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LUKE CHAPTERS 3 & 4

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1-6 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. 5 'EVERY RAVINE WILL BE FILLED, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW; THE CROOKED WILL BECOME STRAIGHT, AND THE ROUGH ROADS SMOOTH; 6 AND ALL FLESH WILL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.' "

 

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Lk 3,2-6

(152ka) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> The Church holds – This was probably not the first word that John the Baptist received from the Lord; he was earlier led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and ate locusts and wild honey. While he was there he probably communed with God, but then a special anointing came over him; suddenly, the word of the Lord came to John and brought him back to civilization, leading him to inaugurate a new tradition of baptism. John the Baptist was exonerated by Christ as one of the great heroes of the Bible, yet if he were alive today, he would probably not be received by the Church or the world. He was a very sober person who spent his entire adult life living among the beasts of the field. He never let any alcohol touch his lips, yet was continually filled with the spirit, awaiting his ministry that God inscribed in his heart while still in his mother's womb.

Lk 3,3-14

(193b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Turn from your evil ways >> Turn from sin – An ordained minister dipping our bodies in water does not complete our baptism, unless of course we have indeed repented. These are not just words; we are actually called to repent. God wants us to show the world that we believe in Jesus, and the way we do that is through repentance, which is the subject of John’s baptism.

Lk 3,3-6

(8h) Responsibility >> Preparing to interact with God >> Preparing for revival – Jesus went about preaching the gospel and healing every kind of disease and performed many signs and wonders, wherever He could muster faith. The purpose of Jesus’ ministry of evangelism was to prepare the apostles, and that was also the purpose of John the Baptist, to blaze a trail for the Son of God. So there was an extensive process in preparing Israel to receive their Messiah, yet after all that they still rejected Him. However, the gentiles surrounding Israel heard about Jesus, and when the gospel came to them, they readily received Him. God had richly anointed His apostles through their measure of faith. They had a profound anointing, and they were able to perform extraordinary miracles, but not by any extent that Jesus did. We must look at the advantage that Jesus had and the reason He so readily believed in God. He came from heaven; He was the Son of God from past eternity. When the Father conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb, the person who grew in her was the very Spirit of God wrapped in human flesh. Jesus often expressed disappointment in people’s faith, saying that though we live in the weakness of sinful flesh, still we could do better.

Lk 3-3

(120b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> God forgives us when we become accountable to Him >> When we repent

Lk 3,4-6

(104b) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by circumstances >> Purified through dying to sin – John’s ministry of baptism was preceded by a wilderness experience, and when he baptized Jesus, His ministry was proceeded by a wilderness experience, suggesting that John’s baptism of repentance is itself a wilderness experience. Therefore, what does that say about the pathway to repentance? A wilderness experience is never fun and games, but is painful work forged by great effort. These are ways we describe repentance, yet as James said, “it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” What else did James say? “Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (Jm 4,8-10). Think also about the two witnesses prophesied to come in the last days. They came from the wilderness as John did and preached a gospel probably similar to John, which will bring about the thousand-year reign of Christ, yet preceded by a wilderness experience. Verse 5 says, “Every ravine shall be filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low.” That sounds familiar, like the earthquake prophesied to shake the earth in the last days, so hard that it will remove every mountain and every island, and fill every valley. So John’s baptism of repentance brings about a great shaking to the core of the human soul, suggesting that a genuine repentance has at its epicenter the Holy Spirit calling us to forsake our sins and empowering us to do so, shaking the house off its foundation that we built prior to Christ, requiring us to rebuild, this time according to the pattern that God has shown us by His Holy Spirit. When God shakes us to our core, it is not God condemning us or reminding us of our sin; He is giving us an opportunity to repent. He will set us free to understand the level of forgiveness that we have received from God, and set us free to walk on the trail of good works that He has prepared for us from all eternity.

(141d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the savior


 

7 So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 

 

Lk 3,7-17

(191b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Baptism symbolizes death, burial and resurrection >> Baptism is a sign of obedience – The apostle Paul taught that there was only one baptism (Eph 4-5); however, John came preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, and also taught that after him was coming one who baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire, referring to the anointing. We are seeing two baptisms while we know through Paul that there is only one (Eph 4-5), suggesting that John’s baptism and Jesus’ baptism are the same. To have John’s baptism without Jesus’ baptism is meaningless, and to have Jesus’ baptism without John’s is playing with fire. Also, note the order of baptisms, first John, then Jesus. John the Baptist came to deal with sin, but Jesus came for righteousness sake. These things are happening simultaneously: repentance, forgiveness and the working of righteousness. Repentance puts away sin, forgiveness imputes the blood of Christ, and righteousness comes through the Holy Spirit, who leads us on a path of good works that God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph 2-10).

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Lk 3,7-9

(51b) Judgment >> Church with the world >> Warning about hell – Repentance is absolutely necessary to salvation. John is saying that if we don’t repent and bear good fruit, God will cut us down and throw us into the fire. That might offend some people's religiosity, and there may be a number of ways to interpret the word "fire" but one obvious way is to let it mean hellfire. We cannot produce good fruit while we are producing bad fruit; that is, we must repent before we can walk on the trail that God has prepared for us. He has called our crooked path to become straight and our rough road to become smooth. Sin complicates our lives, making our way difficult and hard to walk. Stumbling stones make us sin and sin makes stumbling stones. Christianity is not an easy trail for those who refuse to put away their flesh.

(69e) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Righteous anger >> Church is angry at sin

(179c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> The world runs into the Church to escape God’s judgment – What was the wrath that was to come? Jesus was coming! I thought Jesus was the opposite of wrath? Isn’t He the embodiment of God’s grace? What did John mean? The wrath to come pertains to those who reject Jesus Christ, which is the very rationale that God used to create hell. Had Jesus not died for our sins, God would never have created hell. He would never have expected man to suffer for eternity, because frankly, man’s sin wasn’t evil enough to deserve hell, until the Father sent His Son, now their sin has exponentially increased to the point of God requiring hell for them to equal their level of offense. John the Baptist knew the Pharisees would reject the Lord; in fact, they sent Him to His cross. John the Baptist said about the Pharisees that the axe was already laid at the root of the trees, meaning they were on the verge of being cut down and thrown into the fire, even while John was speaking, and in AD 70 the Jews were ostracized from their own country. God already knows who will bear the fruit of repentance and who will not; He already knows who is going to heaven and who isn’t. He knew the Pharisees would never obey Him, so the axe was already laid at their root. There is such a thing as prison life, but there is no life in hell. Heaven is incomprehensible to us, and so is hell. In heaven, people have spiritual bodies, both spiritual and physical, which sounds like an oxymoron to us. The same is true for those in hell; their bodies are physical, but they cannot die. Those in hell deserve to be there, and they deserve the level of punishment they receive. The worst part about hell is the angst; it is their only potential to find true happiness, for they would never have found it in heaven.

