Week 3: Luke 5

Watch Sunday’s message as Pastor Doug continues through Luke 5

This week Greg summarized Luke Chapter 5

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As you read this chapter:

Notice what Jesus’ words and actions reveal about his character and who he is.

Ask God to help you listen for anything he might be showing you or speaking to you personally.

Verses 1-11:

What does Simon Peter recognize about Jesus in verse 8?
What does Simon recognize about himself in verse 8?
What is significant about Jesus’ response in verse 10 to Simon?
If you play this out like a movie scene in your mind, what details stand out to you as particularly astonishing, curious or personally applicable?

Verses 12-16:

Leprosy was thought to be extremely contagious, and legally demanded total isolation – no contact with others. With this in mind, what strikes you about the behavior of the leper, and what do you notice about Jesus’ response?
Read Leviticus 14:2-32, which details the required rituals for the cleansing of skin diseases. Why would performing these rituals have been important for the man, for the priests, and for the community?

Verses 17-26:

If you can imagine yourself as the paralytic on the mat, do you think you would’ve been disappointed when Jesus said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven”?
Which do you think is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or “Get up and walk”?
What did Jesus clearly demonstrate by healing this man?

Verses 27-39:

How does Jesus’ behavior toward the despised tax collectors compare with his behavior toward the well-respected Pharisees and teachers of the law?
What do you think Jesus is referring to as “new wine?”

Application: (Interact with God about these questions)

In what ways can you relate to the main characters in these accounts?
Simon Peter, who said, ”Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
The leper, who said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
The paralytic, who heard Jesus say, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
The Pharisees, who say, “The old wine is better.”
Levi, who can’t believe he’s been invited to leave everything and follow Jesus?

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Luke 5 New International Version (NIV)

1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”