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kjv@Luke:2:25-52 @ @ RandyP comments: It would be interesting to look at the remaining gospels in the same light as Simeons prophecy, the revealing of many a heart. To watch how the heart minimizes and compartmentalizes and justifies and schemes.

kjv@Luke:2:52 @ @ RandyP comments: This is now the second time that this increasing is stated, detailed by His gaining favour amongst men and God.

kjv@Luke:2:25-52 @ @ RandyP comments: The first intents revealed would be those of His parents who apparently did not know where the 12 year old Jesus would be found; the temple.

kjv@Luke:2:25-52 @ @ RandyP comments: Joseph may not have lived to see the Jesus we've come to know. He is not spoken of after this event in Jesus' 12th year. Thus the Simeon prophecy of Mary's heart later being pierced at the crucifiction takes on an interesting light of completion.

kjv@Luke:3 @ @ RandyP comments: The preaching and baptism of true repentence by John was the preparation of the way for Jesus.

kjv@Luke:3 @ @ RandyP comments: Message outline = Fleeing Wrath to come, bringing fruit worthy of repentence, the truer children of Abraham, present judgement, probing examples of what rather to do, position of John, many other things exhorted, critic of public leaders, baptism.

kjv@Luke:4:1-32 @ @ RandyP comments: Jesus clearly knows who he is and what has been set before him to accomplish, this test is not to prove something more to himself, this test is for our benefit to prove to us that he is divine and sinless. From this fact we must assume that Satan's intention here as well was/is towards our misunderstanding of the scriptures that he is quoting.

kjv@Luke:4:1-32 @ @ RandyP comments: I can't imagine the horror of being dead set against Jesus, determining to forcably cast him out and he supernaturally escapes your grip. Especially after the obvious conjunctions to his historical points about Ellias.

kjv@Luke:4:22 @ @ RandyP comments: Gracious words one moment, seeking to toss him headlong down a cliff the next. The teetering point for them seemed to be Jesus's hometown.

kjv@Luke:4:32 @ @ RandyP comments: Astonished were they in an age nearly 400 years long without God speaking. Astonishing today in an age many consider scripture as being irrelevant. The power is still there for those who seek/receive it.

kjv@Luke:4:39 @ @ RandyP comments: This may have been more than a typical fever being that it had to be rebuked. Many others had been remedied with the laying on of hands.

kjv@Luke:4:33-44 @ @ RandyP comments: Interesting that there was a consious effort by Jesus to quiet the testimony of those who had been healed or depossesed. Often they were directed merely to go tell their priest in submission/accordance to the Levitical Law.

kjv@Luke:5:8 @ @ RandyP comments: This particular miracle was done for the Disciples benefit. I was done in terms that a long time fisherman like Peter could most understand, that there is no other way than supernatural for this to have been done. The immediate effect on Peter was that he realized his sinful nature.

kjv@Luke:5:16 @ @ RandyP comments: If good for Jesus, how much better for us to do so at times?

kjv@Luke:5:17-39 @ @ RandyP comments: Reprobate Mind - One man sees a miracle and suddenly sees his sinful nature before God. Other men see a miracle and become defensive and increasingly antagonistic. These men have constructed an expectation of a Messiah that helps them justify their growing hatred.

kjv@Luke:6:8 @ @ RandyP comments: This knowing their thoughts may not be as supernatural as we'd first consider, it may have been quiet apparent. Their thoughts were not what is being said or how could this be true or to what extent does this mean, they were what we might do to this man. So much for logic and analytic deduction.

kjv@Luke:6:12 @ @ RandyP comments: All night prayer? If prayer were simply petition we would wonder what the Son of God would have needing so much petition but, if it were to worship and commune and be in the presence of the Father and Spirit then to someone who was accustomed to praying forty days in a wilderness this would seem quiet brief. Prayer very well could be more important than even sleep.

kjv@Luke:7:2-3 @ @ RandyP comments: Jesus knows the man and he is dear to Him and then the man hears of Him? The man sends Jewish elders in his place? The realness and grittiness of the lesser details is what is so engaging.

