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Luke 18:31--19:10 Commentary
by Barbara Lundblad
“See,” said Jesus, “we are going up to Jerusalem … ” (Luke 18:31).
Jesus’ journey to the holy city had begun long ago (9:51). This is the third time he has told his disciples exactly what would happen once they got to the city. He speaks of himself in third person: “the Son of Man will be handed over to the Gentiles. He will be mocked, insulted, spat upon, and flogged. They will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again” (18:31-33). But the disciples understood nothing Jesus said -- and it’s not the first time.
Jesus is intent on reaching the city, but there will be two interruptions before he gets there -- a blind beggar and a rich chief tax collector. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Twice, a blind beggar cries out, even though people tell him to shut up. (This will happen next Sunday, too, when the religious leaders tell the multitude praising Jesus to be quiet.) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks the blind man. “Lord, let me see again.” Could the man be speaking ...
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April 02, 2017
This podcast on Luke 18:31--19:10, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Apr. 2, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.