04/13/19-Luke 16:1-18; Psalm 82:1-8; Proverbs 13:2-3
When I read a passage that does not seem clear to me I will refer to scholars who may be able to add perspective. But as a word of caution we need to have sufficient knowledge of God’s word to be able to identify if the author is “on track” with the will of God or is strictly espousing a personal opinion.
A passage that struck me today is: Luke 16: 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. 18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
As in many cases I referred to the writings of John Coffman for his perspectives, as follows:
This statement of Jesus has in view the changing and perversion of God’s law by the Pharisees, who had perverted the moral requirements of it (as in the case of easy divorce, mentioned a moment later) in many ways, even seeking to change the nature of the kingdom God had promised to set up. They wanted an earthly kingdom, a Messiah on a white horse who would throw out the Romans! Jesus here reminded them that not one of the tiniest provisions of God’s law would be waived in favor of their materialistic views.