(186j) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Marked out for destruction

Lk 3-7,8

(87b) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> We have no choice but to be doers of the word

(88c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> Relationship between faith and works >> Faith without works is dead – Someone might ask, ‘What wrath is John talking about, since gentle Jesus was not about wrath, but about the grace of God.’ What did John the Baptist mean then when he spoke of the wrath to come? What happened to Israel after they rejected their Messiah? In A.D. 70 they lost their place and their nation; if that wasn’t wrath, then what was it? Where did His grace and forgiveness go, then? Didn’t His sacrifice help? No, it didn’t help many of the Jews, because it wasn’t met with faith in those who heard (Heb 4-1,2). From these stones God raised up spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham by targeting the gentiles for salvation, after the Jews rejected the will of God for themselves. Gentile converts may not be physical descendants of Abraham, but they are His children just the same through faith, whether Jew or gentile; it doesn’t matter. The apostle Paul also wrote about this, stating that it is not those who are physical descendants who are the offspring of Abraham but the children of promise, children of faith (Rom 9-8).

(128j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Living a continuous life of fruitfulness – There will be a resurrection of the righteous in which we will be given new bodies to enjoy in heaven, and baptism represents this. John’s message was repentance through baptism. His baptism also symbolizes dying to self and coming back to life with the resurrection anointing. God wants to empower us to do His will. John commanded the Pharisees to bear fruit in keeping with repentance, and the same goes for us; God gives us an anointing to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Note that bearing fruit is an action phrase, whereas repentance proposes the stoppage of certain actions. Bearing fruit refers to obedience as a substitution of behaviors that we put in place of the sins we stopped doing, and God gives us an anointing to accomplish this. Repentance is a form of obedience, such as when we are lost, we must retrace our steps and return to the last intersection and try a different direction. It may seem like wasted time and energy, but it is how we find our way. The fruit of repentance is the power of anointing to keep the law; then Jesus, after He entered His ministry, spoke about the fruit of obedience, referring to the gospel of John chapter 15. We are given an anointing to walk on a specific trail and to stay on that narrow way.

(159e) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit repentance

(172h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> False doctrine among the truth – If baptism is about repentance, then what is Child baptism? How can an infant repent? Repent of what, the child is innocent? Repentance is actually more important than baptism, though the person who is truly born of God will want to be baptized to “fulfill all righteousness.” Baptism is not a requirement of salvation, any more than Jesus was saved at His baptism; instead, He was anointed. How many of us fulfill all righteousness? None of us do. Why are we so intent on being baptized, yet leave repentance undone? This is how false doctrine creeps into the Church in the first place. To focus on one aspect of our faith and say that baptism is essential for our salvation is missing the point; instead, repentance is essential for salvation. This actually pulls out another can of worms for another large group in Christendom who find the truth difficult to comprehend; suddenly we realize there are many points of contention surrounding the principles of baptism. This is unfortunate. When there are many disputes surrounding a particular doctrine, it is usually a symptom of a much larger problem.

(185a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Operating His grace through religion – There are many people who insist that Jesus saved them from their sins; therefore, repentance is an option. Somewhere in their hearts they are saying, “If I sin, God will forgive me.” While this is true, there is a level of abuse occurring, known as licentiousness. The grace of God does not give us a license to sin. The one who abuses the grace of God will also abuse the children of God. This is why repentance is important. It’s one thing for God to shake us to our core, and it’s another thing to repent. Resisting the Holy Spirit allows sin to sink its talons deep into our flesh and never let go until we discover that we are unable to repent. There is nothing more pathetic than a person who has been shaken to His core by God, but has refused to repent. The person who inoculates himself from the glory of God is distancing himself from the Kingdom of God, and ultimately from heaven itself.

(193f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance >> Instruction to the Church

(195c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters >> You can only believe in one at a time

Lk 3-7

(55n) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Lose the truth to gain religion

(68i) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving wicked motives

(173l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s Religion >> Deeds that are not initiated by God >> Deeds that are not initiated by the Holy Spirit

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8-15 "Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 9 "Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." 10 And the crowds were questioning him, saying, "Then what shall we do?" 11 And he would answer and say to them, "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise." 12 And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 13 And he said to them, "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to." 14 Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages." 15 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,

 

Lk 3-8

(134d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Composition of our bodies is from the earth >> We are physically subject to this natural realm – John knew how the Pharisees would boast in their flesh regarding their lineage. Paul said in Rom 2-28,29, “He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” John the Baptist told the Pharisees not to brag about their lineage, because God is able to make children of Abraham from stones. God created Adam from the soil of the earth, and what is soil but pulverized rock with organic matter interspersed between sand particles. This is what Jesus meant in Lk 19-40 when the Pharisees told him to silence the praises of the people, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” Ultimately and eventually those rocks with grind down into sand and become part of the soil, and some of the atoms and molecules will end up in someone’s body who is a worshipper of Jesus. God sees the end from the beginning, and He sees this scenario happening apart from time. This cycle might take thousands of years to complete, but time is irrelevant to God; He sees all things happening in the present. If we don’t worship God or bear the fruit of repentance, these stones will. God sees our bodies as part of the earth. He knows how we are put together better than we do. We know on a factual basis that when we die, our body decomposes into the ground and things grow from it; other people eat the vegetation, and it becomes part of their bodies, and the process continues indefinitely. God knows how these things work to the minutest detail. The complexity of physical life is unimaginable, yet there are atheists, and the irony is that many of them work in the biological sciences, who become some of the most knowledgeable people regarding the systems that are transpiring in every living thing. Yet, they maintain that there is no God, which is just about as unimaginable as the living things they study.

(147c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> God exercises authority over His creation

(213b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all powerful >> All things are possible with God

Lk 3-9

(47b) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> burning site where people are thrown away  -- This verse goes with verse 17

(157d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Leading a fruitless lifestyle

(202k) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> Goats are unsaved church attendants -- This verse goes with verse 17

Lk 3,10-14

(124e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Do to others as you would have them do to you – The age-old question is “What shall we do to be saved?” John’s answer was the last prophetic voice of the old covenant, which was probably not that different from how Jesus answered that same question. The rich man asked Jesus what he must do to be saved, and His answer was also to repent saying, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mat 19-21). Note that Jesus didn’t stop at repentance; His answer suggested that repentance acted like an arterial light that governed an intersection; so long as it was red the rich man could not proceed, but the light remained red. Jesus prescribed repentance to make the light turn green so he could follow Jesus to heaven without breaking any spiritual laws. Unfortunately, the rich man was more convinced by the value of his wealth than by the words that Jesus was telling him. The ways of God always involve deferring reward, while the rich man’s reward held promise for the moment, which no doubt swayed his decision to abandon the attractive gospel of Christ that revolved around the notion of eternal life. Likewise, those encircling John the Baptist asked him what they should do, and he essentially told them to love their neighbor and stop being so greedy and self-serving, basically telling them to follow the law and pointing out specific sins to abandon, sins that did not require John to be a prophet to know about them. It was common knowledge even then that tax collectors regularly asked for more payment than they were sent to collect.

