Luke Chapter 5

June 24, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of Luke. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Luke 5:1-39 (NIV)
1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2 he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. 12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. 17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” 34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” 36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.'”

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus relates the calling of the disciples to something that they would immediately pick up on. In this case, fishing. Their lives as fisherman would be a training ground for their lives as disciple. Like God did with Moses and David calling them shepherds of His people. This still happens today. God will take what you have done, and use it in your calling. I use to be a bartender and worked in the food and beverage industry.

Peter’s response to the miraculous catch is interesting. “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” This is much like Isaiah’s response to the awareness of the holiness of God in Isaiah 6:5:

Isaiah 6:5 (NIV)
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Luke 5:12-17

Jesus response to the leper paints a picture of the heart of God for people. While the religious leaders considered lepers as outcasts, and wouldn’t have anything to do with them, and particularly wouldn’t have touched them, Jesus reached out, touches the man and he is healed. This is a picture of the message of the Kingdom of God that Jesus was bringing. Relationship with God had been reduced by the religious leaders to a set of rules and regulations. Jesus was on the scene to let people know that God loved them and cared for them and was available to them.

Luke 5:17-26

Another miraculous encounter takes place with the paralytic. Some key things to notice. In verse 20, Jesus is moved to response by the faith of the paralytics friends. Although I am not so sure at how happy the homeowners were. Um, Jesus, I hate to bother You, but could you heal my roof?

Another important point to note. Salvation is better than healing. Jesus gave the man the best thing when he forgave his sins. The healing was good, but not as good as salvation. Everyone who is saved is ultimately healed. Eternal life is better than this temporary life. It is hard for us to live in that tension because we are motivated by what we can see and feel and hear and taste, these things seems more real and therefore more important, but eternal life is better by far.

Also note the reaction of the religious leaders. Rather than be overjoyed at the miraculous movement of God in healing the paralytic, they got stuck at the point where they disagreed with Jesus teaching. A lot of people miss what God is doing because of the theological box they have put Him in. God always does this and God never does that thinking can cause you to miss God.

It is also pretty cool that Jesus calls them out on what they are thinking. “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?”.

Luke 5:27-39

The tenor of this chunk of scripture is about the religious leaders reacting to something they didn’t like. What didn’t they like? The people following Jesus experienced joy. Joy was not something that the religious leaders thought was a part of a relationship with God. In their thinking, life with God was about following rules and regulations, not about joy. This is still part of many religious attitudes today. The table fellowship that Jesus shares with people, particularly sinners, is a picture of eternity. It is all about being with and relating to God in a very personal way. It is this idea of table fellowship with God that brings about all the meals here. When we get together and eat together, it is a picture of life in relationship with God forever.

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