Bible ~~- Newer Testament ~~- Luke ~~- chapter 18 of 24 (43 verses.)

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A Widow Pesters A Judge 'Til She Gets Justice
1 Prayer Yahshua tells his disciples another [punchy visual] story, to motivate them to always keep praying and never lose heart.
2 Unbelief [Yahshua] says, โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‡, in a city there lives a judge. He refuses to fear [YHVH] the Eloah. This [judge] respects [no] human.
3 Revenge In this city lives a [poor] widow. She comes to [the judge], pleading, โ€œMy adversary [harmed me. Award me justice.] Punish the criminal! [Protect me.] Prove me right!โ€
Rule in my favor. Award me punitive, statutory and special damages against the villain. Let the sweet savor of revenge roll across my tongue and dribble down my lips! Blood! I paid my court costs. So you owe me vengeance! Equity! Fairness!
4 Perseverance For a while, this [hard-hearted] judge refuses to help the widow, ๐Ÿ˜‡. But later, [annoyed by the widow's constant screeching for equity,] the judge says to himself, โ€˜Though I neither fear [YHVH] the Eloah, nor care about mankindโ€ฆ
5 Perseverance *โ€”[simply] because this widow keeps bothering me, I'll sell her the legal revenge [she craves]. Then she'll stop coming [to my courtroom]. [She's] wearing me out.โ€™โ€
6 Perseverance Master [Yahshua] explains, โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‡, listen to what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying: [Perseverance pays off!]
7 Prayer *[Do you see, ๐Ÿ˜‡?] Elohim avenges his own chosen [people] who cry day and night to Him. [But] he [allows them to suffer for a while to purify them].
YAH actually avenges you. You mess your life up when you avenge yourself.
8 Revenge *I tell you, ๐Ÿ˜‡: Elohim always speedily avenges [crimes committed against] His Elect [chosen people]. Yet when [I,] the โ€˜Son of Adamโ€™, return to earth, [I find very few people] with faith [to persevere long enough to get justice].โ€
Speedy! Fast! You get satisfaction. AFTER you STAY faithful and keep asking for justice. We mortals are toddlers screaming in the back seat of the car, โ€œAre we avenged yet?!โ€
A Penitent Oppressor Beats A Religionite Prig
9 Pride Yahshua tells another [hot visual tale] to [some arrogant] people who brag about their own righteousness, while despising other people:
10 Pride *" ๐Ÿ˜‡, 2 men walk up into the temple to pray: one a [pompous paid preacher] Pharisee, the other a [despised, traitorous] tax-collector.
Pharisee means: โ€˜religious separatistโ€™.
11 Pride *The religionite [Pharisee] stands, praying inside himself, โ€˜[YHVH] the Eloah, I thank you that I'm not like other men: greedy, unfair, adulterous, or [heaven forbid, a traitor] like this tax-man.
12 Pride *โ€”I fast two [days] each week! I give 1/10th of everything I acquire [to the communal temple feast and charity fund].โ€™
13 Humility *Meanwhile, the [despised] tax-collector stands far [back from the altar, in the shadows. He trembles, afraid to] even lift up his eyes to heaven. He beats his breast, crying, โ€œ[YHVH], Eloah, be merciful to me. [I'm] a sinner!โ€
14 Humility *I tell you, ๐Ÿ˜‡, this [repentant wrongdoer] goes back to his house justified, while the [proud] religionite [remains condemned]. For [YAH] bashes down everyone who exalts himself. Likewise, [YAH] lifts-up everyone who humbles himself.โ€
The Messiah Welcomes Poor Little Children
15 Pride Again people bring infants to Yahshua, hoping he'll touch [& heal & bless] the children. But Yahshua's disciples rebuke the people on sight.
โ€œHey people, stop trying to turn the King of the Universe into your unpaid Day-Care nanny!โ€
16 The Kingdom (Dominion) Of Heaven *Yahshua calls [his disciples] to himself. He says, โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‡, let little children come to me. Stop hindering them. For the Kingdom of [YHVH] the Eloah belongs to [beings with childlike spirits].
17 Humility *I tell you the rock-solid [Truth], ๐Ÿ˜‡: Whoever fails to accept the Dominion of YHVH [the Eloah] like a little child absolutely never enters YAH's Kingdom.โ€
Whatever command you read in the Bible, do it immediately. No more pornography. No more oaths. No more pledges. No more addictions. No more debt. Get rid of the smut in your house. Sell all you have. Use the money to help poor [people of every kind]. Get free from your employer's shackles. Learn the Bible. Don't rationalize. Never make excuses. Just do it. Now. Be your Father in Heaven's little, obedient, humble child.
Sell ALL You Own To Do Acts of Compassion
18 Eternal Life And a ruler asks Yahshua, โ€œGood Master, what must I do to inherit eternal Life?โ€
19 Seeking Glory Only For Yah *Yahshua answers the ruler, โ€œWhy do you call me โ€˜goodโ€™? The only good being is [YHVH] the Eloah.
Jesus is a strict monotheist, not a Trinitarian. And he's amazingly humble.
20 Righteous Actions (Works) *โ€”You know [YAH's] commandments, ๐Ÿ˜‡: Never commit adultery; never murder; never steal; never bear false witness; honor [& pay the living expenses of] your father & your motherโ€ฆโ€
(Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20) Murder = phonos.
21 Pride The [cocky] ruler answers, โ€œI've obeyed all those commandments since I was a child.โ€
Technically.