kjv@Luke:7:17 @ @ RandyP comments: Notice here the importance of the power behind and with and in front of God's word. His teaching and revelation and sermons may have taken years to make their way out into the whole of Judea but, one miracle and the word spreads in days. Unfortunately, one miracle wont satisfy them for long as they will ask for more and more.

kjv@Luke:7:23 @ @ RandyP comments: What a great verse to exhort others by in evangelism.

kjv@Luke:7:30 @ @ RandyP comments: What was it that needed to be prepared ahead of the Lord? Here we see that publicans and general public were willingly baptized with the baptism of John, Phasies and Sadducee not. Having repented and been baptised the people were closer to seeing who Messiah was to be, those that had not done so were further and further from seeing being caught into the jealously of Jesus's astonishing popularity and buzz.

kjv@Luke:7:31-50 @ @ RandyP comments: A generation of men who find fault in God's anointed no matter what they do or don't do. A room of diner guests shown by a warm intimate living example the profound meanings of forgiveness criticizing the teacher for assuming the power to forgive. You see the course of our hearts and authority our heart confiscates. We ourselves should not justify wisdom....Wisdom shall instead justify us. Or not!

kjv@Luke:7:35 @ @ RandyP comments: "Wisdom is justified by her children" - Reminder: The next time you invite a potential Messiah to your house for diner... don't criticize his epic discourse on love and forgiveness without sleeping on it a day or two first.

kjv@Luke:8:3 @ @ RandyP comments: Do you think that Herod was not aware of Jesus's devoted/fanatical following?

kjv@Luke:8:10 @ @ RandyP comments: I have often felt of myself that if I just said the right words, or explained Jesus in just the right way that others would come logically and simply to the understanding of His salvation. The parable of the sower discusses the conditions present within the heart of man that keep men from being able to come to that conclussion, very little of it has to do with intellect. Jesus I feel is stating that until the heart is properly conditioned to receive it is not for them to understand. I further believe that these poorer conditions can re-enter our lives even as believers and that multiple conditions can co-exist. It might be perhaps better to say that we are each a composite of these conditions in one respect or another.

kjv@Luke:8:15-16 @ @ RandyP comments: Notice how the two seemingly different parables are butted up against each other? They may not be as different as determined first glance. The sower ends with the fruitful keeping or doing of the word. The candlestick begins with the ludicrousy of attempting to hide the light one just lit.

kjv@Luke:8:22-56 @ @ RandyP comments: Our lite and fluffy modern version of Jesus doesn't seem to account much for the fear people had regarding Jesus. An entire region of people because of the healing of a man demonically possed, a legion of demons whose fear of what He might do was a torment to them, even His disciples upon the boat at the rebuking of the wind and sea. Some were first glad to see Him thinking that He could help them but, once miraculous things began to happen people became markably uncomfortable near His presence.

kjv@Luke:9:6 @ @ RandyP comments: Could this be a modified version of the gospel from what we now recite? Jesus had yet to die for the sins of the world, the disciples were unclear as to the reality of His approaching death, and as we see a few verses from here the disciples were directed not to reveal that Jesus was the Christ. If so, what did this gospel look like? Perhaps as Jesus had been teaching "The kingdom of God is like unto...."

kjv@Luke:9:11 @ @ RandyP comments: The discples were sent to preach the Gospel, Jesus is here speaking of the Kingdom. Healing was partnered with both.

kjv@Luke:10:25-42 @ @ RandyP comments: Contrasted today are two individuals, a young man attempting to justify himself by debating the good teacher Jesus on a point of Law, a woman graciously but busily hosting a gathering Jesus and His disciples justifying herself by shaming her spiritually inquisitive sister. How easy it is for us to be both of these persons unintentionally. To tell Jesus on the one hand how things must be intellectually and to tell others how things must be practically/domestically/culturally.

kjv@Luke:11:23 @ @ RandyP comments: So much for "all paths lead to God".

kjv@Luke:11:27-28 @ @ RandyP comments: Possibly a prediction of a future rift in the church body? And which side He would rather choose?

