And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 1:17 (KJV)
Spirit and power of Elias – What is the “spirit of Elijah” and what could he represent? This same spirit was something Elisha sought out and asked a double portion of it from Elijah. Elisha evidently saw the power and desired to serve the LORD with it. But what did it really represent? And how is John associated with it? Furthermore, how is it preparing the way for the Lord?
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John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luke 3:16 (KJV)
You – Let’s play the pronoun game. Looking at the two instances of the pronoun “you,” which one identifies 21st century Christians and which one refers to the people that are currently standing in the presence of John during the 1st century? Continue reading “The Pronoun Game”
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luke 16:22 (KJV)
Abraham’s bosom – It amazes me that one abstract verse found in a parable meant to teach a moral lesson could be used as doctrine. But it happens, and this verse from the parable of Lazarus and the rich man is often times used to justify the preaching of an disembodied soul that resides in heaven. Let’s take a look at the arguments. Continue reading “Abraham’s Bosom”
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:43 (KJV)
Verily I say unto thee, Today – This is the go-to verse to prove that we go to heaven. Today, this criminal would see Yeshua in paradise. But would it surprise you that Greek didn’t have punctuation? Commas were injected into the translations based on an interpreter’s opinion or paradigm. Continue reading “Where’s the comma?”
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Blameless – No one likes to read these words, and most won’t acknowledge what they clearly state. Zacharias and Elisabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, were walking without sin during this time in their lives. How is this possible? Aren’t we taught that we sin everyday? This description of John’s parents reveals a path we know is ideal, but many of us have accepted an ‘outside’ theology that it’s impossible. Continue reading “Walking Without Sin”
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luke 24:25 (KJV)
O Fools – April 1st was a day to recognize the foolish, to play jokes, and act silly, so I thought it fitting to touch on whom Yeshua considers foolish in this world. The word here in Greek is anoētos which doesn’t quite line up with our idea of silliness or playfully foolish. It’s much more severe. Continue reading “Defining a Fool”