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Unveiling a Paradox

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And it came to pass in those days… (Luke 6:12), that is, in the context of my present study those days fall within the seven day festival of the Feast of Tabernacles. In the larger context it needs to be remembered that all of these days mentioned in Luke 4-5 incorporate the days in which Jesus was in the wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), being tempted on three fronts: to give the people what they wanted—when they wanted it (Luke 4:3), to perform miracles according to the will of those demanding the signs (Luke 4:9-11), and to take the reins of leadership by force (Luke 4:5-7) and, through such mighty power, to compel men (including enemies) to obey. During those days Jesus craved communion with his Father, where he was fed (spiritually), while he remained in the wilderness of people—a wilderness of unbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Strange Things and Paradoxes

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Luke tells us that the response to Jesus’ healing of the man stricken with palsy in connection with his saying that the man’s sins were forgiven was paradoxical. The scribes and Pharisees claimed that they “saw strange things today!” (Luke 5:26) The Greek word for strange things is paradoxos (G3861), from which we get our word paradox. The question is then, ‘what was the paradox that Jesus laid before the Pharisees and the doctors of the Law that they found so difficult to embrace? The healing, itself, astonished everyone—both the people and the leaders. Nevertheless, the power or authority behind the healing is what left the leaders of the people speechless and without a comfortable explanation. In fact, Mark tells us that these leaders had never seen their beliefs carried out in this fashion (Mark 2:12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Power Was Present to Heal Them

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For the first time in his Gospel record, Luke mentions the Pharisees (Luke 5:17), and he places them with the doctors of the Law, called scribes in Mark 2:6 and Matthew 9:3. The interesting thing in Luke is that they are come from all over the land of the Jews, Galilee, Judea and even Jerusalem. Jesus’ public ministry was begun only a week or two prior to the incident in Luke 5:17, so his fame couldn’t have already spread to Judea. Therefore, an explanation is needed to account for such a large and varied representation of Jewish authorities in Galilee, and the annul Jewish Festivals provide a logical reason for their presence. The fact that a few days later the disciples of Jesus were in the ripe grain fields in Luke 6:1 indicates that the time of Luke 5 is during the fall festivals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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