Nov 07 2012

Luke 7 29-30 is a Side Comment

Luke 7 29-30 is often skipped by the big fat books or they have conflicting things to say about it..

Here are some things about the narrator’s side comment in Luke 7:29-30

  1. It interrupts Jesus’ speech that started in Luke 7:24. This interruption is unexpected. Therefore it is probably important. (A point we learn from Steven Runge’s  discourse analysis.)
  2. It contrasts the reaction to Jesus by two groups based on their acceptance of John’s baptism.
    1. Common people and the despised tax collectors
      1. Acknowledged God’s justice – Accepted the free and easy entry into the kingdom.
      2. Accepted John’s baptism
    2. Pharisees and Mosaic Lawyers
      1. Rejected God’s purpose for themselves – As the spiritual leaders they should have been the first to receive John’s baptism and enter the kingdom
      2. Rejected John’s baptism
  3. “God’s justice” is probably that God made entry, into the kingdom offered by Jesus, available to all. It was not limited to “the righteous,” the wealthy, the “important,” or any other select group. This would show His justice.
  4. This aside probably sets up Luke 7:31-35. It says that no matter what you do, the religious leaders will reject the humble repentance (wise action) called for the by the baptism of John.
  5. It makes the religious leaders the unresponsive children in the market of verse 32 (Luke 7:32)
  6.  Luke 7:33-34 expands this idea
    1. John is like the children who sing the dirge
    2. Jesus is like the children who play the flute
  7. The last line of Jesus’ speech (Luke 7:35) would then mean that common people and tax collectors of Luke 7:29 are the children of wisdom. The Pharisees and Mosaic Lawyers would by contrast be the children of ???? What a sharp but carefully worded correction.

Luke 7 29-30 Summary

I think you need the interruption in Jesus’ speech so that you can understand the rest of Jesus’ speech. Remember that the first readers of this account were probably Romans who would not know these details about the people in Jesus’ audience.

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