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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 Authority of Jesus

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Authority is a strange thing. One cannot see authority, touch it, smell it, hear it or taste it. In other words, authority is something we may know and understand, but such a thing cannot be witnessed through our five senses. Nevertheless, we know when we are in the presence of authority. A man of authority is able to move many men to act according to his will, and some men are able to move nations by the word of their power. Jesus represented Heaven, so he spoke and acted out of the authority of God. It is interesting to see, as we read the Gospel narratives, who recognizes Jesus’ authority and who does not. One may even be surprised with the fact that the very men, who were given authority over God’s people, were unwilling to recognize God’s authority over them in the person of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Doers and the Hearers

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Jesus concludes his sermon on the plain by pointing to those who address him saying: “Lord, Lord…” (Luke 6:46). He also concluded his sermon on the mount with people addressing him in the same manner, but in Matthew 7:21-22 Jesus pointed to the false teacher who had done many evil works. In Luke 6:46, on the other hand, Jesus directed his words to disciples who call out to him: “Lord, Lord…” but they don’t act like they want to hear what he says to them. Jesus is asking: What purpose is your cry: “Lord, Lord…”[1] if you have no interest in what I say? If one addresses the Lord, shouldn’t he listen for his reply? This seems to be what Jesus is asking. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Fishers of Men

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Up until Jesus entered Peter’s boat, Luke shows us how men failed Jesus. They seemed to want to control him and use him for their own ends, like one would a powerful resource. In Nazareth he was met with unbelief, and when Jesus tried to show them the consequences of their unbelief (Luke 4:23-27), they sought to kill him (Luke 4:28-29). The Lord is not a lifeless commodity or spiritless resource we need to control. Just as we enjoy our freedom, so God enjoys his. He doesn’t force us to choose his way, so we shouldn’t seek to compel God to do our will (viz. “naming it and claiming it”). Our simple trust is all he requires. God must be free to give us a negative reply, if our relationship with him is to go anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Unfavorable Contrast

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In Luke 4:25-27 Jesus unfavorably contrasted his countrymen, his neighbors at Nazareth, with two gentiles, one from Sidon and the other from Syria. Both the widow, whose food supply never failed because of the word of Elijah, and the leper, who was healed by the prophet, Elisha, believed the word of God. In other words they let the word, as it was spoken by the prophet, bear fruit in their lives. Yet, the Nazarenes wouldn’t allow this to occur with Jesus’ words. Rather, they demanded him, as though he ruled over the power that rested upon him, to do a miracle and prove who he claimed to be (cf. Luke 4:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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No Prophet Is Accepted in His Own Town

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One way of looking at these first events in Jesus’ public life is that Nazareth is in some degree like Cana (John 2:1).[1] What do I mean? Well, the meaning of the word Cana is “place of reeds” (Kana – G2580).[2] A reed was used as a unit of measure (Ezekiel 40:3, 5-8; Revelation 11:1) of six great cubits (Ezekiel 41:8) or about 9 feet. What I find interesting is that the town of Nazareth was measuring Jesus as they would one of their own (Luke 4:22b). It is difficult to see or understand the importance of a person when we think we know all there is to know about him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Whatever We Have Heard…

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Some folks who try to harmonize the Gospels believe that the time when Jesus came to Nazareth in Luke 4 is the same time he came to Nazareth in Matthew 13 and Mark 6, but this is not so. Rather, the other Synoptics are the fulfillment of what Jesus prophesied in Luke 4:23. Notice what Jesus said in Luke:

Luke 4:23 KJV  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. (emphasis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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