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LUKE CHAPTERS 7 & 8

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1-11 When He had completed all His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum. 2 And a centurion's slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, "He is worthy for You to grant this to him; 5 for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue." 6 Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, "Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; 7 for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 "For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it." 9 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith." 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health. 11 Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd.

 

Lk 7,1-10

(67b) Authority >> Jesus is at the right hand of the father >> He is above all other authorities – Jesus never contended that this person was worthy of Him. It wasn’t important that they knew Jesus at the time; in fact, He even tried to hide His true identity from them, but it would be important that they knew Him after His resurrection and ascension. He was the savior of the world; He came to save Israel and the whole world from their sins. His heavenly ministry as the Great High Priest was far greater than His ministry on earth, so that when the centurion slave lands on his deathbed again, he had better know Jesus as his savior with the Holy Spirit dwelling in him, so when he dies he can go to heaven. The whole purpose of Jesus preaching the gospel and healing the sick and doing what no one else could do was to prove that He was the Messiah, the expected one.

(125b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love >> Faith toward God and love toward man – The biblical concept of faith has interwoven into it the quality of goodness, righteousness, faithfulness… essentially the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5-22,23). The fruits of the Spirit are created by faith, which once created also establish our faith. The centurion demonstrated many of the fruits of the Spirit by the rapport that he developed with his servants through the kindness he showed to the Jews, being a clear example of Genesis 12-3, "I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." God blessed the centurion with faith that Israel should have had for their Messiah. He was fond of the sick man, though he was a servant. There are many slave owners who treat their slaves like dirt, but this man treasured the people who worked for him. The messengers thought a lot of their master too, saying to Jesus they thought he was worthy of Jesus to come to him, but as it turned out the man was so humble he didn’t feel himself worthy to come to Jesus. The centurion’s faith derived from his military experience, as a soldier who was both given authority and was under authority, just like Jesus.

Lk 7-4,5

(174e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Justifying yourself

Lk 7,6-10

(77h) Thy kingdom come >> Tapping into the power of God through humility >> The high position of a humble servant

(114a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ word

(192c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your identity to gain God’s identity

(253j) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is under the authority of the Father >> Jesus obtained power through subjection to the Father – The centurion understood the concept of delegating authority, which is why he sent servants to tell Jesus, “Just say the word and my servant would be healed.” That is, the word itself directed the power of God to the centurion’s house and healed his servant. This is something that the Roman centurion understood, but Israel as a whole did not. The centurion had a level of faith that excited Jesus, who highly praised the man, exclaiming, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” What made the Roman centurion’s faith so great was that he believed in delegated authority. The Kingdom of God is based on this principle. Angels in heaven do God’s work, sent throughout His creation performing their duties, so that God Himself does very little. God does the things that only God can do and delegates the rest to His creation. God couldn’t give power to somebody to create the universe, so He created all things through Christ (Col 1,15-17), meaning that Jesus Christ is part of the godhead. We have the Father who is above all, then Jesus the servant of His Father, then the Holy Spirit the servant of Christ, then the angels, servants of the Holy Spirit, and finally there is man, the least of all, yet all things are for his sake. The fact that Jesus sits on His throne suggests that God is at rest. So this concept of delegating authority is central to the way God operates, and the centurion understood it. The great faith that the centurion had was in the understanding that Jesus was able to use this principle to heal his sick servant remotely from where He stood. In other words, the centurion understood that the word of God had authority to heal. The Roman centurion knew the difference between the power of His word and the word of His power. Jesus Christ is the word of God’s power, while the centurion’s servant experienced the power of His word. This makes the Roman centurion a very profound man of faith.

Lk 7,6-8

(72e) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Men delegate authority by their words

(73d) Authority >> Respect Positions Of Authority >> In the Church

Lk 7,7-10

(145a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Methods of healing >> Healed by speaking the word

Lk 7-8,9

(66e) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His position with the Father >> Jesus is under His authority

Lk 7-11

(143l) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> It is popular to follow Jesus

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12-17 Now as He approached the gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, "Do not weep." 14 And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise!" 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and, "God has visited His people!" 17 This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district.

 

Lk 7,12-17

(108i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the mysteries of God – The moment Jesus commanded the man to rise from the dead he sat up in the coffin. An obvious question: where was his spirit before Jesus spoke to him? Did he have to travel billions of miles back to his body? The spirit realm is a complete mystery to us because we are fleshly creatures. Imagine if we belonged wholly to the spirit realm and were only told about a realm of the flesh consisting of complex molecules that collectively represented the will of the man’s soul who lives inside a body. It seems unimaginable even to us who are in the flesh, let alone if we lacked the experience. No wonder the spirit realm is an abrupt mystery; we don’t even understand our own realm. Since we know there is no time in the eternal spirit realm, then it is likely there is no space either. These are all concepts we cannot comprehend, because we live in a three dimensional world that is managed by time and space. If we could touch the spirit realm with the toe of one foot, where would it exist? We are not allowed to ask where. Jesus talked about Abraham’s bosom versus hell in the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16,19-31). These were two separate places where the dead went, depending on whether or not they believed in God. Where Abraham’s bosom is “located” is where this dead man must have come, prior to repossessing his body at Jesus’ command, but nobody knows whether that is an actual place. In the story Jesus talked about a chasm between the rich man and Lazarus; it was an impasse, not like a difficult canyon, but like another realm, no more possible than for us to cross into the spirit realm without first dying, which the rich man had already done. These two realms were like light and darkness; they cannot exist together, so heaven and hell cannot exist together. Wherever this man was that Jesus raised from the dead, he immediately jumped back into his body after Jesus remade it habitable for the human spirit. It was like two things happened at once; he healed the man’s body so that it could support life again and then called the man’s spirit back into it. The man didn’t have a choice, but did what Jesus said; he wasn’t in a position to rebel; there was no wrestling with the wills at all. He was essentially resurrected from the dead. God absolutely controls the spirit realm, as opposed to this natural realm where He has relinquished control to us, to living things, to the elements, to randomness and to Satan. These are all things that are far from our reach in terms of grasping with the mind, because it deals with the spirit realm that is inconceivable to us. We have a body that scientists have only begun to understand. We get sick and go to the doctor and they have certain medicines and surgical procedures. They have names for all the body parts and understand many of the physiological processes, but in terms of how it all works together is a challenge on an exponential scale, and the brain, they haven’t even begun to understand. Beyond that there is the spirit of the man, and this is something that we know nothing at all, and we never will until we enter the spirit realm of either light or darkness. There are mysteries in life that persist, and many of them will be explained in heaven, but even then there will be mysteries that will persist throughout eternity.

Lk 7,12-16

(115g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Seeing signs, wonders and miracles

Lk 7,12-15

(123e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Compassion >> Being willing because you are able – Jesus raised the dead man for his mother’s sake, not for the dead man himself. Jesus exercised His power based on His feelings of compassion, which is a spiritual emotion, opposed to all other emotions that are born of the flesh. In contrast, His disciples in the book of Acts for example, chose to heal a man crippled from birth, not based on their compassion, but based on the leading of the Holy Spirit, as it suggests in Act 3-12, “Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” Just because the apostles had compassion for someone didn’t mean they could heal the person. God’s gracious choice was not based on their compassion, but on God’s willingness to demonstrate His power, and according to our finite perspective that willingness seems capricious, healing some and not others for no apparent reason. This was not the case with Jesus, who in some cases healed them all, and in other case healed very few or no one at all, based on the people's faith, both of those being healed and of the surrounding area.

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead

(245h) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> The resurrection is a manifestation of His life


18-27 The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. 19 Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?" 20 When the men came to Him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, 'Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?' " 21 At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. 22 And He answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. 23 "Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me." 24 When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 "But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces! 26 "But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet. 27 "This is the one about whom it is written, 'BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.'

 

Lk 7,18-21

(142i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputable ministry >> A reputation of ministry in the word – After all that John the Baptist had done and all the faith and boldness he had shown, he stood up to the Pharisees and told them what-for, and he spoke the word of God without wavering, but when he was in prison and knew his life was about to end, he began to doubt just like all of us. So, does that make John the Baptist a bad person? Does it detract from his ministry? Did it cast a shadow on what God now thinks of Him? No more than the sin of David cast a shadow on him.

(221g) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He denies His kingdom to man’s stubborn will – The messengers came to Jesus while He was still in Capernaum, which was the city He performed most of His miracles, which wasn’t far from His hometown, establishing the contrast between His hometown’s rejection of Him and the neighboring city enjoying the majority of His miracles. People from Capernaum went to Nazareth and talked about the things they heard and saw, and their words fell on deaf ears. They didn’t want to hear these reports about Jesus, because they had rejected Him, and many were unable to repent. People’s stubbornness will lead them straight to hell.

Lk 7-19,20

(20g) Sin >> Doubt is the consequence of the fear of death

Lk 7,20-22

(152e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Apostles >> Jesus is our great apostle

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Lk 7,21-23

(141e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the healer – To bolster John’s confidence Jesus quoted the Old Testament. There was nothing Jesus could have said that would have sealed John’s faith in concrete than this, more so even than the miracles Jesus performed. John could now die in peace, knowing that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, which was absolute affirmation of his life-purpose and ministry. John must have thought to himself, ‘We have a miracle worker here, but is he the expected one? Was I deceived by this man?’ As soon as he heard these words, he knew no one could have fulfilled the prophecies but the man for whose sake they were written. 

Lk 7-23

(2l) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Do not stumble over Him – See also: Mat 11-6 for commentary. Jesus' hometown took offense at Him after he entered His ministry, so in a way He was to some degree aiming this statement directly at His family and friends, (not so much His immediate family) the people who knew and loved Him the most, those who considered Him the son of Mary and Joseph. This kind of reasoning, though it was true that He was the son of Mary and Joseph, is true only to a point. It included what they wanted to know and excluded what they didn’t want to know. God would never ask us to put away our reasoning, rather to use it to understand the truth. In the face of so many miracles, they had no choice but to put away all their memories of Jesus, but they wouldn’t believe in Him. Many must have said in their hearts, “He was the nicest guy I ever met, but He isn’t the Son of God. He isn’t the Messiah that my nation has been waiting for thousands of years to finally come and deliver us from all our enemies.” If there is no way to develop a confidence that the truth is more accurate than societies lies, then we simply won’t be able to believe the truth. It was a total shock to everyone who believed in Him when Jesus died on the cross. God surprises everybody every time He does something. No one is ever ready for anything God does. We see things happen and our mouths drop in total amazement at the difference between our expectations and what really happened.

(169e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Darkness has a blinding effect – John the Baptist had to ask if Jesus was the expected one because he too was duped with the rest of the nation into believing that when Israel's Messiah came, He would deliver them from all their enemies. This is the influence society has over people to make them believe certain assumptions, and these assumptions are unique in that everyone believes them, so that no one ever questions them. An unquestionable assumption is the most dangerous thought that the human mind could generate, because it is off limits to examination. When so many people think the same thing, it is easy to make the assumption they everybody is right. The world has a blinding effect on the individual, especially when he doesn’t know the truth to substitute in place of the general consensus. Actually, Jesus would have done anything for them had they just believed in Him, even delivered them from their enemies.