kjv@Luke:11:1-13 @ @ RandyP comments: The idea that the author here put these two teachings so closely together brings up some interesting thoughts. The first teaching is not to shut out a needing neighbor no matter how inopportune the moment. The second to ask and knock no matter how inopportune the need. We assume that this asking is just of God given the concluding verses, but it is also true asking of man. How many of us will ask of God, knowing that God will provide, but, not ask of man through God may well intend to do His providing, and then reason that God doesn't want to answer because He hasn't provided. It is an odd logic on our part when considered this way. God does implore the first neighbor to give; right?

kjv@Luke:11:17-18 @ @ RandyP comments: This statement from Jesus may well be just as much about Satan's tight control over his host and methods and means and pressures he must use as it is about the goodly kingdom we casually assume He is talking about by hurriedly reading through. How hard it must be to keep the loyalty of his scandalous permissive and yet ultimately defeated troops.

kjv@Luke:12:1-34 @ @ RandyP comments: Interesting that religious hypocrisy is addressed so closely to the fear of others, the covetousness of brothers and dispute over inheritance, mis-appropriation of riches and insecurity over God's provisions. We could take the course of interpretation that these are separate unrelated items or we could consider more deeply the possible connections. I find the fear and insecurity angles possible indications that all items might be connected.

kjv@Luke:12:48 @ @ RandyP comments: This passage refutes the liberal notion that the second coming is is not literal if the wise servant is accountable for watching and being prepared.

kjv@Luke:12:48 @ @ RandyP comments: The later part of this verse was recently used by an American President to argue raising taxes on the rich. What riches have to do with being watchful and prepared for the second Lords coming knowing the marital will of the Lord, I am not sure.

kjv@Luke:12:56 @ @ RandyP comments: It is thought that no one can know the time and they leave it at that. Here we see that the indications will be discern-able just as a shift in the weather.

kjv@Luke:12:57-59 @ @ RandyP comments: That this teaching about settling up with ones adversaries before going to the judge is so close to the earlier talk of being watchful and prepared for the Lord's return indicates the urgency and type of preparations to be made.

kjv@Luke:13:1-5 @ @ RandyP comments: I take this to mean not that bad things won't happen to repentant believers, clearly we see that they do, but, that they will not be without salvation and God's hand. For Jesus suggests that it is not because of their sin that these two calamities happened, yet, repentance would have still been in order; it is always in order.

kjv@Luke:13:6-9 @ @ RandyP comments: Because of proximity, does this relate to the previous discussion about calamity and repentance? How does our spiritual caregiver dig around the tree and feed it? Are there not the fruits of repentance?

kjv@Luke:13:12-17 @ @ RandyP comments: This peculiar passage does not quote Jesus as saying "your sins are forgiven" as He does so many times. In fact it says that she is loosened from the bounds of Satan. Not all illnesses nor healings are presented this way. We should not assume, we should approach from a preparatory base of prayer and fasting. Many say "why pray" or "why fast". It is precisely because we don't know what is ahead of us and we just can't simply assume that we know.

kjv@Luke:13:17-21 @ @ RandyP comments: If connected in context to the rest of the remainder of the chapter we'd see that this astounding kingdom growth is a result of a caregivers' nurturing care towards repentance (even by calamity), the bounds of Satan being identified and loosed, legalism and tradition and religious expectation being loosed, certain adversaries being shamed in their confrontation, and praise of the multitude for what He has done. Not a bad summation of the Gospel...eh?

kjv@Luke:13:23-30 @ @ RandyP comments: Instead of just being critical of the concept of "How could a loving God judge" one should at least consider the mechanisms of His judgment to perhaps see why that He might. In this account kjv@Luke:13:25 the master of the house simply shuts the door; the window of opportunity is closed. For how long a time must the master be expected to leave His door open? Is it not His to open and close as He sees fit? Has he not said to strive to enter the straight gate? And yet many have not made the effort, have rather chosen to enter however they wished whenever they wish just expecting to enter His house to do whatever they wish? What kind of master would he be towards His other more considerate guests? Are the outsiders right then to criticize His judgment and not there own judgment instead?

