Luke 8:1-25

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
  • sing prayerfully, ” Spirit of the Living God.

Reading

Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.

Close eyes and meditate on what you read.

Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read    Luke 8:1-25

Commentary.

This section contains five units of Jesus’ teaching.\

Women who followed Jesus (1-3) — Luke recorded the names of women who followed Jesus and who helped Jesus.

The parable of the seed and the sower. (4-15) —- This parable is self-explanatory as Jesus explained it after he taught. The sower is of course God. The seed is the Word of God. The soil is the hearer of the Word of God. This parable is three point lessons; 

God’s extravagant generosity— the sower scatters the seed generously on all different kind of soil. It is God’s generosity out of his richness, love and grace.

Life in the Word of God — God’s word is living and active, having life in it to grow and to bear fruit.

Hearer’s response is counted –,  “Hear the Word, hold it fast, and be patient,” is to be hearer’s response so that the seen can grow to be fruitful.

A Lamp on a stand (16-18) —- This unit is connected to the parable of the seed and sower. Those who hear the word of God is likened to a lamp. “Those who have,” are persons who have already received God’s Word, and “those who have not” are outside and choose to remain outside by rejecting God’s Word. God’s Word demands a radical openness on hearer’s part, most serious and thoughtful consideration, and most trusting response.

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers (19-21) —- “Who were Jesus’ family?”  Jesus opened the way for all who heard and act on God’s Word to be included in Jesus’ family. More important even than familial bonds is the urgency of being receptive and obedient to God’s Word.

Jesus calmed the storm (22-25) —- The Lake was Tiberius, also called Galilean Lake. Because of its location, a squall came down on the lake. “Where is your faith?” was revealing question that Jesus revealed his messiahship, his divine power. It leads hearer to assurance, comfort, and faith in God through Jesus Christ.

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Reflect on “where is my state of soil (heart), receiving the Word of God now?”
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you, and live it out through the day.

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