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Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, March 13th)

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Luke 8 (ESV)

 

Women Accompanying Jesus

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for thema]">[a] out of their means.

The Parable of the Sower

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are 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. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

A Lamp Under a Jar

16 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

19 Then his mother and his brothersb]">[b] came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21 But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Jesus Calms a Storm

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes,c]">[c] which is opposite Galilee.27 When Jesusd]">[d] had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him.31 And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.

34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessede]">[e] man had been healed.37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter

40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians,f]">[f] she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peterg]">[g] said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!”46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people 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.”

49 While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” 50 But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” 51 And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. 52 And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 8:3 Some manuscripts him
  2. Luke 8:19 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 2021
  3. Luke 8:26 Some manuscripts Gadarenes; others Gergesenes; also verse 37
  4. Luke 8:27 Greek he; also verses 3842
  5. Luke 8:36 Greek daimonizomai (demonized); elsewhere rendered oppressed by demons
  6. Luke 8:43 Some manuscripts omit and though she had spent all her living on physicians
  7. Luke 8:45 Some manuscripts add and those who were with him

11 Comments

Why does Jesus often tell those whom he healed to not tell anyone?

It would seem that the disciples had reason to fear when their boat was in a storm but Jesus said, "Where is your faith?" If Jesus is in the boat and says we are going to the other side you should believe Him no matter what happens. How often do I fear when I have assurances from Christ? Where is my faith?

Verse 25--who then is this? May we continue to be amazed at the power of Christ, His deity, His sovereignty, His authority. He is so unlike us. He is so worthy to be praised, with all that we have and all that we are.

Verse 12 stands out to me today: "But he answered them, 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.'" The mark of those in God's family is that they do what they hear God's word to say.

Often I too go to the Master with my requests, but theses verses regarding the storm that Jesus calmed tell me NOT to be distressed when I do go to him. Psalm 46:10 “Be Still and know that I am God. I shall be exalted among the nations. I shall be exalted in all the earth.”

The parable of the sower is a personal favorite of mine, because it takes away the anxiety from evangelism and glorifies God's faithfulness and sovereignty. He has given us our seed, and a variety of soils, all that's left for us to do is to go forth and sow it faithfully. Once the Word is proclaimed, the Father is sovereign over how it effects hearts, not us. As with a recent situation, he may sometimes show us beginnings of fruit in a heart that we may go return joyfully to continue pouring into that person. But ultimately, all of the growth and all of the fruit comes from the Lord's working in hearts.
I love how the variety and power of the miracles in this passage reveal the majesty of Christ, who has command over natural elements and the soul and body. I pray that when my faith is weak, I might remember the power of Christ over all things! May we more faithfully sow the seeds of His Word and proclaim the works of Him who is worthy of all glory and praise!

The parable of the sower is one on my personal favorites in the entire bible. The parable tells us what to watch out for in the world like standing firm in trials and tribulation, not following worldly possessions, and to watch out for Satan in your life. I also think that it is amazing all of the miracles Jesus preformed like healing a woman of her discharge of blood, rising a twelve year old gir from the dead, etc.

What an awesome chapter to read in Luke. This chapter is filled with great teaching and miracles that exude Gods power through Jesus. It also shows what a mighty savior we serve. God takes care of the faithful, so after reading Luke 8 we should be excited to share the good news with everyone we come by today.

I was struck at the contrast in reaction to Jesus’ miracles in today’s reading. Those who witnessed the healing of physical ailments were overjoyed and like the woman with the discharge of blood, would do anything to be healed, but when they heard of Jesus healing the spiritual needs of “Legion” they wanted him to leave the area. Our world is the same today. They want the Jesus that they think can make life easier and not the Jesus that give it eternally. I pray that we, as a church, will strive to make the true Gospel attractive to those in our circles of influence, and point them to the Gospel with our actions as well as our words.

v1-3: There are many different ways to contribute to “preaching the kingdom of God,“ one of the easiest being “contributing to their support out of their private means.“ Put your money where your heart is. v7: Only recently have I recognized that the seeds sewn among the thorns grew. The seeds on three out of four soils grew, but only one soil bore fruit. Finally, I know we have discussed why Jesus tells some to not speak a word of His works, while He allows others to tell of the good works. I’m thinking He tells Jews to not say anything and He allows Gentiles/Samaritans to tells of His works?

Praise God for his teaching and healing all throughout this chapter; I am astonished to learn more about Jesus’s character. He is perfect. Something that struck me deeply though came at the very end, v 53 says, “and they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.” This family was just weeping yet now are laughing. I don’t know about you, but in the midst of crying laughing is not often a thought of mine. I’m thankful Jesus carried through with his work in this moment and continues to do so now. As I examine my own life I see areas where I would laugh as well due to my insignificant faith. Heavenly Father change my heart, may I know the depth of your power and love and trust you fully to “only believe” (v. 50).

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