22 Forsaking All *Yahshua hears the [โ€˜rulerโ€™ falsely claim to have adhered to the spirit of YAH's Law since childhood]. So Yahshua says to the ruler, โ€œYou still lack one thing: sell *ALL* that you have. Give [the proceeds] to poor [people]. THEN you have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.โ€
This is at least the 3rd time in the book of Luke that Jesus commands you to give away all your wealth. Don't listen to any โ€˜christianโ€™ who tells you this command was just for one โ€˜rich young rulerโ€™. Yahshua gave this command to everyone.
23 Forsaking All *The ruler hears [Yahshua's universal command to keep no personal possessions, but to use the few things you carry to help other people]. Immediately the ruler [cries,] overwhelmed with sorrow, [obsessing about] his [beloved] great riches.
Repeat Yahshua's command that *everyone* must sell *all* their personal possessions and use the proceeds to help the poor. You'll make โ€˜Christianโ€™ people very sad. So they'll walk away and start saying bad things about you and your โ€˜fanatical cult-like doctrinesโ€™, which just happen to be the literal text of the Bible they refuse to study.
24 Forsaking All *Yahshua sees the [rich] ruler crushed with sadness. Yahshua says, โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‡, how difficult it is for people who own riches to enter the Dominion of [YHVH] the Eloah!
25 Greed * ๐Ÿ˜‡, it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter [YHVH] the Eloah's Dominion!
26 Salvation The people who hear the [โ€˜camel-needle analogyโ€™] ask [Yahshua], โ€œThen who can be saved?โ€
27 Faith *Yahshua answers, โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‡, the things which are impossible with men are possible with [YHVH] the Eloah.โ€
28 Forsaking All *Then Peter {Rock} brags, โ€œLook, we, [your disciples], left all [our possessions, homes, families, jobs, everything], to follow You [into voluntary poverty and persecution].โ€
29 Forsaking All *Yahshua says to [his disciples], โ€œI tell you the rock-solid [Truth], ๐Ÿ˜‡: Everyone who leaves [his] house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or offspring, [to enter or promote the] Dominion of [YHVH] the Eloah, [gets rewarded].
Of course, you still have to provide for your wife and kids. Disciples can't just abandon their families.
30 Forsaking All *โ€”In this present age, [YAH] gives [you] many multiples of [what you give up], ๐Ÿ˜‡. Then, in the age to come, [YAH awards you] everlasting Life!โ€
Yahshua Predicts His Own Imminent Death
31 Spiritual Vision *Then Yahshua gathers his 12 [core] ambassadors. He says to them, โ€œSee [our immediate future]: We go up to Jerusalem. Then all the predictions written by the [ancient] prophets concerning [me,] the โ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ come true.
32 Tribulation/Purification/testing *โ€”[The religionists hand me,] the โ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ over to [Roman] beast-nationals. [Jews and Romans alike] mock [me]. [They] treat [me] shamefully. [They] spit on [me].
33 Resurrection *โ€”The [Romans and Jews] scourge/flog/whip/beat [me]. They put [me] to death. Yet [on] the 3rd day [I] rise again.โ€
Yahshua died at the close of โ€˜Wednesdayโ€™ evening before the special mid-week Passover Sabbath. He rose at the close of โ€˜Saturdayโ€™ (normal Sabbath) evening. 3 full days and nights in the tomb. Don't let any bogus religionist hand you his โ€˜Good Friday-Easter Sundayโ€™ baloney.
34 Spiritual Blindness Yahshua's disciples understand nothing Yahshua says, ๐Ÿ˜‡. [Evil] hides [the meaning of Yahshua's warning] from the disciples. [They just stand there with that clueless โ€œdeer in the headlightsโ€ look. So his imminent murder and resurrection takes them by surprise.]
The disciples want Yahshua to take โ€˜heroic Herod'sโ€™ royal throne, to evict the Romans from their homeland. The disciples shrink from following a martyr to His death, as do you!
Yahshua Heals A Blind Roadside Beggar
35 Faith-Healing [Yahshua journeys on, ๐Ÿ˜‡.] He approaches Jericho {Moon-Spirit}. [There] a blind man sits by the road-side begging.
36 Faith-Healing The blind man hears the crowd going by. He asks, โ€œWhat's all that noise about?โ€
37 The Messiah The people tell the blind man, โ€œYahshua of Nazareth is passing by.โ€
38 Faith-Healing The blind man cries, โ€œYahshua, son of David {Love}, have mercy on me!โ€
39 Perseverance *Up ahead of Yahshua, the crowd scolds the sightless [sufferer]. [They] yell โ€œShut up!โ€ Yet the blind man cries even louder, โ€œYou! Son of David {Love}! Have mercy on me!โ€
40 Faith-Healing Yahshua stops [in his tracks], ๐Ÿ˜‡. He commands [people] to bring the blind man to him. The blind man staggers near.
41 Faith-Healing Yahshua asks the blind man, โ€œWhat do you want me to do for you?โ€ The [blind man] pleads, โ€œAdoni, [please] give me my sight.โ€
42 Faith-Healing *Yahshua answers the blind beggar, โ€œReceive your sight! Your faith has saved you.โ€
43 Faith-Healing *Immediately the blind man receives his sight, ๐Ÿ˜‡! [So] he follows Yahshua, glorifying [YHVH] the Eloah. All the watching people [join the blind man, jumping up and down, singing,] praising [YHVH] the Eloah.
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