54 total verses: Luke 5:1-26; Mark 1:40-2:12; Matthew 8:2-4, 9:2-8
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
45. Jesus preaches in Simon’s boat in Luke 5:1-3
46. Miraculous catch of fish in Luke 5:4-11
47. Jesus heals a leper in Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16
48. Jesus cures a paralytic in Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
More Specific Questions
1. Why do you think Peter said in Luke 5:8 “‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord'” (ESV)? What did he mean by it?
2. In Luke 5:17, it says “The power of the Lord was with him to heal” (ESV). Does that mean sometime the power wasn’t with him to heal? How do you think Jesus knew the power was with him?
After Completing the Bible Reading
Broader outline of each section of passage
Luke 5:1-3. Jesus was trying to teach a crowd, and they crowded him too much. So he decided that if he could get in a boat, he could speak to the crowd, and they would be able to hear, without him being squeezed. The boat that he got into belonged to Peter, whom Jesus asked to push a little away from shore.
Luke 5:4-11. To repay Peter for his cooperation, when he had finished speaking, he told Peter to go into the deeper water and to let down the nets. Peter, as an experienced fisherman, knew that this was stupid, because you can’t catch fish in that location at that time of day. But Peter, humoring, Jesus, did what Jesus said, and his nets were so full that they were breaking, and he had to call his partners James and John to help haul in all the fish, which were so many both boats started to sink. This amazing miracle cause Peter to worship Jesus on the spot, and for Peter, James, and John, to abandon fishing to follow Jesus. And Jesus promised them that they would catch people instead of fish.
Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16. Jesus heals a leper, and tells him to go and show the priests and make the offering that was required for someone cured of leprosy. And Jesus asked him not to tell other people. But he did, and more and more people came to Jesus, forcing him to stay in more isolated places. And to pray, he really had to go to isolated places. (The stories in Luke and Mark differ some, with the isolate places being where he ministered in Mark, but where he prayed in Luke.)
Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26. When Jesus returned to Capernaum, some men carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing, but the crowds were too thick, and they couldn’t get him in. So they got up on the roof and removed enough of it that they could lower the paralyzed man down so that he was in front of Jesus. Jesus first told the man that his sins were forgiven, which cause the religious leaders to assume that Jesus was blaspheming (claiming to be God) by declaring something that only God could do. But then Jesus declared that the man should stand up and carry his sickbed home. And he did! This caused a lot of rejoicing and astonishment and even fear among the crowd, because this was an incredible miracle.
Early in this passage we read in Mark 5:17, “The power of the Lord was with him to heal” (ESV). This is an interesting phrase, suggesting that at times the power of the Lord might not be with someone to heal. It also begs the question, how does one know whether the power of the Lord to heal is with him or her?
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
I chose Luke 5:15b-16, which says “Great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (ESV). I can relate to this — well, a little. I don’t think I have had great crowds gather to hear me! But I have had times of success in which I was in high demand and had little time for myself. The natural thing to do is to give in to the fatigue and rest when away from the demand on my time. But for me, after a day or two like this, I feel like I’ve lost my bearings, like I no longer know who I am or really what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I’ve discovered that if I can get away to pray — even though my body wants sleep — I can regain my bearings, and often get physically rejuvenated, too. I don’t know whether Jesus felt the same thing, or whether he simply felt like he needed some guidance from the Father. But whatever the case, this passage reminds me of my need for close communion with God.