GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 5:27-28 The Calling of Levi (Matthew) (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17) We could categorize the next two stories that Luke presents as examples of Jesus’ attitude toward fellowship. The Pharisees were a relatively new group that had emerged about 150 years before during the days of the Maccabean revolt against Rome. They got their start by showing their purity, abstaining from anything Roman (or Gentile), but over the years they had evolved (genuine evolution is rarely for the better) into a self-made sect of super-Jews who wanted to......
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 3:12-13 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. There was a firm structure for the tax collection system in Rome. Rome did not demand an unreasonable amount of money from its citizens; most of its income went to paying the salaries of public servants and soldiers, and for the making of roads. However, to carry out the process of collection, opportunities opened up for corruption. The......
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 2:3 3 So they all went to register, each to his own town. If we take all three of this chapter’s verses so far together, we see a movement throughout the Roman Empire from the perspective Caesar himself. Verse 1 shows the giving of the order. Verse 2 shows the order being carried out throughout the empire, specifically as it moves through Syria into Palestine. Now in verse 3, we see the result of the order and the way it was carried out in Israel. In most......
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU RUTH 3:14-16a 14 She lay at his feet until the morning, but then got up before anyone could recognize anybody else. He said, “Don’t let it be known that a woman came to the threshing floor.” The inspired writer does not tell us that the couple slept together in the marital sense nor in the being exhausted sense. This was a couple that had just become a couple, just expressed feelings for one another, and was making serious plans for marriage. They had a lot to talk about;......
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 15:6-9 6 The Philistines asked, “Who did this? ” They were told, “It was Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because the Timnite took Samson’s wife and gave her to his wedding companion.” So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death. The tragedy and irony of Samson’s first wife is that she betrayed her husband because she was threatened with being burned to death, but by not trusting him, that was precisely what happened to her. It was a savage, brutal time, and that’s how......
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU RUTH 3:5-8 5 Ruth answered, “I will do everything you say.” 6 She went down to the threshing floor, and did everything that her mother-in-law told her to do. 7 After Boaz finished eating and drinking, and he was in good spirits, he went to lie down at the end of the pile of barley. Ruth came over quietly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. 8 Then sometime in the middle of the night the man was startled and turned over, and found a woman lying at his......