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Acceptable Sabbath Worship

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Luke begins the next portion of his record (Luke 6) with an unusual phrase: “And it came to pass on the second Sabbath after the first… (Luke 6:1a – KJV). Some manuscripts have an easier reading: “And it came to pass on the Sabbath…[1] However, other manuscripts[2] have a more difficult reading: as in the KJV above or as some translations have it: “And it came to pass on the second first Sabbath…” Scholars prefer the second and more difficult reading, but the reader must decide for himself. It is important to the context, but, if it should be the more difficult reading, what does it mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus of Nazareth—Messiah!

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When Jesus was at Nazareth on the particular Sabbath that Isaiah 61:1-2a was to be read, it turned out to be a fateful day for the whole world. The Messiah, in the person of the Son of God had finally come. He was important not only to the Jews as their promised royal descendant of David, but he was also important to the gentiles through God’s promise to Eve (Genesis 3:15). In fact, according to the Jewish Targum on Genesis 4, Eve thought Cain was the promised Messiah, believing the Savior would come immediately. It is really thought provoking that she presumed the Messiah would be the Angel of the Lord: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Age and Genealogy

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Only Luke reveals Jesus’ age when he began his public ministry. He was about 30 years old (Luke 3:23). That is, he was born in the autumn of 3 BC,[1] and the time of Jesus baptism was in the 16th year of the reign of Tiberius (27 AD) or one year after John began his ministry (cf. Luke 3:1),[2] making Jesus a full 29 years of age, but in his 30th year (29 to 30 years of age was his 30th year from birth). Some interpreters have tried to draw parallels between Jesus age and the age of Levites entering their service of the Tabernacle (Numbers 4:3 etc.), but I don’t believe this can be done, since Luke really doesn’t commit himself to a full thirty years of age for Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Luke’s Birth Account of Jesus

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If Luke is writing to the then current high priest of the Jews, the stories he tells of Jesus would have to be important to his overall theme, which is to convict Theophilus of the sins of the priesthood, repent and accept the Gospel of the Kingdom, which offers Jesus as Savior through his crucifixion and resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Born in a Stable

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Should we expect an animal stable to be the place for the long awaited Messiah (Luke 2:7; cf. Matthew 2:1-8)? No we should not. In fact, the Magi in Matthew’s account ended up in Herod’s palace in pursuit of the Messiah. The point is that the Davidic line was powerless (Luke 1:48, 52). The Jews were ruled by a priestly line that came to power through bribery. They were appointed by authorities who weren’t Jewish. Is it any wonder that the Messiah had no place among them (cf. John 1:10-11)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Magnificat

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Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1:46-55 has been called The Magnificat for centuries. The title comes from the opening word of the Vulgate’s[1] hymn of praise at this point in Luke’s Gospel. Did Mary compose these words immediately and extemporaneously after Elizabeth’s greeting (Luke 1:41-45)? It is possible, I suppose, but Mary was a reflective person (Luke 2:19, 51). She may have composed part of it immediately and the rest later (or the whole), in the three months she stayed with and served Elizabeth. We simply don’t know for certain, but it is a beautiful hymn, which testifies of Mary’s reflective nature and her own knowledge of the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Course of Abijah

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Luke tells us in Luke 1:5 that the officiating priest, Zacharias was of the course of Abia. Once the Temple was built by Solomon, the duties of the priests and Levites would have to change, because the whole idea of building a Temple of God in a fixed location at Jerusalem meant the mobile Tabernacle, which was packed up and carried from one place to another, would be replaced. Duties concerning how one served God with respect to where his Presence dwelt would of necessity change as well. Therefore, David organized the priests (and the Levites) into 24 courses (1Chronicles 24:1-31). Notice that the course of Abijah was the eighth of the priestly divisions (1Chronicles 24:10). Abijah in 1Chronicles 24:10 is the same course as Abia of Luke 1:5. Zacharias was officiating in the Temple according to the time when the eighth division served out its responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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