Lk 7,24-28

(193d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Turn from your evil ways >> Turn from sin to God – Jesus raised up John the Baptist as someone greater than Elijah, who was known as the greatest prophet of Israel. Moses too was a prophet, and more than a prophet, which Jesus said about John the Baptist, who had a special ministry preparing the way of the Lord through baptism, which had never been done until John. He broke the ice, so when Jesus came with His preaching and teaching, His words would not fall on virgin ears. Look at the miraculous signs Elijah performed, even raising the dead. How could Jesus say that John the Baptist was greater than Elijah and give him equal status with Moses? Jesus was speaking in terms of endtime prophecy, in that Moses and Elijah will return as the two witnesses, not them but their ministries and anointings. That is, the purpose of the two witnesses will be to restore the Church and to lead God’s people to the promise land, which this time will be heaven itself! They will orchestrate an endtime revival that will incorporate billions of people coming to the Lord in the last days. It even says in Mat 11-14 that John the Baptist was in effect Elijah, whose ministry was to restore Israel. The two witnesses together will share a ministry similar to John the Baptist to restore not just Israel, but also the Church throughout the world. The two witnesses will raise up the 144,000, which is the Jewish restoration, and they in turn will restore the gentile church among the nations to the true faith; in case you didn’t know we have gotten away from it.


28&29 "I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." 29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God's justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.

 

Lk 7,28-30

(200c) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Rejecting the will of God >> Rejecting God’s purpose – The Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves. Why? They were contrary to the works of God. Long before John the Baptist or Jesus appeared the Pharisees and lawyers and those who were in charge of God’s word were following wrong spirits and being handsomely rewarded for it. They knew in their hearts that John and the Lord were working for God, but they themselves were completely entangled in the spiritual bondage of their own making and were unable to be part of what God was doing. It would mean publicly recanting of all they have said and done throughout their illustrious careers as teachers of the law, and it would mean making amends to the people for placing them in bondage to a cruel religious system they designed to funnel money into their pockets. For this reason they didn’t believe the testimony of John or of the Lord, because it didn’t correspond with their interpretation of the law. They held onto their unbelief in spite of John’s anointing, resembling Elijah, who demonstrated the truth with great zeal. Although the Pharisees and the lawyers knew this was the work of God they still rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they were not the leaders of it, and for that reason they wanted nothing to do with it. After a long ancestral reputation as leaders of Israel Jesus came along and bypassed them, because of their disobedience. They were treated as though they didn’t have a place with God, left behind and out of the loop. In fact they didn’t, and God was demonstrating that fact by excluding them from what He was doing, yet they excluded themselves.

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Lk 7-28

(56k) Paradox >> Opposites >> Least are greatest >> Smallest in the eyes of men are big to God – In the Kingdom of God the greatest is the least and the least is the greatest, and who is the greatest in the Kingdom of God? Jesus! “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt 20:28). Jesus “Emptied Himself and took the form of a bondservant, and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death. Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name (Phi 2,5-10). Jesus made himself less than any man (especially when you take His true identity into consideration), and for that reason that He was be far greater than all. Therefore, when Jesus said, “He who is least in heaven is greater than John,” He was referring to Himself.

(225b) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Equality in heaven – If you wonder what heaven is like, Jesus said there will be people in heaven who will be greater than others, only in heaven those who are considered the greatest will be servants of those who are least in order to preserve equality among the saints. Those who are the greatest servants have the greatest authority and shall rule the Kingdom of Heaven though their service to others.

Lk 7,29-35

(162e) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> A slave to unbelief >> Bondage to an inability to believe – Jesus was saying through this parable that those who love God through their actions cannot please those who hate God through their actions. If we never touch a drop of wine in our lives like John the Baptist, they would just label us something else, but if we do drink wine then we are automatically labeled drunkards. Of all the excuses they could have imagined they claimed John the Baptist had a demon; why did they pick this excuse to reject his message and baptism? What did John the Baptist do that made them think he had a demon? First of all, there was a lot of demon possession in their society at the time. Then also, John was a prophet and he baptized people, which was never done before him. The Pharisees probably considered him a cult leader, yet it was the word of God in his mouth that made him popular with the people and confounded the Pharisees, otherwise they would have stopped him. There was nothing they could do to him because he would rebuke them to their faces, exposing them and publicly embarrassing them, which was something they could not afford, because they needed to maintain their public status, which was far more important to them than the truth. According to the true proverb, ‘it takes one to know one,’ they accused him of having a demon because they themselves were riddled with demons, possessed in ways that not even Jesus could cast them out, because they invited them into their hearts and that is where they want them to stay. The Pharisees were using the wisdom of the demons to become rich, while the demons were using the Pharisees to corrupt society and interject their belief system into the world, which was one of many forms of unbelief.

Lk 7-29,30

(75j) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Controlling people by abusing authority – We have a contrast between the tax collectors and the Pharisees, the secular and the religious, the general public and the affluent of society. At the time when John the Baptist was preaching, the Pharisees and lawyers justified themselves in rejecting John’s baptism, but their decision came back to haunt them as our past often does. We think we can do whatever we want, but life is long enough to find us out, and suddenly the Pharisees found themselves outside the action of society, which was their great fear, since they considered themselves makers and shakers of cultural change. The Pharisees and lawyers also rejected Jesus Christ as a matter of necessity based on their objectives in controlling the public, but in regard to their inherent differences they rejected Him as a matter of personal choice. Their main goal in life was public acceptance so they could mold the general consensus to achieve their political objectives for the purpose of becoming rich, so when they suddenly found themselves ostracized by the very people they were trying to control, they realized that playing checkers with God would not be so easy. In hindsight they saw rejecting John’s baptism as a poor move, nothing more than that, but then John the Baptist was wise enough and bold enough that he probably would have refused to baptize them had they accepted his baptism.


30-35 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John. 31 "To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 "They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.' 33 "For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!' 34 "The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' 35 "Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

 

Lk 7-30

(173g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the will of God – The Pharisees sacrificed the baptism of John in order to hold on to their dead religion. The Catholic Church is very much like the Pharisees. They act so much like them that they appear to have modeled themselves after the Pharisees. They wear long robes with long sashes and walk pompously during their ritualistic ceremonies, and place great emphasis on the temple buildings and invent religious doctrines to funnel money into their coffers. They fought against the emerging science, just like the Pharisees fought against Jesus. The priests wanted nothing to do with science and they persecuted those who dared wonder about the stars apart from the knowledge of the Catholic faith. The Church made its stand against alternative thought, and it was being left behind as the mountain of scientific data rose above the authority of the Church. It happened to the Pharisees the same way. They rejected all the teachings of Jesus, but Christianity grew beyond them, and now 2000 years later the Pharisees are a mere speck of dust, used as an example of how not to live and relate to God, who rejected His purpose for themselves.

Lk 7,31-35

(200k) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Putting God in a no win situation – Jesus compared John the Baptist to a fruit player and the Pharisees were the audience, who did not dance along. Then Jesus came and sang a dirge, but the Pharisees did not mourn. He explained the analogy saying, “John the Baptist came eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He is a gluttonous man and a drunkard.’” So, if they don’t eat bread and drink wine, they are demon possessed, but if they do, they are gluttonous drunkards. Either way they’re wrong in the eyes of the Pharisees. The only thing right was for John and the Lord to sing the song of the Pharisees. They needed to be in control, and Jesus was taking that control away from them, and they hated Him for it. He did not ask to be a part of their little institution, and they certainly were not going to be a part of His. Jesus went over their heads and started something brand new and left them out of it, and they wanted Him dead, yet the fruit of His ministry was wisdom, which was vindicated by all her children. What kind of fruit did the Pharisees produce but toxic waste?

Lk 7-34,35

(89g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wisdom is the key that unlocks the mysteries of God

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36-38 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.

 

Lk 7,36-50

(69a) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Correcting false reasoning – Jesus understood the mind of Simon through the gift of discernment, not being all-knowing; He left His omniscience in heaven when He stripped Himself of all the attributes of God and became a man and a servant of all. God promises the gift of discernment to all who believe in Jesus.

(101g) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal >> Zeal comes from a grateful heart

(143h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> Seeking Jesus for His favor

(156c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Expressing your feelings toward Him – A person who feels he is not saved doesn’t mean he is not saved; even if a person has never felt saved doesn’t mean he’s lost. God wants us to know that we are His children, and He cares about our emotions, and He wants us to feel His presence in our lives. Many people in Christendom preach that emotions are evil, but how we feel is neither good nor evil. On the one hand, we should not live by our emotions, because they can lead us astray, but on the other hand, God wants us to know that we belong to Him, and one of the ways we know this is by our emotions; we feel we are the children of God.

(193l) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God in your freedom to choose righteousness

(207l) Salvation >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> God is kind to sinners >> He seeks and saves that which was lost

(208k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Emotional relationship

Lk 7,36-39

(174f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Comparing yourself with sinners -- These verses go with verse 47. “He who is forgiven little loves little.” He was talking to Simon when He said this, who didn’t think he had many sins. If only he knew he was just as big a sinner as this woman. Simon calculated sin in terms of numbers, as though the woman had more than him. Perhaps she did have a thousand more sins than Simon because of her promiscuous lifestyle, but the fact that everyone sins a thousand times a day is like adding one more day to her life. If a person lived to be seventy years old, that would calculate to 25,550 days. What is one more day? Simon had his own sin that this woman did not have, so in reality they were equally sinners in the eyes of God. Unless we repent and believe in Jesus, the best of us will be cast into the same hell with the devil and his angels. This woman was forgiven, but what about Simon? Turns out that after they met Jesus Simon was the greater sinner because he loved little. Therefore, it would be safe to say that the less a person thinks he’s a sinner, the greater sinner he is in the eyes of God. Simon was so full of sin he couldn’t believe in Jesus. The woman knew she was a rotten sinner; society reminded her of that every day, but Simon was in a position to convince people that he was a righteous and holy man, and based on this story, it appears that he believed his own lies; the best way to tell a lie is to believe it yourself. Jesus compared him to a prostitute and found him the greater sinner because of a lack of faith and love. There are fleshly sins and spiritual sins, one is more insidious than the other. Fleshly sins we cannot hide; they consist of our actions and words, whereas spiritual sins pertain to what we believe and how we think about ourselves and others. Our minds are so malleable, the most depraved sinner can view himself as righteous. Most of the Pharisees, Simon included, used their position as a front to become wealthy and seek prominence in society to perpetuate their religious heresies. They rejected the truth while claiming that the truth was their main purpose in life, and Simon saw none of these faults in himself. He was blind to his own sin, which blinded his mind to the worthiness of Jesus to forgive sin, whom this woman worshipped.

