The stranger took the matzah bread in hand, lifted His eyes toward heaven, and made the blessing. At every meal on every day that they had been with Him, they had heard Him chant the same words with the same intonations. Before the word “Amen” could even leave their lips, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.
Some commentaries suggest that the devil blinded them to the Master’s identity. On the contrary, Luke says, “Their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him” (Luke 24:16). From a Jewish reading of the text, this means, “God prevented their eyes from recognizing Him.”
The prophets say that the Messiah will initiate an era of world peace during which “the wolf will dwell with the lamb” and the nations will hammer their swords into plowshares. “Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and...
Yeshua taught his disciples that those who hunger and thirst now are especially blessed because they will enjoy being satisfied in the Messianic Era. Does this refer to the poor and needy who literally hunger from lack of food and thirst from lack of clean water? Or does it refer to a spiritual hunger and thirst?
Up until the mystical discourse on the road to Emmaus, Yeshua’s disciples continually failed to understand the Master’s predictions about His suffering and rising, “For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead” (John 20:9).
Yeshua warned His disciples that not every place would receive their message. He told them not to waste time arguing or trying to persuade people. Instead, He told them to leave that place, and He said, "As you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them" (Mark 6:11).
When Yeshua told us to take the lower seat, was He simply offering etiquette tips, or was He hinting at something deeper? Take a look at the seating arrangement in the kingdom. Our Master watched the disciples of His host and the other guests jostling for position of honor at the Sabbath table.
What did He mean when He said that He will deny us before the angels of God? “Before the angels of God” is a theological circumlocution that simply means “before God.” In this context, the “angels of God” constitute the heavenly court over which the LORD presides. The throne of judgment is in view.
In the story of the ten lepers, the gratitude of the Samaritan is supposed to deliver a shock and illustrate just how inappropriate ingratitude is for Jewish people. If a Samaritan knows enough to express appropriate gratitude to God for a miraculous healing, how much more so should the Jewish people do the same?
Yeshua’s instructions probably surprised and disappointed the ten lepers. The problem was that the lepers had not yet been healed. A glance at their own flesh confirmed that the leprosy still clung to them. Showing themselves to the priests while their bodies still bore the affliction could serve no purpose.