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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Luke 6:12-23

From the Geneva Notes

Lu 6:12
6:12 {3} And it came to pass in those days, that he went out
into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer
to God.

(3) In using earnest and long prayer in choosing twelve of his
own company to the office of the apostleship, Christ shows
how religiously we ought to behave ourselves in the choice
of ecclesiastical persons.

Lu 6:17
6:17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the
company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people
out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the {c} sea coast
of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed
of their diseases;

(c) From all the sea coast, which is called Syrophoenecia.

Lu 6:20
6:20 {4} And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said,
Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

(4) Christ teaches against all philosophers, and especially the
Epicureans, that the greatest happiness of man is laid up
in no place here on earth, but in heaven, and that
persecution for righteousness' sake is the right way to
achieve it.

Lu 6:22
6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they
shall {d} separate you [from their company], and shall
reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son
of man's sake.

(d) Cast you out of their synagogues, as John expounds in
Joh 16:2, which is the severest punishment the
Church has, if the elders judge rightfully, and by the
word of God.

Lu 6:23
6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and {e} leap for joy: for, behold,
your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner
did their fathers unto the prophets.

(e) Leap for exceeding joy, as cattle do who are spurred on
by food.

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