(181i) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Self deception >> Imaginary perception of self >> Pretending to be someone you’re not – Simon, up to this point, had not received the revelation of how much God would need to forgive him, whereas this woman clearly understood the level of her sin and God’s ability to forgive. The thing in the way of Simon was self-righteousness. He felt in his heart that he did not need God’s forgiveness, since he was a religious leader. Simon didn’t commit nearly the sins that she committed, but then again, how did Simon know she was a harlot, perhaps by experience? How then was she a worse sinner than him? Self-righteousness has no true foundation, but is really based on a person’s self-image, which is not much different from standing in front of a camera and trying to look your best. A person creates his self-image not on the basis of truth, but favoring himself on a whimsical belief system. He could commit the most heinous crimes and still feel justified in all he does. Hence, the degree of our self-righteousness is the degree of our self-deceit. The woman may have committed more sins, but she was forgiven. God cannot forgive sins that we don’t acknowledge. Simon may have recognized a few sins and gave them to God, but the rest he withheld from the Lord as though God cannot see what we don’t show Him.

Lk 7,36-38

(113i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anoint with oil

Lk 7-37,38 

(100l) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Devoted to worshipping God -- These verses go with verses 44-50

(234i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Relinquishing your assets to Christ >> Dispose of every asset except Christ -- These verses go with verses 44-48

(252b) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for who he is -- These verses go with verses 44-50. John the Baptist understood the identity of Jesus Christ, but they were few who truly knew this man as God in human flesh (Jn 1-27). Mary Magdalene also demonstrated a deep understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. Some say that she was a prostitute, but the Bible doesn’t say that; rather, it says seven demons were cast from her (Mk 16-9), and she was the woman who came to Simon’s house with a bottle of perfume and washed His feet with her tears and anointed them with perfume and dried His feet with her hair (Lk 7,36-50). Had Jesus not been God in human flesh, He should have stopped Mary, because she was clearly worshipping Him, and the First Commandment expressly says, “You shall have no other gods before Me... You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20,3-5). Jesus Christ is therefore the Son of God, and to worship Him is to worship the Father.

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39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner."

 

Lk 7,39-47

(202d) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God through a lack of character

Lk 7-39

(18b) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Condemning God’s people – Simon the Pharisee condemned both Jesus and the woman and was wrong on both counts. He may have been right that the woman was a so-called sinner (a harlot), but he was wrong about Jesus; He was in fact a prophet, and He did know who was touching her. She probably entered this lifestyle because she didn’t think she was worthy of anything else. The world taught her that this was her place in life, a doormat for people to wipe their feet, good for nothing, to be used and thrown aside. She didn’t know how else to live, most likely having been abused as a child through no fault of her own, which made her feel that being treated like scum was all she deserved. Men who had her were just as guilty as she, yet they condemned her while ignoring their own sin, or how else did Simon know so much about her?

(18h) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Can’t distinguish between good and evil >> Jesus is evil – Jesus was a virgin throughout his life; our generation, however, cannot stand His testimony, because He puts them to shame, suggesting that a little humility would be in order, instead they venture to shame Him. Instead of repenting of their hedonistic immorality, they seek to discredit Jesus by making Him appear to be in as much bondage to pleasure as them. They have the nerve to tell us that we believe in fairytales, while they create fabrications based solely on their imaginations. This foolish generation is wise in their own eyes; they have a deep, blasphemous vein running right through the middle of them with no sense of reverence toward God. They are gods unto themselves. Along with a blasphemous spirit comes an abject rebellion against His authority, such things they have in common with demons. 

(20ca) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Having a mind that is unable to receive >> Unbelief cannot distinguish light from darkness

(166j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind cannot discern between good and evil >> The carnal mind agrees with the devil

(169b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Blind to Jesus >> Blind to the holiness of God in Christ – Jesus had a tenuous relationship with the Pharisees at best during this period in His ministry; they were not technically His enemies and nor were they exactly His friends, though they had ties with each other; both were spiritual leaders of Israel. What was the motive of this Pharisee inviting Jesus to His house? Scripture gives him a name; he was Simon, suggesting he had good intensions and was searching for truth, though there were many obstacles in his way of understanding it, namely the entire pharisaical belief system. Jesus graciously accepted Simon’s invitation and dined at his table, though with a houseful of people. Simon was curious about Jesus; he wanted to know more about Him, but his mind was clouded by religious beliefs; he was spiritually blind. 

(186g) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> After they reject God’s faith how can they believe?

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40-43 And Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he replied, "Say it, Teacher." 41 "A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 "When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?" 43 Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have judged correctly."

 

Lk 7,40-50

(31l) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Forgiveness is an act of God’s grace – Everything in this woman's life completely changed when she met Jesus; she realized someone loved her, so now she could stop her destructive lifestyle, but the men whom she had known remained corrupt, depraved and unforgiven. Repent and believe is the gospel of Christ. These two things happening simultaneously bring about change in a person’s life regardless of what they have done. One without the other does not effect salvation. When we repent and believe like this woman, it has a life-altering effect. When she met Jesus and He spoke to her about the grace of God, that it was not too late, that she had not committed the unpardonable sin, that God was willing to receive her as His daughter in the faith and was offering her equal standing in His family, she cleaved to Him as to a brand new life. She was literally born-again.

(108hb) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Spiritual revelation >> Revelation of His love – Simon didn’t understand that the woman’s repentance and faith in Jesus wiped away all of her sins, so she no longer was a sinner. Simon condemned this woman just like everybody, while laying prostrate before the Lord washing His feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair, demonstrating her gratitude and realization of forgiveness that Simon did not have. She came to a revelation that Jesus had forgiven her, making her acceptable before God, who saw her as having never committed a sin in her life. She was perfect in the eyes of God, even though she knew many men in the past and led a life of depravity, obviously hating that lifestyle.

(120i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> Forgiveness sets you free – There are un-forgiven sins in each of us; how then can we get to heaven with un-forgiven sins? There are multiple levels of forgiveness and multiple implications of that forgiveness. For example, the Christian is completely forgiven, because our life is under the blood of Christ. With the same Christian who believes that his sin only goes so far, in eternity this will translate to losing rewards, for God does not ‘give’ what He cannot forgive. The prefix “-for” implies paying it forward. When God forgives us, He pays us forward for the sins we confess and renounce, and we will receive blessing and reward in this life and in eternity for our obedience and humility. Then there is the unsaved person like Simon the Pharisee, who didn’t see the need to be forgiven. The self-righteous Pharisees were the ones in this story who had no sense of humility. The woman washed the feet of the foot-washer, Jesus, who would spiritually wash the feet of this woman many times throughout her life to cleanse her from the inadvertent sins she would commit in the process of fulfilling her purpose and calling from God.

(125a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love is the action of faith >> Love is the response of receiving from God – Jesus contrasted Simon with the woman in front of Him, wetting His feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair, saying, “Her sins which are many have been forgiven,” because she loved much, but he who has been forgiven little loves little. The contrast Jesus made between them was not in how much sin they committed, but in how sorry they were for the way they lived and how willing they were to admit and confess their sins to God. This woman had committed many sins as a prostitute. She didn’t like herself the way she was, and the moment Jesus came, she ran with the opportunity to change and sought to reinvent herself through the grace and love that Jesus demonstrated to her. She immediately embraced Him with all her heart, and the sins she acknowledged which were many were forgiven, but the sins that Simon was willing to acknowledge were few. For this reason he was forgiven little, hence he loved little. There is therefore a connection between our acknowledgement of God's forgiveness, and how much we love God. We cannot love God any more than we acknowledge our sin.

(252b) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for who he is -- These verses go with verses 37,38. Jesus did not resist the worship of this woman. The first commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God” (Ex 20,3-5). The Bible teaches that Jesus was without sin, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin” (Heb 4-15). Jesus allowed this woman to worship Him, yet He was without sin. There is only one possible explanation for this: Jesus is God in human flesh! Had Jesus been any other man, letting her worship at His feet, He would have been sinning. The Bible condemns worshipping other created beings, including angels: “At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!" (Rev 19-9,10). Had Jesus not been God in human flesh, He should have stopped her from worshipping Him because the Old Testament law says, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” (Lk 4-8). Jesus allowing this woman to worship Him is a strong proof of His deity. On top of this, Jesus proclaimed her sins forgiven, essentially forgiving her sin. No one can forgive sin except God alone. The religious friends of Simon couldn’t believe Jesus had the power to forgive sin. Many of them saw Him heal people, and they were amazed and scoffed, and they looked for excuses to stop Him, because He was making the religious system look impotent, especially since they existed purely for the sake of sordid gain. Even without comparing them to Jesus, their religion was worthless. It was one thing for Jesus to heal the people of their diseases, even raising the dead, but it was another thing for Him to forgive sins; that was something only God could do. Prophets of the past have healed people and even raised the dead, but none of them claimed the power to forgive sin. Consequently, for Jesus to forgive sin is essentially claiming to be equal with God. Jesus forgave this woman in front of the Pharisees and the religious leaders of His day. They besmirched Him for letting this woman wash His feet, but they condemned Him outright for His statement about forgiving her sins. Jesus never back-paddled or skipped a beat or showed any sign of overstating His authority. He literally forgave this woman’s sin in the same way that God would forgive her. Jesus is our intercessor with the Father; only Jesus can intercede for us because He is the Son of God, and our intercessor has told us that we have sinned against His Father. Regardless of the sins we commit, they all represent nailing Jesus to the cross. Every sin we commit is a slap in His face, pulling out pieces of His beard, pounding a nail in His hand, whipping Him across His back. If Jesus is willing to forgive us for taking part in His murder, then His Father will forgive us too.

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Lk 7,40-47

(19g) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Man’s twisted understanding

(120a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of God is broken >> Curse of God’s Judgment is broken

(184j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Unwilling to honor God’s grace

(203c) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God by not receiving Him

Lk 7,40-43

(69f) Authority >> Righteous judgment >> Meditate on discernment >> Judging what is true – We treat the truth as though it were one of many eggs in our basket, but the truth has certain properties that make it distinct from other attributes in our lives. Case in point, the closer we get to the truth the truer it becomes. Hence, looking for the truth is like looking for spent fuel rods from a nuclear reactor, the closer we get to them the more radioactivity our bodies absorb. Standing directly in front of a pile of spent fuel rods is certain death, according to the analogy, so the closer we get to the truth, the more we will need to die to our own selfish interests before we will be able to absorb the deeper meaning of the truth and apply it to our lives.

(74e) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is man’s central value system >> Where man interprets worth – Jesus asked Simon the Pharisee a question, who invited Him to dinner at his house. He asked Simon which person would love his master more, the one who was forgiven more or the one who was forgiven less? Simon answered correctly that the man who was forgiven more would love his master more. Some questions that Jesus asked could be understood with the natural mind, because they were rudimentary. They dealt with our conscience, and our conscience is usually right, but whether we listen to our conscience is the broader question. Simon knew the truth in this case, but he didn’t necessarily place a high value on it.

