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Luke 7 – 8

Luke 7

The faith of the centurion

Luke 7:1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

7:2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 7:5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

The centurion being a Roman, who was familiar with the custom of the Jews in not entering a non-Jewish home because of their fear of uncleanness, and understood that his house was not worthy to be entered. He therefore asked that Jesus only say the word, and he had faith that his servant would be healed

7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

This is an example that salvation through Christ would be extended to the believing repentant, faithful Gentiles.

7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

The dead raised to life as an example that Christ is the resurrection and the life of humanity through his sacrifice and resurrection by the Father.

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Luke 7:11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 7:12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

7:17 And this rumour [report] of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

Jesus tells John’s disciples that his office is known by his fruits. This is how God judges men true or false, by their actions, their fruits.

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

ONLY those who do the will of the Father as codified in all his commandments may enter into the resurrection to spirit.

7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Luke 7:18 And the disciples of John shewed him [told John Baptist] of all these things. 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 7:20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

Jesus lists his fruits for John’s disciples.

7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

Blessed are those who are filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.

7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Jesus then teaches the people that John was a true prophet of God.

7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. 7:26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

Jesus identifies John Baptist as fulfilling the prophecy about Elijah.

7:27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Jesus then says that John was the greatest of physical men, but that those in the resurrection to spirit shall be greater than the physical John. Jesus was not saying that John would not be in the resurrection to spirit! He WAS saying that when John and others are changed to spirit they shall be in a higher plane of existence then the mere physical.

During our physical lives we are being judged, but when we are changed to spirit we shall have been CHOSEN as a part of the spirit bride.

7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Those who were humble before God and knew they were sinful; repented.

7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God [and not themselves, in repentance before God], being baptized with the baptism [of repentance] of John.

John refused to baptize those who were proud and unrepentant; justifying themselves and their own false traditions rather than being zealous for God. 

7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Jesus then likens the Pharisees to unresponsive children.  Saying by metaphor that he had warned them and they had not listened.

7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 7:32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

The Pharisees sought out any excuse to condemn the messengers who were warning them to turn from sin; and to justify themselves and their traditions, and to avoid changing their ways in repentance before God:  Just like today’s spiritual Ekklesia.

7:33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

The wise attain their wisdom through sincere repentance and obedience to the wisdom of the Word of God.

7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

The lesson of the deep love of the sincerely repentant sinner for God and for whole hearted hungering to learn and keep the whole Word of God; as opposed to the self-righteous Pharisaic false tradition addicts, who reject the scriptures and revel in their own ways.

7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.

A sinner demonstrates her love for her Messiah.

7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

The self-righteous Pharisee thought that Christ should be as he was and despise sinners, even the repentant sinners, because of all their past wickedness for the Pharisee had never done such sins! That Pharisee knew nothing of compassion, mercy or forgiveness for sincerely repented sins. He had no understanding of the love of God and the mission of Jesus Christ.

The bearing of grudges and the despising of others is a GREAT SIN that will keep us OUT of the resurrection to spiritual life eternal!

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

Jesus teaches a parable on forgiveness and love

7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.

And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

Jesus then explains the parable

7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Those who have sinned much; know how much they have been forgiven; and they know the terrible price that was paid on their behalf to deliver them; therefore they are humble before God, and full of dedicated love for God the Father and the Son; they have enough love to be filled with gratitude and a deep unwavering dedication to please their Lord and SIN NO MORE.

7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

Yet, the self-righteous still found fault with the teachings of Christ, but the sincerely repentant followed Christ and found forgiveness.

7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Brethren, we have fallen very far from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. We have ALL sinned and we are all guilty before God. We speak of love, not understanding what love is; for godly love is living by EVERY WORD of God! 

Luke 8

Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Jesus teaches in parables so that people could understand only by the revelation of God’s Spirit.

The parable of the sower and the seed

8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture [Spiritually the water of God’s Word]. 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

It is the called out; who are faithful and filled with, and using God’s Spirit to fight the good fight against sin, by KEEPING the teachings and commandments of God the Father and Christ; who are given a proper understanding of the parables. Those who tolerate sin and compromise with the commandments of God shall not understand.

