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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Luke's Gospel

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Frameworks: Luke's Gospel, chapter 8

     

For preliminaries see chapter 1

v.1-3 Jesus' travels and his women supporters
v.4-8 The Parable of the Sower told
v.9-15 The Parable of the Sower explained
v.16-18 A Lamp on a Stand
v.19-21 Jesus' Mother and Brothers
v.22-25 Jesus Calms the Storm
v.26-39 Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
v.40-42 Jairus asks for help
v.43-48 A sick woman is healed
v.49-56 Jesus raises Jairus's daughter

 

 

v.1-3 Jesus' travels and his women supporters

 

v.1,2 (Jesus continues his itinerant ministry with his disciples and some grateful women) After this, Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;

v.3 (the women helped support Jesus) Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

 

v.4-8 The Parable of the Sower told

 

v.4 (a large crowd gathers again) While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:

v.5 (he tells a story about a farmer sowing seed) “A farmer went out to sow his seed. ( seed 1- eaten by birds) As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.

v.6 (seed 2 – withered on rocky ground) Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.

v.(seed 3 – chocked by weeds) Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.

v.8  (seed 4 – on good soil, very fruitful) Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

 

v.9-15 The Parable of the Sower explained

 

v.9 (the disciples ask for an explanation) His disciples asked him what this parable meant.

v.10 (as close disciples they get the meaning, others won't understand parables) He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see;   though hearing, they may not understand.'[Isa 6:9]

v.11 (the farmer's seed is God's word) “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.

v.12 (the first seed is taken by the devil) Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

v.13 (the seed on rock has no root and withers – short-term believers) Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

v.14 (the seed among thorns are chocked – those whose believes are overcome by worldly worries) The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.

v.15 (the good ground represents good hearts and hold the word and produce fruit) But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

 

[Notes for meditation on v.15: what is a 'noble and good heart'? how do we 'retain' what we hear or read? Why do we need to 'persevere' and how do we achieve that?]

v.16-18 A Lamp on a Stand

 

v.16 (another illustration: light is to be put where it can be seen) “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.

v.17 (everything will eventually be revealed) For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.

v.18 (be careful: if you have an open heart, you'll receive more, but if not, even the understanding you have will be lost in confusion) Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

 

v.19-21 Jesus' Mother and Brothers

 

v.19 (Jesus' family turn up) Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.

v.20 (Jesus is told about this) Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”

v.21 (he takes the opportunity to say all who obey God's word are his family) He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice.”

 

v.22-25 Jesus Calms the Storm

 

v.22 (Jesus leads the disciples to cross the lake) One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.

v.23 (he sleeps in the boat while a storm comes up) As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

v.24 (the disciples are afraid so he calms the storm) The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we're going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

v.25 (he challenges their faith) “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

 

v.26-39 Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

 

v.26 (they land on the other side) They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.

v.27 (they are ‘greeted' by a demoniac) When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.

v.28 (he pleads with Jesus) When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!”

v.29 (Jesus commands his release) For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

v.30 (yet there is resistance (implied) and Jesus enquires of the demons) Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.

v.31 (the demons beg not to be sent to hell) And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

v.32 (they ask to be allowed to go into some nearby pigs) A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.

v.33 (Jesus permits this) When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

v.34-36 (the keepers of the pigs were upset) When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.

v.37  (the people of that locality ask Jesus to leave [he is upsetting their possibly illicit trade in pigs – forbidden food for Jews]) Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

v.38 (the delivered man want to go with them) The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,

v.39 (but Jesus tells him to go home and be a testimony to him) “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

 

v.40-42 Jairus asks for help

 

v.40 (on their return, crowds are waiting) Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.

v.41,42 (synagogue leader, Jairus, pleased for his dying daughter) Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.

 

v.43-48 A sick woman is healed

 

v.43 (in the crowd is a long-term ill woman) And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.

v.44 (she touches Jesus and is healed) She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

v.45 (Jesus questioned who touched him, and Peter questions him) “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

v.46 (Jesus knew power had left him) But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

v.47 (the woman confesses) Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

v.48 (Jesus blesses her) Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

 

v.49-56 Jesus raises Jairus's daughter

 

v.49 (meanwhile news comes that Jairus's daughter is now dead) While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don't bother the teacher anymore.”

v.50 (Jesus challenges the news) Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

v.51 (when he gets to their house he sends the crowd out) When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.

v.52 (Jesus tells the mourners to stop wailing) Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

v.53 (they laugh – she IS dead) They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.

v.54 (he raises her up) But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”

v.55 (she is restored) Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

v.56 (her parents are amazed) Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.