(225c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about wealth >> Parables about a rich man

(232l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the essence of his kingdom >> Seeking the truth 


44-46 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 "You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 "You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.

 

Lk 7,44-50

(33n) Gift of God >> Believers are special to God >> God receives us – This statement that Jesus made seven times in the gospels, “Your faith has saved you [healed you]” (Lk 8-48), has been warped by certain false teachers to suggest that our faith can actually save us. Jesus is the savior and healer, not our faith. What was Jesus role in the woman’s salvation? He saved her, but if the woman did not reach out and receive the salvation that Jesus offered, she could not have been saved. Jesus did all the work, yet He gave all the credit to the woman whose only part was to receive His free gift, for if she hadn’t taken it, her salvation would have been incomplete. Just ask Simon; he was unreceptive to Jesus and his salvation was incomplete.

(100l) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Devoted to worshipping God -- These verses go with verses 37&38

(122k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness in adverse circumstances >> Go in places of adversity – You would think Jesus should have shown him a little more respect in Simon's Kitchen as an invited guest, but in fact Jesus was showing Simon the way to God by telling him the truth. Jesus would have disrespected him by not telling him the truth. When everyone left, Simon remained in his house, living that scene where it all happened around his dining room table, making the truth all the more poignant. For the rest of his life where he ate his meals, he had a continual reminder of the things Jesus told him to his face. It was such an incredible rebuke, not one that condemned but led to the truth if he could just believe it. Simon had a long way to go before his knees would bend to the floor; he was a very big man in his own mind, but he met someone who was infinitely bigger, and he needed to humble himself and submit to His authority and allow Jesus to save him and worship at his feet as the woman did, only he despised her. He would need to become like her if he had any chance of heaven. There are people out there whom we despise, who are better than us because they believe in Jesus. It must have felt like an earthquake swallowing his house or like lightning striking all around him. It must have shaken Simon to his core, if he can only find it in himself to accept the life and truth that came to his door that night.

(178l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for having no love for God – Jesus was Simon’s dinner guest at his house. He accepted his offer knowing He would never find common ground with him or with his other guests reclining at the table with Him. They were want-to-be theologians, who said to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Jesus couldn’t care less what His enemies thought of Him. He would never back down from speaking the truth though He knew His audience would disagree with Him and would not understand. Jesus would tell them the truth no matter how much they didn’t want to hear it. His attitude was, ‘if you don’t want to hear the truth, then you shouldn’t have invited me.’ Even as a guest at His house Jesus was in charge, and they knew it.

Lk 7,44-48

(234i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Relinquishing your assets to Christ >> Dispose of every asset except Christ -- These verses go with verses 37,38

 

47-50 "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." 48 Then He said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven." 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this man who even forgives sins?" 50 And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

 

Lk 7-47

(31e) Gift of God >> Grace >> Salvation >> God’s mercy overrules man’s sin – Simon was just as great a sinner as the woman, for in the eyes of God we are all equally sinners. The person who realizes just how big a sinner he is understands how much he has been forgiven. Simon the Pharisee didn’t realize he was a sinner, but the woman did, and for this reason she caught a glimpse of how much she had been forgiven and hence how much grace had been bestowed upon her, which resulted in gratitude.

(174f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Comparing yourself with sinners -- This verse goes with verses 36-39

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Lk 7,48-50

(228b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Comforted >> God comforts you in times of adversity >> He comforts you in your grief

(253a) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son has equal authority with the Father – Jesus’ enemies held him in contempt for confessing His authority to forgive sins. Had they merely changed their tone and wanted to know this man who could forgive sin, they may have gotten their own sins forgiven, but they had already made up their minds that no man can forgive sins but God alone. They were right about this, but they missed the point. Jesus could forgive sins because He was God in the flesh. This is what His enemies did not understand and refused to believe. It was the primary truth they rejected about Jesus; though they knew when their messiah came He would come as God in the flesh. This fact is evidence they didn’t reject Jesus because He claimed He could forgive sins, but because He was God, and because He was benevolent and humble. He didn’t love violence or money like they did. They rejected Him because He wasn’t worldly like them or on their side, fighting for their cause, which is what they expected of their Messiah. Essentially, they rejected Him because they couldn't put Him in their back pocket. They thought they were completely in the right about everything, as though they knew the truth, but they knew nothing. 

Lk 7-50 

(41f) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Righteousness of faith >> Saved by grace through faith – Salvation and healing go hand in hand; they are one and the same to God. Jesus said that our faith in Him has saved us. Jesus also made this statement after He healed people, “Your faith has healed you” (Lk 8-48) “Jesus saves!” was a big slogan of the 70’s, yet the people could not be saved or healed without Jesus, so what did He mean by His statement? Some authors have used this statement to attribute a humanistic spin to the gospel, but that is preposterous. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Jesus saves and heals through our faith. Jesus said in Jn 15-5, “apart from me you can do nothing.” The Bible teaches that we are saved because we believe in Jesus' blood sacrifice as sufficient to forgive us for our sins. Therefore, we have an input in God’s grace, contrary to the Church’s current teaching on the subject of Grace. Jesus healed the people, but if it weren’t for their faith He couldn’t have healed them, for the same reason He couldn’t perform many miracles in his hometown at Nazareth (Mat 13,53-58).

(119c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Freedom from satanic influence >> Free from sin

 

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LUKE CHAPTER 8

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1-3 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

 

Lk 8,1-3

(3i) Responsibility >> To the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Women leaders – Not all people who followed Jesus were men. Many of them were women and that Jesus treated them equal to men was itself a tremendous insult to the customs of Israel. Jesus followed His Father in everything He did, but He was not a follower of men, and by that He was changing everything. Although the old covenant Israel was a patriarchic society, yet it says nothing negative about women; the Middle East developed their negative attitudes about women all on their own, so when Jesus came along and treated woman alike, He wasn’t being radical in reference to what had been written. He was radical in terms of Israel's behavior, because they had grown so far from the word of God. The Old Testament taught that men should be the head of the house and that the family name should pass through the man, but that is nothing negative about women.

(18e) Sin >> False Judgment lacks evidence >> Presumptuous speculation – This is the first instance that Luke mentions Mary Magdalene; nevertheless, there is a teaching that the woman in the previous chapter who anointed Jesus' feet with perfume, washed them with her tears and dried them with her hair was Mary Magdalene. This is completely unfounded. This same teaching postulates that Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ had sexual relations and had an ongoing affair. People who would perpetuate these lies are irreverent and blasphemous. This is not just born from a lack of knowledge and understanding, but from a cold-hearted attempt to discredit the character of Christ. The greatest blasphemy about this story was not the claim that Jesus was a fornicator, but that it was okay by the world for Him to be one. The reason they have these views is that we as a nation are completely overrun with sexual promiscuity. We can no longer visualize someone living without sex. It is completely transparent these blasphemers are perpetuating these lies to excuse their own sin. That is not to say they have a conscience toward God, but the real travesty about this celebration of decadence is the world’s full intension of jumping off the proverbial moral cliff in the years to come, and they are looking for a parachute to keep them from splattering on the rocks of selfish hedonism. They figure Jesus must have taken advantage of this girl, because that is what they would have done. Jesus Christ is the rock against which all men bludgeon themselves in rebellion against His righteous judgment. It is extremely difficult for people like this Pharisee to repent; hence, they will continue teaching that shame is nothing more than a negative emotion needing to be expunged from society. Paul is our example of repentance from a life of blasphemy, yet there is a difference between Paul and the blasphemers of our time. Paul really believed in what he was doing and saying, whereas the reprobates of our time have maliciously concocted a story in an attempt to confound Christianity. Paul was sincerely wrong, but there is not a sincere bone in these people’s bodies who are contriving such defiant stories. Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus and set him straight, but these people, the truth would not affect them, not even if Jesus appeared to them personally. Paul was pursuing the truth, but these people don’t even believe such a concept even exists! It is unlikely that they are seeking the truth and have come to these conclusions. Rather, they are more likely entreating demons for wisdom to distort the truth. Those who perpetuate these lies will find their place in hell with the demons they implore.

(93f) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Leaving everything behind to follow Him

Lk 8-1

(149fa) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the word to the world >> The gospel of the kingdom >> Preach the gospel of salvation

Lk 8-3

(124b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love takes from the rich and gives to the poor >> love is the act of giving to the poor

(130h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Commitment stimulates intimate bonding

(235b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Tithing >> Be faithful in your tithes >> Tithing is a true sign of faithfulness

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4-9 When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: 5 "The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 "Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 "Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. 8 "Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great." As He said these things, He would call out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 9 His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.

 

Lk 8,4-15

(128i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Be fruitful and multiply >> Growing spiritually

Lk 8,4-8

(225h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about the garden of the kingdom >> Parables about seeds -- These verses go with verses 11-15. The person whose seed fell along the road never got saved; the person whose seed that fell on rocky soil got saved but fell away; the person whose seed fell among the thorns depicts the worldly Christian. He has compromised his faith and as a result his spiritual growth was stunted. The person whose seed landed in the good soil is the only exemplary Christian. The first two seeds never made it to heaven; the last two seeds did, one by the seat of his pants. The good soil is where a seed is planted and grows almost without fail, and notice that there are no competing plants growing around it. Essentially, Jesus is talking about a garden. Good soil would be where every known plant should already be growing, but the soil is bare, because it has been prepared for a special seed. This requires a gardener and hints at God’s gracious choice in the concept of predestination, where God prepares the garden of some people’s hearts and not others. 

Lk 8-4

(143k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His words

Lk 8-5

(74l) Thy kingdom come >> Let not your heart be hardened >> Insensitive to the things of God -- This verse goes with verse 12. The seed beside the road never had a chance; it was taken from the sack and thrown on the road and was destroyed. Even if no one stepped on it or the birds didn’t eat it, still it wouldn’t grow because it fell on hard-packed dirt that the roots could not penetrate. The hard-packed road represents a hardened heart.

(164f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan’s system of authority >> He is the prince of the power of the air -- This verse goes with verse 12

Lk 8-6

(207a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish By Losing Your Faith >> The apostasy (walking out the same door you came in) -- This verse goes with verse 13. Plants that grow in rocky soil are one in a million seeds.

Lk 8-7

(172d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> Worldliness in the Church -- This verse goes with verse 14. Jesus used thorns in His analogy, but plants don’t need thorns to shade the tiny seedling trying to grow. Rather, Jesus used the thorn to emphasize the kind of influence the world has on the newborn Christian trying to get a start in his faith. It is not enough to simply rob the newborn Christian of sunlight, but to goad them along the process. The thorns represent the unpleasant, abrasive and unbelieving people of the world who are painful to be in the presence. Christians should not have thorns; it should not be painful to be around them, except to be pierced with the conviction of sin, but that is a pain with a promise of benefit, whereas those who inflict pain just to be around them have no possible benefit.

