36@Live in such love

Luke 8:19-21
Jeremiah 31:3-6
‡T Don't become the captive of the devil

@Last time, Luke added his own message to Verse 8:16-18 as a commentary of Jesus of "the parable of planting seeds" (8:9-15); but after this, he added another short article (8:19-21) in the back, it seems parenthesis. "And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. And it was reported to Him, 'Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.' But He answered and said to them, 'My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.'" This article, there is it in Matthew (12:46-50) and Mark (3:31-35), too; but they are treated as an event before "the parable of planting seeds" both, and only Luke regards this article as a fragmentary parenthesis continuing in "the parable of planting seeds". It seems that this was added as a message of the second Luke completing a commentary of Jesus.

@The first message (8:16 -18) was that the devil who was lighted up by the light of Jesus and was drawn up from the secret place had challenged to Jesus the last fight, so, in the times of a church that the devil is letting his power carry out to a full activity, iit seems that Luke was putting the field of vision to our times), believers of God have to feed an ear to hear the words of God to oppose the power of devil. In the message (8:16) of Luke which is recommending to "be a candlestick of Jesus", it is including an admonition not to hide the light with a container and not to put it under the bed. To us, will there be many places that prefer darkness to light? I may have been just separated from faith trailingly, if I continued not being taught in the Bible; and I myself can not say that I didn't hide the light with a container, and had not put it under the bed. Luke would watch many many people who had such a weakness, in a work of the church formation that he walked with Paul. Luke added another message here, not to become the captive of the devil; here we feel that he considered us of modern.


‡U Mary and His brothers

@Mary of the mother and younger brothers such as Jacob and Judah came to meet Jesus. According to the article of Matthew and Mark, Pharisee and Sopher plan to separate Jesus from the people, and it was the time when they labelled Him as "this man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demon". Putting the label "the one who is possessed by demon" to Jesus, it was their usual practice to use when they are going to bar an unfavorable one from the synagogue; but it seems that such rumor reached the ear of Mary. Perhaps, Mary did not keep such thing in her mind, I think; but, she was pressed by the people of relative, and His brothers would drag Mary to here. His brothers would be led to the faith to believe Jesus later very much; but, in this time, it seems that they have looked at Him as a only heartless brother who threw away a house and left. However, Luke was not going to explain such neighborhood at all, and only wrote that Mary and brothers had come to meet Jesus. Besides, this was added only by Luke, but "they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd". It seems it emphasizes the impression that they returned without meeting Jesus.

@It would be somebody of crowds, but he reported to Jesus "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside". There seems to have been a house of the mothers-in-law of Peter of Capernaum, but because it was a small house, when a large number of people thronged, both the inside and outside overflowed with a person in a moment, and there was not the gap to be able to approach Jesus very much. Aside from the words "the one who is possessed by demon", because it was a chance after a long absence, Mary would want to certainly meet Jesus very much. However, Jesus was going not to go out, and He rather taught the center of the Gospel to the people by the material that Mary and His brothers visited Him. "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it." Matthew and Mark say it here, "For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.", but, only Luke expresses it in detail and by other words, "these who hear the word of God and do it". We want to hear this place more carefully, don't you?


‡V Live in such love

@It seems that I say a reason-like thing, please excuse it. Paul document has far and away much way of speaking of "the word of God" (the word of the Lord), except the document of John at the end of the first century, there are a lot of them in the Acts, next to Paul document. It seems that John learned his logos Christology from Paul... Paul uses the most of "the word of God" as a thing pointing at the Gospel of Jesus or Jesus Himself, but Luke who is a pupil of Paul succeeds Paul theology in the same way, and treats "the Gospel" or "Jesus" as a synonym. However, he recorded it not in the field called the elucidation of Gospel like Paul, but in the field of church formation; sometimes he developed this "word of God" as the "word of salvation" (13:26) "the word of His grace" (14:3) in the Acts, in the process of the work of church formation of disciples, (Luke did not leave a thing such as the letter). The Gospel of Jesus is carved on us, and realized at the center of time; it seems to be the theological domain that he inherited from Paul. The subject of concern of Luke seems to be narrowed down to one point called the church formation which was succeeded from Jesus to the disciples. And I touched it before that this Gospel will become more tasteful by reading the Acts (the message of Luke23 from 6:12-16), do you remember it?

@Luke took what Jesus said, "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it", was pointing at a church. However, a problem is left a little. It seems that he wants to say that "these who hear the word of God and do it" is the center of the church, and he added it here. When we hear it commonly, it may be heard that "the word of God" is law, but the Gospel of Jesus should be never law. If it is not law, what is it? In the Paul theology which Luke inherited, "the word of God" was "the Gospel" or "Jesus Himself". However, if it is so, the way of speaking "these who do it" is very strange, without needing any explanation. Luke adopted the article that Mary and brothers came to Jesus, for recommending "to do the word of God"; his intention seems to have a key in there. Both "mother" and "brothers" are people constituting one loving family. The word "do" which is used here; it is extremely normal words which comes out 568 times in the New Testament, but, because it has wide meaning, "do it" "make it" "perform it" "carry it out" "possess it" and "grant it", so, we should hear "we carry out the love that Jesus loved us" than "we should hear law and perform it" in Semitism. The crowd who are loved by Jesus / one family who loves Jesus, it points out a church. "Act the Gospel", "imitate Jesus"; will it not be the contents which Luke aimed "do"? Gospel is not "to speculate" but "to act love"; this is the church view which Luke aimed at. Jesus is not only the One imagining as the Messiah, but One of the love; He dead on the cross to forgive our sin. We believed Jesus and were received to the country of God (a church); so, we shall imitate such One, and live in such love; here, we seem to hear a message of Luke.