kjv@Luke:14:7 @ @ RandyP comments: Surely this parable has larger application than just weddings or feasts. How about ministry? Where it is often our intention to serve the Lord by becoming a pastor, worship leader, elder, licensed counselor; it may be God's will for us do something less attention and honor grabbing as investing ourselves and our free time in the lives of others.

kjv@Luke:14:12-15 @ @ RandyP comments: The term social networking comes to mind here as we've all been to gatherings where we are there basically to derive some benefit for ourselves. Contacts are made, business cards shared, you can help me and I can help you, possible resources and referrals are gathered.

kjv@Luke:14:12-24 @ @ RandyP comments: The two teachings here really should be taken together. The feast that God has invited us to we surely cannot recompense back to Him. The feast that we invite others to should be similar. In a greater context the feast that we are inviting others to as Christians is the Lord's feast, it should not our inspiration to host such an effort in order to derive personal benefit.

kjv@Luke:14:12-24 @ @ RandyP comments: Nor should we excuse our not participating in joining the Lord's feast for any of our many personal reasons.

kjv@Luke:14:1-24 @ @ RandyP comments: Three seemingly unrelated stories that may have a common thread: presumed positions at a feast. There is the man that presumes that he is a much honored guest. There is the man that presumes that he'll receive recompense from his own guests. There are many men that do not accept the lord's invitation presuming that there are more urgent priorities yet awaiting. I doubt if the Lord is just discussing diner etiquette. The feast in this case is His triumphant wedding feast. The thread of teaching is the presumption of who is there, why they are there, the presumptions they make going into it, who is willing to accept their truthful position.

kjv@Luke:14:25-35 @ @ RandyP comments: Others often portray Jesus as divine Prophet in the line of a few others that come and go every several hundred years or so. Jesus never once hinted toward any before Him nor after other than Moses. In fact as written here, He insisted on complete and sole devotion to Himself and Himself only. Anyone who attempts to include Him in the succession of messianic figures has much re-explaining of His words to do.

kjv@Luke:14:25-35 @ @ RandyP comments: Again, there seems to be contradiction here between loving all and hating father and mother. As we've seen before, there is something more that the Spirit wants us to search out. The truth of His teaching here must first come in the form of a kjv@Proverbs:1:7 kjv@Proverbs:1:22-23 approach. Clear the heart, clear the mind, honestly seek the Lord, you'll be shown the answer. How different might it be from we first considered?

kjv@Luke:15:1-10 @ @ RandyP comments: Notice that in both examples the treasure is lost and the shepherd/woman put aside all else to find it. In order to bring the treasure back though the treasure must repent. There is a rejoicing for each finding/repentance. The intellectual process of somehow figuring God out and finding our way back to Him is not at all discussed.

kjv@Luke:15:11-32 @ @ RandyP comments: This is a very well known scripture. Many a sermon has been delivered on the prodigal son, the prodigal son's forgiving father, only brief mention of the son's brother. Who is being portrayed here as the son's brother however? One that did not leave, one who did what was expected, who had a poor reaction to the father's jubilant behavior, that receives a full inheritance in the end. I have thought perhaps the Angels, the Jews, those Christians raised un-rebelliously in religious homes. Who do you think?

kjv@Luke:16:16 @ @ RandyP comments: Many criticize Paul for his insistence that in Christ the Law has past having been fulfilled in Christ. How is what Jesus said here any different?

kjv@Luke:16:8 @ @ RandyP comments: Not commending the unjust for being unjust, commending for at least being shrewd. The optimum would seem to be in being just and shrewd.

kjv@Luke:16:1-18 @ @ RandyP comments: If I understand the illustration enough, debts are being settled with God which is good. Debts up till now have not been settled because of the mis-deeds of the steward. Now that the matter has been called out by the master, the steward feels more urgently that it is in his best future interest with others to settle all the accounts given him. The accounts were of course valued much higher, higher than anyone could pay, but, they were settled none the less. When concerning mens debts to God that is a very good thing even if done for the stewards selfish reasons. Who then have you been set to steward over? Have those peoples account with God been settled? What would be wise for you to do right away?

