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Jesus and Demons

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The words Jesus spoke in Capernaum (Luke 4:31-34) must have been similar to what he claimed in Nazareth. In Nazareth Jesus used Scripture to say he was the Messiah, and there the community rose up against him. However, in Capernaum it was a demoniac that rose up against Jesus. One has to wonder if the demoniac in Capernaum tried to do something similar to Jesus that the whole community at Nazareth intended on doing. In other words, the demoniac, at least at first, may have been considered to be in his right mind by the community of Capernaum, because demoniacs, as a rule, are not permitted in the synagogue.[1] The man may even have been a well respected and feared leader in the synagogue. In this context he may have risen up in the assembly to challenge Jesus, saying that his claim to be the Messiah would end in the Romans destroying the nation (cf. Mark 1:24 and John 11:48), or at least the city from which Jesus began gathering a following. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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This Day this Scripture is Fulfilled

Spirit of the Lord is upon me -1

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It is interesting that Matthew punctuates his entire Gospel with the theme of Christ fulfilling all things under the Old Covenant. Luke doesn’t do that. Rather, except for a few statements in the final week of Jesus’ public ministry, Luke brackets the whole of Jesus’ words and deeds between Luke 4:19 and 24:44 under the theme of what in Scripture was to be fulfilled. Here in Luke 4:19 Jesus claimed he was the Messiah by saying Isaiah 61 was fulfilled in the ears of his family and friends at Nazareth. Then in Luke 24:44 Jesus told his disciples in the upper room that all things in the Law, Prophets and Writings (Psalms) that were written about him had to have been fulfilled by him. Luke sets forth these two Scriptures as an inclusio.[1] That is, everything that falls between these two verses, he intends for us (and his addressee, Theophilus – Luke 1:3) to understand they concern Jesus fulfilling the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

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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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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Unto Us a Child Is Born

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The Scripture records that Mary brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7). It was her firstborn, but the Scripture also denies that Joseph had any part in Jesus’ conception (Luke 1:34-35; cf. Matthew 1:18-20). This scene recalls to us the prophecy of Isaiah that a “virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:11). Of course many interpretations have been made of this Scripture in order to disclaim its most obvious understanding. However, it is interesting to note that the disclaimers come only after the public ministry of Jesus. Religious folks were not so unbelieving prior to Jesus coming on the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus in an Historical Context

Historical Jesus

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By placing the birth of Jesus in the context of other historical figures, Luke does what no other writer of religion does. He places the main character in an historical context. Jesus is not a myth made up to accommodate a belief. Neither is he a legend that might be a part of history but is unable to be proved. Rather, ancient historians speak of Jesus: Josephus, Pliny, Tacitus, Suetonius, Mara Bar-Serapion, Thallus, Lucian and the Talmud. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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