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Daily Bible Reading (Thursday, March 8th)


Luke 5 (ESV)


Jesus Calls the First Disciples

On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”[a] 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.[b] And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus[c] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.[d] 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

Jesus Calls Levi

27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

A Question About Fasting

33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?35 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”[e]


  1. Luke 5:10 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
  2. Luke 5:12 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  3. Luke 5:13 Greek he
  4. Luke 5:17 Some manuscripts was present to heal them
  5. Luke 5:39 Some manuscripts better


People that were getting offended by the revelation that Jesus was God were people that could't believe that such a man could be God in a very humble way. They couldn't accept Jesus humility, because the pharisees were full of spiritual pride and Jesus didn't match their standards of human accomplishments. Jesus came to preach the truth about the gospel but the pharisees would say in their hearts "I am righteous already who does he think he is." Only the poor in spirit can see Jesus and accept Him in His humbleness and be saved, because only by the meekness and humble state of Jesus's character that we can recognize our sins and be saved.

People were amazed and astonished by Jesus and Peter fell at His feet confessing his sinfulness. Those would be good characteristics of those who would be fishers of men. Praying that I will be amazed and humble in serving the Lord today.

The text tells us that Jesus came to save sinners. What an overwhelming thought. Jesus came that I might have eternal life. What a glorious thought. Here at the shepherds conference, with 3000 other pastors and elders and lay leaders, I get to see the fruit of Jesus ministry and glorious display.

Jesus came to save all, regardless of race, color, profession, nationality, etc.

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

And though not all will believe, those the father has given will believe and will not fall away.

“Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."” John‬ ‭6:35-40‬ ‭ESV‬‬

"It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repent." We most recognize ourselves as sinners in need of redemption before we can have our hearts transformed by Christ. We must see that we are not "basically" good; we must humble ourselves before God.

Amen! I might add that Christ also did not come seeking sinners in “seminaries” as well, just for the record.

I was reminded of how powerful the words of Christ were (at the time he spoke) and still are for us today. In his verbal communication he spoke with authority to appoint his disciples and to heal the broken. In verses 10-11, 13, 20, 24-25, 27-28 we read the words of Jesus and observe an immediate response. Praise God for the conviction and faith of the disciples, the Leper and the Paralytic with his friends! I have much to learn from this. I am praying that myself along with the body of Believers Fellowship would hold fast to scripture and be reminded that Christ came for sinners. May we seek to share the good news that Christ came to call sinners to repentance. Like Keagan said, let’s tell someone today!

Jesus didn’t go to the synagogue to find some rabbis or to a well-known university to find some professors to follow Him and be His disciples; He went to the lake to find some fishermen. Father, help me to see past socio-economic status to look at the heart of those who don’t know the gospel. “Who can forgive sins but God alone?“ Jesus has the power to forgive anyone all of their sins! Tell someone today!

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