John 6

It’s amazing to me that after reading the same account of the feeding of the 5,000 for 3-4 days, I still see things that I didn’t see before.

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Luke 9:1-20

This struck me funny today.  Herod “kept trying to see him” while Jesus was constantly being “seen”by thousands.  He must not have been trying very hard.

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Mark 6

How do you  cross the sea and end up on the same side?

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Matthew 14

I’m not sure where Jesus was when he heard the news of John’s death, but he left there in a boat…so it must have been along the Sea of Galilee.  However, in the last chapter Jesus was last in Nazareth, which is halfway between the Sea of Galilee and the Med.

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Matthew 10

 Jesus gave the disciples authority as He sent them out.  The instructions and description of their ministry seems addressed to a larger group.

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Matthew 9

Several times it appears as if Jesus didn’t heal at the first request.  Here are a few examples:

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Mark 5

Another look at the account of the demon possessed man…there’s some new info. here!

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Mark 4

Second look at the Parable of the Soils, Crossing the Galilee…

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Matthew 8b

The Demon Possessed man and the herd of pigs

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Luke 8

The parable of the soils (seed) and a few observations in general

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Luke 2:1-38
 
  • The references to Augustus and the census, and to Quirinius help us to document the date through other ancient records.
  • I noticed that Luke’s record doesn’t say the baby was born the night they arrived. I wonder if they were in the stable for more than a night?
  • The radiance of God’s glory surrounded the shepherds. This was more than a bright light that shone down on the earth like a beam of light. This light chased away every shadow, and illuminated all sides of the shepherds. It was more than daylight.
  • The vast host might not have been singing. The armies of heaven may have been chanting the phrase in verse 14. It doesn’t say whether the army said it once, or kept saying it. From what is written, it sounds like they said other things as well, because it says they were “praising God and saying” not “praising God by saying” or “as they said”.
  • When the shepherds told their story to the people, everyone was astonished. There’s no record here that they were not believed because of their station in life. Generally, people want to believe good news, and news about a deliverer being born was good news indeed.
    The shepherds shared and went back to work. Mary meditated on what they said.
  • I wonder if any of the shepherds lived long enough to see Jesus ministering to the people. Could one of the shepherds been young enough to see Jesus born and crucified? Shepherds were often younger men.
  • God orchestrates wonderfully.  Simeon “just happens” to be in the temple when Mary and Joseph arrive. That’s because he listened to the Holy Spirit and moved when he was supposed to. I’m so glad that he did! Anna “just happens” to be walking by when Simeon is prophesying and praising God. Anna practically lived at the temple, but it’s a fairly large place with lots of people milling around. This is no less a miracle than Simeon. Interesting that a woman would play such a key role in the announcement of Christ.
  • Luke doesn’t mention that Mary and Joseph returned to Bethlehem to stay for awhile. He doesn’t mention the visit from the wise men, or the trip to Egypt. Honestly, that seems odd to me, because Luke has so many other details recorded. (like Mary’s song of praise). Maybe Matthew was already recorded, so he didn’t feel the need to reiterate.
  • I’ve mentioned this before: they offered the sacrifice of poor people, two young pigeons. Oddly enough, within a year or two they would be very wealthy because of the gifts of the Magi. (at least we think they were). Some scholars believe that Mary lived out her life on the income from the Magi. I doubt it, honestly.
  • Vs 34 says that Jesus was a “sign from God” but he was also much more than that.
 
Pastor Rick signing off for today.   Be blessed!