Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sept. 20, 2016 psalm 81:1-8, Luke 21, psalm 81:9-16, (18)

They read Luke 20 last week , but didn’t discuss much about the warning against teachers of the law or the widows mite. Al asked if Einstein had ever thought about widows mite when he thinks of relativity. Jesus said this generation will not pass away before these things happen. Luke wrote this after the temple had been destroyed and why he would talk about the second coming. People must have thought when the temple was destroyed they must have thought the second coming was imminent. If this is written in the 70s or 80s, Jesus was predicting the history at that time. Verses 16 to 19 the words are written to the individual you not the corporate you. You as an individual need to see this as a person. Many of the scholars think of that time as being about the near history of the Roman rule at that time. The temple had been destroyed several times so it was a safe bet that it might be destroyed again by the Romans. Does it mean that the coming of God will be fulfilled in the near time or sometime in the future. Jesus thought there was going to be a life after death because of his response to the Sadducees’ riddle about who was the true husband. Luke could have been a very wise man as he he tried to write the story of Jesus life. He was trying to convince the non Jew of the life of Jesus. These verses have carried a lot of people to try to forecast the second coming. Do these verses describe the individual and how the second coming is the awakening in our lives of Jesus. We find the interpretation we want to find.

Sept. 13, 2016 Psalm 107:33-40, Luke 19:11-47, Psalm 107:41-43, (22)

This is the parable of the servants given money by a master. He chides them for not making more on what they have. Is he rewarding the shrewdness if the Jewish person. What would happen if they had invested and lost money. 14 and 27 are connected and he kills them off. This is setting the tone for the Psalm Sunday entry emphasizing that we aren’t ready. His kingdom requires a different attitude. Jesus was hated by people because if teachings like this. People go to make a case against them. The subjects hated the merchant and sent a delegation to confront him and he killed them. People had to make choices. Times are tough. Align with the ruler either the Romans or the Christians. And make your choice grow. Now Jesus enters Jerusalem. Does this help with the parable. It doesn’t line up as an allegory but maybe it sounds like a parallel with the ruler in the parable. I find the connection puzzling. The Lord needs the donkey. How did they know who the Lord was. Maybe it is easier to see as a contrast between Jesus and the ruler. In 40 he is talking to the Pharisees and his other enemies. Jesus is emphasizing that he is not the usual kind of ruler but they still kill him. This is more than overthrow Rome. But the people believed in him, but the Pharisees and other enemies sought to kill Jesus. The way he got power was to die as a martyr and his heritage has lived on to this day. Rome destroyed Jerusalem because of the Jewish problem. Maybe the master of the parable is the Romans and they are happy as long as the Jews are making money for them but with the influence of Jesus aligning them with someone not making money for them so they destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish problem of Jesus. In Luke there are a 2 chapters to finish the story.

Sept. 6, 2016 psalm 107:1-18 Luke 18:31-19:10 psalm 107:19-35 (23)

Three passion predictions by Jesus. There were 2 predictions before this in Luke. Other Gospels had them all together. After this a blind person is healed as if to tell them they aren’t seeing. The blind man knew the power of Jesus and had faith in his power. It illustrates the disciples lack of faith, and not understanding the crucifixion. Were fishermen like the disciples practicing Jews. What part of his prediction of the cross did they not get. There doesn’t seem to be a OT reference to the Messiah’s death. There were other would-be Messiahs around who were making. Jesus the man had to die before Jesus as God could come into being. Did the disciples acknowledge Jesus as Messiah? Chuck asks if the second coming has already happening? Will Jesus come just one more time? Many religions look for the continuing revelation. We read on the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus gave half of what he had. He was probably a tax collector for the Romans. When people give their testimony they tell how and why they were lost. Also he vowed to repay 4-fold to anyone I have wronged. Verse 9 says Jesus bestows his forgiveness on Zacchaeus’ house, but then extends it to all sons of Abraham.