We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: Luke

Refer to my 9/25/18 post about the margin notes in my Bible, and why I decided to share them on this blog.

1:44: What Elizabeth is carrying is a baby—not a blob of tissue.

2:6: “While they were there…”  They did not just arrive!
2:7: “at the inn.” Actually a guest room, probably with relatives.
2:15: “Let’s go”: in the Greek urgency is implied.
2:36:  Anna was about 105 years old.
2:39: Takes place after returning from Egypt.

3:14: Notice that he didn’t say to leave the Army.
3:23: Joseph was the legal son of Hell, who died childless and his brother married his wife.

4:7: Satan’s offer is a lie. See Mat. 28:18

7:49: “began to say among themselves.” : “among” means “in themselves,” i.e, talking to themselves.

8:19-20: Jesus’ literal brothers from the same mother.
8:22-25: Did they recognize this is God in Ps.107?

9:1-2, 54:  Shows the power and authority of the apostles.
9:58: “nests”: should read “roosts” — roosts are not always nests.
9:61: “say good-bye”: Take leave of, to explain why leaving.

10:16:  Rejecting Christ is rejecting God.
10:33: “compassion.” A gut-level reaction.

11:45: Jesus didn’t care that the truth insulted.

13:34: “not willing.”  Notice Jesus did not say “not able.”

Chapter 15: three parables of something lost being searched for and eventually found.

15:8-10: Hebrew for this coin is “zuzim,” which also means “those who have moved away, departed.” Jesus’ play on words? 
15:12: By asking for inheritance now, he essentially desire’s his father’s death.
15:12: “to them.” The second son also take his inheritance.
15:14: Old Syriac adds: “He scattered his property in foods that are not fitting because he was living wastefully with harlots.”
15:19: “hired hands”: he was not ready to make himself a slave.
15:21: Because he was not ready to take care of his father in his old age.
15:30: “this son of yours”: The remaining son did not want to recognize the other as his brother.
15:11-32: the remaining brother never searched for his lost brother nor rejoiced when he was found. The end left the Pharisees hanging—what decision should the older son make? Accept sinners when returning from sin?

16:13: “money”: “anything of value.”
16:16: “strongly urged to enter it.” Notice God does not force them.

18:15: “infants” - i.e. babies
18:15: “rebuked them” — rebuked the mothers and children.
18:16: “children” — i.e. followers.
18:20: Jesus did not mention the commandment against coveting because that was the issue he was going to address.
18:23-25: Being rich wasn’t the problem — not willing to part with it was. The rich generally tend to be self-sufficient and aren’t interested in the things of God.

22:36: Arm yourself for defense.
22:42: “this cup”: Cup of wrath. See Psalm 11:6; Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15; Ezekiel 23:33-34.

22:61: “looked at”: Looked at with perception.

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