Lk 8-8

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear – Having ears to hear speaks at the very heart of what it means to be chosen of God, for He chooses us by giving us ears to hear His voice. If God has given us ears to hear, then we should not close our ears and pretend not to hear Him. There is no one more evil than the person whom God has given a hearing ear but refuses to listen.

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10&11 And He said, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND. 11 "Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

 

Lk 8-10

(108i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the mysteries of God – There are three kinds of people in the world, those who have ears to hear, those who don’t, and those who hear but do not understand. If you are like the disciples and can hear but cannot decipher what He is saying, then you are between chosen and not chosen, in that though they were literally chosen in the flesh by Jesus Christ Himself, yet the Holy Spirit did not come until Pentecost. In our case, however, the Holy Spirit has come and we are nearing the end of the age of grace, so that if we cannot hear Him, other reasons may be involved. Again like the disciples, the only way you will know whether you have ears to hear is to ask God to reveal His word to you. If He does, then you know you have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. 

(168l) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> God does not speak to people who will not hear Him – The least amount of interpretation is usually the most accurate rendition of what Jesus said. We know what He meant by His parables, though the people of His time did not, because they were not ready to hear the plain truth. Had they rejected Him after telling them the plain truth, their judgment would have been far more severe; He was sparing them by speaking to them parables, so God couldn’t judge them, since they didn’t understand what He was saying; meanwhile, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy of their Messiah preaching the gospel (Lk 4-18,19), The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (taken from Isaiah 61-1,2).

(186k) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Rejected by God – Will those who do not seek the knowledge of God ever accidentally find Him if Jesus Christ can personally stand in their very presence and speak the word of God in its purest form directly into their ears, and they still not hear a word of it? They choose not to hear it! Also, how is it that God is rejecting them if they are the ones choosing not to know? They are the ones choosing to remain ignorant; they are the ones choosing not to ask Jesus for an explanation. The fact is, like in so many other cases, God is taking credit for man’s rebellion, even for man’s rejection of Him, so that God may be all-in-all. Therefore, the doctrine of predestination has God rejecting man through His foreknowledge before man has a chance to reject God. The current understanding of predestination his God rejecting certain people and accepting others, when in reality it’s the other way around; man is rejecting God and God is unable to do anything about it, but having the foreknowledge of what they will do.

(219d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God transforms the world into the Church >> God chooses to speak to whomever He wishes – God’s gracious choice is indeed a real concept in the Bible. There are some who are chosen to hear and believe the words that God would speak to them and to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven at the end of their lives, and there are others who are not chosen. His parables conveyed the truth to those who wanted to know God and effectively shut out those who didn’t, yet there is something much deeper transpiring here. Most theology oversimplifies predestination by saying that God chooses some to be His own and hardens the rest. The thing people don’t understand about predestination is that man’s choice has an equal part in God’s salvation, so that God does not attempt to choose a person who doesn’t want to be saved and find Himself in a wrestling match with his will. Freedom is the primarily definition of God, and for this reason God is unwilling to infringe on our will, otherwise He would inadvertently redefine us as no longer made in His image. Keep in mind, too, that anyone could have asked Jesus to explain His parables; His disciples did; anyone else could have done the same, but they didn’t. Had He explained the parable to everyone, they would have all understood it, for these are simple concepts.

(221b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from man’s ignorance >> God hides from those who are looking for Him – They gathered around Jesus for reasons other than to hear the word of God; they came to see His miracles, but there were others who did come to hear the word of God and to be convinced through the miracles. To those who were not seeking Him, His parables went in one ear and out the other; Jesus never explained Himself to those who didn’t want to know, they never understood what Jesus was saying, and God never judged them for knowing the truth and doing nothing with it. 2Pet 2-21 says, “For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” In other words, Jesus speaking in parables was yet another act of mercy. God hides His kingdom from those who are not looking for Him, and He shows Himself mute to those who refuse to hear, as Mat 7-6 says, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

Lk 8,11-15

(225h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about the garden of the kingdom >> Parables about seeds -- These verses go with verses 4-8

Lk 8,11-14

(203i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the truth


12-14 "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 "Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 "The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

 

Lk 8-12

(74l) Thy kingdom come >> Let not your heart be hardened >> Insensitive to the things of God -- This verse goes with verse 5

(164f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan’s system of authority >> He is the prince of the power of the air -- This verse goes with verses 22-25. The devil is effective when he has wings like a bird and can fly as the prince of the power of the air. He does not want to be grounded and possess a man in the form of the antichrist and be confined to the weakness of human flesh. Jesus defeated him in the flesh, but when it’s the devil’s turn to wear our costume it will not go well with Him. After Satan has punished and tortured Christ and mercilessly hung him on a tree through the wickedness of evil men and was just as merciless to mankind for millennia, God will mercilessly punish and torture him when he assumes a human form as the man of lawlessness, and then throw him and the false prophet alive into the lake of fire. 

(183h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Spirit of the broad road >> Spirit of unbelief

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Lk 8-13

(207a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish By Losing Your Faith >> The apostasy (walking out the same door you came in) -- This verse goes with verse 6. Those planted on rocky soil are happy with the gospel and with their newfound faith, except that they never rooted themselves in the word of God. They never thought they had to establish themselves; instead, they expected God to establish them. These are the ones who wait for God while God waits for them. Instead of using the power of God that He put at their disposal to grow strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2Tim 2-1), they turn into poison mushrooms on a shaded dead tree and soak up what nutrients that remain. In a word they fall away. The Church’s contemporary depiction of grace is incomplete and faulted with inaccuracies, such as the belief that we are passive recipients of everything God has for us, as though we are supposed to just sit around and wait for God to perform miracles in us. According to their own theology they are daring God to help them! “Our righteous acts are like filthy rags,” and, ‘we are unable to help ourselves because we are so sinful.’ They believe this quoting Isaiah 64-6 to justify their complacency. On the contrary, because they are so sinful they devise theology like that. While it stands true that our works outside of Christ are like filthy rags, yet the good works that God has prepared for us are His workmanship (Eph 2-10), thus pure as the driven snow, and they need to get busy producing them, or if they don’t they will busy themselves producing works that are as filthy rags, and so they come full circle and fall into the very pit they were trying to avoid by doing nothing. It is not possible to do nothing, and so they have no choice but to do the will of God. Jesus said that those planted on rocky soil fall away, meaning they lose their faith, suggesting they won’t be going to heaven. Those who fall away will bring nothing but excuses into judgment with God, and it won’t go well with them. See: Working the Grace of God for a rebuttal. 

Lk 8-14,15

(137g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity is the process of growing

Lk 8-14

(172d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> Worldliness in the Church -- This verse goes with verse 7. Seeds that fell among the thorns are those who get saved well enough, but they still loved the world; they just can’t seem to let it go. They want this world and heaven too, but this is not the will of God. He wants us single-minded; He wants us all to Himself. He doesn’t want to share us with the world, for He considers it a mistress and a prostitute whenever we fall prey to its flattery and to its pursuit of pleasure and wealth. It is a trap that steals our attention, which in turn steals our faith, and before we know it we have replaced our faith with a theology that is willing to embrace both the Kingdom of God and this world, which is essentially heretical. Jesus said this kind of person does not bring fruit to maturity, but neither do they necessarily fall away. This is the theology of easy-believism.

(249j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world's wealth erodes good values >> The world’s wealth is deceitful


15-21 "But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. 16 "Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 17 "For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 "So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." 19 And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You." 21 But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it."

 

Lk 8-15

(100c) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance >> Persevere in abiding in Christ

(219d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God transforms the world into the Church >> God chooses to speak to whomever He wishes – The existing concept of predestination, where God is by definition in absolute control while man remains a spectator, is just as absurd as the Church’s contemporary version of grace, where God does everything and man’s role is a mere receptacle of God's love and mercy, how foolish! For, “to [those] it has been granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God” (v10), it says, “These are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast and bear fruit with perseverance.” These are all verbs, not pointing at God but at man, at the believer who bears fruit with perseverance, a really big word. It is far too big a verb to maintain the contemporary ideas of predestination and grace, where man's role is merely a passive spectator of God’s gracious choice. What then do we do with the word "perseverance"? Consider these two statements: ‘God chooses us as we choose ourselves,’ and 'His love and mercy are meaningful only to those who obey what they believe.'

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Lk 8-16,17

(112e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus light in us overcomes darkness >> The light of His truth – We should display our faith to the world as Christians, but not as the Pharisees who displayed their false religion. The difference is they displayed themselves, whereas we are being called to display the glory of God in us. We don’t have to go around espousing our beliefs to everybody, for people should know we are Christians just by looking at us. For example, our “Jesus-smile” is something the world simply cannot replicate and is hence the calling card of our faith. We should not let our Christianity be merely external or confined to the moral realm; rather, we are a spiritual people because we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us. People don’t know we are Christians by our moral ethics, for there are many moral non-Christians in the world. Being moral is not what makes us Christians, but the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We need to display the hope we have in Jesus, not in word only but also in our good behavior, and even by the gleam in our eye and our countenance that emanates the one who dwells in us. We have no choice but to speak our faith if it dwells in our hearts, so don’t resist the Holy Spirit who wants to put His handiwork on display, so that all may see the glory of God that He is creating in us.

(153k) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Living for Jesus exposes sin >> Your walk with God puts others to shame – Our light can be an offense to a world of unbelievers because it exposes their darkness. Just as they can estimate that we belong to God just by looking at us, so we can estimate their darkness and see the things that hold them in bondage. It will become an opportunity for them to become free, but they may also take offense, effecting our persecution, for the light is not partial, shining equally on all who come into our sphere of influence, even on those who want to remain in darkness. If they come into our presence they will be illumined.

Lk 8-18

(222j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> Give to him who has >> Take from him who does not have – Jesus is referring to the light when He counsels us to take care how we listen to the word of God, for this is how we add to the brightness of the light that shines in us. It is the truth that illumines our hearts and countenance. We must be careful because, “the one who does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.” Jesus is talking about Christians here, for all Christians possess something from God. He is saying that if you possess only a little, it is grounds for taking it away from you and giving it to the one who has the most. That might sound unfair, but it is also the way of the world. It seems about the only universal principle that applies both to the kingdom of light and to the kingdom of darkness. God wants us content, but not with our spiritual immaturity. If we were born among thistles and are happy to be a thistle with them, He says beware, because what you think you have will be taken away from you. The person who believes about himself more than what he really possesses is a prime candidate to be taken for what little substance he has and given to the spiritually abundant. The world uses the same principle in its monetary system so that the more money you have the easier it is to become wealthier. The more famous a person, the easier to become more famous. The more of whatever you have, the easier to obtain more of it; if money, then money; if poverty, then poverty; if truth, then truth; if anointing, then anointing.

