most important. Since there is nothing in the Gospel narratives that show any of the disciples acting alone on any project, it’s probably not prudent to take Luke 9:46 to mean which individual was the greatest among them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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One Spirit and One Body

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On their journey back to Galilee, the Apostles began to dispute among themselves who was the greatest. In view of what follows, I do not believe their dispute was over which individual was the greatest. We need to keep in mind that one of the gifts of the Spirit is a diversity of administration or ministries (1Corinthians 12:5). One of the lessons Jesus had been teaching the Apostles concerned what life within the Body of Christ is like. There are four lists of the apostles recorded in the New Testament. It can be verified by comparing these lists that there are a few things that are always so. The lists are found in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-15, and Acts 1:13. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Kingdom of God Versus the World

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The Apostles wondered (Luke 9:43b) at what Jesus had done and asked him why they couldn’t heal the boy (Mark 9:28; Matthew 17:32). At that time Jesus told the disciples that they needed to keep in mind that he would be turned over to his enemies and would be killed (Luke 9:44), but they simply were unable to understand what he was saying, because what Jesus meant was hid from them (Luke 9:45). The problem is that the rabbis taught that the Messiah would come and successfully free the Jews from those who enslaved them (the Romans in the context of the first century AD). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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