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Tuesday, February 26 2013

Luke: The World Of The LORD

The Book of Luke is unique among the four documents that recorded the human lifetime of the Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) in that Luke, unlike the other three, was not a Jew or an Israelite (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah). There was a LORD-given reason and purpose for a "gentile" to write, not only the Book of Luke, but also the Book of Acts (Luke wrote both) in which the Gospel of the LORD was again preached in all the world (see The Worldwide Church of God).

Although Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have become traditionally called the "Gospel Books" (they are nowhere called that in the Bible itself), the Gospel of the LORD was preached long before them. The entire Holy Bible is actually the Gospel Book - including the vast period of time before the Israelites existed. As such, Luke's unindoctrinated original view of all the world was not retarded (a word that simply means "to be delayed" e.g. a fire retardant chemical used in building materials) by any petty human nationalism of a dead-end physical "Israel," as the religion of Judaism had made itself into (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity, How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism). The others, including the apostles Peter and Paul, eventually grew out of that short-sighted idea to fully grasp that their key ancestor, a gentile from Iraq named Abraham, was what the Messiah Himself said was the basis for "Israel" (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham? and A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram; also A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and Ruth: Building The House Of Israel).

Earth Luke was among the first to naturally understand during that time (Paul learned it when he was struck down into the dirt on the road to Damascus, while Peter learned it from a vision of "unclean" animals; see What Did Jesus Christ Send Jonah And Paul To Do? and The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter), but they all eventually came to know and teach that the only nationality that will be permitted to exist in the Kingdom of God is Child of God (see the Fact Finder question below). All of the man-made countries and nationalities of the world today are going to be abolished by the LORD when He returns to rule His worldwide Kingdom (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God and The Church: Mission Accomplished).

Consider the contrasts in the given perspectives of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John:

  • Matthew (see Matthew: The Gospel By The Accountant) and John were two of the original twelve apostles, while more youthful Mark (see Mark: Was It John Mark?) was a convert and close associate of the apostle Peter, and then a close functionary of the apostle Paul, before becoming a full servant of the LORD in his own right. Luke was not one of the twelve apostles, or closely associated with any of them; Luke became a close associate of the apostle Paul, "the apostle to the Gentiles," who also was independent of the twelve.

  • Matthew, Mark and John were Jews (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Jews), while Luke was a "Gentile" (as was Abraham, who was neither Israelite or Jew; see Who Were The First Jews?).

  • Matthew and John were sent to "Israel" ("10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" Matthew 10:5-6 KJV), while Luke accompanied the apostle Paul in his preaching the Gospel to all of the world ("13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth" Acts 13:47 KJV).

  • Luke's "world" (i.e. how he viewed the world and everyone in it) was a much bigger and all-humanity-realistic place than the inward-looking apostles to Israel alone would have been. The Scriptures do record how they grew up, and grew out, of that adolescent perspective - they would have been teaching against Christ if they hadn't done so, when it was time for them to have done so. It's the same reason that a nationalistic teacher of the Gospel, even in the true Church of God today, usually has a much narrower and parochial view of the world, and of the Gospel itself, than a teacher of the Gospel, like Luke was, who regards the world as Planet Earth, rather than a small-minded "planet our country" as the people of Judah who rejected the Messiah did when He lived and taught among them.

  • Matthew, Mark and John wrote their Gospel "books" in the form of a local "off the shelf" history and prophecy text, whereas Luke's work, while also the same history and prophecy, was specifically accomplished by means of a letter - an epistle.

The "Gospel of Luke" was actually written as an epistle (i.e. a letter) to a man named Theophilus. Nothing more is known about Theophilus, other than that he was of some high rank in a government or the military ("most excellent Theophilus") and that he was almost certainly a Gentile, like Luke.

"1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 1:2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." (Luke 1:1-4 KJV)

Luke's first epistle to Theophilus ends with the account of the Messiah's ascension - the event that began Luke's second epistle to Theophilus, the Book of Acts (the photo of the Middle East and Israel from space is similar to what the Messiah saw as He rose to heaven from the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem, and what He and those of the first resurrection will see when He returns; see The Ascent From Bethany, What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven? and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).

