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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Luke's Gospel

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Frameworks: Luke's Gospel, chapter 9

     

For preliminaries see chapter 1

v.1-9 Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
v.10-17 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
v.18-20 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
v.21,22 Jesus Predicts His Death
v.23-27 The Cost of being a disciple
v.28-36 The Transfiguration
v.37-43 Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy
v.43-45 Jesus Predicts His Arrest
v.46-50 About Greatness
v.51-56 Samaritan Opposition
v.57-62 The Cost of Following Jesus

  

v.1-9 Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

 

v.1,2 (Jesus commissions the twelve) When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

v.3 (You need no provisions) He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.

v.4 (but look for a friendly house in which to stay) Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.

v.5 (if no one welcomes you, leave them) If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

v.6 (so they went preaching and healing) So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

v.7,8 (Herod heard and wondered about Jesus) Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.

v.9 (it can't be John!) But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.

 

v.10-17 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

 

v.10,11 (the apostles return and crowds prevent a quiet retreat ) When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

v.12 (the disciples recognise the need to feed the large crowd ) Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

v.13 (when Jesus suggests they feed them they say we have so little ) He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”

v.14,15 (although there were at least 5000 there, Jesus sits them all down ) (About five thousand men were there.)But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.

v.16 (Jesus took the little and fed the whole crowd ) Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.

v.17 (there were lots left over ) They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

 

v.18-20 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

 

v.18 (in private Jesus asks the disciples who people saw he was) Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

v.19 (they give various answers) They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

v.20 (Peter declares he is the Messiah) “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God's Messiah.”

 

v.21,22 Jesus Predicts His Death

 

v.21 (he tells them to keep it quiet) Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.

v.22 (and warns then he must die but will be raised) And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

 

v.23-27 The Cost of being a disciple

 

v.23 (he teaches them that to be his disciples, they must be prepared to give up their lives) Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

v.24 (try to save it and you'll lose it, and vice-versa) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

v.25 (but then what's the point of getting the world but losing yourself?) What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?

v.26 (if you are ashamed of him, he'll be ashamed of you when he returns) Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

v.27 (the kingdom is coming soon though) “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

 

v.28-36 The Transfiguration

 

v.28 (Jesus takes the inner three with him up a mountain) About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

v.29 (as he prays he shines brightly) As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

v.30 (Moses & Elijah appear with him) Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.

v.31 (they appear to talk about his death in Jerusalem) They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.

v.32 (the disciples struggle to stay awake but nevertheless see their glory) Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

v.33 (as Moses & Elijah appear to be about to leave, Peter suggests shelters for them [presumably to try to get them to stay]) As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

v.34 (but then a cloud covers them all) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

v.35 (a voice comes from heaven) A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

v.36 (but Jesus is now there alone) When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

 

v.37-43 Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

 

v.37 (they descend the next day, to be met by a crowd) The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.

v.38 (a man cries out on behalf of his son) A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.

v.39 (he explains he is possessed) A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.

v.40 (the other disciples hadn't been able to help) I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”

v.41 (Jesus chides them) “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”

v.42 (Jesus delivers the boy) Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.

v.43 (the onlookers were all amazed) And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

 

v.43-45 Jesus Predicts his Arrest

 

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples,

v.44 (Jesus warns the disciples of his impending arrest) “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”

v.45 (they still don't understand) But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

 

v.46-50 About Greatness

  

v.46 (the disciples argue among themselves) An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

v.47 (Jesus takes a child as an example) Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

v.48 (the kingdom welcomes children and the childlike) Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

v.49 (John points out they had to stop another delivering the possesed) “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

v.50 (don't do that, says Jesus) “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

 

v.51-56 Samaritan Opposition

 

v.51 (he now sets out for Jerusalem) As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

v.52,53 (but in Samaria is rejected) And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.

v.54 (James & John want to call down fire) When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

v.55 (Jesus rebuked them) But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

v.56 (so they move on) Then he and his disciples went to another village.

 

v.57-62 The Cost of Following Jesus

 

v.57 (a would-be disciple declares loyalty) As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

v.58 (Jesus warns he has no home) Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

v.59 (another would-be follower asks to sort out his family needs first) He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

v.60 (Jesus says let the family do it, you've got a task for the time being) Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

v.61 (another says similar things) Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

v.62 (Jesus says only the whole hearted can serve in the kingdom) Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”