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The Widow of Nain

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After he healed the centurion’s servant at some distance from where the young man lay dying (Luke 7:2, 8-10), Jesus went to the town of Nain with his disciples, and a large crowd of people followed him (Luke 7:11). Nain was about 25 miles southwest of Capernaum and about 6 miles southeast of Nazareth. In fact, Nain was easily visible from the hill upon which Nazareth was built, if one looked across its southern valley. As he approached the city gates of Nain, Jesus saw a funeral was taking place. A young man, the only son of a widow, was being carried out of the city (Luke 7:12, 14). As Jesus looked upon the woman who walked ahead of the bier, he had compassion on her and told her not to cry (Luke 7:13). Then Jesus touched the bier and stopped the funeral from proceeding. Having done this, he spoke to the dead young man, command him to arise, and Jesus delivered him to his mother (Luke 7:14-15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 17, 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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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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Physician Heal Yourself!

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What did Jesus mean when he mentioned the proverb: ‘physician, heal yourself’ in connection with his rejection at Nazareth? Is it only a Jewish proverb?[1] Actually, it can be found similarly stated in secular literature too.[2] In the Bible it is found only in Luke, but, whether Luke is quoting Jesus exactly or paraphrasing, the statement does certainly seem to be an expression of sarcasm against Jesus’ claim about himself in Luke 4:19. The problem is the attitude is self defeating. Jesus’ words were words of grace, which was admitted by all (Luke 4:22). To demand grace is illogical. One cannot demand what one does not deserve or has no claim upon. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 15, 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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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

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As I said previously, many believe Jesus was living in Capernaum by the time Luke began his record of Jesus’ public ministry (cf. Luke 4:23). [1] Nevertheless, whether Jesus was visiting his hometown of Nazareth or living there, he went into the synagogue and was probably asked by the ruler or president of the synagogue to read from the Scriptures and teach from them that Sabbath day (Luke 4:16). Synagogues were the center of Jewish life in the first century AD. They not only served as centers for prayer and worship, but often for formal education for local Jewish families, as well. Indeed, they functioned as courtrooms for the local sanhedrin (not to be confused with the supreme Sanhedrin at Jerusalem), and punishment was administered there in the local synagogue (Deuteronomy 25:3; cf. Mark 13:9; 2Corinthians 11:24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and the Jewish Lectionary System

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Luke sums up Jesus’ Galilean ministry with his coming into Galilee from the Jordan (see John 1:43; cf. 1:35-39 and Luke 4:1)[1] and teaching in the synagogues, concluding that all of what Jesus said and did was under the powerful influence of the Holy Spirit. In doing this, Luke wasn’t saying that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit when he returned into Galilee in contrast to other times when he was not filled. Rather, Jesus was always filled with the Spirit in all of what he said or did, and Luke so concludes here in his summation of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 4:14-15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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