Israel From Space

"24:33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen." (Luke 24:33-53 KJV)

Luke's second epistle begins at the exact point where his first epistle ended.

"1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:1-3 KJV)

Luke (also rendered as "Lucas") is recorded in Acts and some of the epistles, some of which time he was writing the Book of Luke. He became very close to the apostle Paul, later being the only one left with him as his execution drew near (including perhaps because he was a physician i.e. Paul's physician who would have likely been given access to the imprisoned apostle at any time).

"4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: 4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. 4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea." (Colossians 4:7-16 KJV)

"4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 4:13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 4:15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words." (2 Timothy 4:7-15 KJV)

Studies For The Book Of Luke

Ahead Of The Prophet

A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars

Joseph Of Nazareth

Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?

Teaching In The Temple

Repent, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand

Moses And Elijah At The Feast Of Tabernacles

Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?

The Passed Over Pharisees

The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week

What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?

The Kingdom Of The LORD God

Sending Away The Escapades Goat

Sabbath Teachings And Healings

The Biblical History Of Christian Fasting

The Harvest Prophecies

How To Pray

Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand

Did Judas Iscariot Repent?

The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?

The Ascent From Bethany

The Epistles: Acts

Fact Finder: What does "born again" actually mean?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?


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This Day In History, February 26

364: Valentinian I was proclaimed the Emperor of Rome (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?).

1266: The Battle of Benevento. Charles, Count of Anjou, defeated German and Sicilian forces under King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred died in the battle; Pope Clement IV the proclaimed Charles as king of Sicily and Naples (see also Emperors and Popes and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1443: Alfonso of Aragon entered Rome, where he later became king.

1616: The Roman Catholic "Inquisition" delivered an injunction to Galileo to stop correctly teaching that the Earth orbited the Sun.

1658: The Treaty of Roskilde. After a decisive defeat durung the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway lost almost half his territory to Sweden.

1797: One-pound and two-pound notes were first used in England.

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte departed from the island of Elba with 1,200 followers. Within 3 weeks, France rallied to its former emperor but his last hope of keeping his crown ended in Belgium with the Battle of Waterloo in June. The British government subsequently banished Napoleon to the island of St. Helena where he died in 1821 at age 52.

1832: The Polish constitution was abolished and replaced by one imposed by Czar Nicholas I.

1848: The Second French Republic was proclaimed after the abdication of King Louis-Philippe.

1848: Karl Marx and Frederich Engels published The Communist Manifesto, an economic experiment that by the late twentieth century had been proven as a dismal failure that enslaved the workers that it promised to "liberate."

1867: The British House of Lords passed the British North America Act, establishing Canada as an independent nation.

1901: The leaders of the Boxer Rebellion in China, Chi-hsui and Hsu Cheng-yu, were beheaded in public.

1914: Britannic, sister ship to the famous Titanic, was launched at a shipyard in Belfast. Britannic was sunk by a mine in 1916 while serving as a hospital ship during the First World War (1914-1918).

1915: Flame throwers were used in battle for the first time when the Germans used them against the French at Malancourt.

1933: Construction began for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

1935: RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging) was first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt of Britain.

1936: Adolf Hitler opened the first factory for the manufacture of the "People's Car," or Volkswagen.

1952: Winston Churchill announced that Britain had its own atomic bomb.

1969: Levi Eshkol, Israeli prime minister from 1963, died. He was succeeded by Golda Meir.

1972: The Soviet Union recovered Luna 20 which had returned with a cargo of moon rocks.

1980: Egypt and Israel established diplomatic relations, ending 30 years of war between the two nations.

1993: A terrorist bomb severely damaged the World Trade Center buildings in New York. 6 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured.

1995: The London finance House of Barings collapsed after huge losses were run up in Singapore by a single trader.





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