Lk 8,19-21

(29i) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> God identifies with us >> Jesus is our brother – Jesus knew His own mother and brothers, but pointed around the crowd saying, ‘these are the ones who will be My mother and brothers in heaven.’ They will be His equals. We are the children of God and Jesus is the Son of God. We are therefore the siblings of Christ and will inherit what Jesus received from His Father. Imagine spending an eternity with Jesus and sharing His status with the Father, being seated next to Him as He is seated next to His Father. Paul made this clear, “He raised us up and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2-6). This is far beyond anyone’s imagination that God would give us such a place in heaven; not even the angels have this status. 

(86k) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Do the words of Jesus – Heaven makes all the things we must suffer in this life worth it. However, He made a condition for those who hear the word of God and want heaven, they must do what He says. In many other cases Jesus said, “He who believes in Me…” (Jn 11-25). What is the difference between believing in Jesus and doing what He says? They are one and the same, but a mere hearer of the word (not a doer) doesn’t really believe, as James said in his epistle. Therefore, lets make sure we believe in Jesus by doing what He says. Jesus was speaking His vision to the people, but for many they just won’t find it in their hearts to believe in Him.

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22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." So they launched out.

 

Lk 8,22-25

(22l) Sin >> Pride glorifies self >> Seeking the glory of man – The disciples finally woke up Jesus saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Jesus awoke and quieted the storm, and then turned to the disciples saying, “Where is your faith?” What did He mean by that? Did He mean “Where is your faith” that they didn’t quiet the storm themselves, or that they woke Him only as a last ditch effort? They saw the storm foaming into a monster, and they felt the descending gale of wind coming upon them and the waves splashing against their boat, yet they left the Master of the universe snoring on the floor of their vessel. Jesus rebuked His disciples for trying to solve problems that only He could. They tried to handle the situation so they could earn fleshly bragging rights. That way when they successfully beached the boat on the other side of the lake, they could nudge Jesus and say, ‘Boy, you just missed all the action; we let you sleep because we figured you needed the rest.’ That would have filled them with pride. Instead, Jesus taught them a lesson that next time they should put down their pails and ask Him for help as their first response. When God solves problems that only He can, it bolsters our faith. He actually takes offense when we try to solve His problems because there is never a good motive behind it.

(23o) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of death – The disciples feared for their lives on the Sea of Galilee; they didn’t want to die, so they woke up Jesus and asked Him for help with the storm. That actually sounds a little strange. Captains of giant ships have large vessels and heavy cargo, giving them stability in the water even during some of the biggest storms, but the ocean is even bigger and capable of churning up waves that would sink any ship. The captain never attempts to manage the storm itself, but turns the ship into the wind and waves and speeds up the prop and fastens the hatches and secures the hold. There is little else he can do except hope for the best that no rogue wave hits him broadside or that the storm doesn’t drive the ship into shallow water. In contrast, the disciples had a small boat but held an ace in their hand; they had Jesus in their boat and if facing against the wind and oaring into the waves wasn’t enough to save them, they would play their ace and wake up Jesus and ask Him for help, since they had already seen some pretty amazing things from this man.

(39f) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> He overcame every circumstance – Suddenly a chill went down the spine of every man on that boat, giving them the creeps, but over time they recalibrated their thoughts and began to wonder what it might mean for them to hang with a guy who could calm the wind and the sea. This would invariably affect them somehow. First and foremost, He would demand all the more from them, so there were real reasons they feared Jesus, and it all points to the unknown. On the one hand, they had somebody who had the power to protect them in every situation imaginable, but on the other hand they had somebody who would call them to enter some very dangerous situations, requiring a level of faith they were not sure they could muster. Jesus had already talked to them extensively about faith; they knew where this was going, and now that they realized He could do virtually anything, He would tell them that if they had faith in Him He could do anything through them, and that was exciting and scary at the same time. This is exactly how God feels about us; it is how He wants to use our lives; He wants us to understand that He can do anything through our faith in Him. Then there is the fear of failure, such as the next time they were in a situation like this Peter actually got out of the boat and started walking toward Jesus and he began to sink because he started to doubt. They feared for their lives, not because of the storm anymore, but because of what they knew Jesus would ask of them. They were beginning to understand that the miracle worker would want to perform miracles through them. This was the language Jesus spoke to them, and the more they saw His miracles the more they believed in Him, but also the more they were required to believe in Him. They didn’t have a choice; witnessing His miracles implicated them; now they had no excuse for their unbelief; now they must become conduit through whom God would perform miracles in the future, because they knew what He could do. So it works like a two-edged sword; Jesus’ miracles made it easier to believe in Him, but it also placed a greater demand on them.

(108h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Spiritual revelation >> Revelation of His identity – Jesus kept showing them miracle after miracle, and the truth sunk in just a little further that day. We can only see so many miracles before they become common, and then the learning stops. When they met Jesus, He turned their common lives as fishermen into the most dramatic experience anyone could ever hope, but they had a hard time believing it. This experience on the lake helped opened their eyes a little further to see His authority in heaven and on earth. They knew He was the Son of God but didn’t really know what that meant; they didn’t even really believe it at this point. They still didn’t understand what He was saying. This experience was by no means their ultimate revelation, for they had not even begun to understand! Pentecost was the real beginning of their revelation of Jesus Christ. The Spirit is the only way for any of us to know the Lord. It must have been a source of frustration to finally understand Jesus only after He had ascended to heaven. The disciples spent 3½ years with Him and on the day of Pentecost they finally understood all that He had spoken to them, because His anointing now covered them and suddenly all their thoughts about Him came to life. Jesus spent those years building the word of God in their hearts as it were a temple, so that when He added the anointing to the structure, like the burning bush it burst in flames as the living truth. When they received the Holy Spirit, they knew it was the essence of Jesus, that they lacked His bodily presence only, and knew they didn’t need it, for His Spirit contained everything they needed for life and godliness.

(117d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Let Jesus do the work >> Let Him work on your circumstances

(133k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> Having an awareness of God’s holiness >> The fear of God makes us aware of His holiness – With Jesus, nothing could harm them, yet they were afraid of Him. We fear the unknown. They suddenly realized this person in their boat was a complete stranger; they thought they knew Him, and now they must start from scratch broadening their perspective again, and paradigm shifts are always strenuous. They had a job to do; they had to come to terms with a more realistic view of Christ. They feared Him like an alien of a spaceship that came and settled on the earth and a life form hopped to the ground. We would instinctively fear it because we wouldn’t know what it could do or what it was willing to do. They knew Jesus didn’t mean them any harm, but they still viewed Him as an alien, like someone from another planet, which was an accurate depiction of Him. They feared Him because they began to realize how different He was from them. They were tempted to ostracize Him.

(162a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by the storms of the devil – Some of the disciples were seasoned fishermen and they were terrified; they had been on the Sea of Galilee many times, and they had seen storms and braved them, but this one was obviously different. The disciples loved the Lord, never wanting to be anywhere but at His side, but sometime it was a dangerous place, even on the lake the fishermen felt completely out of their element with Jesus. Meanwhile, He was totally in His element in the ministry having no fear of anything whatsoever, not even of a deadly storm. The disciples thought they were entering their element when they set sail on the Sea of Galilee; they probably wanted to show Jesus their exceptional mariner skills, but they couldn’t cross the lake without His help, and their pride took a serious pounding. Things were different since they met Jesus; it seemed they didn’t even know how to keep a boat afloat anymore, but what they didn’t know was Jesus had an enemy the disciple had never known, who knew only how to steal, kill and destroy. He didn’t need to know anything else because his tactics have always worked in the past, but they didn’t work on Jesus, and every time he failed Jesus would use it as a lesson to teach His disciples something important.

(164f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan’s system of authority >> He is the prince of the power of the air -- These verses go with verse 5. Remember that Satan, the prince of the power of the air, said he would return to Jesus at an opportune time; well, crossing the Sea of Galilee was that opportune time. Jesus may well have been tired, but keep in mind that Jesus was sleeping in the bottom of the boat while it was filling up with cold water. This was no regular sleep; Satan had put Him under a spell after He had fallen asleep and then brought upon them a fierce gale of wind in attempt to drown the Lord, and the disciples would have become collateral damage. The storm represents Satan, and the waves represent a sea of people, the world, and the boat represents the Church. The lake itself represents a spiritual impasse that the disciples had to traverse before they could minister to the demoniac in the country of the Gerasenes, just like the Red Sea was an impasse for the Israelites, who after they crossed it, led to the promise land with a forty-year wilderness designed specifically for rebellious Israel. Satan’s tactic is to stir up the world to destroy the Church; he has attempted this countless times throughout the generations, persecuting God’s people to the death, but with Jesus in the boat all of Satan’s efforts are in vain.

Lk 8-22

(140e) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> The entrance exam

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23-25 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?"

 

Lk 8-23

(1l) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Carrying a false burden >> Taking on responsibilities that are not yours – The disciples were carrying a false burden by trying to save their own lives during a storm that was greater than themselves. With Jesus in their boat, they were responsible to awaken Him and ask Him for help. Any other response would be unbelief, which is offensive to God.

(37f) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations

(125k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> God is at peace >> The God of peace – They must have been amazed that He was asleep in the bottom of the boat. During a storm of this caliber, the boat must have been filling with water. It says He was sleeping on a cushion, so He slept above the rising water line. How exhausted would a person need to be in order to sleep through a storm like this, either that or He had a peace about Him that could sleep through anything. The disciples didn’t know what Jesus could do when they woke Him; they saw Him heal people though His touch, even raising some from the dead and feeding five thousand people with food enough to feed only a small family. Some of the disciples were fishermen and were accustomed to being at sea with storms and knew this one was big enough to swamp their boat. After He calmed the storm they were amazed, apparently not expecting Him to do that, so what did they expect Him to do, perhaps hand Him a pail, maybe one more hand would turn the tide? Once Jesus calmed the storm they were so amazed at Him they began the fear Him more than they feared the storm. They should have been all the more excided to learn that He had power over the elements, that being with Jesus was even safer than they initially thought. Standing with Jesus in a raging storm was safer than laying in bed on a Saturday morning.

(182l) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Unaware of the spirit world

(196j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Replacing God’s standard of excellence with yours >> Sleeping in the spirit – It was good that Jesus was in their boat, but it was bad that He was asleep. This is the scenario transpiring in the Church today, the very picture of apostasy. Jesus would have slept through hurricane-like winds, except that His disciple woke Him, who were distressed to the point of dying of fear. What a contrast between Jesus and His disciples, yet they were no different than any one of us.

(245l) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of the prince of the power of the air -- This verse goes with verse 33 – The antichrist will capture the minds of the vast majority of the developed world through ignorance of the Scriptures. He was once the prince of the power of the air, and so in a spiritual sense he had been dominating the world similar to the method of Christ’s return. Ever since man fell into sin, Satan has been ruling the skies above him, but prior to coming in the flesh, this false Messiah was removed from the atmosphere of social consciousness. Essentially, Satan will be pushed into a corner through spiritual warfare and be forced into the body of a man after being extricated from the spiritual realm, the first heaven, understood as the consensus of society. The mind of the general public has always been the domain of Satan, and the television set has been his favorite human invention, because it made his job so easy. In fact, it even resembles how he communicated with the world, through the airways, so it is the perfect satanic communication devise that has been beaming his messages for the last hundred years and given him power over the world.

