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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the Internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I had been a Sunday school teacher for about 30 years (including about 12 years teaching junior and senior high youths), but recently I asked to be excused of this responsibility (January 2019).

Leaving the Past Behind

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Just after Jesus’ first meeting with the leaders of Judaism, he embarked on a series of events that would cause these same doctors of the Law to question his methods. He seemed to make a point of contradicting everything they stood for. Whether it was the company he kept or his personal lifestyle, as it pertained to God, Jesus challenged all men to rethink what they held as true or righteous living. One day, Jesus was watching Levi, a tax collector who probably worked for Herod Antipas, but he could have been working for the Roman oppressor. Jesus said to him, “Follow Me,” and Levi left his old life with all its worldly rewards and followed Jesus (Luke 5:27-28). Did he know Jesus before his call? Was he at least aware of the miracles folks were saying Jesus had done? Luke doesn’t say, but probably Levi at least knew about Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Strange Things and Paradoxes

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Luke tells us that the response to Jesus’ healing of the man stricken with palsy in connection with his saying that the man’s sins were forgiven was paradoxical. The scribes and Pharisees claimed that they “saw strange things today!” (Luke 5:26) The Greek word for strange things is paradoxos (G3861), from which we get our word paradox. The question is then, ‘what was the paradox that Jesus laid before the Pharisees and the doctors of the Law that they found so difficult to embrace? The healing, itself, astonished everyone—both the people and the leaders. Nevertheless, the power or authority behind the healing is what left the leaders of the people speechless and without a comfortable explanation. In fact, Mark tells us that these leaders had never seen their beliefs carried out in this fashion (Mark 2:12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Power Was Present to Heal Them

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For the first time in his Gospel record, Luke mentions the Pharisees (Luke 5:17), and he places them with the doctors of the Law, called scribes in Mark 2:6 and Matthew 9:3. The interesting thing in Luke is that they are come from all over the land of the Jews, Galilee, Judea and even Jerusalem. Jesus’ public ministry was begun only a week or two prior to the incident in Luke 5:17, so his fame couldn’t have already spread to Judea. Therefore, an explanation is needed to account for such a large and varied representation of Jewish authorities in Galilee, and the annul Jewish Festivals provide a logical reason for their presence. The fact that a few days later the disciples of Jesus were in the ripe grain fields in Luke 6:1 indicates that the time of Luke 5 is during the fall festivals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Leprous Messiah

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In Luke 5:12-16 we find that Jesus healed a certain leper, but there are a few paradoxes in this record that need to be addressed. First of all, according to the Law of Moses a leper was not permitted in any city of Israel. He was to dwell alone, so he wouldn’t defile (or infect) any of his countrymen (Leviticus 13:46; Number 5:2-4). Indeed, if anyone should ignorantly approach him, he was supposed to cover his upper lip and shout: “Unclean, unclean…” (Leviticus 13:45). So, how does this leper get into a city in Galilee and approach Jesus without being rebuked by anyone, including Jesus for what he has done? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter and the Leper

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Hollywood has produced some really weird films, especially horror flicks. I have to wonder if the idea for those walking dead films doesn’t come from the Bible. In Numbers 12:12 Aaron is speaking with Moses just after both he and their sister, Marion, had spoken out against him. She was struck leprous, and Aaron begged Moses not to let her be as one dead, whose flesh appeared to rot on one’s body during the otherwise normal course of life. One who was leprous was unclean (Leviticus 13:3). The condition spreads over one’s body (Leviticus 13:7-8), and, because contact with others is often contagious, quarantine was necessary (Leviticus 13:46). In the days of ancient Israel, it was incurable (cf. 2Kings 5:7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Tell No Man!

Leprosy - 1Luke tells us that Jesus told the man whom he had cured of his leprosy to tell no man what happened. Rather, he was to go to the priest and offer the sacrifice that Moses prescribed in the Law. Some folks seem to believe that this man disobeyed Jesus, pointing to Mark 1:43-45 where Jesus is said to have “strictly charged” the man, saying: “See that you say nothing to any man…”, but the man published (G2784) abroad what Jesus had done for him! Did Jesus really intend for this healing to be kept secret? If so, why did he say further that the man was to show himself to the priest and offer the appropriate sacrifice as a testimony or a witness to them? It doesn’t make sense for Jesus to say on the one hand: “Tell no one!” but on the other: “Go to the priest and offer the sacrifice according to the Law, as a **witness** to them. How should we understand this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Fishers of Men

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Up until Jesus entered Peter’s boat, Luke shows us how men failed Jesus. They seemed to want to control him and use him for their own ends, like one would a powerful resource. In Nazareth he was met with unbelief, and when Jesus tried to show them the consequences of their unbelief (Luke 4:23-27), they sought to kill him (Luke 4:28-29). The Lord is not a lifeless commodity or spiritless resource we need to control. Just as we enjoy our freedom, so God enjoys his. He doesn’t force us to choose his way, so we shouldn’t seek to compel God to do our will (viz. “naming it and claiming it”). Our simple trust is all he requires. God must be free to give us a negative reply, if our relationship with him is to go anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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