Luke, Part 26

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 20, 2016

  • Luke 24:7-53
  • Luke 24:6-7 – The Jews counted days from sunset to sunset and counted partial days as full days.
    • Acts 10:3, 9, 23-24 – Notice how days are counted in this account.
    • Matthew 27:63-64 – Seemingly different lengths of time are used interchangeably.
  • Luke 24:13-35 – Jesus appears to the two men on the road to Emmaus.
    • Luke 24:13-16, 31 – See Mark 16:12
    • Luke 24:18 – The events of Jesus’ death were evidently already widely known.
    • Imagine how many people these two men talked to. This shows the great importance of evangelism.
  • Luke 24:36-49 – Jesus appears in the midst of the apostles.
  • Luke 24:1, 13, 21, 46 – Some argue that Jesus arose on Saturday, not on Sunday (Sabbatarians). Luke’s account refutes this view completely.
  • Luke 24:43 – See I John 1:1-3; II Peter 1:16-18.
  • Luke 24:50-53 – This matches up exactly with the beginning of Acts. See Acts 1:1-11.

Luke, Part 25

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 13, 2016

  • Luke 23:35-24:12
  • Luke 23:39-43 – Some argue that this passage about the thief on the cross means that we don’t need to be baptized to be saved. There are two issues with this line of reasoning:
    • No one was being baptized into Christ yet.
    • Even so, Jesus could do what He wanted to. He could have made an exception for the thief just as he forgave sins of others on the spot.
  • Luke 23:44-49 – Miracles accompanied the death of Jesus.
    • The veil of the temple was torn.
      • Hebrews 6:19-20 – Jesus entered the most holy place as a forerunner for us.
      • Hebrews 9:3, 7, 11-14
      • Hebrews 10:19-22
    • Earthquakes
    • Darkness
    • The dead are raised – Matthew 27:52
  • Luke 23:50-56 – Jesus is buried.
    • John 12:42 – Many believed in Jesus, but were too afraid of the Jews to follow Him.
    • Mark 15:43
  • Luke 24:1-12 – The resurrection
    • Luke 18:32-34 – The apostles did not understand the resurrection.
    • Matthew 18:13
    • Swoon theory: Jesus just swooned and did not really die.
      • This theory does not make sense for a number of reasons. Jesus would have at the very least been in critical condition and unable to survive the tomb while He was bleeding out for three days.  It would have taken a miracle to survive this!
    • Importance of the resurrection: Philippians 3:5-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; I Peter 1:3

Luke, Part 24

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 6, 2016

  • Luke 22:61-23:34
  • Luke 22:61-62 – This is a good example of how we should react when we sin.
  • Luke 23:2 – These charges are all false. In their eyes, He was misleading the nation, but He was leading the nation correctly in God’s eyes.  Jesus specifically told people they were to pay taxes (Luke 20:22-25).  Jesus was a spiritual leader, not an earthly king.  He often reminded His disciples of this.
  • Luke 23:22 – Three times Pilate declared Jesus to be innocent.
  • Luke 23:28-31 – Jesus prophecies about the coming destruction of Jerusalem. He is quoting from Hosea 10:8.
  • Luke 23:34 – Jesus shows His great depth of love in asking for forgiveness for those who were crucifying Him. See II Peter 3:9.
  • Luke 23:33 – The Greek was Kranion, Amaramaic: Golgotha, Latin: Calvarius.

Luke, Part 23

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Luke, Part 22

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By Ara Casada

Benchley, February 21, 2016

  • Luke 22:1-34
  • Luke 22:1-6 – Judas decides to betray Jesus.
    • Luke 22:3 – See John 13:2. Satan did not take control of Judas.  The influence of Satan entered Judas’ heart and Judas himself made the decision.  See also James 4:7-8.
  • Luke 22:7-13 – See Matthew 5:17-18.
  • Luke 22:14-23 – Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper.
    • See Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 9:11-10:4; John 13:3-16. Jesus uses metaphors to compare the unleavened bread to His body and the fruit of the vine to His blood, indicating that the Supper is a memorial to His death.
  • Luke 22:24-27 – Jesus was the greatest, yet served all, even Judas Iscariot.
  • Luke 22:28-30 – The apostles would judge the twelve tribes of Israel by the word that they would preach.
  • Luke 22:31-34 – Jesus tells Peter that his faith will be tested.

