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No Greater Prophet

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After John’s disciples left to return to John with a message from Jesus (Luke 7:24), Jesus turned to the people who remained. They seemed to have been aware of the fact that John questioned the direction of Jesus’ ministry, and it seemed obvious that he had expressed some displeasure in what Jesus was and was not doing. Some of those people may have been offended with John’s request, but Jesus was not. Therefore, Jesus turned to the people and asked them why they went out of the cities in order to hear John. What did they expect to find? They could not have expected to find someone tossed by the wind (Luke 7:24), because John wasn’t fickle with words. That is, people couldn’t take John’s words to mean anything they interpreted them to mean (cf. 1Corinthians 1:17). They knew John wasn’t double-minded. They knew he wasn’t tossed and carried away by every wind of doctrine (James 1:6-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How John Handled His Doubts

Faith Erases Doubt

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Immediately after Jesus raised up the dead son of the widow of Nain, the people began spreading the news throughout all the regions of Galilee and into Judea that a great Prophet had arisen among them. The sense of this remark is that they referred to the Prophet whom Moses predicted would come (Deuteronomy 18:15). This Prophet would be similar to Moses in that he would show the Jews how they must behave. He would be a Second Moses; the Targum Jonathan calls him the Second Deliverer at Deuteronomy 18:15. His coming implied Moses (i.e. the Law) was not enough. Either changes had to be made or a deeper meaning had to be revealed. Moreover, if anyone didn’t listen and obey this Deliverer, God, himself, would call that person into account (Deuteronomy 18:18-19). What is interesting at this point is who began to doubt Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 22, 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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Filled with the Spirit!

Spirit Filled

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It was said of John the Baptist that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth (Luke 1:15), and the Scriptures tell us that, after Jesus was baptized and returned from the Jordan, he was full of the Holy Spirit and continually led by the Spirit in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). Does this mean that Jesus wasn’t filled with the Holy Spirit from birth as John had been or that his filling was any different from that of John? I don’t think so, and the Scriptures don’t conclude that Jesus didn’t have the Spirit of God before his baptism, but was anointed with the Spirit at that time. Any difference one might see between the filling of Jesus and John should be defined by the capacity of the vessel to receive the Spirit (cf.1Kings 8:11; John 3:34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 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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Jesus and Samuel the Prophet

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I find it interesting that both Mary and Zacharias refer to Hannah’s song of praise in their own songs (1Samuel 2:1-10),[1] and Luke shows a parallel in the early lives of both Jesus and Samuel. Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth (Luke 2:40) where Jesus spent his life before his public ministry. At the age of 12 Jesus returned to Jerusalem at the time of the Passover with his parents (Luke 2:41-42) and caused alarm when he remained in Jerusalem unbeknownst to Joseph and Mary, as they took their journey back to Nazareth (Luke 2:43-.45). It has been said that the women began their journey home before the men, while faster paced men lingered at Jerusalem but were easily able to catch up to the slower traveling women by the day’s end.[2] It appears Mary thought Jesus lingered with the men, while Joseph thought he left earlier with his mother. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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