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Spingola and Friends, #100 — 1 Comment

  1. The caller quoting Luke 19:27, “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me,” did so as a very clever distraction. Answering him in any definitive manner would have drifted attention away from the subject.

    Notwithstanding an answer as a tangent comment may be satisfactory for closing the door on the caller’s monkey business. In order to dispel Luke 19:27’s seemingly contrary words to the New Testament, one must know the context from which this scripture is snipped.

    Backing up to Luke 19:1 and proceeding forward, one finds that before saying this, Jesus states to his followers, “the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (verse 10). In the next verse one finds, “And as they heard these things, He [Jesus] added and spake a parable, BECAUSE HE WAS NIGH TO JERUSALEM [emphasis mine] and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.”

    Jesus then begins the parable containing the words sited. The parable begins at Luke 21:
    12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
    13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
    14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

    After this presentation, Jesus enters Jerusalem on the colt of an ass with crowds declaring Him the Son of David sent of God (Luke 19:38, Matthew 21:9). Verse 21:12 of Matthew accounts Jesus entering the Temple, where he kicked butt on the moneychangers.

    The next morning Jesus cursed the fruitless fig tree (Mat. 21:19) and returned to the Temple where He presented a slew of parables. Note how the vineyard parable adds clarity to the Luke’s recounted parable mentioned.

    Matthew 21:
    33 ¶ Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
    34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
    35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
    36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
    37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
    38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
    39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
    40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
    41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

    The Pharisees condemned themselves. The Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. In 73 AD on the Passover (40 years to the day Jesus was crucified) the last stronghold of the zealot Jews was taken wherein the inhabitants committed mass suicide.

    The corporate church for the most part recognize the type of a fig tree sprouting leaves mentioned in Matthew 24:32 and Mark 13:28 as representing the current Jewish state called Israel. What they fail to mention is that no fruit is mentioned, and therefore it is a type of the tree that Jesus cursed.

    Enough distraction.

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