David Neale continues this second volume of NBBC Luke by once more highlighting the unique features and contributions of this Gospel. Beginning where NBBC Luke 1-9 left off, this volume takes up Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, where the narrative proceeds to his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. As before, we hear again the timeless stories that are distinctly Luke's, such as the parable of the good Samaritan and the story of Zacchaeus. All throughout is the optimistic message that no matter the sin or failure, a person may freely choose to repent, be forgiven, and begin a new, holy life. This good news, moreover, is not exclusive; a second chance is offered to all, not only Jews but also Gentiles. For Neale, this optimism resonates with the hopeful and open message of Wesleyanism.
As with Luke 1-9, Neale brings to Luke 9-24 his insightful scholarship and theological acumen, as well as a keen eye for practical application. This NBBC again is another wothy addition to any Christian's library.
“Perhaps the contextual point is that God’s patience with sinners is nearly infinite. Probing our roots and applying manure may not seem like the grace it is. It may even be mistaken for judgment. Like the tree, we cannot become fruitful on our own. But our fruitfulness is not merely the work of God; we can and must repent.” (Page 112)
“The younger son struggled with shame and need. The elder son struggled with resentment and his sense of entitlement.” (Page 138)
“The fundamentals of the sanctified life are simply yet profoundly expressed in these key theological ideas.” (Page 81)
“Jesus taught that to find truth one must seek truth.” (Page 246)
“Commensality will sometimes be withheld due to civic reluctance to welcome the messengers (v 10; → vv 8–15). Meal sharing is a theme we have already seen in Jesus’ association with tax collectors and sinners in Luke (→ 5:29–32) and which we will see again (15:2; 19:7; → 24:13–43). Table fellowship constituted a sacred bond of communion. Here, as with Levi and his friends, those who have the courage and spiritual insight to welcome the emissaries of the Son of Man, the new Messiah, do so by sharing in a meal of peace with his followers (vv 5–6).” (Page 59)
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