kjv@Luke:16:1-18 @ @ RandyP comments: Let's take this unjust steward up a level further. What makes the unjust steward unjust? I would suggest un-forgiveness. The Lord has forgiven him his debt and yet he holds others accountable for what they owe him in full. Why does the Lord's cutting him off make him feel that he must suddenly settle with the others? He is put back down on their level to fend for himself. Therefore he is shrewd in meeting the others halfway or more (all the way if need be). Why doesn't the Lord take offense to this exchange? Because it is closer to what He has called for all along. Does the Lord actually cut off the suddenly not so unjust steward off? You be the judge.

kjv@Luke:16:19-31 @ @ RandyP comments: What on earth would properly persuade men of Heaven? Isn't their mind already made up? The question then is: what is it that has made their mind up? We would like to think that we have with reason and deduction concluded the answer from the facts. While they blame believers of being lead by our hearts, the critic's case is no different than ours. Intellect follows the heart. Reasoning and deduction are being employed by both of us to substantiate and justify it's desire. Not even the dead returned to warn us could sway either of us, for there is always enough other evidence to keep us where we are most comfortable desirously/logically.

kjv@Luke:17:4 @ @ RandyP comments: There is always the question asked whether it is appropriate to forgive a person if they just keep going back doing the sinful things against you making their repentance almost as usury. I think of the troubles I've seen with addicts and compulsive liars/thieves. Jesus says yes. That doesn't mean that you have to hand them the knife with which they'll stab you in the back. By all means protect yourself and your possessions. Limit their opportunity. The forgiveness is as much for your sake as it is for theirs. A great many are suddenly controlled by both their lack of unforgiveness and feelings of violation.

kjv@Luke:17:1-2 @ @ RandyP comments: The child abuser or molester certainly knows his fate. Why is it then that they continue? One could ask that of the whole host of sins. Escaping our sinful destructive natures is never so much a rational deductive decision. We like to see the nature separate from the person, a steal trap tight into the bone of the rabbit's hind leg; if he pulled hard enough or if we opened the claws he could pull his leg out. It may well be instead that the nature is the rabbit's and the trap was set by the good master to protect his crops.

kjv@Luke:17:5-10 @ @ RandyP comments: God gives us our faith and He increases it. By this faith we could move a tree far from it's nest but, in the end we had only done as He commanded. Where of then can we boast or take leave of duty. We are yet unprofitable servants. "Prosperity" and "God Within" teachers should be ware. Paul later combines this type teaching, faith as to move mountains but having not love for one another as being futile.

kjv@Luke:17:20-37 @ @ RandyP comments: There are two things the Lord is revealing here to keep separated I believe, the Kingdom of God and the Day of the Lord. The kingdom is within us. It is unseen by eye. It is not a place as we would know the word place. It is at hand. The Day is coming, only the Father knows when, as a thief in the night, the five bridesmaid lamps run out of oil, Daniel Ezekiel and Revelations end of the world kind of stuff. The Pharisees were so wrapped up in the notion that the Kingdom was earthly, that the Messiah was going to establish the earthly Kingdom first and upon doing that His Day would come. How then could two people be working in the field together and one be snatched away to the Kingdom? No the Kingdom is spiritual, the Day is day of final judgment, then there will be a millennium of earthly rule, then there will be an eternity in the new earth/heaven/Jerusalem.

kjv@Luke:18:17 @ @ RandyP comments: In the past two readings we have found out that the Kingdom is not seen but within us and now that the Kingdom is entered in a fashion similar to a child. It can be there within us but still we have to enter it. How many is it within that don't enter it?

kjv@Luke:18:1-17 @ @ RandyP comments: The judge avenges speedily but does he find faith? The Pharisee prayed considering himself righteous but is not justified and becomes abased. What is the context between the two parables? Faith. Not in who you are, but, in who Jesus is. He avenges many. He justifies only the faithful in Him. Add the third parable and we have like the faith of a child.

kjv@Luke:18:18-43 @ @ RandyP comments: There is a point in each of us where what we think that we are able to do for the Lord is tested. Jesus knows this point well. For some it may be riches, for others it may be personally objectionable deeds like helping a stranded Samaritan, for others it is just letting go and trusting the Lord in the most desperate of situations. Much of the difficulty is in our conception of "doing for th Lord". What can we actually do that He has not done rather for us? We each have this point I believe; it is all in how we look at things, who is doing what for whom.

