Luke 8 – CLASSIC STORIES OF JESUS
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- What is your favorite story about Jesus and why?
Luke 8 is rich with “classic” stories about Jesus. This chapter is also rich in practical applications for our daily lives. As we study, see what practical lessons for daily living that you can find.
CLASSIC MINISTRY – Vss. 1-3
CLASSIC PARABLE – Vss. 4-18
- THE STORY PRESENTED – Vss. 4-8
- THE STORY QUESTIONED Vss. 9-10
Through the help of God’s Spirit, God’s children will be able to learn the truth of God’s Word. John 16:13
Those who reject Christ will not be able to understand the parables which Jesus spoke. 1 Corinthians 2:14
- THE STORY EXPLAINED Vss. 11-15 The seed is the Word of God. The sower in this story is The Lord Jesus. However, any Christian who preaches or teaches the Word of God becomes the sower. Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Timothy 4:2
The different soils are explained:
HARD HEART – Vs. 12 – No real interest in the Gospel, even though a profession of faith may have been made. Satan quickly snatches away the seed.
HEAVY HEART – Vs. 13 – Quick initial response, but when persecution comes, the convert fails to follow Christ. Mark 4:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:12
HEATHEN HEART – Vs. 14 – Matthew 6:31-32, – Cares, riches, and pleasures of this life “choke” the “converts”. There is no fruit.
HEALTHY HEART – Vs. 15 – Hears the word, keeps it, endures, and brings forth multiplied fruit. Only one kind of “convert” is a truly saved convert. If a person has truly trusted Christ, God will change him. 2 Corinthians 5:17
CLASSIC MISUNDERSTANDING – Vss. 19-21
CLASSIC EXAM – Vss. 22-25
DECISION – Vs. 22 – When the disciples received their “exam” in faith, they were following the decision of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we face our exams because we are simply doing what the Lord has told us to do!
DISTRACTION – Vs. 23 – As the disciples did as they were told, a large distraction appeared. A fierce storm threatened the very lives of the disciples. As we strive to obey the Lord, we will also face distractions. It is not a question if distractions (trials) will occur. The question is how will we handle distractions when they come?
DISTRESS – Vs. 24a – In a panic, the disciples awoke the Lord Jesus. They allowed themselves to become distressed by the storm. They were filled with fear.
DECLARATION – Vs. 24b – Our Lord awoke and rebuked the wind and waves. His declaration brought total calm. Our problems may never go away until we reach Heaven, but if we trust Him, Jesus will declare peace for us in the midst of our storms. We can relax in the calm of His presence.
DENUNCIATION – Vs. 25 – Our Lord rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith, not for disturbing His nap! It was not wrong to ask Jesus for help. It was wrong not to have faith in the midst of the storm.
CLASSIC EXORCISM – Vss. 26-39
THE BONDAGE OF POSSESSION – Vss. 26-30 The man was demon-possessed, naked, and restless.
THE BOLDNESS OF JESUS – Vss. 31-33 Jesus commanded the legion of demons to come out of the man. The Lord allowed the demons to enter the herd of swine.
THE BLESSINGS OF DELIVERANCE – Vss. 34-35 The man was sitting, no longer restless. The man was clothed, no longer naked. The man was in his right mind, no longer demon possessed.
THE BANISHMENT BY THE FEARFUL – Vss. 36-37 The citizens of the area, having heard what happened, became fearful and asked Jesus to leave.
THE BROADCAST OF THE DELIVERED – Vss. 38-39 The healed man wanted to go with Jesus, but the Lord gave him another job. He was to go home and share what God had done for Him. This he did.
CLASSIC RESURRECTION – Vss. 40-42, 49-56
A WILLING SAVIOR – Vss. 40-42
A WOUNDED FATHER – Vs. 49
A WELL DAUGHTER – Vss. 50-56
CLASSIC FAITH – Vss. 43-48
REACH BY FAITH – Vss. 43-44
RECOGNITION OF A MIRACLE Vss. 45-47
REASSURANCE FROM THE MASTER – Vs. 48