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March 10, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 8 (ESV)

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[a] out of their means.

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”...Continue Reading

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  1. 25He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”🌊

  2. “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

  3. “38 Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.”

    Tell what GOD has done for you.
    He went on his way and proclaimed what JESUS had done for him.

    I see what you did there, Luke.

  4. The parable of the sower allows us to consider what kind of soil are we and what kind of seed are we willing to be. Because it is our choice which soil we become. It also provides typical things that trip people up. It is sad as I reflect on how many I know that fall in the first three categories. And a joy to see those who seek to bear much fruit. It is fitting that this parable is followed by the teaching on the lamp on a stand. If we are to bear fruit we must let the light of Christ shine.

    And Jesus’ ability is extended to control over the elements and a more specific story of his power over the demonic. One wonders why Jesus sends them into the pigs. Is He being compassionate even to them or does He know the end result anyway and wants their demise to be from their own choosing rather than His. But the most important lesson is to see His authority over them to the extent that they are dependent on Him for their place and function in the world.

    And I just love the story of the sick woman. To think all these people were rubbing up against Jesus but their contact meant nothing. But the women’s touch caused power to leave Jesus. Why? It was because her touch was mixed with the faith that the touch would make a difference. What a clear picture of the nature of how faith works and how we access the power of God. As the Word says, without faith it is impossible to please God. Well without faith we cannot access His provisions either.

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