Luke, Part 21

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 14, 2016

  • Luke 20:41-21:38

Luke, Part 20

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 7, 2016

  • Luke 20:9-40
  • Luke 20:9-18 – Parable of the vine-growers
    • Jesus shows that the master owns the vineyard and by parallel God owns us, the church, and everything around us. God is coming to collect what is due.
  • Luke 20:19-26 – The Pharisees realize Jesus was speaking against them and they start trying to catch Him in an error. People may do this to us today and try to catch us in errors.  See Titus 2:7-8; I Peter 2:15; 3:16.
  • Luke 20:27-40 – The Sadducees try to trap Jesus in a question about the resurrection.
    • See Acts 23:6-10; 4:1-4
    • Luke 20:37 – See Exodus 3:6.

Luke, Part 19

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2016

  • Luke 19:1-20:8
  • Luke 19:1-10 – Jesus meets Zaccheus.
    • Zaccheus has a great attitude about meeting Jesus. He received Jesus gladly and offered restitution for his sins.
    • Jesus commended the lowly.
    • Jesus ignored the grumblers and complainers. Jesus never catered to people with this attitude.
  • Luke 19:11-27 – Jesus teaches the parable of the minas.
    • Luke 19:11 – Note that the reason Jesus taught the parable was because the people thought the kingdom of God was coming immediately. He was reminding them to work now.
  • Luke 19:28-40 – Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem.
  • Luke 19:41-44 – Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem, which would be sacked by the Romans in 70 A.D.
  • Luke 19:45-46 – Jesus drives the traders out of the temple.
  • Luke 19:47-48 – Jesus preaches daily in the temple and the people hang “on to every word He said.”
  • Luke 20:1-8 – The chief priests, scribes, and elders confront Jesus and question His authority.

Luke, Part 18

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Luke 18:1-43
  • Luke 18:1-8 – At all times we should pray and not lose heart.
    • Luke 18:7 – The elect are those who choose to follow God.
    • Luke 18:8 – It is not clear if this is part of the same conversation as Luke 17. It is hard to know if Jesus is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem or the end of the world.  Either way, the point is that God will answer the prayers of those who are faithful if people will be faithful!
  • Luke 18:9-14 – We must be humble and exalt ourselves. With his comments here, Jesus is also cutting through bias and prejudice.  The Pharisees carried an air of superiority.
  • Luke 18:15-17 – We must receive the kingdom of God like a child. He is primarily talking about their innocence, but this also shows that Jesus did not consider children to be guilty of inherited sin as some claim.
  • Luke 18:18-27 – The parable of the rich young ruler
    • Luke 18:22 – We are not instructed anywhere to give up all our wealth, so this was apparently a command specifically for this man.
    • Luke 18:25 – It is difficult to be wealthy and obey God. But nearly everyone in the United States is wealthy, relatively speaking!  There are many examples in the Bible of wealthy people who obeyed God:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Daniel, and others.  It is possible!
  • Luke 18:28-30 – God will take care of those who follow Him. This may not necessarily involve earthly wealth, but God will take care of His own.
  • Luke 18:31-34 – The disciples again misunderstand a very straightforward statement from Jesus because of their ignorance. It is easy for us to do the same thing.
  • Luke 18:35-43 – Jesus heals a blind man. The man addressed Jesus with respect and persistence.  See Mark 10:46-52.

Luke, Part 17

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 17, 2016

  • Luke 17:1-37
  • Luke 17:1-4 – We have an obligation to help other people avoid sin by not causing them to stumble and rebuking them to help them return to God is they do.
  • Luke 17:7-10 – We are entitled to nothing but a life in service to God. See Luke 9:23; 14:11; 18:13.
  • Luke 17:11-19 – Jesus cleanses ten lepers, but only one returns to thank Him.
    • What if we only had today what we thanked God for yesterday?
    • Keep things in perspective.
    • Be thankful for past blessings.
    • We have redemption through Christ. If nothing good happens to me the rest of my life, isn’t that enough?
  • Luke 17:20-21 – The kingdom of God was within them!
  • Luke 17:22-37 – This appears to be a prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Some interpret this to be at least partially talking about the second coming of Christ, but in comparison with other parallel passages, it seems to be wholly in reference to the destruction of Jerusalem.  The apocalyptic language used here is used elsewhere in the Bible in reference to earthly battles and wars.  See also Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21.
    • Luke 17:33-34 – Those who would listen to the prophecy and get out would be saved. Those who try to stay behind and try to preserve their old life will be lost.