Luke 1:1-4 Jew or Gentile?

Luke 1:1-4 (KJV)
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

A fellow thought he was being smart with me the other day and asked, “What are the only two books of the Bible not written by a Jew?” I assumed by his countenance it was a trick question and didn’t respond. He answered, “Luke and Acts because Luke was a Gentile.”

Ok. I had never heard that. I did a bit of digging and discovered that it is not possible to tell whether he was Jew or Gentile. He was from Syria, I believe, but that does not preclude him being Jewish. Paul was from Tarsus, a Roman city. Paul was by birth Roman but by blood a Jew. It is possible and even likely the same was true of Luke.

Paul took heat for hanging around Gentiles. He counseled Timothy to be circumcised because as only half Jew, he had not been. Circumcision would remove at least that obstacle from his ministry. When he went into the temple the Jews worked themselves into a frenzy because they assumed he had taken Titus, a Gentile, into the temple with him. But Luke, who penned the accounts of both Timothy and Titus, mentions no such trouble on his account.

Was Luke a Jew or a Gentile? The Bible does not tell us. It is most likely, I believe, that he was a Jew.

 

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Luke 24:6-8 Remember HIS Words

Luke 24:6-8 (KJV)
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words,

It’s easy to forget.

We are prone to forget tiny details, even the important subtleties that happen while our attention is elsewhere:

  • Important sentences
  • Voice inflections
  • Significant context

We remember a thing but we may forget the most important reasons to remember.

So the disciples were urged to “remember how he spake.”

  • In times of stress
  • In times of confusion
  • In times of decision
  • In times of doubt

Remember His Words.

 

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Luke 21:16-18 Dying Vs Perishing

Luke 21:16-18 (KJV)
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Jesus said some would die but none would perish.

There is a clear doctrine of life after death and of judgment after death in this passage.

Death is not to be feared most.
No question that death is an enemy. None of us look forward to it, though some surrender to it before it is due and some even defect to its side and take their own lives.

But death is not the great enemy and death is not that which we must avoid at all costs.

Perishing is to be feared and avoided
The great thing is that, though it is appointed unto man once to die, God is not willing that any should perish. None of us can avoid eventually dying but all of us can avoid ever perishing eternally.

 

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Luke 20:1 One of “Those” Days

Luke 20:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,

I’m encouraged to see that even Jesus knew what it was like to have, “One of those days.”

It is not possible to walk in this world and not have days when the questions come from every direction and you don’t have answers for them – at least not all of them.

  • Jesus answered some of them with a question
  • Jesus didn’t answer some of them and
  • Jesus never lost his head over any of them

May we learn from the Lord:

  • Not to expect that every day will be perfect
  • To use wisdom in every situation and
  • To trust God for the outcome

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Luke 18:39 So Much the More

Luke 18:39 (KJV)
And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

As Jesus moved through the city crowds of people gathered. Each one has their own motives. Not all of them were sincere and selfless.

The blind man, unable to move along with the crowd, did the only thing he could do, he called out to get Jesus’ attention. This, of course, was unsettling to the crowd seeking Christ’s attention for themselves. These were not the disciples. These were the shallow self seekers. These were onlookers.

We will discover that those who pretend to be near Jesus but have no living relationship to Jesus get very upset when their own agenda is disrupted by earnest faith. Should we give in to them? Should we tone down our Christianity for their sakes? That’s not the lesson of this event. He cried out so much the more.

The more we find we need Jesus the more earnestly we must cry out to Him.

 

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Luke 17:3-4 Why Won’t They Forgive?

Luke 17:3-4 (KJV)
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Here is, I think, one of the chief reasons some people have trouble forgiving; they have not confronted the one who has offended them.

Rebuking an offending person never means to be angry or mean spirited. It doesn’t mean that we must start a fight with them. If they have offended us it will be of no use to offend them back.

But we do need to go to them. We need to kindly express our grievance. We need to give them opportunity:

  • To see that they have offended us
  • To explain themselves (sometimes we have taken up our offense unjustly) and
  • To apologize if they are inclined to do so

Be warned. Sometimes they won’t reconcile. We need to have forgiven them in our hearts already so that, whether they reconcile or not, we have rid ourselves of the burden of the offense. This verse does not justify holding an offense unforgiven.