Lk 3,12-14

(99b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Enduring the death of your flesh

Lk 3-15,16

(68l) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving false reasoning

(77f) Thy kingdom come >> Humility >> Refusing the glory of man >> Rejecting the worship of men

(77h) Thy kingdom come >> Tapping into the power of God through humility >> The high position of a humble servant

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God)

(192h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Gain God’s kingdom to lose the domain of darkness >> Gain integrity to lose the world’s respect

Lk 3-15

(121c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> Expectation based on hope

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16&17 John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 "His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

 

Lk 3,16-20

(122m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness to rebuke the world for unbelief

Lk 3-16,17

(103g) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Spirit like water >> Anointing cleanses you from the practice of sin – This chaff represents two things: sin and sinners. Jesus will either burn up sin from the believer through the fire of anointing, or if the person is an unbeliever, He will burn up the person in hell. John’s baptism is a call to repentance, whereas Jesus’ baptism is a God-given ability to repent. Walking with God is a scary thing. There are many unbelievers who are too afraid to venture a step with God in fear that down the road they will change their minds and run back to the world, and their fear is warranted. God doesn’t like quitters. People take Him way too lightly. He is a loving God; there is no question about that, but we are a sinful people and He is a righteous and a holy God. He doesn’t dislike sin; He hates it. If we receive God’s anointing and we don’t use it to repent, we will lose the ability to repent altogether. “Without holiness,” the Bible says, “no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12-14). As Christians we really don’t have a choice to serve the Lord; we made that choice in becoming Christians. God will work with us and there shouldn’t be a problem, but there are those who can’t get with the program, who are rebellious. They find Christianity virtually impossible, and it’s only because they are unwilling to work with God and do what He says. They are unwilling to walk in His glory and power just as God has commanded us. They are unwilling to deal with the sin issue in their lives, but once we get this under control He can teach us His ways and lead us on that trail of good works that He has prepared for each of us. We need John’s baptism as much as we need Jesus’ baptism, for as we repent in our flesh, God will meet us half-way with His anointing to deliver us from the practice of sin.

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing

(113h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointed through obedience – We should view baptism as Jesus said, “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness” (Mat 3-15). We should view baptism in terms of repentance, for just as repentance is a natural response to our faith in Jesus, so is baptism. John called it a baptism of repentance because baptism means repentance and repentance means baptism, and they are both performed on our extremities. Repentance is meant for the members of our bodies. John the Baptist came first, then Jesus, suggesting that we must first repent before Jesus will bathe us in His anointing, which is the glory of God. The person who wants to walk in the glory of anointing without repentance does not understand the relevance of John’s ministry or the significance of repentance. We believe in God and are baptized in that order, but baptism is a sign of repentance, not of faith, yet when we are baptized we receive an anointing that empowers us to believe in God; so in reality we repent to believe. Therefore, we believe in God before we are baptized, and we are baptized before we are anointed, suggesting that there are two kinds of faith, just like there are two kinds of baptism; and just like baptism, the two faiths are one as Paul said in Eph 4-5. When we become Christians, we believe through our own human strength, showing God our will to repent; then we are baptized and God superimposes an anointing over our belief that transforms it into faith.

Lk 3-16

(71k) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We have His seal – According to Paul there is only one baptism (Eph 4-5); therefore, baptism is a twofer calling us to repent and believe. We are baptized in John’s water baptism, which becomes our pledge to God and our fellow man that we will repent of the sins that hold us in bondage to unbelief, so we can be free to believe in the gospel of Christ and be immersed in the fire of His anointing. This is considered a single baptism; it is not a two-tier process. God anoints our repentance and obedience, and empowers us to serve Him in the joy of our salvation. The Pentecostals, however, believe that when we rise from the water, if our knees don’t buckle, if we don’t speak in tongues and make other uncontrollable vocal sounds, if we don’t lose control of our bodies and run around like a mad dog, then our baptism must not have taken. At that point we might be labeled a have-not and need to be re-baptized or something else just as unscriptural. The Bible doesn’t teach that the anointing is given for the purpose of acting like fools. God anoints our repentance and obedience; so receiving this anointing is not contingent on the moment of our baptism, but on the moment of our repentance. Baptism is a pledge of our intention to live a repentant life, so whenever we decide to make repentance a reality is when God will bestow His anointing. Baptism is the new covenant sign of obedience, similar to circumcision, which was the old covenant sign of faith. On the one hand, circumcision was something that a person could inspect to see that we have indeed been circumcised (though they never flaunted it), in contrast to baptism that once our clothes dried, no evidence remained that we were baptized, except for the witnesses at our baptism, similar to a wedding, who can stand up and testify on our behalf. On the other hand, Jesus fiery anointing figuratively leaves a mark on our foreheads, proving that we belong to Jesus Christ, and we can’t help but flaunt it. Ecc 8-1 says, “A man’s wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.” 

(111f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the power (meaning) of God >> Word in obedience cannot evade the power of God – The purpose of the anointing is to teach us about God. Most people experience a gradual anointing that grows according to their maturity level, but one thing is sure, if we repent, God promises to anoint our obedience. The purpose of John’s baptism is repentance from dead works, whereas Jesus’ baptism is to lead us on the trail of righteousness on the narrow way. Jesus’ baptism trains us in the voice of the Holy Spirit to trust what He says and follow His voice only, who will lead us throughout our lives to the glory and praise of God.

(190k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Baptism of the Holy Spirit – People argue about baptism as a means of diverting attention off its true significance, namely the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ wisdom did not oppose anyone prior to His ministry, but once He was baptized His ministry indeed offended people. When God laid upon Jesus the anointing of His ministry at His baptism, He received an attribute of the godhead that he surrendered to become clothed in human flesh. It was the anointing that brought the offense along with the words He spoke. His anointing was inversely proportional to His lack of sin, so that as His sin approached zero, the anointing approached infinity. The only divine attribute from heaven that He retained as an infant and throughout his life was to be without sin; He was born with that. Virtually every other attribute of the godhead was stripped from Him prior to His conception in Mary’s womb, but when he entered His ministry He received a second divine trait of the godhead, the anointing. The title “Christ” literally translated means “anointed one;” therefore, the word Christians means “anointed ones.” God offers each one of us an opportunity to carry a divine anointing from God; whether we receive it before, during or after our water baptism is irrelevant.

(252a) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for His inherent worthiness

Lk 3-17

(47b) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> burning site where people are thrown away -- This verse goes with verse 9

(104e) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Hell is an eternal purifying process

(202k) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> Goats are unsaved church attendants -- This verse goes with verse 9

(225p) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about final judgment


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18-38 So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people. 19 But when Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and because of all the wicked things which Herod had done, 20 Herod also added this to them all: he locked John up in prison. 21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." 23 When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Hesli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

 

Lk 3,18-20

(181h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Imaginary perception of self >> Distorted perception of self – This is what people do: instead of placing their own flesh under subjection to the will of God, they lock up someone else; instead of condemning their evil ways, they condemn the prophet; instead of repenting from sin, they repent from righteousness. People have done the same thing to the Holy Spirit; He tries to teach them what they must do to repent, and they throw Him in prison, shutting Him out of their lives, lying to themselves that God had even spoken to them. They pretend their sin is not real, creating a fantasy world and attributing righteousness to it and then say they don’t need God, providing evidence for their presumptions. When they try to prove these things to others, they can’t; no one else can see it, so they live in their own little world. Even kings have tiny worlds when they don't serve the Lord in their hearts.

