Category Archives: Luke

October 25, 2016 psalm 120, I Peter 1:1-12, psalm 121, (21)

It might be written by Sylvanis, Peters secretary. It was written to the dispersion as an evangelical piece. Some say it is like Paul and could have been part of the writings of Paul and his associates. Take this is the word of God whether or not it is written by Peter. It was probably written for converted Jews. I peter looks similar to Ephesians. A question came up about whether peter was first pope? The early leaders in the east were called by the Greek for papas which by the 11th century became pope in English. Jesus resurrection is the defining aspect that sets him apart from someone who does miracles and preaches be good to others and to the poor. Then the Ascension comes. Was foreknowledge in verse 2 predestination?
Luther’s 95 thesis.
This is a treatise on the selling of indulgences to build st. Peters and all the statuary and gold incorporated in it. Luther says forgiveness is not for sale. This is also an argument of salvation by faith.

October 18, 2016 psalm 147:1-11, Luke 24 psalm 147:12-20 (21)

The monks at st. Mallory read Psalms 4 and 94 and they start with 135. Luke has a wonderful story of what the resurrection means to people. Jesus continues to teach after his resurrection. Al talked about the council of Nicea which decided on the books included in the Bible. There was a great deal of political dealings and even Alexander was involved. Why was his identity hidden? So many things in his ministry he seemed to want to keep private. Why? Maybe he felt that common man couldn’t expect he would arise from the dead. It never occurred to them that he would come back from the dead and so he felt he needed to introduce them to this gradually. The study Bible says Luke was writing for two audiences, the people of Jesus time as a history, and secondly for all the followers of Jesus over the ages. Then it is possibly a marketing ploy to let his followers in on the inside story. In verse 24, they came and found the stone rolled away. This lends some credibility to the story by naming the people with each other. A reference to Hebrews 7:23-26 is a strong indication of the need for a pope. Al suggests Luther’s 95 theses should be studied by our group

October 11, 2016 psalm 65:1-8, Luke 24 psalm 65:9-12 (23)

This was the whole crucifixion story. Lots of changes happen here, Herod and Pilate become friends, there is the trial and lots of accusations and upset people. Verse 34 doesn’t appear in all versions. Barabbas was probably someone who led a rebellion and was desired to lead the Jews against the Romans. Al says it would be very unlikely for the Romans to release someone who might then lead a revolt against the Romans. This is a strange circumstance since we have barabus who was convicted by the Romans of insurrection and murder whereas they found Jesus innocent. The crowd must have been out of control. The Jewish leaders must have been really convincing. Verse 3 says when asked if he was king of the Jews responded you have said so. There was a discussion of the language used here but I think it would have been the language of the people at that time but written in Greek by Luke many years later. Latin was the official language of the romans, but lots of citizens didn’t speak it. Under Alexander the great koine Greek became the language of the day. Mark 15:34 is the translation of a couple of Aramaic dialects into Greek. Matthew 27:46 says for this I was spared but they don’t say from what he was spared. But Matthew adds that Jesus said this was our destiny. Jesus said you will face adversity and there will be a decline in your current circumstances. There are lots of characters to discuss here.

October 4, 2016 psalm 86:1-11, Luke 23 psalm 86:12-17, (18)

The passion of our Lord. Jesus says the disciples should sell a cloak in order to buy a sword but then when peter uses it Jesus rebuked him for doing so. Dan brought up Mel Gibson’s film and how graphic was the description of the passion and death of Jesus. Frank has an article about the physical death of Jesus and how terrible it was. What was peter afraid of when he denied Jesus? The other disciples had scattered when Jesus was taken, but peter had followed along at a distance and was probably afraid the High priests would take him into custody as well. There are 3 cups described here , the cup of plagues, cup of redemption, cup of acceptance or praise. The 4th cup will be drunk in eternity and the hyssop of  The traditional use of cups was created at this time. The Eucharist is tied to the third cup, and therefore to the Passover. Why isn’t Passover and Easter at the same time. The disciples were probably interested in knowing who would be the leader after Christ and continue the movement. The Jewish people probably weren’t benefiting from the Romans like their leaders. Was it common to share a drink at every meal or was it special and have special meaning. In verse 20 Jesus announces the new covenant to save us but then almost right away he talks of and how judas is headed for his doom.

Sept. 27, 2016 Psalm 86:1-11, Luke 22, Psalm 86:12-17 (18)

This is Luke’s version of the passion of our Lord. Jesus says the disciples should sell a cloak in order to buy a sword but then when peter uses it Jesus rebuked him for doing so. Dan brought up Mel Gibson’s film and how graphic was the description of the passion and death of Jesus. Frank has an article about the physical death of Jesus and how terrible it was. What was peter afraid of when he denied Jesus? The other disciples had scattered when Jesus was taken, but peter had followed along at a distance and was probably afraid the High priests would take him into custody as well. There are 3 cups described here , the cup of plagues, cup of redemption, cup of acceptance or praise. The 4th cup will be drunk in eternity and the hyssop of  The traditional use of cups was created at this time. The Eucharist is tied to the third cup, and therefore to the Passover. Why isn’t Passover and Easter at the same time. The disciples were probably interested in knowing who would be the leader after Christ and continue the movement. The Jewish people probably weren’t benefiting from the Romans like their leaders. Was it common to share a drink at every meal or was it special and have special meaning. In verse 20 Jesus announces the new covenant to save us but then almost right away he talks of and how Judas is headed for his doom.

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.

August 30, 2016 Psalm 99:1-9, Luke 18:15-30, Psalm 134:1-3 1(18)

We talked about faith last week, but here we talk about children and their innocence being in the kingdom, whereas a rich ruler is too caught up in his life without Christ. Compare innocence with ignorance. Kids accept out of innocence but others do bad things out of ignorance. Do we have to have acceptance in order to overcome our human tendencies to like ourselves and our lives. Where does cynicism enter into our lives.  Do we mellow as we age or do we become cynics. Is that becoming less accepting of Christ’s message. No amount of heroic effort will get us to being part of Christ.
But verse 22 puts us back in our place. Why does he use good as an adjective, maybe sarcasm. Giving up all that he owns is difficult because we don’t want to give simple acceptance. Jesus is looking into his heart and finding what the true love of life. It made Peter nervous because of all he had given up for Jesus. What about the and follow me means. Don’t fall in love with stuff because it stands in your life as a deterrent to his way. We need to trust God. We have satisfied. The 10 commandments give us a way of life but don’t the humanists do the same things. So what is the promise we seek, is it peace of spirit. Trust in God.

August 23, 2016 Psalm 136:1-13, Luke 18:1-12, Psalm 136:14-24, (19)

Do we have to continue to ask in order for prayers to be answered. In the message it says that the judge would attack me if I don’t give her justice. God isn’t in the mood for give me a prayer for a pony. Do we need to bombard God with prayer. Prayer is invoked for sickness, but maybe you should pray for God’s will be done. Does God listen to our prayers? Is God passing judgement when he doesn’t answer our prayers? We project our humanity onto God. John quoting C’s lewis said continually petition God for gods knowledge and power to carry out God’s will. How many of us really think God has a predetermined plan that is not known to us and when prayer is not answered we think it violates his plan. We are self centered and is that our greatest sin? When does God really talk to us and could dreams be a way of communicating with us. Mick Jaeger said in a song you don’t always get what you want but maybe you get what you need. We went on to the Pharisees and the tax collector.  How many of us are really the pharisee? Do we as humans have to have someone to look down on? Like in White trash the us founding fathers thought having slaves would ruin the lower class of people. We got into a discussion of the Trinity. It addresses a spiritual need.