The Book of Luke chapters 1-9

The Gospel of Luke (light giver), is the third and longest of the four canonical Gospels. This synoptic gospel is an account of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It details his story from the events of his birth to his Ascension. The author is traditionally identified as Luke the Evangelist who was also a medical doctor. Luke paid great attention to detail, including dates and events that happened throughout the life of Christ. Confirming the correct conception (December 25th), and birth date (September 29th), of the Christ child. Does it make a difference which date we celebrate? Not really... but it is tradition that we celebrate in December. The main purpose is to discover truths that make more sense than that of tradition. Luke tells us of certain popular stories, such as the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan, that are found only in this gospel. This account also has a special emphasis on prayer, the activity of the Holy Spirit, women, and joyfulness. Luke presented Jesus as the Son of God, but turned his attention especially to the humanity of Jesus, featuring His compassion for the weak, the suffering and the outcast.

Luke 1

 1Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us. Several stories about Christ have been written using good source material and reports that were circulating among us. (All was revealed just as it was written).

 2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word. Stories from the early disciples and other eye witnesses. (Hebrews 2:3, I Peter 5:1, II Peter 1:16, I John 1:1, John 15:27). "Stories that He was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, and received up into glory." (I Timothy 3:16). (All these stories were recorded just as they happened).

 3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus. The name "Theophilus" (one who loves God), rechecked all these accounts from first to last after thorough investigation to pass this summary on to you. (Acts 11:4, 1:1).

 4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. To reassure you of the truth in all these things you were taught and instructed. (You can believe all these truths as they were written).

 5THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. Zacharias was a member of the "Abijah" division (I Chronicles 24:10), of the Temple service corps. His wife Elizabeth, like him, was also a member of the priest tribe of the Jews. (She was a Levite, the daughter of Aaron). There were twenty-four courses of the Levite priests to perform. (Each course was performed twice a year, plus all the courses were performed on the Holy Seasons; Passover, Pentecost, and Feast of Tabernacles, giving us the 51 weeks of the Jewish calendar).

  Every Sabbath day, the privilege was for one of the Levite priests to burn incense and lead the morning and evening service. Since there was so many priests at the time, this was done by drawing lots to see who served. (The priests served together on the three Holy Seasons). The course of "Abia" was one of the twenty four courses; The "eighth" course (new beginnings). This course of "Abia" sets a date that we need to remember. The two yearly "ministrations" of Abiah were as follows. The first ministration was from 12-18 Chisleu which is December 6-12. The second "ministration" was from 12-18 Sivan which is June 13-19. You can read more on the course of Abia in appendix 179-179b of the King James Companion Bible.

Paragraph from 179b of the companion bible: It thus appears without the shadow of a doubt that the day assigned the the Birth of the Lord, viz. December 25, was the day on which He was "begotten of the Holy Ghost", i.e. by pneuma hagion = divine power (Matt. 1:18, 20 marg.), and His birth took place on the 15th of Ethanim, September 29, in the year following, thus making beautifully clear the meaning of John 1:14, "The Word became flesh" (Matt. 1:18, 20) on the 1st Tebeth or December 25 (5 B.C.), "and tabernacled (Gr. eskeno-sen) with us", on 15th of Ethanim or September 29 (4 B.C.).
   The 15th of Ethanim (or Tisri) was the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The circumcision therefore took place on the eighth day of the Feast = 22nd Ethanim = October 6-7 (Lev. 23:33-34).  So that these two momentous events fall into their proper place and order, and the real reason is made clear why the 25th of December is associated with our Lord and was set apart by the Apostolic Church to commemorate the stupendous event of the "Word becoming flesh" - and not, as we have for so long been led to suppose, the commemoration of a pagan festival.

 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Zacharias and Elizabeth were godly folk, careful to obey all of God's laws in spirit as well as in letter.

 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. They were both old in age and to late to have children.

 8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course. It is believed by many Jewish and Christian scholars that this would be the course of Abia, the eighth course of the second ministration. (Sivan - June 13th-19th).

 9According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. The honor fell to Zacharias by lot to enter the inner sanctuary and burn incense before the Lord.

 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. The whole crowd of people stood outside in the temple court, praying during the service when the incense were being burned. There prayers went "Up in smoke."

 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. Zacharias was in the sanctuary when an angel of the Lord appeared. (The angel Gabriel "man of God").

 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. Zacharias was startled and terrified. (He just seen a spiritual being).

 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. The angel told Zacharias not to be afraid and told him that God has heard your prayer, and your wife Elizabeth will have a son. He was told to name him John, "gift of God" named by God Himself.

 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. He would be a special child and many would rejoice with you at his birth.

 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. A great child in the eyes of the Lord, filled with the "Holy Spirit" even before birth. (Matthew 11:11). God had a special plan for this child.

 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. John's message would be "repent and be baptized."

 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. John will be a rugged man that will come in the spirit and power of Elijah, the prophet of old. He will precede the coming of the Messiah, preparing the people for His arrival. (Matthew 11:14, Mark 9:12, Isaiah 40:3). The problem was that the people did not receive him.

 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. Zacharias said to the angel, this is impossible. My wife and I are both to old to have a child.