Lk 3-19,20

(242d) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting God >> Persecuting righteousness

Lk 3-21,22

(126h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> Anointing of peace – Jesus was anointed for His ministry at this moment. It said that the anointing literally manifested in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus. He received an anointing that was so peaceful that a dove trusted Him enough to rest on His shoulder. Jesus’ ministry pertained to the last 3½ years of his life. Prior to that He remained aloof, having blended into the crowd; nobody thought anything extraordinary about Him; nothing about Him caught anyone’s attention, but when the moment came and it was time for His ministry to begin, He received the fullness of anointing, as much as the weakness of human flesh could sustain, and by that He performed miracles so long as faith was present, and this brought persecution. For 3½ years He endured an onslaught of the religious establishment and all their insults, always hiding, always having to think ahead. His public ministry reduced to holding church between towns in wilderness places. Jesus suffered everything for our sake; none of what He did was for personal gain, except for the hope of attaining the Church (the bride of Christ) through obedience to His Father, who loved mankind enough to send His very best, so that we could come to heaven and live with Him.

Lk 3,23-38

(37e) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was part of the lineage of David – This wording is interesting, “being supposedly the son of Joseph,” means that He really wasn’t the son of Joseph. He was the Son of God based on the words of Gabriel, the angel who came from heaven and spoke to Mary. The people in Jesus’ hometown who knew Him assumed He was the son of Joseph, even voicing this fact in their complaint when He began His ministry. His own family and friends rejected him saying, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?” (Jn 6-42). Then Luke provides the lineage of Christ descending through David, Abraham, the bottleneck of Noah all the way back to Adam. This entire genealogy was meticulously preserved over the millennia, but when it finally arrived on Jesus’ doorstep, God Himself broke the chain. This genealogical chain suggests that God had Jesus planned from the very inception of man.

 

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LUKE CHAPTER 4

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1&2 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry.

 

Lk 4,1-13

(41d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus overcame sin

(46f) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Fall of Satan >> Resisting Satan’s deception – When it says that Satan “showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,” suggests that the devil got into His head, but Jesus had the glory of eternity past with His Father as a comparison. So, this so-called glory was nothing to Jesus as the Son of God, but to the son of man in His flesh, it was a temptation to become Lord of all the kingdoms of men. Nevertheless, that is exactly what Jesus will eventually do. One day His Father will establish Him as king over a thousand-year reign on the earth that will blossom into eternity where He will reign over the Kingdom of God forever and ever. So, Satan was essentially offering Jesus a way of experiencing His kingship without deferring it to a later date, of course with hidden costs attached, namely reigning over a lesser kingdom and being offered this wonderful promise by the father of lies. Satan was saying, ‘You don’t have to wait; you can have it all right now!’ Does that sound familiar? ‘You can have it all right now!’ is the message of credit cards, but you will have to pay many times over. Satan was saying, ‘you can march out of this desert and perform your little miracles and show everybody your glory and power, and get everybody to follow you, and then place yourself as king over the world and subdue all the kingdoms by destroying them one by one through your great power.’ This is exactly the devil’s own plan to take over the world in the last days, and we know how it ends for him.

(46m) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to the word of God

(65c) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> God leads His Son into temptation by the devil – Jesus found Himself in a real predicament, similar to the situation of Esau, who sold His birthright to his brother, Jacob, for a single meal. Playing the devil’s advocate after Esau returned famished from a failed hunting trip, Jacob offered him a bowl of soup, but first asking for his birthright, and his brother agreed paraphrasing Gen 25,29-34: ‘I might as well give up my birthright to my brother, since I am about to die anyway, what good is it to me if I’m dead?’ Satan was essentially asking Jesus for something similar, which was not that different from the scenario in the Garden of Eden that played out between the serpent and man. Satan asked Jesus, not for His birthright but, for his loyalty. He essentially asked Jesus for the one thing that was most valuable to Him, His love and devotion to His Father. Satan wanted Jesus to sacrifice His unity with His Father that He shared with Him throughout all eternity. Cloaking His Son in human flesh had the outward appearance of risking the very essence and nature of the Godhead, yet there was no risk at all, since Jesus would have never given in to the devil, preferring rather to starve to death. However, from Satan’s limited perspective, he knew that Jesus’ situation was desperate, and this was his opportunity to force a decision that He would not have otherwise made. If Satan could separate Jesus from His Father, like a lion separates a calf from its mother, he could have had his way with Him, and the manner in which he was trying to do this was tempting Jesus to use the power of God for His own personal benefit, instead of using it for the glory of God. Had Jesus attempted to turn the stone into a loaf of bread, it would have communicated that His life in the flesh was more important than His Father, and that would have been devastating to their relationship. It would have been a sin. Paul even called Jesus the second Adam, who fortunately did not go the way of the first Adam. Had Jesus listened to the devil and done what He said, He could not have been the savior of the world, and all their plans with mankind would have ended right then and there. He would not have even been accepted back in heaven, let alone retained his position as the Son of God, so He would have given up everything for a single loaf of bread. You would think that the decision would be an easy one, but the temptations of the flesh are strong, as we all know. Jesus could have said, ‘I command this stone to become bread,’ and then eaten it, just like the fruit that grew on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus would have come to know evil, and the ironic part is that He would have come to know evil on the cross, not his own but everyone else’s, but in this case He would have come to know His own, which would have made a big difference to the Father. Jesus then would have needed a savior, and whom would the Father send greater than Christ to save Him from His sin? So, the entire Godhead would have crumbled, yet it was not taking a risk in that God is so big He completely trusted Himself to send His Son without fear of losing Him to sin. Just as Jesus wilderness experience drew a definitive line between Himself and His flesh, so it also represented the distinction between Jesus and the devil. Jesus answer to him was, “Man shall not live on bread alone,” ‘but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

(66e) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His position with the Father >> Jesus is under His authority – God officially gave the earth to Adam, and commanded him to turn it into a paradise, but instead he imprudently gave it to the devil. In contrast, Jesus is under the authority of His Father, which is the power that will ultimately destroy the devil when He goes to the cross. It’s not just that Jesus died for our sins; it’s that He did it under the authority of His Father, which defines the power of the cross. The main objective of the devil was to separate Jesus from the authority of His Father to put Jesus on common ground with Him, so he could fight Him as an equal, but so long as Jesus remained united with His Father He was superman. He was and will be the only super hero to come save us from the darkness of evil. Consequently, had Jesus acted on His own authority, it would have been sin, testifying about this fact in Jn 8-29, “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” This is what people need to understand about Jesus: He live and walked in submission to His Father. Jesus didn’t come born a virgin to be clothed in human flesh and die for our sins from pity for us; rather, it was the Father who had pity on us and sent His Son to become the propitiation for our sins. That is a huge difference! What if this was Jesus idea and His Father didn’t agree? We still wouldn’t be accepted in heaven. This is why it is imperative that we view the plan of redemption as the Father’s idea, “For God [the Father] so loved the world..." (Jn 3-16). So, Jesus came in obedience to His Father and was therefore completely reliant on Him for everything, especially during His 3½-year ministry. He never did anything until He received commandment from His Father, and then He always obeyed Him. This doesn’t mean Jesus couldn’t make any decisions; He just wasn’t allowed to make amendments to His Father’s plan. Consequently, He was to eat and replenish His body only when the Father dictated it, so that after His temptation, He sent angels and ministered to Him, which was far better than eating bread made of stone.

