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2016 June 28
The Healing of the Blind of Jericho (1531)
Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533)
Dutch and Flemish Renaissance Style
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Image Source: Art Bible
Explanation: In Luke 18 Jesus told the Parable of the Persistent Widow to illustrate persistence in prayer. He said that a woman kept coming to an unjust judge asking for justice against her adversary. Although the judge did not fear God and did not respect men, he nevertheless gave justice to the widow simply because he grew weary of being bothered by her. And Jesus noted that God, who is just, will give justice to his elect who cry to him day and night, even though faith will diminish in the earth (1-8). Jesus also told the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The Pharisee justified himself before God in prayer. The tax collector admitted his sins and asked for mercy. It was the tax collector, not the Pharisee, who went to his house justified (9-14). When some brought children to Jesus, the disciples forbade them; but Jesus told them to allow the children to come because it is only by childlike faith that anyone, adult of child, enters into the Kingdom of God (15-17). A rich man came to Jesus and asked him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus recited most of the "second table" of the law to him -- the laws which deal with our relationships with others. The man said he had kept all of those laws from his youth up. And Jesus told him that he lacked one thing. He told him to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and follow him. The man went away sad. Thereby he was violating the tenth commandment which enjoins against covetousness. Also, by not following Jesus, the Pharisee was violating the first commandment which commands us to love the Lord with all of our heart. So Jesus told his disciples that it was nearly impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. When his disciples asked him who then could be saved, Jesus told them that with men this was impossible; but with God all things were possible. Moreover, he assured them that God would restore all that they lost in service to God and that they would also receive eternal life (18-30). And, for a third time, Jesus foretold his death and resurrection (31-34). As he came to Jericho, he healed a blind man (35-43).
[Sermons: Sinclair B Ferguson. Martin Luther. John Piper. Various. ].
[Illustration: Today's painting illustrates the last incident in today's chapter, the healing of the blind man at Jericho. ]
[THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES:
Luke 18:15-17: Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16.
Luke 18:18-30: Matthew 19:16 - 20:16; Mark 10:17-31.
Luke 18:31-34: Matthew 20:17-28; Mark 10:32-45.
Luke 18:35-43: Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52. ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***
3. Ministry Phase 2: Between Galilee & Jerusalem (Lk 9:51 - Lk 19:28) - (Continued) - 29 - 33 A.D. Israel
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth [brings pain to] me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
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