“The Family Pays Attention”
Luke 8:19-40 Authority on Display.
It always serves us well to consider the text that is just before our reading and the text that follows to ensure that we are embracing the context and its connection to the various events depicted in the account. So I suggest today that verses 19 – 21 are best understood when connected with verse 18. After teaching on the “seed”, the Word of God planted Jesus gave this warning in conclusion, “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” (18) ____________________________________________________________
On the heels of this statement Jesus family arrives. ________________________________
So we might understand Jesus family as being the illustration of the truth of verse 18. _____
Now we observe Jesus in the process of miracles demonstrating the scope of His authority.
A nice quiet sail on the Sea of Galilee. (vs. 22 – 24) What a picture of us. _____________
___________________________________________________________________________ In the midst of the great lessons on faith that have just preceded this event, Jesus has to say to His disciples, “Where is your faith?” _____________________________________________
They are thinking about who Jesus is: “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him.” It is good for us to remember who Jesus is. Perhaps use one of the many titles to plant the scene in your mind: __________________________________
Dealing with the powers of darkness. (vs. 26-33) _________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Jesus lands in Gadarenes and He is immediately confronted with evil in the form of a demon possessed man (vs. 27). ________________________________________________________
What is surprising is the reaction of the humans in this story. Witnesses run to the city and evidently the news they bring reads like this, “Jesus of Nazareth just destroyed a herd of pigs.” Since they care a great deal about money that these pigs represented they rush out of the city to confront Jesus. Sitting before Jesus (verse 35) they find the heretofore lunatic, dressed, cleaned-up, listening attentively in his right mind. __________________________________
So Jesus sends the man, over the fellows objections, back to his home to be reconciled to His family and to give a testimony to all who will hear. So despite the planned cover-up by the rest of the community, God is glorified by this man’s personal testimony of being released from the bondage of Satan. Out of darkness into light!
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