The person who is too weak to rebuke an offending party is very often the person who is too fleshly to forgive the same.

 

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Luke 16:9 I Am Sorry

Luke 16:9 (KJV)
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

Albert Barnes writes,
So, says our Saviour to the publicans and those who had property, so use your property as “to secure” happiness and comfort beyond the time when you shall be removed from the present life. “Have reference,” in the use of your money, to the future.”

I want to take this on a path completely different than its lesson other than it has to do with influencing eternity.

Very early on in my ministry I attended a pastor’s fellowship meeting here in the state of Washington. One of the preachers rose to tell of his visit with a preacher by the name of Preeb, Jerry Preeb is what comes to mind. Bro Preeb was in the final stages of cancer. Just previous to his death he had asked the pastor addressing us to tell the other pastors, “If I have done anything to offend you, I am sorry.”

  • I did not know this preacher
  • I do not know the context of his apology
  • I do not even know if I spelled his name correctly

But I know that this dying man’s apology has been indelibly etched into my mind. He has influenced me eternally simply by saying, “I am sorry.”

Never be afraid to say those words.

 

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Luke 16:9 I Am Sorry

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Luke 15:32 It’s Right To Rejoice

Luke 15:32 (KJV)
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

It’s right to rejoice.

While it is certainly true that there are reasons for concern in our day:

  • The rise of Islam
  • The growth of agnosticism
  • The arrogance of unbelievers
  • The degenerative nature of Christians
  • The worldliness of so many (so-called) churches

Some people capitalize on the negative and neglect what is positive

  • The promises of God
  • The effectiveness of the Bible
  • The blessing of fellowship among saints
  • The worship of the Lord
  • The testimony of souls saved

There is a time to weep but there is also a time to rejoice. Every Christian should take that to heart.

Some Christians remind me of the older brother.

  • They live angry, pouting lives.
  • They refuse to be part of that which is positive.
  • They will not enter into fellowship with those who are happy.

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Luke 15:32 It’s Right To Rejoice

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Luke 14:22 There Is Room

Luke 14:22 (KJV)
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

They had done what was commanded; yet there was room.

I understand that, as the servants of the Lord, we have done far less than we could have or should have. Certainly in comparison to the first generation of believers we have been weak at best. They turned the world upside down for Christ. And even they were far from perfect. How many more might have been in heaven had believers of the past been more faithful? How many more could still be saved if we forsook the interests of this world for Christ?

The servants of the parable did all that was commanded and yet there was room.

I am reminded of the Ark. It surely could have contained multitudes of people. Only eight got on board.

  • It wasn’t Noah’s fault
  • It wasn’t his wife’s fault
  • It wasn’t his children’s fault

The masses made their own excuses why they stayed off the ark. They died of their own hard hearts. There was room. They refused to fill it.

God will wipe away all tears in heaven. Perhaps, for a time, we will stare at all the empty room in heaven and weep for those who could have been there but judged themselves unworthy of eternal life.

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Luke 14:22 There Is Room

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Luke 13:6-9 Don’t Be a Cumbrance

Luke 13:6-9 (KJV)
He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

One more year.

The primary application of this parable has to do with Israel. God has suffered with her these thousands of years and now has placed her on His shelf. God has a new work underway with Jews and Gentiles alike coming together in a new body, the church.

Nevertheless He is not finished with Israel. She has another opportunity. In Daniel’s “Seventieth Week”, God will turn His attention once again to Israel. We are assured in prophecy that there she will indeed bear fruit.

There is also an application, which can be easily made to our current era. God seeks results in our lives. He seeks:

  • Our growth
  • Our sanctification
  • Our progress

on the path to conformity into Christlikeness. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean we lose our salvation but we surely lose our heavenly rewards.

Nevertheless Christ intercedes on our behalf. As long as we have breath we have opportunity:

  • To repent
  • To grow in grace
  • To lay up treasure in heaven

Don’t cumber the ground with spiritual fruitlessness. Don’t waste your years. Surrender to Christ and grow in grace.

 

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Luke 13:6-9 Don’t Be a Cumbrance

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