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The Prayers of Jesus – Part Two

Prayers of Jesus

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Previously, I wrote of Luke recording Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel narrative.[1] In that post I offered my thoughts on the first six of those prayers. Here I intend to offer a brief survey concerning what I believe the final five mean for us. It has been an unexpected blessing for me to study these eleven Scriptures in their contexts. I hope and pray that I keep in mind what I have learned, because experience tells me that it is all too easy to settle back in one’s old, familiar ways. May God keep me from doing that. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2020 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Transfiguration and the Apostles

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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Where Was Jesus’ Transfiguration

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Some scholars have claimed that Jesus’ Transfiguration occurred on one of the mountains near Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon is a popular suggestion. Still others have suggested it occurred on the top of Mt. Tabor, which is located in lower Galilee, near the Valley of Jezreel. Other locations, having less support, have been put forward including Mt. Sinai. Nevertheless, one would have to say little can be known for certain, about where Jesus’ Transfiguration occurred. It is, therefore, with some degree of trepidation that I propose yet one more mountain that, as far as I know, has never been suggested, although it seems to fit in the context of Jesus’ activity, as we see him ministering in the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter’s Great Confession

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In Luke 9:20 we find that Peter claimed that Jesus was the “Christ of God!” This is the first time anyone has ever made that confession. Earlier the nameless multitudes claimed Jesus was the Prophet who should come (John 6:14), and earlier still even some of the disciples said Jesus was the Messiah (Christ). Peter’s brother, Andrew, told Peter he had found the Christ (John 1:41). About the same time Philip went to Nathanael to say he had found the one Moses said would come (John 1:45), and when Nathanael found Jesus he agreed (John 1:49). Yet, none of these were like Peter’s confession. Andrew repeated what John the Baptist had told him, and he, together with Philip and Nathanael were merely impressed with what Jesus said to them. They reacted to circumstance, but didn’t really think it all through in their hearts like Peter did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter and the Leper

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Hollywood has produced some really weird films, especially horror flicks. I have to wonder if the idea for those walking dead films doesn’t come from the Bible. In Numbers 12:12 Aaron is speaking with Moses just after both he and their sister, Marion, had spoken out against him. She was struck leprous, and Aaron begged Moses not to let her be as one dead, whose flesh appeared to rot on one’s body during the otherwise normal course of life. One who was leprous was unclean (Leviticus 13:3). The condition spreads over one’s body (Leviticus 13:7-8), and, because contact with others is often contagious, quarantine was necessary (Leviticus 13:46). In the days of ancient Israel, it was incurable (cf. 2Kings 5:7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 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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I Am a Sinful Man Oh Lord!

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Often those people who wish to tell us that there is more than one way to God are actually irreligious people. They neither attend any religious service regularly (Christian or otherwise) or show any concern for God and his ways, other than to parrot the claim that more than one road leads to God. It is astonishing that they are taken so seriously. In any other way of life they would be brushed off as ignorant people who have no idea about what they claim. Would a doctor take a stone mason’s remedy for cancer seriously? Would an astronomer take into consideration what a man told him about the moon, simply because the man owned a pair of field glasses? Would the star quarterback on the losing team in the Super Bowl believe what the Monday-morning-quarterbacks claimed went wrong in the game, just before they got into their vans to deliver their company’s goods to the local stores? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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