(103i) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus goes through God’s purifying process – A wilderness experience is what it takes to rid ourselves from sins of the flesh. The fact that Jesus never sinned indicates that this dying process is less in regard to past sins and more in regard to preparing our minds to remain single-minded to the will of God throughout our ministry. Jesus was made of flesh and blood like the rest of us, being tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (Heb 4-15). The benefit and result of this wilderness experience essentially taught His flesh that He was boss. During His 3½ year ministry Jesus did not allow His flesh to do anything apart from the will of God, and this wilderness experience put His flesh on notice that it was futile to resist the will of God, for Jesus had every intension of fulfilling the will of God to the very letter of the law. In other words, Jesus’ wilderness experience clarified the relationship between His flesh and the devil, so that the lines were drawn, a straight and bold line, which is what baptism does. It represents the line we draw against our flesh and the devil, as we submerge into the water to symbolize drowning, yet rise from the water by the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to newness of life, representing the ministry that God has prepared for us from all eternity. It is no longer we who are alive anymore, but the new creation.

(105lc) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the fire >> Into the wilderness >> Jesus suffered the wilderness of nature

(183j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Truth is the enemy of the spirit of error >> Spirit of error interrogates the truth – The devil knows the word of God too; he’s about to quote it to Jesus; the devil knows he will fail, but that will not stop him from trying, because he is completely insane and Jesus is not about to take a single step in his direction. Jesus was willing to postpone the coming glory days in order to do His Father’s will, which was to sacrifice his flesh to ransom a people for His own possession. The devil promised to give Jesus “…all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” Virtually every aspect of this statement is a lie, just like everything Jesus says is the truth. First, the devil would have never given anything to Jesus. Secondly, though it was indeed handed to him, yet it was man who handed it to him, namely Adam when he sinned in the Garden of Eden, giving up everything in exchange for the knowledge of evil. It was inevitable that Adam would make this choice, defining the very mystery of lawlessness, just as it was inevitable that Jesus would make His choice to stay with His Father, defining the mystery of godliness. Adam didn’t really blow it; he just did what God knew he would do, what any of us would have done. The fact that man gave Satan the earth and God didn't, suggests that he does not own the world on any official terms; rather, he obtained it through trickery, meaning he doesn’t have a receipt, so he has no real authority over the earth or the world or anything. 

(230h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Obey the mystery of godliness like Jesus did – The devil tempted Jesus to turn the stone into bread; had Jesus done this, it would have been sin, for then He would have been acting by the dictates of Satan and not by the commandment of God. Had Jesus sinned, it would have alienated Him from His Father for the rest of all eternity, and so we see the enormous stakes involved in God sending His Son to earth dressed in human flesh; literally everything was on the line, heaven and earth essentially being placed on the edge of potential catastrophe. Had Jesus sinned against His Father, God Himself would have been divided and His character flawed. Sin would have entered the trinity and Satan would have won the war against God. Being the first to sin, Satan would have become leader and assumed the place of god. So, the Father literally risked everything when He sent His Son to inhabit human flesh, and yet He risked nothing. This defines the mystery of godliness, for God knew Jesus would never sin. Jm 1-13 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” God cannot be tempted by evil, though in the flesh Jesus was tempted, but did not fail because He was part of God who cannot sin.

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Lk 4-1,2

(189j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Fasting simulates dying to self – It says when the 40 days were ended He became hungry, not just hungry but famished to the point of eating now or dying. He was right on the line of virtually starving to death, except that He didn’t die, suggestive of literally dying to self. Since baptism symbolizes death and resurrection to newness of life, therefore, we should associate Jesus’ wilderness experience with His baptism.

Lk 4-1

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing – You would think that after John baptized Him and the Spirit descended on Him like a dove that God would have sent Him to wonderful places to do wonderful things; instead He led Him into terrible places and took away His food. What does a wilderness experience do for someone? There are many cases of this in the Old Testament, and every one represents a transition to a ministry that God has prepared for us. Obviously, John the Baptist had a wilderness experience prior to entering his ministry, and when he baptized Jesus, He too was led by the same Spirit into the wilderness. John’s ministry was intended for all Israel, suggesting that God was intending to send this nation into a wilderness experience, so that when they emerged from it, they would have a ministry waiting for them, except that they rejected God’s purpose for themselves. Since then God has turned to the gentiles, and what should John’s baptism mean to us but a wilderness experience; it represents dying to our sinful flesh and rising from the water to newness of life.

(113j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Filled with the Holy Spirit

(216h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Compelled by the Spirit >> Following God in fear of losing the anointing – Jesus, being led by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days, sounds very familiar. God placed Him on a fast, but His appetite went away so that He didn’t even want to eat. He no doubt put on a lot of miles out there, but probably at a relatively slow pace, staying at various places for days at a time, the same Spirit leading Him strengthened Him. Jesus was transitioning between the thirty-year stint of His natural life prior to His ministry to the life that God would require of Him after this 40-day preparation in the wilderness. His experience was very similar to Israel wandering by the same Spirit in perhaps the same wilderness for 40 years after their deliverance from the pharaoh of Egypt and subsequent rebellion. For every year that God made Israel wander in the wilderness, He made His Son wander a day, but unlike the Israelites who were fed manna, Jesus ate no food at all, but probably did drink water. It was unlikely a very enjoyable experience, wandering as though lost, just following the lead of the Spirit not bothering to notice His location, but followed the whimsical voice that directed Him, His Father, who was also His guarantee that He would survive His ordeal. He may have wandered at night and slept during the day, or occasionally wandered day and night. He may have even taken a similar route that God led the Israelites through the wilderness, even visiting Mount Sinai and reliving the rich history that occurred there.


 

3-13 And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." 4 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.' " 5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 "Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours." 8 Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.' " 9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10 for it is written, 'HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU,' 11 and, 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.' " 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.' " 13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.

 

Lk 4,3-13

(39j) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated Satan in the world

(40j) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word judges the devil – Had Jesus fallen to the devil’s temptation, He would have gone the way of Adam, and was Adam ever raised up as emperor of the kingdoms of men? On the contrary, that is the position he lost by falling to the devil's temptation. By tempting Jesus, Satan tried to strip Him of His authority. Verse seven was the lie; verses five and six were the bait and verse seven was the hook, but in verse eight Jesus said, “It is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only,” so He used the word of God on the devil. In other words, He didn’t argue with Him. Not even Jesus would have won that battle, because there is no authoritative proof in anyone’s opinion, but to the devil there is authority in the word of God, not so much in the Bible itself, but in our faith, for the devil cannot argue with our faith. He may argue that we have any faith in the first place, but if we use the word of God in our defense, then that settles that.  