kjv@Luke:18:43 @ @ RandyP comments: This healed man is allowed to follow Jesus further. Most others that I can recall were told to go present themselves according to the Law to the priests. They had also been advised not to tell anyone.

kjv@Luke:19:37-38 @ @ RandyP comments: Makes you wonder what the multitude of disciples thought they were being part of. Surely many thought along the lines of an earthly ruler come to make His earthly kingdom. Few if any would have thought that in the next four days He would be dead.

kjv@Luke:19:39 @ @ RandyP comments: Interesting that they would approach Him this way. It is almost like that thought that He would agree that the multitudes were going over the top with this.

kjv@Luke:19:48 @ @ RandyP comments: The priests and scribes now have a big problem on their hands. Where to go from here? They have been called out, flushed out of their religious holes and now must commit themselves one way or another. Watch how quick once they do commit it takes to turn the crowd back on their side. The right pressure exerted in the right fashion, the right encitement and the mob's true nature will be flushed out as well.

kjv@Luke:21:19 @ @ RandyP comments: Great and terrible things shall come. He could have said be strong or be prayerful etc... but He says to be patient. It is not that these other things are not each important, it is that they all come as a result of patience. Therefore posses your soul in patients.

kjv@Luke:21:1-19 @ @ RandyP comments: This prophecy was fulfilled near AD 70 at the destruction of the temple by the Romans. It is said by critics that Jesus cannot be classified as a prophet because none of His prophecies have come true. Well what is this prophecy, chopped liver?

kjv@Luke:21:20-28 @ @ RandyP comments: Many believe that since the temple destruction AD70 and resultant worldwide dispersion of the Jews that we have now lived in an "time of the gentiles" era. With drawing of the Jews back to Jerusalem since 1948 we now see a signal of the closing of the age and the drawing near of our redemption; The Lord's second coming. There are others that say that this all happened AD70 and that the Lord has already returned. Some believe that none of this happens until the end of the world. I believe that kjv@Luke:21:24 is the key verse suggesting the dispersion/age interpretation, "be led away captive" I have yet to find evidence of in other end time prophecy.

kjv@Luke:21:32 @ @ RandyP comments: Three ways I can think of for this to have been fulfilled even though we are now 1990+ years down the time line. 1. "Generation" can just as easily be translated "period" thus within this age/period of time this will be fulfilled. 2. The specific of the prophecy can be interrupted as having been fulfilled in AD70 and the actual Lord's latter return fulfillment of a greater prophecy in whole. 3. There are also the considerations of God's eternal perceptions of time (thousand years as a day) (time relativity) (the possibility that time is not sequentially serial but rather sequentially parallel). How deep do you want to go with it?

kjv@Luke:22:3 @ @ RandyP comments: If Satan truly had free reign and will, he could have attempted this attack long ago, perhaps before the possibility of Jesus having world wide ministry and impact. We know that there have been other chances. We know that the religious have been planning as well. We also know that the prophecies and Jesus have spelled the coming events out well so that Satan would know how not to go about this. And yet he does. God plays him like a fiddle.

kjv@Luke:22:3 @ @ RandyP comments: Isn't it funny that people from most every culture believe in satanic possession of some sort but not the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit?

kjv@Luke:22:5 @ @ RandyP comments: Satan had entered, but, curiously Judas was still intact enough in the decision process to have negotiated certain agreeable terms and reward.

kjv@Luke:22:23-24 @ @ RandyP comments: Not sure if this discourse amongst the Disciples is given full justice by the text. I imagine this to have occurred much more organically over the course of the evening than presented. If our own dinner conversations where condensed down to two sentences, we'd look pretty foolish as well. What we are told is simply what we most need to know. Surely there was much discussed that night, all with sincere and honest and devoted intentions; just as much as that not discussed and reserved in fear and uncertainty. In other words, they were being human. It must have been a painfully haunting and surreal meal for Judas.

