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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).

Jairus’ Heart

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One may understand from the reading of the Parable of the Sower, that the people who have a heart for Jesus (their hearts = “the good ground” – Luke 8:8, 15) are people who are also strong in their faith. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case when one considers the meaning in the light of what occurs later in chapter eight of Luke. Who would consider a recently healed demoniac as someone having strong faith? Moreover, consider the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years. It seems her understanding bordered on the occult rather than the Scriptures, and once she was healed, Jesus had to cause her to come forward and admit what had happened to her. Only when she did this was she able to receive a better understanding of what had occurred to her. These are not incidents of great faith, but weak faith. Nevertheless, they do represents the hearts that Jesus calls good ground in the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:8, 15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2019 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 September 11, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Knowledge and the New Creation

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As Jesus moved through the thronging crowd of people on his way to the home of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue at Capernaum, a woman who had a menstrual problem for twelve years came up behind him, touched him, was healed and disappeared back into the thronging crowd. Jesus turned around and asked: “Who touched me?” The question I wish to pose is: did Jesus know who touched him, and if not, how could the woman be healed without Jesus’ prior knowledge? Every healing Jesus had done up to this point was a purposeful healing. Jesus knew what he was doing, and he did it. If Jesus knew he was about to heal the woman, why did he phrase his question as he did? Some scholarship wants to questions Jesus’ knowledge, while others seem to want to give Jesus omniscience as a man. What can we say about these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Healing versus Sorcery

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After the woman who had secretly touched Jesus from behind in order to be healed came forward, Jesus said to her “Shalom, (or be at peace), your faith has saved you!” (Luke 8:48). Apparently, the woman may have taken part in a number of healing efforts conducted by “spiritual healers” of Jesus’ day. It is interesting that the original text of Luke, the beloved physician (cf. Colossians 4:14), doesn’t mention that the woman spent all her living on physicians who couldn’t heal her. That is, what we find in Luke 8:43 in some translations is contested by some scholars, but that phrase and others pertaining to physicians is found in Mark and is uncontested. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2019 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 September 4, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living Out the Parable of the Sower

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Luke tells us that the people gladly received Jesus when he returned and, in fact, were waiting for him (Luke 8:26, 40). If Jesus had been simply visiting towns along the coast of the Sea of Galilee, no one could have expected Jesus to return to their village. Therefore, Jesus must have returned to his home town, Capernaum. It is the only city on the coast of the lake that could have rightfully expected him to return. Knowing this, and understanding that folks came to Jesus out of every city (Luke 8:4), puts the timeline of these events during a Jewish festival, probably the Feast of Purim that occurred in the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Believer’s Shema

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Luke records the incident of Jesus quieting the storm on the Sea of Galilee immediately following Jesus’ remark concerning who his true family is. Jesus claimed his (spiritual) family is made up of those who both hear and do the word of God. An interesting point is brought out by Dr. Robert Utley in his commentary[1] on Luke 8:21: “This reflects the Hebrew word Shema (cf. Deuteronomy 5:1; 6:4), which means hear so as to do (cf. Luke 11:28)…”[2] The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4) is the beginning of a great Jewish prayer recited twice daily. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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