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Love Your Enemies!

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The world’s standard of behavior is to treat others as they have treated you, which seems to be the worldview also taught by the rabbis in the 1st century AD (cf. Matthew 5:38, 43). Almost like a prophetic warning in 1965 America, Jackie DeShannon recorded What the World Needs Now Is Love[1] just as the Viet Nam War was escalating. What the world needed in the 1st century AD (Luke 6:35) and what the world needed in 1965 and what it has always needed is love, and Jesus gave us an example to follow (Romans 5:6-8), not that we need to die as he did, but that we need to have the same attitude Jesus had (cf. Philippians 2:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Should We Treat Our Enemies?

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In Luke 6:27-36 Jesus connects those who are rich, full and content with the status quo (Luke 6:24-26) with both the enemies of the Gospel and the enemies of the poor (the hungry, those who weep). Jesus claims that the evidence shows the rich (as a rule) hate the poor and the hungry, separating themselves from their company. Moreover (as a rule), they will defame those who embrace the hope given the poor by Christ, sending them away as though they were guilty of the world’s ills (cf. Luke 6:22). In recent history the America rich and powerful did this with the Blacks and even the Jews. Most recently they do it with illegal immigrants Nevertheless, Jesus’ disciples are called upon to love their enemies (Luke 6:27a), but what does that mean, and what does loving one’s enemy look like in real life? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sermon on the Plain

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Luke’s record of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry seems to be set in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. It was a time of harvest (Luke 6:1), and the fact that it was the grain harvest, indicates it was the later harvest in the year. It was a time of pilgrimages to Jerusalem, when men journeyed to appear before the Lord at the Temple. It was also a time for folks in Jerusalem and Judea to celebrate with folks in Galilee and rejoice together over how the Lord had made them a people, a nation among the nations of the world. From time to time, Jesus would go to Jerusalem to celebrate the great annual Holy Days that pointed to God’s blessings upon his people during their history, but sometimes he chose to celebrate those days in Galilee. The latter was true for the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, because this was the time he chose his apostles, and at least most of them would come from the folks in Galilee. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Life in Adam and Life in Christ

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It was during these days (cf. Mark 3:6-14; Luke 6:11-13 – i.e. the Feast of Tabernacles), that Jesus withdrew to meet with his Father in solitude on a mountain. After praying all night, he chose his twelve apostles from the disciples following him (Luke 6:12-16). It was at this time that he taught them what is summarized in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5, 6 & 7). After coming down the mount he met a multitude and healed them of all their diseases. In doing so, Jesus began to repeat key phrases of the sermon here on the plane, teaching the disciples through his works what he had told them on the mountain (Luke 6:17-49). [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unveiling a Paradox

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And it came to pass in those days… (Luke 6:12), that is, in the context of my present study those days fall within the seven day festival of the Feast of Tabernacles. In the larger context it needs to be remembered that all of these days mentioned in Luke 4-5 incorporate the days in which Jesus was in the wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), being tempted on three fronts: to give the people what they wanted—when they wanted it (Luke 4:3), to perform miracles according to the will of those demanding the signs (Luke 4:9-11), and to take the reins of leadership by force (Luke 4:5-7) and, through such mighty power, to compel men (including enemies) to obey. During those days Jesus craved communion with his Father, where he was fed (spiritually), while he remained in the wilderness of people—a wilderness of unbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Choosing the Twelve

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It seems that the selection of the twelve disciples who would be called Apostles, came only after the Jewish authorities initial opposition and rejection of Jesus. I don’t mean to imply that the selection of the Apostles was an afterthought, or that Jesus was initiating plan-b, but I do believe that, before Jesus chose who his representatives would be, it had to be shown that the leaders of the nation had rejected him. Therefore, he chose the Twelve to be with him out of a larger number of disciples. These would be the ones in whom he would entrust the success of his own ministry to the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Caretakers of the Vineyard!

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Late in his ministry Jesus spoke a parable before the people and the Jewish leaders (Luke 20:9-19). There he spoke of God planting a vineyard (the Jewish people), letting it out (giving the oversight) to certain men among the Jews (viz. the priesthood of Aaron; cf. Leviticus 8:10-11; Deuteronomy 24:8; 33:8-10) In the course of time God sent his Son (the Messiah) to receive the fruit of what was his (Luke 20:13). The problem is that the caretakers had become corrupt and never intended to release the fruit of the vineyard to its owner. Rather, they intended to steal it by killing, God’s Son, the Heir (Luke 20:14). However, although they were able to kill Jesus, the Son of God, (Luke 20:15), their plan to usurp the inheritance was seen for what it was and foiled from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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