kjv@Luke:22 @ @ RandyP comments: If not for it's profound sense of personal moral conviction, this passage of scripture would be viewed universally with no doubt as the greatest written literary work of all time. I can think of no other author's development of story and character and description, no other pull on the heart strings of the observant audience greater than this. Even Shakespeare (who is said to have had a small hand in the early translation of the King James Version) would have been humbled by this master piece for the accomplishment of prose and stark contrasts of light and dark put forth here. To have this profound and rich of a thematic idea is a writers never fulfilled dream, to be able to fulfill it's potential with it's deserved lyrical craft a writer's eternal curse. And yet it is written so simply. If not for the set up of this particular passage, the following climatic passion and crucification have not the same effect. Why this passage is not intellectually considered as such (even if as merely fiction) speaks volumes of the truer heart of man.

kjv@Luke:22:31-32 @ @ RandyP comments: Notice that Jesus did not pray that Peter be removed from the sifting or that Satan flee, but, that his faith not fail.

kjv@Luke:22:38 @ @ RandyP comments: Could one of these be the sword that Peter used against the guard?

kjv@Luke:22:40 @ @ RandyP comments: Some ask "why pray"? Here is as good a reason as any.

kjv@Luke:22:42 @ @ RandyP comments: We find that Jesus prayed most all of the time. We are not privy to the contents of those prayers. Here we are privy and we must wonder both why and by whom? The disciples are in the distance sleeping. The Holy Spirit is telling us something very important here. This prayer is for our benefit as much as His. The cup cannot be taken away. This IS God's will.

kjv@Luke:22:44 @ @ RandyP comments: Lest we think that this was such a simple thing for the Son of Man to do for us, try sweating blood.

kjv@Luke:22:45 @ @ RandyP comments: "sleeping for sorrow". They knew something was about to happen. Mentally no doubt they had tried to work all the possibilities toward their favor. Jesus seemed to be taking this course regardless. This was there way of dealing with the sorrow and resultant mental fatigue.

kjv@Luke:22:53 @ @ RandyP comments: These must be temple guards that have been sent to apprehend Him. There had been times when others had sought to lay hands against Him.

kjv@Luke:22:52 @ @ RandyP comments: Perhaps a larger crowd than portrayed in the movies.

kjv@Luke:22:57 @ @ RandyP comments: I think that it is too easy for us here to judge Peter. He is not reborn yet. He is still trying to approach his relationship to the Savior Christ in intellectual rather than spiritual terms much like us. The fact is that none of us truly know how we would have reacted ourselves faced with this hostile and surreal situation. Rationally, if denial meant being able to continue observing the nights events without having been set out and/or beaten it may have been well worth it in a more practical way. None of the other twelve after all were risking the effort to witness the events unfolding; only the two Marys and doubting half brother James were also watching on.

kjv@Luke:22:63 @ @ RandyP comments: The mob mentality begins. Perhaps you have witnessed or been part of this overwhelming dynamic yourselves. It is the most unexplainable force of humankind; what mobs of people will allow themselves to do when swept over by this force. Ration and reasoning, temperance and justice disappear. Captors assume license that in no other way would be granted. The strange, the ma-cab, the grotesque, the venomous comes out of men. The sin nature within us all becomes paramount like at no other time.

kjv@Luke:23:2 @ @ RandyP comments: This taxation accusation is completely false. Jesus taught to the contrary.

kjv@Luke:23:8 @ @ RandyP comments: We know of an account that one of Herod's daughters had been a follower of Jesus.

kjv@Luke:23:12 @ @ RandyP comments: Made friends by passing the riotous crowd back and forth and ducking judgment?

kjv@Luke:23:14 @ @ RandyP comments: This is a civil court. What evidence could ever be presented in civil court that a perversion of Jewish tradition had been made? Why didn't the trial then end here?

kjv@Luke:23:15 @ @ RandyP comments: By saying this, he incriminates himself by proceeding any further. Anything further than this is to placate the mob.

kjv@Luke:23:22 @ @ RandyP comments: Chastise him for what? Why is he even pursuing this?