(151a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word >> Speak the logos

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Lk 4-3,4

(66b) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> He is Lord over all creation >> over the elements – For the devil to tempt Jesus to turn the stone into bread means He could have done it, but it would have been His last miracle, just like Adam and Eve eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was their last act of true freedom. After that, they became sinners and slaves of sin. They still could make decisions, but only within the parameters of their sinful nature. The stone therefore represented the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate by request of the devil, suggesting that every object around Him became a temptation to turn it into bread and eat it. He had fasted forty days and forty nights before this temptation and He was on the verge of death, and God had not yet given Him authority to eat and regain His strength. Had Jesus done this on His own, it would have been the same as doing it by the prompting of the devil, for the whole point of Christ was to obey His Father. Jesus was being led by the Spirit, so acting on His own authority would no longer be on the basis of faith, “and whatever is not from faith is sin” (Rom 14-23).

(77c) Thy kingdom come >> Hunger for the essence of God >> Doing the will of God is more important than our food

Lk 4-4

(80c) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word in spiritual warfare >> To fight in the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 8. Jesus was the Son of God and co-creator of the universe with His Father, yet Jesus didn’t feel He could answer Lucifer by His own authority, but used the authority of Scripture instead. Had Jesus answered Lucifer by His own authority, Satan would have quickly turned it into a theological debate, probably reducing it further to a shouting match, so Jesus quoted Scripture to him and by-passed His own authority, which Satan did not challenge. However, there are many scoundrels in today’s world that are more arrogant than Satan (if that were possible), who openly challenge the validity of Scripture, which was something that not even the devil did.

Lk 4,5-13

(160f) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil into the wilderness

Lk 4-5

(160c) Led By The Devil (Key verse) – This verse goes with verse 9

Lk 4-6

(164e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan’s system of authority >> Satan’s hierarchy of evil

Lk 4-7,8

(196b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping the devil

Lk 4-8

(80c) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word in spiritual warfare >> To fight in the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 12

Lk 4,9-13

(109ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit teaches us about the word of God >> Spirit interprets the word for us – The devil was misquoting the Scriptures; everything the he said to Jesus was a lie, and of course Jesus was well aware of this. The devil decided, ‘Okay, if you are going to use the word of God in your defense, then I’m going to use it to make my point.’ The assumption is that if the devil uses the word of God, then Jesus can’t argue with Him. The devil would say, ‘I can’t be lying to you because I am quoting the Bible, and we know that the Bible is the truth, don’t we?’ What Satan said was not true, and he was quoting the Bible, so the Bible in and of itself is not the truth. The truth is in the accurate interpretation of the Bible, and the only one who can properly interpret the Bible for us is the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must be saved and have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us and ask Him to teach us God’s word before we can know the truth, and in so doing we will develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit through the truth of God’s word. If this is not happening in our lives, then it is inevitable that our understanding of the Bible is skewed to some degree, corresponding with the devil’s many interpretations. Jesus put the word of God back into perspective when He corrected the devil’s theology when He said, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” Jesus was saying that while we do the will of God, the angels will protect us, otherwise if we fall away from serving God, we cannot expect His protection to remain on us. God is not interested in rewarding us for rejecting Him. 

Lk 4,9-12

(177c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Distorting Scripture >> Distorting Scripture for personal gain

Lk 4-9

(160c) Led By The Devil (Key verse) – This verse goes with verse 5

Lk 4-12

(80c) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word in spiritual warfare >> To fight in the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 4

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14-21 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18 "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19 TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." 20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

 

Lk 4,14-30 

(70g) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth-enemy of discernment >> Familiar with Jesus in the flesh – Jesus was reading the book of Isaiah in the synagogue of His own hometown, and He was saying these words among His friends and relatives, “and all were speaking well of Him.” Jesus knew that would not last. Once He started performing miracles and teaching the deep things of God, He would suddenly become unacceptable to their natural minds; He knew the closest people to Him would be the first to turn on Him, so He figured He would say something to enrage them and bring out the true heart of this people and show them how they really felt about the person they claim to know and love. If He healed many people and cast out many demons in front of them, instead of it being the blessing that He intended, they would have taken it as an affront to their so-called “knowledge” of Him. His friends and relatives would have said something like, ‘Hey, we have known this guy since He was a toddler; He is the son of Joseph; who does He think He is?’ They simply did not accept Jesus’ ministry. Had He performed a miracle in front of them, instead of accepting the facts presented to them, they would have denied their eyes and ears and become enraged that He was forcing them to deny the truth that was manifesting in their very presence. They all thought He was a wonderful little kid and a respectful adult prior to His ministry; everybody in his town liked Him, but once Jesus entered His ministry, liking Him was no longer an option. From that time on, people had to choose to either love Him or hate Him, not as the son of man, someone small enough they could put Him in their back pocket, but as the Son of God, someone the universe itself could not contain! Suddenly Jesus became an offense. What was it about Jesus that so offended people? It is always the same thing, jealousy. He was doing things that they couldn’t do; God chose Him and not them; Jesus knew God better than they did, and so on and so forth. Prior to His ministry people were happy with Jesus, only because they didn’t really know Him.

Lk 4,17-21

(141e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the healer

Lk 4-18,19

(111b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit and evangelism

(119d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Freedom from satanic influence >> Free from bondage

(247c) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in His people >> God is interested in our freedom

Lk 4-18

(149j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Being prepared by God personally

Lk 4-20

(121g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Expecting good things based on God’s character >> Expectation based on His word

 

22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, "Is this not Joseph's son?"

 

Lk 4,22-30

(18h) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Can’t distinguish between good and evil >> Jesus is evil – The townspeople apparently understood what Jesus told them and hated Him for it. They weren’t just angry; they wanted to kill Him, His friends, His acquaintances, His relatives: aunts, uncles and cousins. Just a minute earlier they were speaking well of Him. He really touched a nerve, but what did He say that so enraged them? Keep in mind that the memory of His birth was still alive in His hometown; the people waited for thirty years to see what would come of Him, and when He finally blossomed into His ministry, they got the news that they were excluded from the reward. Instead of basking in their initial acceptance of Him, He was saying, ‘I know you are going to reject me, so I am going to help you hate Me by telling you the truth.’ Jesus wanted none of their acceptance, because it wasn’t based on the truth. Jesus’ so-called friends and acquaintances must have known their hearts were against Christ, though they denied this fact. They knew and they didn’t know at the same time what was brimming in their hearts—jealousy, which unfortunately is a very common way of thinking. Even Jesus taught this way of thinking when He said, “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Mat 6-3). Note, however, that Jesus was talking about hands and not lobes of the brain. He wasn’t saying, ‘Do not let you left lobe know what your right lobe is thinking;’ rather, He was talking about giving alms to the needy, not about lying to self regarding jealousy in the heart.

