Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 2 Study # 6
September 3, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<276> Thesis: No one ever has sight restored without being able afterwards to "see" the real issues of life. Introduction: In our study last week I spent a large portion of our time explaining a sheet of paper that I had handed out that revealed the differences in Luke's record and the Old Testament sources of Jesus' reading in the synagogue in Nazareth. In that explanation, I made a rather significant "blunder" in that I overlooked one of the major alterations of the text. Anyone who has a KJV of the Bible could have seen my error immediately because the Authorized Version has more of the Isaiah 61:1 text than Luke recorded. Luke omitted the phrase "to bind up the brokenhearted". In the transmission of Luke's text, several scribes apparently considered their copy of the text to be in error because it omitted that phrase, so they altered the text when they made their copies by inserting Isaiah's words -- "to bind up the brokenhearted". But, they did not do Luke's readers any favors when they did that because their actions clouded Luke's major point -- established by his chiastic structure. I do not intend, this morning, to argue with those who refuse to look at the evidence in favor of a knee-jerk "King James only" position, but I do intend to look at what Luke really wrote and deal with the issues that his deliberate structure raises. The major issue in Luke's record of the ministry of Jesus is the issue of the "recovery of sight for the blind". John concurs in that he opens his Gospel with the declaration that the incarnation made it possible for men to "see His glory". The implications of this as the issue are far-reaching and we want to see if we can at least begin to "see" what those implications might be.