kjv@Luke:23:23 @ @ RandyP comments: Crucified by a Roman civil court for the unsubstantiated claim of perverting the traditions of a religious court?

kjv@Luke:23:26 @ @ RandyP comments: This story now is moving much quicker than told in the other three gospel. We've skipped the scourging and the guard's harassments.

kjv@Luke:23:35 @ @ RandyP comments: Can't help but think of the parable Jesus gave on the distant vineyard owner that sent envoys to gather it's produce only to be rejected by the hired hands. Jesus hints that there were those who knew who the Son was and yet killed Him to steal away His inheritance kjv@Mark:12:1-12. Who in this crowd would He be talking about?

kjv@Luke:23:43 @ @ RandyP comments: Paradise could be what the Jews knew as Abrahams Bosom a holding place for the righteous dead prior to Jesus resurrection into the real Heaven.

kjv@Luke:23:43 @ @ RandyP comments: Paradise could be what the Jews knew as Abrahams Bosom a holding place for the righteous dead prior to Jesus resurrection into the real Heaven.

kjv@Luke:23:49 @ @ RandyP comments: I gather that these are not disciples. I know of no other testimony suggesting such.

kjv@Luke:23:49 @ @ RandyP comments: I gather that these are not disciples. I know of no other testimony suggesting such.

kjv@Luke:23:46 @ @ RandyP comments: Crucifixion deprives a man of his breath. The fact that jesus shouts in a loud voice testifies to a non-physical strength present even in His dying breath.

kjv@Luke:23:46 @ @ RandyP comments: Crucifixion deprives a man of his breath. The fact that jesus shouts in a loud voice testifies to a non-physical strength present even in His dying breath.

kjv@Luke:23:49 @ @ RandyP comments: We should not jump to conclusions concerning the Disciples. The tendency might be to think that they were afraid or ashamed or confused in hiding. The fact that they were unanimously absent might suggest that they were told to or couched to stay away perhaps due to safety, perhaps due to the type of unbiased testimony the Spirit wanted to collect. We just can't be sure.

kjv@Luke:23:39-56 @ @ RandyP comments: No one man surely could not have witnessed all of these details recorded throughout these key passages of the Passion and Crucifixion. What we are reading more likely is a collection of testimonies from several sources gathered together by Doctor Luke in this case. What the acquaintances and women saw from afar was from their lips, what the Centurion said most likely from his or someone close enough to him, what the thieves said from the same in close witness. The two Mary's and half brother James may have been close enough sources for most of this, but, not all of this. It would behoove Luke to utilize many sources. And there could have been many more than we are aware of.

kjv@Luke:24:1-35 @ @ RandyP comments: Here we are not only hearing the direct testimony of the women and of Peter, we are hearing how 2nd level witnesses are recalling and interrupting the news that they are receiving; it's seems like the news is being transmitted faithfully. In the case of the two men walking, their 2nd level testimony then becomes a direct witness as Jesus reveals the scriptures and eats with them .

kjv@Luke:24:1-35 @ @ RandyP comments: It is an interesting study laying the four gospels accounts of these events side by side and developing an actual time line. Often people will dismiss the gospels because the accounts are not word for word, story by story; they are attempting to read the gospels as a novel from one author. But when you do take the time as an investigating officer would to map these separate and individual testimonies out there is an undeniable consistency, each one adding to the next, that is nothing other than divinely gathered. One must look at these pieces as how they might truly represent the events and fit together first before looking at them as how they might not.

kjv@Luke:24:45-48 @ @ RandyP comments: The Gospel of Jesus Christ in a nut shell. The simplicity of our calling.

kjv@John:19:35 @ @ RandyP comments: John was the only gospel writer who actually witnessed Christ's passion first hand. Matthew Luke and Mark each wrote organized collections of other people's direct testimonies.

kjv@Luke:17:11 @ @ RandyP comments: This was a dangerous border between the two countries with bad attitudes toward each other. People would go the long way around. ..James MacDonald..

kjv@Revelation:1:13 @ @ RandyP comments: kjv@Luke:9:28-36 John has seen this glorified Son of Man before. He knows of whom he is talking.