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The Apostles’ Obedience and Faith

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Not long after Jesus calmed the winds and the waves on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:24), there was another voyage on the lake that would be of some significance (cf. Matthew 14:22-33). At that time Jesus walked upon the lake’s waters from where he fed the five thousand to where the disciples had been toiling fruitlessly against the winds. Just as in Luke 8:22-25, Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and row to the other side, and a storm developed during their voyage (Matthew 14:24; cf. Mark 6:48). In Luke’s storm Jesus was asleep in the rear of the boat (Luke 8:23), but in Matthew’s storm Jesus wasn’t with the disciples initially, but he walked to them on the Sea of Galilee and then got into the boat (Matthew 14:22, 25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 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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