The “one who asks” refers to the one who asks the Father in prayer, as James the brother of the Master explained, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). The rabbis teach, “An answer to prayer is connected to the calling, and calling is connected to the answer.”
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.
Yeshua used different metaphors to describe His relationship with His disciples. He compared it to that of a shepherd and his flock. He compared it to a bridegroom and wedding guests. In one place, he compared it to a vine and branches.
A lamp placed under a bowl extinguishes itself for lack of oxygen. Likewise, the light of the world where the Temple stood, the menorah burned, the Sanhedrin convened, the rabbis taught, the Torah was studied, and the nation of Israel assembled, was in danger of being extinguished.
God does not lead His people into enticement, but He may lead us into difficulties which test our character and try our faith and allegiance. The petition beseeches God to lead us not into difficulties, evil occurrences, tragedy, misfortune, disease, and so forth. The prayer honestly admits one’s own frailty and human limitations.
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).