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Luke 22:1-27 Commentary
by Barbara Lundblad
Looking back to the temptation story, we recall that after the last temptation, the devil departed from Jesus “until an opportune time” (4:13).
Now that opportune time has come. The tempter, here called Satan, enters into Judas Iscariot leading him to “look for an opportunity to betray Jesus.” We sense a connection to Luke’s story of the entry into Jerusalem where the donkey was where Jesus said it would be. Here, too, things seem planned out. “When you enter the city, a man carrying a water jar will meet you -- follow him.” That mysterious man should be easy to spot since women were usually the ones carrying water jars!
Luke’s account of the supper is a Passover story, linked to Exodus 12. Fred Craddock reminds us that the Passover Lamb was not a sin offering: “The lamb sacrificed for sin was another ritual; the Passover lamb was the seal of the covenant, and the Passover meal commemorated that covenant offered to the faith community by a God who sets free.”1 Neither Luke nor Paul calls this meal a sacrifice for sin, but in both accounts, Jesus emphasizes the covenant. Only Matthew ...
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NL266: Last Supper
April 13, 2017
This podcast on Luke 22:1-27, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Apr. 13, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.