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Is Levi Really Matthew, the Apostle?

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Some people today maintain that Levi of Mark and Luke is not Matthew. While both Levi and Matthew are tax-collectors (publicans), it is thought that the writer of the first Gospel was merely trying to reconcile the fact that Levi doesn’t appear among the Twelve in any of the four lists.[1] Why would Mark and Luke record Levi’s conversion (Mark 2:13-15; Luke 5:27-29), if he is never heard of again, not even appearing in any of the lists of the Twelve? So, the theory is that the writer of the first Gospel merely picked an otherwise unknown apostle to be Levi! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Leaving the Past Behind

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Just after Jesus’ first meeting with the leaders of Judaism, he embarked on a series of events that would cause these same doctors of the Law to question his methods. He seemed to make a point of contradicting everything they stood for. Whether it was the company he kept or his personal lifestyle, as it pertained to God, Jesus challenged all men to rethink what they held as true or righteous living. One day, Jesus was watching Levi, a tax collector who probably worked for Herod Antipas, but he could have been working for the Roman oppressor. Jesus said to him, “Follow Me,” and Levi left his old life with all its worldly rewards and followed Jesus (Luke 5:27-28). Did he know Jesus before his call? Was he at least aware of the miracles folks were saying Jesus had done? Luke doesn’t say, but probably Levi at least knew about Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Third Temptation

Third Temptation in Luke

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Luke’s third temptation (Luke 4:9-12) is Matthew’s second (Matthew 4:5-7). Luke, however, deals with this temptation second in order in the body of his text. That is, it comes second in order as we read Luke’s description of all three temptations in Luke 4:16 to Luke 6:49. So, I’ll deal with this temptation, concerning the pinnacle of the Temple, in the order in which Luke places it in his own record (Luke 5:16 to Luke 6:5). It immediately follows Luke’s analysis of the Lord’s first temptation (Luke 4:3-4), which I discussed HERE in a short synopsis of Luke 4:16 to Luke 5:15. All three of Jesus’ temptations took place in Galilee in the wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), according to my understanding, not in the desert of Judea, as has been traditionally assumed.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 25, 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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God Remembers His Covenant

Altar of Incense - 1

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Luke’s infancy narratives are peculiar to Luke’s Gospel. One would find it difficult to connect Luke to Matthew, for example, if all one had were the infancy narratives. Moreover, most of the commentary that concerns itself with the birth of John seems to center around John and his family, rather than pointing toward the coming of Jesus. This is odd, if one considers the fact that John comes to reveal or prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. It was so in John’s ministry, and it should be no less so in his birth. John came as a witness to bear witness to the coming of the Lord. His mission was to prepare for God a people who would be ready for Jesus’ preaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Luke’s Preface

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There have been many presumptions made about the author of Luke’s Gospel narrative, and about how he formulated his narrative and what his purpose was with respect to his recipient, Theophilus, and by extension to us, Luke’s larger audience. It may be fun to explore these ideas further. I hope to do this not only by demanding proof of our more traditional assumptions about Luke and his labor in the Gospel, but also by presenting an alternative perspective that may fit the context of his work better. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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