(182c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Lying to yourself

(200e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Rejecting the faith of God >> Rejecting Christ through unbelief – Jesus operates in an environment of faith, but there was a lot of denial transpiring in the minds of his friends and acquaintances. He can do nothing in an atmosphere and environment of unbelief. Jesus was saying to His friends and relatives who didn’t believe in Him that throughout His ministry many people will be overlooked, and that by refusing to believe in Him, they have made themselves likely candidates to be overlooked. This enraged his friends and relatives; they thought they should be first in line to receive the benefit of His ministry since He grew up among them, completely ignoring the fact that they didn’t even believe in Him. In other words they wanted to receive from God, not by faith like everybody else, but through association, and Jesus was saying that the Kingdom of God doesn’t work that way. His hometown’s people had a thirty-year opportunity to live with Jesus and watch Him grow and mature into manhood, and Jesus was saying, “I tell you the truth, you have received your reward in full” (Mat 6,1-16). He was telling them, ‘You will be the last to benefit from My ministry because you know me merely as the friendly kid on the end of the block,’ but for those of us who know Jesus as the Son of God and believe in Him for eternal life, our reward will never end. 

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Lk 4,22-24

(20a) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Spirit of familiarity – Jesus prophesied that his own friends and relatives would be party with those who would spit on Him and mock Him while He hung on the cross. Jesus knew His friends and relatives would one day abandon Him and hate Him, but He didn’t lose any sleep over it. “[Jesus] replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Mat 12,48-50). Jesus’ immediate family did not have a problem with Jesus; it was more his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, those on the fringe who didn’t directly live with Him, who had developed a false perception of Him and were unwilling to change their way of thinking to accommodate the facts. Jesus adopted a new family with those who would believe in Him. He predicted they would say to Him, “Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your home town as well.” That was not His friends and relatives inviting Him to perform miracles among them; that was His friends and relatives daring Him to perform miracles among them. Essentially they were saying, ‘If you try to perform miracles in our hometown, we will shut you down.’ Other passages of Scripture verify that is exactly what they did (Mat 13,53-58). 

Lk 4-22

(158j) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Love sickening sweet >> Loving words that lack action

(240d) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Natural disadvantage >> Beware when all men speak well of you >> Natural disadvantage of being popular

 

23-32 And He said to them, "No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.' " 24 And He said, "Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25 "But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 "And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." 28 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, He went His way. 31 And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.

 

Lk 4,23-30

(199j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Unwilling to receive Christ >> Rejecting Christ as the Messiah – Jesus was becoming quite popular from His preaching; they loved to hear Him speak with authority, and they loved to watch His healing power. He was calling the people to repentance and faith toward God, and He was speaking about His Father’s love to them, making Jesus a hit among all the people. They loved Him, because it was obvious that He loved them; He devoted Himself to them. His interests were last while everyone else was first in His eyes. People felt secure around Him, knowing that He cared about them, and He had all these special abilities and could fix any problem. These things were happening in Capernaum and Judea, but in His own hometown they would not have Him; they had all made up their minds about Jesus, and any proof that contradicted their pre-established beliefs were ignored. Nobody would ever convince His friends and relatives that Jesus was anymore than what they had always known of Him. If they could deny the facts, then anyone could. Jesus was healing people and casting out demons among so many other things; did they have a dark closet where they threw all their skeletons and their knowledge of Jesus, and quickly closed the door before the mountain of evidence made latching it impossible? His hometown would have been no doubt the first to believe the report that after they crucified Him someone came and stole His body. They just didn’t want to know the truth; they rejected the facts about Jesus. They didn’t care about the facts; they only cared about their view of Him. They were not interested in seeing a miracle happen right under their noses. Rather the mantra went, “Is this not Jesus, whose father and mother we know?” that and, ‘there is no way this man is a miracle worker; I don’t care what you think you saw or that He is the greatest teacher you have ever heard, I’ve known Him for 30 years; I grew up with Him.’ They simply refused to believe the facts, and were blind to the power and person of Jesus Christ. They refused to believe their own eyes and ears. They say seeing is believing. People worship their five senses; they are aspects of their flesh. So, when their flesh reported to them that Jesus performs miracles, suddenly the facts mean nothing, so what we see and hear cannot be trusted. This is the sin of familiarity, and it is evil.

(241j) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus because of what He said

Lk 4-23

(152g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies to the world

(243b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Mocking >> Mocking Christ

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Lk 4,25-30

(24g) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Envy >> Angry at God because of their poverty

Lk 4,25-27 

(219e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God transforms the world into the Church >> God selects us from the world

Lk 4-30

(28l) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Father protects His Son

(147e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Divine works of God >> Signs and wonders – When it says that Jesus passed through their midst, it means He dematerialized or became invisible. He walked on water; He could do anything with His body that He wanted. Later, after His resurrection, He passed through walls. What’s the big difference between walking on water before His resurrection and passing through walls after His resurrection? He was able to walk through walls, not because He had a resurrected body and not even because He was the Son of God, but because He believed in His Father. Jesus said in Jn 14-12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.” This is a mind-blowing statement; this is really raising the bar. Even though He was made of flesh and blood just like us, He was able to do anything because of His faith in God, His Father and our Father. If God has performed a miracle through your life and ministry, you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what God wants to do through you. Imagine the frustration God must have suffered all these centuries, working with a people with such flimsy faith who don’t believe in Him enough to let Him perform miracles among them. Many of us don’t trust or believe in God anymore than His hometown’s people believed in Him.

Lk 4,31-36

(66j) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His words are the authority of God – The next place Jesus visited was Capernaum, the very city He used to condemn the unbelief in His hometown; He went straight there and performed many miracles.

 

33&34 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Let us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are-the Holy One of God!"

 

Lk 4,33-37

(16a) Sin >> The sin nature is instinctively evil >> Man’s flesh is related to the devil >> Man's sinful nature wars against God – The demons knew and respected Jesus more than the people of His time. The demons could tell that there was something about Him that was inherently above the natural order of man, even above the angels. Although Jesus was clothed in human flesh, there was absolutely nothing about Him that could relate to demons. In contrast, man and demon have much in common, but then so does man and God. This is the choice that each of us must make: Will we live like the devil and follow after the spirit of error, or will we live like Jesus and follow after the Holy Spirit? Demons and man are like horses and donkeys; they are related, and they can even mate to produce mules, allegorically speaking of the Nephilim, mentioned in the Old Testament (Gen 6-4; Num 13-33), insinuating that they were sterile. We don’t know how much we relate to demons in this life, because it is all we have ever known. If we were placed in an environment where demonic influence did not exist; how different a world would we make?

(41b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus is without sin >> He fulfilled the law – Jesus never once related to demons, nor did He make them an issue until He entered His ministry; then He started casting them out of people and messing with their world and the demons protested saying, “Ha, what do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? We know who you are—the holy one of God!” The demons know that the clock was ticking against them. Even so, it was clear by their own confession that not even the demons of hell understood God’s plan of sending Jesus into the world clothed in human flesh. Until then they had spiritually monopolized the empires and civilizations of the world. The demons complained that they had nothing in common with Jesus, but He did not consider their question viable, nor was it permissible even for them to speak. 

