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Teachings of Jesus — John 4:27-42

Continuing the same scene from our previous lesson, the Twelve came back out to Jacob’s Well while Jesus was still speaking with the woman. While they wondered about this highly unlikely scene, they kept their silence. She left her water … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — John 4:4-26

First, a short reminder: The Samaritans were not “half-breed Jews.” Something like 90% of the original population of the Northern Kingdom had been taken away by Assyria, and replaced with pagan folks from Hamath, and some from Elam and from … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — John 3:1-12

A case can be made for thinking that the dialog of Jesus ends at verse 12 and John continues on with commentary. John recorded his gospel in good school-boy Greek, a language that has few of the punctuation marks we … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 24:44-49

We come to the point where we jump over a lot of Luke because his witness is duplicated elsewhere. Indeed, the only thing left unique to Luke’s Gospel is right before the Ascension. During His last forty days on the … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 19:11-27

It seems a significant number of folks don’t notice how the parable connects to the preface. Jesus was trying to help His disciples see that the He was not planning on instigating a regime change any time soon. In this … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 18:1-14

Luke pulls these two parables together, showing that the issues are related. There’s nothing remarkable about either one and both are among those parables most easily understood in almost any language. There was a judge, mostly likely a Sadducee by … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 17:20-37

Jesus healed ten lepers and only the one Samaritan returned to worship and give thanks. Jesus confirmed how it was his faith that healed him. As the writer of Hebrews notes, faith is the assurance of things we cannot perceive … Continue reading

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