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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 — Luke 16:15-18

Jesus has been teaching and explaining how the Covenant was aimed at allowing fallen people, kicked out of Eden, to find their way back through the Flaming Sword. The whole purpose of the ritual law was to provoke genuine penitence, … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 14:25-35

It’s so easy to lose track of the original mission of Israel, the purpose of the Covenant. Israel was to absorb and live by the revelation of God, and in turn draw other nations to Him by their visible blessings … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 13:1-9

We have two items addressing the same issue: tragic fates and bearing fruit. Who could forget the warning from Isaiah, about God’s vineyard bearing no fruit? The Covenant was supposed to make the nation so winsome that other peoples would … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 12:54-59

This continues the previous lesson from last week. Jesus pointed out that His coming as Messiah would polarize those under the Old Covenant and separate out those who would belong to the New Covenant. His Covenant would restore what all … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 12:49-53

In a fallen world, divine revelation is divisive. The substance of the Fall was turning away from the heart-led way of obedience to God, and choosing to trust in human capabilities to discern truth. Thus, the whole world is born … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 4:16-30

We have finished the unique material from Mark’s Gospel and move on to Luke. There are three issues at work here in this passage. First is the intransigence of human intellect in the face of miracles. If you aren’t heart-led … Continue reading

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