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Jesus and Demons

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The words Jesus spoke in Capernaum (Luke 4:31-34) must have been similar to what he claimed in Nazareth. In Nazareth Jesus used Scripture to say he was the Messiah, and there the community rose up against him. However, in Capernaum it was a demoniac that rose up against Jesus. One has to wonder if the demoniac in Capernaum tried to do something similar to Jesus that the whole community at Nazareth intended on doing. In other words, the demoniac, at least at first, may have been considered to be in his right mind by the community of Capernaum, because demoniacs, as a rule, are not permitted in the synagogue.[1] The man may even have been a well respected and feared leader in the synagogue. In this context he may have risen up in the assembly to challenge Jesus, saying that his claim to be the Messiah would end in the Romans destroying the nation (cf. Mark 1:24 and John 11:48), or at least the city from which Jesus began gathering a following. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Spoke with Authority

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Luke tells us that, after Jesus left Nazareth, he came to Capernaum and taught there on the Sabbaths (Luke 4:31), and on one Sabbath he was challenged by a man having an unclean spirit (Luke 4:33-34). Whatever one may think of unclean spirits, e.g. demons[1], spirits of the wicked dead[2] or a fractured human spirit that is bent on destroying self or others, the New Testament reveals that Jesus and his disciples had authority over them. It makes no difference what they really are; the point in the New Testament is their power over men is undone by the authority of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Interest in John’s Baptism

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The Gospel writers tell us that there was a great interest in what John was doing. In fact, even Josephus speaks of his ministry and says some Jews reasoned that the later defeat of Herod Antipas’ army to Aretas, king of Arabia, was evidently due to God judgment upon him for his killing John.[1] So, John was a force to be reckoned with, at least according to Josephus, who records that Herod feared John might use his popularity to raise a rebellion against him. The Gospel accounts show John’s public ministry ended with his imprisonment, specifically on charges of John claiming Herod was living in sin, because he had married his brother, Philip’s, wife, Herodias (Luke 3:19-20). Herod probably had John beheaded within a year of his arrest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Contending with John

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It might be significant that immediately before the Jewish authorities’ argument with John’s disciples in John 3:25 that we are told John was not yet cast into prison (John 3:24). Personally, I believe that it is very significant. In fact, I believe the Jewish authorities, in this case probably the Pharisees (John 1:24) are directly responsible for John’ imprisonment. They may have brought along the Herodians (cf. Mark 3:6; 12:16) and got John (or his disciples) to speak against the adulterous marriage of Herod Antipas and Herodias. Once John could be accused of speaking out against Herod, that he was in an adulterous affair, the Herodians could have gone to Herodias to tell her, and she would have gotten Antipas to arrest John. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Is the Wrath to Come?

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In Luke 3:7 John the Baptist warned of the wrath to come. What is John referring to? The wrath to come is actually the coming wrath. That is, it is already present, coming continually upon the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; 5:6; Colossians 3:6). The wrath itself is judgment (John 3:36; Romans 1:18; cf. Romans 8:1, 5). The particular judgment that John referred to concerned the mistreatment of the Jewish nation by the gentiles, which culminated in the Jewish war of 66-70 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Did the Jews Understand Daniel?

Understanding Daniel

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Jesus claimed that the Law and the Prophets were until John (Luke 16:16), and Isaiah spoke of an age, or the time of the Jews’ service, coming to an end in Isaiah 40:2. Isaiah’s prophecy is at the heart of the reason for John’s ministry (Luke 3:4-5; cf. Isaiah 40:3-4). The end of this period marked the beginning of the time when the Kingdom of God was preached (Luke 16:16). In a previous blogpost I argued that the age that came to an end is represented in Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy as the time of the building of the Temple and the waiting for the Messiah, comprising 483 years (cf. Daniel 9:25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Searching for Jesus

Searching for Jesus

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After verifying the angel’s sign, the shepherds first reaction was that they immediately made it known to others, presumably those in the synagogue / inn (Luke 2:16-20). While everyone else simply marveled over what they heard, Mary pondered in her heart what she was told. It is interesting how the shepherd’s reaction contrasts with that of the chief priests and scribes in Matthew’s account (Matthew 2:1-6). The shepherds immediately looked to verify what they were told and glorified God by spreading the good news, but the priests, although they told others where they might find the Messiah, they didn’t look for him, themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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