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The Apostles’ Failure to Obey Jesus

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Just after he delivered the Parable of the Sower (Mark4:1-2, 35) while in a boat near Capernaum, Jesus told his disciples to launch out and go to the other side of the lake (Luke 8:22). The lake is the Sea of Galilee, which is in the shape of a spear from north to south with a decided bulge on the west side. Capernaum is situated on the northwest end of the lake near the River Jordan, which flows through the lake from the north and out its southern coast. The lake is about 140 feet deep at its deepest point and approximately 700 feet below sea level, making it the lowest fresh water lake on earth, second overall only the Dead Sea which the Jordan River empties into. The Sea of Galilee is about 8 miles across at its widest point and about 13 miles long.[1] Jesus’ voyage from Capernaum to Gerasenes was about seven to eight miles on a southeast diagonal. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Fruitfulness of God’s Word

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In Luke 8:16 Jesus changes from a planting theme to the subject of light. Jesus used this theme previously in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:15). Luke shows that Jesus repeated such themes when they served his purpose in teaching his disciples. Here, Jesus tells us that light cannot be hid, and light in this context is the word of God (Luke 8:16; cf. Psalm 119:105; cf. 2Peter 1:12-21). While one might conclude that the light that cannot be hid is the believer (cf. Matthew 5:14), the context in Luke seems to indicate it is the word of God (cf. Luke 8:11). Up to this point Jesus had been speaking of the fruitfulness (or lack thereof) of the word of God in a man’s heart. I believe he continues to do so, as he changes the symbol to light. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Devil

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The name devil (diabolos – G1228) is defined as slanderer. The Scriptures also refer to the devil as the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). Jesus tells us that Judas Iscariot was a devil (John 6:70-71), implying that he was a false accuser or a slanderer. Jesus could have meant this to show Judas slandered his enemies, but Jesus may also be implying Judas was slandering Jesus in some manner. Perhaps when Judas was sent out to preach the Gospel (cf. Luke 9:1-2), he may have preached a messiah more to his liking (cf. John 12:34), than what Jesus told him to say. In any case, Jesus revealed in Luke 8:12 that it is the devil who removes the word of God (the ‘seed’ in the parable) from the hearts of men. This attaches a kind of omnipresence to a being other than God, unless it can be shown Jesus doesn’t mean to say an actual spirit being takes the word of God out of the hearts of men. Our modern theology seems to make the Devil, called Satan, into a kind of god who possesses God-like powers, but this is impossible. Only the Lord is God, and no one is able to oppose him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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It’s a Matter of the Heart

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After delivering the Parable of the Sower, Jesus revealed privately to his disciples that the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11), which is sown in a man’s heart (Luke 8:12, 15). The hearts of some men are described in Luke 8:5-8 in varying degrees of receptiveness to the word of God, which is what makes the hearts of men useful to the Kingdom of God. In Luke’s first example, he tells us that some men’s hearts are just too hard for spiritual life (Luke 8:5, 12). The hearts of these men are trodden down, as though their hearts had no value (Matthew 7:6; cf. Hebrews 10:29) The birds eat the seed deposited there, so the word of God is never permitted to take root so that these men might consider the will of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Context of the Parable of the Sower

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As Jesus entered his second year of public ministry, some women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna, mentioned in Luke 8:2-3, became his financial supporters in the same vein as the women who sustained Elijah (1Kings 17:1, 9-16) and Elisha (2Kings 4:8-11). It appears that Luke mentions these women here in order to identify figures he mentioned previously in Luke 7. The mother of the Roman centurion’s servant is Joanna,[1] the widow of Nain is Susanna, and the unnamed woman at the Pharisee’s dinner held in Jesus’ honor is Mary Magdalene. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who is Luke’s Joanna?

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Luke mentions a woman named Joanna in Luke 8:3 where she is identified as the wife of Herod’s steward, Chuza, and Luke tells us that she was one of the women who ministered to Jesus from her own wealth. Later, in Luke 24:10 we are told that Joanna was one of the women who visited the tomb of Jesus and found it empty, but she learned from an angel who appeared to her and others at the tomb that Jesus had risen. Both she and the women with her ran to the apostles and told them. This is all that can be clearly understood from the Gospel narratives, because only Luke mentions her in these two places of his work. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Mary Magdalene

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I am surprised with the dogmatism of commentaries that show their authors had studied the Scriptures referring to Mary Magdalene and the unnamed woman sinner in Luke 7:36-50, and, almost with a single voice, conclude identification of the unnamed woman is impossible. This is especially true, if one tries to show Mary Magdalene is the woman in Luke 7 who is known to be a sinner. In fact, some commentators even conclude it would be impossible to say Mary was a great sinner at all, despite the fact that Luke tells us Jesus had cast out seven demons from her (Luke 8:2). While it is true the demonic possession was viewed as an illness in the 1st century AD, it is also true that, because Jesus forgave sins through the miracle of healing (cf. Luke 5:23-24), sinful behavior was understood to be manifest in an illness or demonic possession. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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