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ – Why didn’t Jesus allow the demons to speak? Answer, who were they to preach the gospel? Everything they say is laced with deception. If Jesus allowed them to speak, people would listen to them, and Satan would soon turn it into an opportunity to distort the gospel. So, there was deception in the demons statement; can you hear it? They essentially asked Him, ‘If we have no relations with you, then why are you bothering us?’ There is the lie. Jesus is not just the king of heaven and of the universe and of the earth and of man and of angels; He is also the king of demons. For them to even come close to saying ‘leave us alone’ is the lie; they had no business telling Him what to do.

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Lk 4,33-35

(164d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> Satan is a tyrant over the world – Jesus allowed the devil to speak to Him in the wilderness during His temptation, but after He won that war, He wasn’t about to refrain from exerting His authority over them that He acquired in the desert, just like the devil, after winning the war over Adam and Eve, did not refrain from imposing himself over mankind as a tyrant ever since. To Jesus this was payback time. 

(181k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceiving and being deceived – Demons are always rebelling and meddling in foreign domains, always looking for angles and opportunities to invade and conquer, even with Jesus. Why didn’t He want them to tell people that He was the Son of God? Didn’t He come to tell them that? What if it became common knowledge that Jesus was the Son of God? For one thing, Jesus didn’t want people coming to know about Him based on what demons said, but also, He didn’t want to immediately become popular. For Jesus’ ministry to have lasted 3½ years was a miracle in itself, because of the Romans, who held a tight leash on the Jews, and were always looking for revolts and kept an open eye for anyone who would rise as king; the Romans may have come and crucified Him before the time. As it was, part of the reason they crucified Him was that He called Himself the king of the Jews, so the demons were already on track with leading Jesus to the cross way before men, exposing the demon’s ignorance of God’s plan to destroy the power of sin through the cross. For people to become aware of His absolute authority was not in Jesus’ best interest, because ironically that is what would get Him killed. Then also, He wanted to make the decision where and when He would go next and who would hear His message. If He became popular too fast, people would not want Him to leave their area, and would find it difficult to travel. However, the biggest reason Jesus didn’t want people learning too fast about His true identity as the Son of God was that it would take emphasis off His Father, which was His main purpose in coming. The demons were trying to place attention squarely on Jesus, who came preaching about the love of His Father, so the demons wanted the people’s attention on Jesus. The devil’s malice and calculation challenges the human imagination, except that people have studied his thought process for a long time, and have finally mastered it in the last days. The confounding thing of it, this change in covenants that Jesus was invoking was so profound that neither man nor demon saw it coming, anymore than man will see coming what God has in store for the world in the last days.

Lk 4-33

(145j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Immoral spirits – The Bible speaks of unclean demons as though there were also clean ones. There is no such thing as a clean demon. “Unclean” is suggestive of sexual immorality. There must have been a lot of demon possession back then for this to be common enough for people to be aware of it. It is possible that demon possession is just as common now as it was back then, except that the demons are acting covertly and are not harassing their victims as much, but using people merely as dwelling places, and will become more aggressive as we approach the last days. The demons need an environment of rebellion and spiritual ignorance, which was the case in Israel, and which is quickly becoming the case in our own country. Demons become aggressive for one of two reasons: either they feel threatened as they were around Jesus, or for the opposite reason, they feel more at ease to do as they wish from an environment of evil that is increasing around them.

 

35-44 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm. 36 And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, "What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out." 37 And the report about Him was spreading into every locality in the surrounding district. 38 Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon's home. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her. 39 And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and waited on them. 40 While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. 41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ. 42 When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them. 43 But He said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose." 44 So He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

 

Lk 4-35

(146d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> They know the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 41

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Lk 4,38-41 

(145a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Methods of healing >> Healed by speaking the word – Peter was fascinated by Jesus’ ability to heal the sick and to perform miracles, signs and wonders, but he was probably most impressed when He healed his mother-in-law, because it had a personal touch. It could be that he was arguing with his wife and her mother about his faith, about being gone so often and following this man. When Peter brought Him to her house and He healed her, it established a relationship with the Lord, and they finally understood what Peter was doing. This happened early in His ministry, and so this went with Peter throughout his walk with the Lord. When Peter asked Him to heal his mother-in-law, Jesus spoke a word over her and she got up. Peter was a blustery man, full of hot air, but that didn’t change the love in his heart, because it was real. Regardless of our personality, if we love the Lord, God will do anything for us if we keep His commandments (Jn 14,12-15).

(216a) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> Being healed without delay

Lk 4-40

(115g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Seeing signs, wonders and miracles

(145c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Jesus healed them all

Lk 4-41

(146d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> They know the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 35. The demons would shout, “You are the Son of God!” (Mk 3-11); they knew Him to be the Christ, and for that very reason He would not let them speak, why? They were telling the truth, but the problem was they were demons, and they are not capable of telling the truth. Even when they speak the truth they are lying, because their motives are evil. So they had an evil motive for broadcasting that Jesus was the Son of God. He didn’t promote Himself as the Christ; if someone believed it of Him, that was fine, but he didn’t want them telling everybody, partly because He wanted people to come to their own conclusions, but secondly and more importantly because He didn’t want His popularity to make Him a bigger target than He was with the religious establishment, who were already threatening to prematurely end His ministry.

Lk 4,42-44

(149g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the word to the world >> Sowing the seed – If anyone would challenge the idea that the leprous man whom Jesus healed and then spread the word about Him to such an extent that He could no longer publicly minister without being mauled by the crowds (Mk 1,40-45), did not hinder Jesus’ preferred method of taking the gospel to the people instead of the people coming to Him, this passage gives a convincing answer. The handiwork of the healed leper also brought Jesus to the attention of the Pharisees, making them all the more aware of what He was doing in their world. There were a couple reasons for Jesus wanting to go to the people. First, He wanted to minister to them where they lived in their homes and where they worked in their neighborhoods, and second, He was very particular about fulfilling Old Testament prophecy about Himself. Isaiah 52-7 says, “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation.” That was primarily speaking about Jesus, but it also referred to the apostles and any missionary who would carry the gospel abroad. It was imperative for Jesus to fulfill all prophecy, taking the message to the people, and the leper single-handedly stopped Jesus from doing this, at least for a while. Jesus most likely knew what the leper would do but healed Him anyway. Jesus preached the gospel in the synagogues of Judea, the province of Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her. Much as Jesus loved Jerusalem, He didn’t go there much, because He knew it was a hotbed of vehement zealots in the spiritual leaders of Israel who attended the temple, and they were all very fervent for their version of God’s truth. They were not ready to sit down and let Jesus contradict virtually everything they believed, first and foremost because it confronted their pride.

Lk 4-42

(143h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> Seeking Jesus for His favor

Lk 4-43,44

(2c) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments >> Complete God’s calling in your ministry >> Christ did as our example

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