Lk 8-25

(88i) Thy kingdom come >> Fear God >> Fearing the power of God is the beginning of wisdom – The mind of man is hard-coated with an exterior that readily believes facts and information about the natural realm, but doesn’t accept the things of the spirit. It was difficult for Jesus to break through that crust, more difficult than quieting a violent storm that was threatening their lives. “They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another who then is this that He commands even the wind and the water and they obey Him.” The Bible talks about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. What does it mean by the fear of the Lord? This is one example; the disciples became afraid of Jesus perhaps more than they feared the storm just seconds earlier. We fear what we don’t understand, even though they knew Jesus loved them. This may have been the experience that started them realizing He had all power in heaven and on earth and could do anything and suddenly realized that if He lost His mind no one could stop Him from doing whatever He wanted. They realized that He could do anything but hadn’t realized the full implications of His identity. Now that they knew a little more about His authority they needed to believe in His character, that He wouldn't lose His mind and destroy the world with His awesome power. They thought they knew Him, but all they really knew for sure was that He loved them, and they clung to that for mercy, just like we do. The difference, however, between the disciples and us is this: they knew He could do anything and hoped in His love that He wouldn’t do something terrible to them, while we often wonder if God is willing to do anything and hope in His love that He will do something for us.


26-28 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, "What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me."

 

Lk 8,26-33

(39ia) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated Satan’s authority >> The demons are subject to Christ – Jesus could have commanded the demons into the abyss and they would have had to go. There were angels all around Jesus and they would have performed the word of Christ and grabbed the demons by the scruff of the neck and pitched them into the abyss. Where is the abyss? When we talk about the spiritual realm; the word “where” is not an appropriate term. The spiritual realm is all around us; the abyss is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, just like heaven. These things are presently incomprehensible to us.

(46f) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Fall of Satan >> Resisting Satan’s deception – The man ran to Jesus, and as he was approaching, the demons dominated the man’s will and spoke in his place. Had it been purely up to the demons, they would have had the man run the other way. The demons said to Jesus, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God. I beg you, do not torment me?” The demon spoke in plural form and in singular form at the same time and were right on both counts, for there were more than one of them and they were united. Since the words demons and deception are one and the same, the demons spoke deception to Jesus, pointing out that Jesus was opposite of them, but added by implication this statement, “What do I have to do with you…” to mean, ‘Leave us alone,’ as though the demons could command Jesus or state the conditions of their relationship. Jesus primarily came in the flesh to forgive man for our sins, but He also came to defeat His (and our) spiritual enemy, the devil. Another point of deception was that Jesus did in fact have business with Satan to take back the authority that he took from Adam in the Garden of Eden and give it back to man. Jesus never allowed the demons to speak while He was exorcizing them because they were deceptive; they would attempt to trick people into believing something false about them or about Jesus, so He would not have asked the demons their name. Therefore, Jesus was talking to the man and asking for his name as an opportunity for him to exercise his will over the demons, but the demons spoke in his place. Jesus didn’t care what the demons called themselves? These were highly rebellious demons; they were even rebelling against the Lord. He had been commanding the demons to come out of the man but instead of obeying Him they tried to start an argument with the Lord; just the fact that they said anything to Him was insubordination.

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Lk 8,26-28

(146d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> They know the Holy Spirit – This was obviously not the man speaking, but the demons. The question is: since the demons were afraid of Jesus who had all power and authority over them, and since it appeared that the demons were in charge, why did this man approach the Lord? We are seeing a combination of two wills here. It wasn’t the demons that ran to Jesus, but the man seeking to be released from the demons. The man did not know Jesus, but the demons did; they inadvertently communicated to the man about Him, the man perceiving in himself that the demons felt threatened by the Lord. The man’s soul and the demons were interwoven together as a single entity, both knowing each other’s thoughts, but they had duel interests, (double-minded), the demons wanted to control the man while the man wanted to become free of them. When the man sensed that the demons feared the Lord, he hoped Jesus could help him, so he ran to Him seeking freedom from the demons. Had the Lord not been able to help the man, the demons would have tormented him for acting against their will, so their control over him was not absolute, but based on punishment. When a person becomes demon possessed, it doesn’t mean they have no will. The demons have no more control than the host gives them. The demons must be invited to enter the host, but once they move in it is very difficult to evict them without a formal exorcism. Prior to his possession the man was most likely playing footsy with the demonic world, and they slowly overtook the man, probably making him promises and then breaking the promises. For this reason never mess with an Ouija Board; don’t even have one in your house. The reason Ouija Boards are so dangerous is they imitate spiritual principles that God uses also to lead His people. When we look at our own walk with the Lord, God never tells us very much about our personal future; instead, He wants us to walk with Him by faith; each step leads to the next. That is how the Ouija Board works. Many people can play the Ouija Board at once; each user gets a place for his finger on the Planchette, and it begins to move across the board, representing a merging of wills between the people and whatever spiritual forces may be involved. The demons communicate to the players by moving the Planchette from letter to letter, each movement on the board understood only as it arrives at its destination, just like our walk with the Lord. So, it does well to mimic this spiritual principle of walking in the Spirit, and in a similar way there was a merging of wills between this man and the demons that possessed him.

Lk 8,28-31

(46l) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Jesus casts out demons – There were at least as many demons in the man as there were pigs in the herd of swine. The demons didn’t trick Jesus; He simply allowed all this to happen. The herdsman lost all his pigs; the demons were not chastised though they were forced out of the man, yet they were free to continue wreaking havoc on their next victims without any apparent consequences. They destroyed the pigs because destruction is all they know. They may have been trying to kill the man too, but they could not defeat his will. God has a different relationship with demons than He has with mankind, but their time is coming; there is no hope of redemption for them.

Lk 8,28

(150h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God speaks – The demons called Jesus “Son of the Most High God,” ironically suggesting that the demons knew Jesus better than the disciples, who just got off the boat and were given a deeper realization of His authority, and then heard the demons speak about Jesus on a revelatory level that was far beyond their own, since they knew Jesus and in the distant past they have actually seen Him in His glory reigning at the right hand of the Father. The problem with these demons giving the revelation of Jesus' authority is that the word of God has no place in their mouth, since they have rejected His truth for themselves; for them to speak the truth is blasphemy and the ultimate deception!


29&30 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. 30 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion "; for many demons had entered him. 

 

Lk 8,29-33

(119j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Bondage of Satan is broken

Lk 8,29-31

(65ha) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan brings unity >> Satan is united in his efforts to destroy mankind – There were five instances between verses 1-16 where Scripture referred to the demons as a single entity, even though it says they were many. These demons were united, for Jesus spoke to them also in the singular tense, so when we have all these demons working together as one, it is no wonder they have accomplished so much killing and destruction throughout the ages. We must look at the disharmony of the Church and its scattered administration as the work of Satan. The demons have unified their efforts against the Church to divide it and have greatly succeeded, and as a result, much of God’s will has never been accomplished.

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Lk 8-29

(146a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Superhuman strength

(146b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Epilepsy – Jesus did not deny that the person was having a seizure, and He also made it clear that demons had possessed him, so the two of them are the full explanation of epilepsy, and that only one of them cannot sufficiently explain our observations. The seizures opened the door for the demons to enter. This demon-possessed man did not always act insane, whether demons always lived in Him or came and went we don’t know. We do know that the man was powerless against them. Jesus also was driven in the wilderness at His temptation, not by demons but by the Holy Spirit, yet the result was the same: they both lived in the wilderness for a time. The demons would drive the man into places where people seldom went, suggesting that the demons led him to have antisocial tendencies. We know that one of the traits of psychopathy is antisocial personality disorder, but when Jesus cast out the demons, the man became normal, his epilepsy was healed, and he sought to integrate into society.

(160f) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil into the wilderness

(163j) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Used by Satan to destroy your own life

Lk 8,30-33

(35e) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> Ask to receive

Lk 8-30,31

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire – Demons know many things; they know their future, and they know there is such a thing as the abyss, whereas people continue to debate it, even so-called Christians, though clearly the bible describes such a thing as hell. Demons do not debate it. They know it exists and they know it is their ultimate destination, and demons also know there is nothing they can do to avoid it. Even if they were nice, they would still be thrown into the lake of fire, so in their mind there is no point in being nice when it will do them no good; they might as well enjoy reeking havoc on the human race. Their goal is to take as many of us with them to hell as possible. They know they will be judged based on the evil they have done. The more destruction they cause, the greater their judgment; they also know that just being in hell will be the worst part of it. Having a more punitive level in hell won't add enough punishment to their experience to deter them from tormenting mankind, but we should also take into account that demons are self-deceived; they are authors of denial. When we see people in denial about things they really ought to know, it is suggestive that they are being manipulated by demons. Denial is a sign of demonic activity, even as demons deny their own hellish destiny. The demons asked the Lord not to throw them into the abyss just yet, proving that they are aware of their final destination. Another version of the gospel put it this way; “Have You come here to torment us before the time?” (Mat 8-29). Therefore, they know there is a certain time set aside when judgment will occur to demons, and they also knew that this was not the time.

(181k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceiving and being deceived – Demons are purely spiritual, disembodied spirits, and they are very much in tune with their spiritual realm, not only with their own realm of darkness and evil, but also with God’s plan and purpose for mankind, and they are working to thwart it, as though they could succeed. The more demons strive to thwart God’s plan, the more they fulfill it. Had the demons not gotten involved in human interaction, trying to hinder the gospel over the centuries, God may have already returned, which means that Satan’s time to be thrown into the abyss would have come earlier too. Satan thinks that he is delaying the time of his demise, but what they don’t understand is that they are fulfilling God’s purpose, in that God willed it that 2000 years should elapse before He returned in order for more souls to be added to His kingdom. What is ironic about this is that if Satan were to ever get his way and man quit believing in the gospel, God would drop the stage curtain and bring an end to the age, and it would spell Satan’s capture and imprisonment, and God would bring in a new age of Millennium.

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31-33 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss. 32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

 

Lk 8-31,32

(65a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Jesus answers the devil’s prayer – Jesus could have had them thrown in hell, but look how merciful Jesus is to demons and He even answered their prayer. If Jesus is willing to answer the prayer of demons, how much more is He willing to answer our prayers?

Lk 8,33-39

(240i) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Taking away the key of knowledge >> Hindering people from entering the kingdom – The demons were exorcized from the possessed man and entered the swine and exited them to finally enter the air, for Satan is the prince of the power of the air. Why this intermediary step with the pigs, why didn’t the demons leave the man and enter directly into the air and forget about the swine? After they entered the swine, they drove them down a steep bank into the lake and drown them. In this version of the gospel is says that the men of Decapolis asked the Lord to leave because they became afraid. Other versions of the gospel said they asked Him to leave because of what happened to their animals, for the farmers suffered a total loss in their dead herd of swine. The demon’s purpose in destroying the pigs was to anger the townspeople and ask Jesus to leave, which was very strategic. If the demons got their way with Jesus, how much more do they get their way with us? The reason the demons wanted Jesus to leave was that Decapolis and the surrounding region of the Gerasenes was their playground. They had that whole area tied around their little finger, and this demon-possessed man was their trophy.

