· Jesus spent time traveling from town to town
· His message was about the kingdom of God
· His companions were the twelve, some women who had been cured, and some influential women who helped support his ministry
· Jesus taught the crowd using a story about a farmer who spreads seeds on four different soils with only one yielding a good crop
· At the end Jesus challenges the crowd not just to hear but truly listen
· Jesus’ close followers asked him the meaning of the parable
· Jesus indicates that its meaning is for their ears only right now and quotes Isaiah explaining that he uses parables, in part, so those listening might not fully understand.
· The seed is the word of God (Old Testament at this point)
· The word for some is like seed on a hard path that is taken by the birds, people hear the word and the devil takes it before it can take root
· The seed on the rock is those who gladly hear the word but when testing comes they have no deep root in God’s word and fall away
· The seed in the thorns are those who receive the word but the business of life or pursuit of riches chokes it
· The seed on the good soil are those who hear God’s word, retain it, and do something with it
· Jesus then encourages them to do something with the word he is giving them, share it the way you would a light, if you share it you receive more, if not you lose what was given
· Jesus’ family comes to visit but they can’t get near him because of the crowds
· When someone tells Jesus he affirms what he was just speaking about that those who hear and DO the word are considered close family
· The narrative shifts to another day and a trip across the sea
· A storm hits that threatens to drown them, but Jesus is so tired he sleeps through it
· They wake him complaining about the storm and their dire circumstance
· Jesus sees their fear as lack of faith, and orders the storm to calm and it does
· The disciples are amazed and aren’t completely sure who Jesus is
· At the other end of the lake they meet a demon possessed man who was wild and out of control
· The demons recognized Jesus as the Son of the Most High God
· Jesus commanded the spirits to come out
· The demons cried out afraid that Jesus would use his authority to torture them
· Jesus asked the name of the demon(s), they used the name legion because they were many
· They begged that Jesus wouldn’t order them into the Abyss, and asked to be cast into a lower life form – pigs
· Jesus granted the request but the pigs ran off a cliff and died
· The keepers of the pigs freaked and went to tell everyone in town
· When they got there they saw the once crazed man calm and sane.
· The people were afraid of Jesus’ power and asked him to leave
· The man healed wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus denied his request and instead sent him home to tell others of God’s goodness
· Jesus left and ran into a crowd when he returned.
· One of them, Jarius, was a ruler of the synagogue begged Jesus to heal his sick daughter
· Jesus agreed and on his way a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years touched his cloak as the crowds pressed in around him and she was healed
· Jesus knew that power was used and stopped and identified the woman
· Jesus affirms here faith and she goes away in peace
· Then someone from Jarius home shows up to tell him it is too late, his daughter is dead
· Jesus simply tells Jarius not to be afraid, just believe, and his daughter would still be healed
· The mourners were already at the home when Jesus arrived
· Jesus announced she was only sleeping, but the crowd laughed at him because they knew she was dead
· With just the parents, and the inner circle (Peter, James, John) Jesus goes in and raises the girl back to life
· Jesus had them feed the girl, and also promise not to tell anyone he had raised her
I think this chapter is about the importance of believing and trusting God. First, Jesus tells a parable that emphasizes that just hearing truth is not enough, the faithful must act on the truth. Then Luke tells us of a great miracle but some are scared by it and just want Jesus to leave, while the broken man who is healed is ready to follow Jesus anywhere. Then both the disciples and the synagogue ruler show a faith that is wavering even though Jesus is clearly capable of handling the crisis. Meanwhile the broken woman just touches Jesus clothes and is healed because she believed so strongly. I think the fruit that we are to bear comes from trusting Jesus whole heartedly that He is powerful enough to meet life’s challenges and loves us enough to do it.
I am reminded how important it is that I keep my eyes – my entire focus on Jesus. When I put them on other things the truth can be snatched away or fear sets in because I am looking at my circumstances rather than Jesus. I need to walk more in tune with the Holy Spirit that is within me today, to seek his voice, and step out in faith and obey.
I want to follow you. I want the truth of your love, sacrifice, and grace to seek deep into my heart. Open my eyes today to the people you would have me share with, the opportunities to serve, and the divine appointments you have prepared for me. May I have the opportunity to share the word you have stirred in me today.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Posted on Mon, January 12, 2015
by Joel King