8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

The explanation begins with explaining that the seed is the whole WORD OF GOD; ALL SCRIPTURE; NOT just some talk of a coming kingdom.

8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Some hearers immediately forget or dismiss what they have heard. These are those who turn away from the message, which is most of humanity; and refuse to repent and be baptized.

8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Some who hear respond with repentance and a baptismal commitment, but later fall under trials and stress. These are baptized people who have God’s word in their hearts. But Satan brings trials and persecutions on them and they fall away.

Baptism and membership in some corporation is NO GUARANTEE of salvation. It is zeal for all the things of God, a diligent study and keeping of what is learned; and the following of Christ wherever he leads, even through serious trials and persecutions if necessary: that brings salvation.

For the sacrifice of Christ will only be applied to and justify: The KEEPERS of God’s commandments.

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Luke 8:13 They on the rock [the seed falling on the stony ground]  are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Many, who respond positively and are baptized, are later tempted back into sin by the pleasures of this society. They hedge on Sabbath to save a job or make money; or pollute the Sabbath for their own pleasures, unable to cope with trials or lusting after physical pleasures etc; instead of having unfeigned dedicated faith in God coupled with the works of faith. 

8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

It is the KEEPERS and OVERCOMERS among the called out, who endure to the end of their lives; who shall be saved!

8:15 But that [which falls] on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

The seed on the good ground are those who wholeheartedly work to learn and to diligently keep the whole Word of God and endure all trials patiently persevering to the end of their lives. We are to let the light that God has lighted in us shine forth; and we are to live as an example of true godliness that will light the world!

8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle [lamp], covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick [lampstand], that they which enter in may see the light. 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

All things hidden in darkness are revealed when the light shines and the darkness flees,

God sees all our deeds and he will reward the zealously faithful according to their zeal and dedicated growing in his Word. There are many who have spent a lifetime in the faith and have been lukewarm and complacent growing spiritually very little if at all. Then there are some who in a very few years of zeal learn and grow much bringing forth fruit of overcoming abundantly.

Many of those who have long been in the faith, shall lose what they have been given for their lack of zeal!

Many zealous who have been called only a short time, but who have laboured hard in overcoming and zeal for all the things of God, shall have a good reward for their love and zeal towards the commandments of God!

To serve long is not necessarily to have served well!

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

This is the lesson of the parable of the talents.  The new spiritual family of the called out, are all those who are like-mindedly dedicated to obedience to God and the complete overcoming of all sin.

8:19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 8:20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 8:21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

All the faithful to the whole Word of God are a part of the spiritual family of God; while compromisers and the disobedient who will not be corrected have No part in Christ.

The calming of the storm

8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

8:23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 8:24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

A lesson in faith

8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.

The casting out of the Legion of demons; demonstrating that Christ has full power over Satan and the most powerful demons, and that in the coming Kingdom Christ will restrain Satan and all his spirits for a thousand years; and afterwards remove them forever.

8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out [outside of] of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.

8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.

8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 8:32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 8:33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

These people suffered great loss, for they sold the swine for profit; and they fearing the power of Christ, besought Jesus to leave their area; loving profit more than the hearing of the Word of God.  So it is with the modern leaders and elders who fear to lose their followings by which they profit; if they turn from past false teachings to embrace the Word of God.

8:34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 8:36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

8:37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.

Jesus then told the healed man to be a witness to his family and the people of the region.

8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 8:39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned [to Capernaum], the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

Jairus’ daughter raised

Notice that Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue or pastor of the church as we would say today.

8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

The woman healed by the way

Notice that Jesus did not use this as an opportunity to condemn physicians.

8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 8:44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 8:45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 8:46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

8:47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

A messenger arrives reporting the death of Jairus daughter.

8:49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.

Jesus then comforts Jairus and continues on to his house.

8:50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in  save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

8:52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 8:53 And they laughed him to scorn [being without faith in spite of all the miracles that he had done for their city], knowing that she was dead.

These acts of raising the dead, are for our instruction and for the building of our faith in a future resurrection to eternal life: To teach us that Jesus Christ IS the Resurrection and the Life of all those who love him enough to repent of sin and to KEEP all of his teachings: To “Go and SIN NO MORE!”

8:54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 8:55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat [food to eat]. 8:56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

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