Posts from March 2020

Posts from March 2020

Luke 20:19-26 – Paying Taxes

In a previous parable Jesus had told a story of tenants working in a vineyard. This represented the chief priests working among God’s people, Israel. They had rejected their landlord’s prophets and would soon his son. Jesus had spoken of how God would dispossess the chief priests of their work among God’s people. In hearing this parable, the chief priests become even more…

Luke 20:1-8 – John’s authority

During Jesus’ final week, he spent every day in the temple proclaiming the kingdom of God. It was like he had taken over the temple and was employing it for his own purpose. The teaching of Jesus was becoming the people’s focal point rather than the temple rituals. This is not surprising because he is the person to whom the rituals pointed. For the first time in Luke’s…

Luke 18:15-30 – Children and a Rich Ruler

Jesus is a beautiful person. People brings their very young infants to Jesus – and he gives them time. Lord of the universe and he holding little babies is not beyond him. Then he says: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to…

Luke 18:1-8 – The Judge who did not fear

Jesus tells a parable about a man who did not fear God. In other words, this judge was not motivated by divine considerations to act to implement justice for the needy. Having at first ignored a widow’s persistent pleas, the judge finally acts on her behalf due to her continual crying out to him…

Luke 17:20-37 – The Days of Noah and Lot

When Jesus says that the kingdom of God is in the midst of you, he means in the midst of you (plural) not in the midst of you (singular). In other words, the kingdom is not inside individuals but rather the kingdom is present among the Pharisees in the person, word and deeds of Jesus. Turning to…