Lk 8,33-37

(167i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil (Conspiracy) >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It rejects God – When we think of the field of psychology as a whole and weigh the pros and cons, what it has offered society and what it has taken from it, the world says that psychology made a tremendous contribution to understanding ourselves, but when we listen to the voice of secularism and its speech of unbelief in God, and when we study the tenets of atheism, the teachings of psychology are rooted in them all. The world would say that psychology has done great things for humanity, but it has only armed man with a whole dimension of defenses aimed against God and arguing against Christianity. For example if we have a psychological anomaly in association with a brain disorder, they would say that demon possession doesn’t apply in contradiction of the Scriptures, but that everything can be physiologically explained. In contrast, the word “seize” is the root word for seizure, and the Bible says that the demons seized this man, causing him to have erratic convulsions. When we take into consideration that after World War II, after the Nazi movement and after observing Hitler’s highly successful propaganda machine, psychology was born. When we think of psychology in terms of its roots in Nazism, it is easier to understand the negative effect on society that psychology has had.

Lk 8-33

(245l) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of the prince of the power of the air -- This verse goes with verse 23. It takes a demonic atmosphere and environment to produce a demon-possessed man. Demons cannot get much done when there is truth and light afoot. The more darkness in a region, the more demon possession, and the more demons have their way with people. Imagine the difficulty some missionaries have had wrangling with demons in certain regions of thick spiritual darkness. Demons understand their realm, and they understand how humans think, and they know what to do to pull their strings and to sway the circumstances in their favor, but so did Jesus. The man who was once demon-possessed literally begged Jesus to let him come with them, not wanting to leave His side. He was afraid that the demons would return to him, but Jesus gave him a set of instructions, and he followed them, and for this reason he had no problem with demons again. Jesus’ instruction was to preach the gospel of the kingdom to his countrymen, and he was faithful and did it, so when Jesus returned later to that area, the people were receptive to His word. What better evangelist than a living example of what God can do? That whole area knew this man, and here he was all cleaned up and presenting the gospel to them, and later many people came to Jesus to hear His word and to be healed of their diseases, but there was no mention of any demoniacs (Mk 7,31-37). The man the demons once possessed extricated them from his region by obeying the word of the Lord, and the people listened to him.


34-48 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. 35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned. 38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 39 "Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. 40 And as Jesus returned, the people welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus' feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him. 43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, "Who is the one who touched Me?" And while they were all denying it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me." 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."

 

Lk 8,34-37

(88i) Thy kingdom come >> Fearing the power of God is the beginning of wisdom – Everyone was afraid of Jesus, as though He were an alien from another world, and they were right. His own disciples were afraid of Him as they crossed the Sea of Galilee, and now the townspeople in the country of the Gerasenes were afraid of Him. They were afraid of the demon possessed man just like the disciples were afraid of the Sea of Galilee, but when Jesus solved their problems, they transferred their fear to Him. The whole country of the Gerasenes had completely given up hope of helping this man who had disrupted their lives, yet Jesus the moment His foot touch their land healed the man. It made the people just as afraid of Jesus as they were of the demoniac. As the Pharisees accused Him, perhaps the people suspected He was the ruler of the demons. The difference is: the Pharisees knew Jesus to be the Messiah whereas the people of Gerasene did not.

Lk 8,35-39 

(8h) Responsibility >> Preparing to interact with God >> Preparing for revival

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Lk 8-38,39

(241b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but don’t receive >> Asking for something that is not in His will

Lk 8,40-48

(72c) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Men delegate authority by obeying the word – This anointing is transferred through faith. Jesus, who is the word of God made flesh kept saying, “It is your faith that has made you well.” Jesus played a passive role in this woman receiving the healing virtue of God. At the time He was following a man to heal his daughter when the woman touched Him, and He stopped, turned and asked, “Who touched Me?” Everybody in the crowd was touching Him, but He was asking, ‘Who just received a portion of My healing virtue?’ The woman fell down at His feet and confessed that she had been healed, knowing immediately that her hemorrhage had stopped. He answered her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” This time it really meant something. Most other times He would lay His hands on someone, making it look like Jesus was the active participant and the person being healed was the passive spectator, but this case emphasized the opposite: the person’s faith was tapping into Jesus. Laying His hands on them was actually helping them to believe. The woman set the condition of her own healing, touching Jesus’ cloak, as the flashpoint of her faith that would transfer the healing virtue to her sickness. Touching Jesus wasn’t necessary, anymore than it was necessary to remotely heal the centurion’s slave. Without Jesus we cannot be healed, just like without Jesus we cannot be saved. This is not a humanistic point of view that would try to push Jesus out of the equation. Our faith cannot heal us; we need the faith of God. Jesus heals us, but He needs our faith to complete the circuit sort of speak; we need a revelation of Jesus Christ. This is the kind of faith that heals and saves. For this reason He did not perform many miracles in His own hometown, because they did not believe in Him. “Faith is the substance [of God]…” it says in Heb 11-1. She had heard about Jesus and probably had seen Him at work healing other people, so she knew He could do this and knew He was also willing. ‘I’m just going to touch this guy and go on my merry way,’ she may have thought to herself, but He turned and wanted her to give glory to God. He also wanted to meet this person, because He loves people of faith. They make Him feel at home. Heaven is a place of faith; it consists of the very substance of faith; it is a place that could not exist without faith. God could not exist without faith. When we operate by faith, we are acting like God and we will be rewarded for it.

(113j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Filled with the Holy Spirit – When she touched Him, He felt His anointing decrease a little and when He felt His anointing draining, He would go back to the mountains to pray and fill up again. Then He would come down and minister to people and pour out His anointing on everybody, returning later to the mountains for more. He poured out Himself on as many people as would receive Him.

(114h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus exercises His will through the will of His Father – Now we know what Jesus had, referring to the anointing He received on the day of His baptism that kicked off His ministry. He was like a filled vessel who felt the power emanating from Him to heal the woman. It seemed there were two things happening at the same time: Jesus performed some miracles directly through His Father, such as calming the sea, and He performed other miracles through His anointing, such as healing this woman. Both were a direct result of His Father, so either way His Father was responsible for all the works of Christ.

(144k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Methods of healing >> Healed by touching Jesus – Jesus was very discerning of people’s faith, such as with this woman who touched Him in a crowd. His disciples reminded Him that He was in the center of a large throng of people, and He said, ‘No, but I felt virtue leave Me,’ and that could have only happened through faith (Lk 8,43-48). The fact that Jesus was not directly involved in this healing suggests that His Father healed the woman through His Son. She had a hemorrhage for twelve years reached for Jesus, believing that if she could just touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed. This is an indication that we play a part in our healing through faith in Him, and power will proceed from the throne of heaven to heal those in need. We see very few healings in the world today, suggesting that an environment of faith and obedience is missing in the Church, instigating some teachings that God doesn’t heal anymore, but it could be that the Church doesn’t believe anymore. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and if He was willing to heal people in the days of His flesh, then He is also willing to heal from heaven in our century.

(254d) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> God gives life to our faith in Jesus

Lk 8-40

(143l) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> It is popular to follow Jesus -- This verse goes with verses 49-65

Lk 8-42

(143j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His works

Lk 8-46

(70b) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Sensitivity To The Spirit

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49-56 While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore." 50 But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well." 51 When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl's father and mother. 52 Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her; but He said, "Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep." 53 And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died. 54 He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Child, arise!" 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. 56 Her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.

 

Lk 8,49-56

(38h) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus is the resurrection

(107b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Jesus’ words create faith

(143j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His works -- These verses go with verse 40. Jesus told the girl’s parents to tell no one of this miracle, but He told the man who had been cured of many demons to tell everyone the great things God had done for him. The difference was in His popularity between the two places. When He returned to the region where He had been preaching and healed the girl, the last thing He needed was more publicity, for it was already difficult for Him to freely move around the countryside. 

(146j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the Church may believe – After the father heard the news that his daughter had died, Jesus immediately undergirded the man’s faith, giving him reason to continue believing. Jesus needed a witness. It’s one thing to grab just anybody as a witness, but it would be better to have the father and mother witness to their own daughter’s healing. In preparation to heal the girl, He was careful not to allow any unbelief in the house with them. He didn’t want unbelief anywhere near Him when he raised this girl’s body, for a couple of good reasons. First, unbelief had the negative energy to stifle Jesus’ ability to perform miracles, and second, He didn’t want unbelief taking credit for the works of God, otherwise known as humanism. Jesus was the very essence of faith, yet He needed those around Him to believe. The last thing He needed was an unbeliever in the house knocking on the bedroom door saying something rife with unbelief to steal away the people’s faith. ‘Let me in, the girl is dead anyway,’ is something a spirit of unbelief would say. Verse 53 says, “They began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died.” Who was laughing at Him? There was no one in the house but Peter, James and John and the girl’s parents, and His disciples wouldn’t laugh at Him. Jesus tried to hem up their faith, but it was no use, so He used the faith of His disciples that allowed Jesus to raise the girl. So, Jesus performed this miracle in spite of the parents; the only thing they gained from this experience was their daughter’s life. Notice that Jesus did not perform a grand theatrical ceremony or give a long speech or offer a lengthy prayer before He raised the girl, only saying the words and the girl arose, leaving all the drama to someone else. He didn’t appeal to the emotions, but appealed to the faith of God and to the spirit of man. Before Jesus began his ministry, there was no cause for anyone to believe in Him, so He went around preaching the gospel of the kingdom, filling the people full of faith, and while all the people were in a state of expectation, His ministry of healing was born, and the whole countryside began believing in Jesus’ ability to heal the sick, but to raise the dead, no one was able to really fully comprehend, not even His disciples until Jesus Himself rose from the dead.

Lk 8,54-56

(134e) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Composition of our bodies is from the earth >> We are physically excluded from the spiritual realm – He ordered that something should be given her to eat, because she may not have been eating properly throughout the period of her sickness, and she would be most certainly hungry, indicating that she reentered the same body she left, only healed of whatever affliction killed her. Everything was the same except the affliction. She needed food to regain her strength and perhaps also to prove that she wasn’t just a spirit. It says, “her spirit returned,” but from where? While she was gone, where was she? It’s the question we always want to ask, but it is never the right question, because there is no such thing as where in the spirit realm, just like there is no when. There is no time in eternity, just like gold has no value on a planet that is made of gold. There is so much time in eternity that it is not relevant. Time and space are irrelevant in the spirit realm, a realm that none of us are capable at this point to understand.

 

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