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Choosing Between Life and Death

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Probably the calling and sending out of the Seventy was a temporary commission, unlike that of the Apostles, who held their offices permanently. I say temporary, because there seems to be an element of judgment attached to their mission. Jesus points to a “day” when those who heard them would have to answer for how seriously the audience of the Seventy took their words (cf. Luke 10:12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith and Authority

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After completing their pilgrimage of at least eight-days in Jerusalem, Jesus took his disciples and returned to Galilee. What occurs next is recorded in Matthew and Mark, and actually takes place after they reached Galilee (Luke 9:44-45; Matthew 17:22-23). Except for the minor setback with the little boy, the apostles were on a spiritual high! They were very enthusiastic and in awe over the events that transpired during the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus had put down all of his enemies, and it seemed that no one would dare come against him! Nevertheless, Jesus arrived back in Galilee just like he left, in secret (Mark 9:30; cf. John 7:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Do You Say I Am?

Who Do You Say I Am - 1For awhile Jesus had been planting seed about himself (compare the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13). He cast the seed all over Galilee, the Decapolis, Samaria, and parts of Phoenicia and Syria. Many just didn’t get it. Their hearts were hard. Others received it with joy, but fell away when things got too rough (John 6:66). Still some received his word like Judas, who was probably a Zealot like Simon his father. Judas received Jesus as a useful figure for his own political ends, which also is most likely the reason he stole from Jesus (John 12:4-6). Nevertheless, the other disciples held on to Jesus just as Jacob did with the Angel of the Lord (Genesis 32:24-30). They endured the violence the word of God did to their traditional beliefs and the violence of shame for being associated with Jesus, when all others forsook him (John 6:66; cf. John 17:14 and Luke 22:28). The seed was planted in the good ground of their hearts and began to bear fruit at Caesarea Philippi. Jesus posed the question, “Who do you say I am?” The evidence of one’s feeding on Jesus as our Bread of Life is made manifest in the revelation of an inner fellowship with our Father (cf. Luke 9:20; Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; John 6:69 with Matthew 16:17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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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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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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