Posts from February 2020

Posts from February 2020

Don’t wear a mask – Luke 12:1-12

Tens of thousands of people are gathered and trampling upon one another to hear Jesus. Jesus warns them to avoid the yeast of the Pharisees. In Aramaic ‘yeast’ and ‘words’ are homographs. Homographs are words with the same spelling and sound but with different meanings. When Jesus says beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, he is warning people to beware of their words and…

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37 How does a person come to inherit eternal life? Interestingly Jesus has just privately explained to the disciples that it comes through the Father and the Son revealing. To the expert in the law, Jesus says that eternal life comes through obeying the law. We know however that obeying the law is only possible with the above revelation. It seems this expert in…

Anyone to whom the son chooses

Luke 10:21-24, 38-42 Luke often says of someone that they are blessed (literally ‘happy in life experiencing God’s favor’). Usually it is because a person has come to know God through Jesus. This is one of the reasons why in contrast to Martha Jesus commends Mary who sits at his feet listening to his words. Notice also that Martha is anxious and troubled about many things…

Satan fell like lightning

Luke 10:17-20 When the seventy-two return from their mission they are full of joy. Their stated reason is because “even the demons are subject to us in your name!” Jesus affirms they are correct. What does Jesus mean when he says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”? For Satan to fall from heaven is for him to experience a defeat. His not being in the heavens…

Wiping dust from one’s feet

Luke 10:10-16 Jesus warns the seventy-two that as they preach the kingdom, they will face opposition and rejection. When this happens, they are too wipe the dust off their feet as a sign and warning to them. The warning is that the kingdom of God has indeed come and as they reject the messengers (and therefore the message), so too God will reject them just as a person…

The Lord of the harvest

Luke 10:1-9 Having previously sent out the twelve on mission, Jesus now sends out seventy-two others. His reference to the harvest being plentiful is the source of our speaking of “the mission field”. Who is the Lord of the harvest? The Father? The Son? The Holy Spirit? In amazing that praying to the Lord will result in his sending out more laborers. This would be a good…
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