 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. The angel replied, I am Gabriel. God himself sent me to give you this good news. (Never doubt an angel of God).

 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. Because you do not believe me, you shall be stricken silent, until the child is born. And so it was that Zacharias could not speak just as the angel had said. This message was written before in the old testament. "The Messiah was foretold to Daniel by the angel Gabriel 400 years before he told Zacharias." (Daniel 9:21-27).

 21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. The people wondered what was taking Zacharias so long in the temple.

 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. When Zacharias finally came out, he could not say a word and the people realized that he must of seen a vision. "He had more than a vision." He had contact with an angel of the Lord.

 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. After Zacharias completed his duties at the temple he returned home. (Keep in mind the dates of time). He left for home on June 19th. (The thirty mile journey took about 2-3 days travel time for an old man).

 24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying. After they returned home, Elizabeth his wife became pregnant. (This would be around June 23rd or 24th, when the miraculous conception of John the Baptist took place). She went into seclusion for five months which would bring us up to the date of November 24th.

 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. How kind the Lord was to me, "to take away my disgrace of having no children."

 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. One month later, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee. This would bring the date up to December 25th. (Elizabeth was now in the 6th month with the child John.) Now we will switch to Mary and Joseph as they were betrothed.

 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. The virgin Mary, a descendant of king David, was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18).

 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and congratulated her saying; "The Lord is with you." (Here we have an engagement blessed by God Himself). All part of God's plan.

 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. Mary being a little confused, tried to think of what the angel meant. Notice, she did not doubt the angel.

 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. The angel told her not to fear not; for the Lord has decided to wonderfully bless you. "Mary was about to get the news of a blessing that would change the world."

 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. The angel Gabriel told her that very soon you will soon conceive and have a baby boy. Gabriel told her to name the child Jesus, "Yahshua."

 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. He shall be great and be called the "Son of God." The Lord shall give Him the throne of His ancestor David.

 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. there will be no end to His kingdom; it is for eternity. (Daniel 7:14, Hebrews 1:8).

 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? How can this be Mary said to the angel; I was never with a man and I am a virgin. Notice again, Mary did not doubt the angel, she just wanted to know how this would happen.

 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and you will conceive." The baby born to you will be "The Son of God." "Immanuel, God with us." (Isaiah 7:14).

 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. Now if you remember, Elizabeth was pregnant with the child John now for six months, and the date was December 25th. Elisabeth was Mary's cousin (a Levite), of the Levitical priesthood. Elizabeth's mother and Mary's mother were sisters. Mary's mother was of the tribe of Levi, and her father was of the tribe of Judah. (Here we have both the Levitical priest line and the Tribe of Judah king line). Mary's genealogy is found in Luke 3. "Christ would be the "priest" forever after the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 7).

 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. Every promise from God shall come true. Nothing is impossible with God.

 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Mary accepted what the angel Gabriel told her.

 39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda. Mary hurried to the highlands of Judea where Zacharias lived.

 40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. She went visit her cousin Elizabeth in the house of Zacharias to share the good news. (Again, Zacharias was of the Levitical priesthood).

 41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. As soon as the sound of Mary's greeting, Elizabeth's child (John the Baptist) leaped within her and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Why? Because this is when Jesus began to dwell with us, at the conception. (December the 25th)! Now as you know, many call this date the birth of Christ, and some even call this date a pagan holiday that should not be worshipped. However, both are not accurate. This is the conception that took place on this date when Jesus Christ began to dwell with us. December the 25th is a glorious holiday that should be celebrated around the world. What about the Christmas tree? The tree presents God as a great fir tree. (Hosea 14:1-9). Christ presents Himself as the true vine, and we are the branches. (John 15:1-8). The Christmas tree can be like another symbol of Christianity. You don't worship the tree, you worship what it represents.

 42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Elizabeth gave a glad cry out to Mary, "You are favored by God above all other woman," your child is destined for God's mightiest praise. Elizabeth knew this was another miracle and blessing from God.

 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? What an honor Elizabeth said; that the mother of my Lord visit me. "Emmanuel, God with us."

 44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. When you came in and greeted me, the instant I heard your voice, my baby moved in me for joy. Moved by the very presence of the "Holy Spirit" and the Christ child. Again, life begins at the conception and when the soul enters the child.

 45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. Elizabeth said to Mary. "You believed that God would do what He said; that is why He has given you this wonderful blessing." Mary believed without any doubt.

 46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord. Mary replied; "How I praise the Lord for what He has done." She knew now that she was given a special child from God. But, did she know He would be the savior of the world?

 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. How I rejoice in God my Savior! "Mary was very happy." She would give birth to the Savior of the world and now she began to realize what His purpose would be.

 48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. God took notice of His lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation shall call me blessed of God. And blessed she was; ending that lineage all the way back to mother Eve. "The mother of all living." (Genesis 3:20). Not that Eve is the actual mother of all living (that would be impossible), but rather the mother of all living because through her lineage, generation after generation, the birth of Christ would come.

 49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. "The Most High God gave Marry the Christ child."

 50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. God's mercy goes from generation to generation to all that reverence Him. (Genesis 17:7, Psalms 103:17).

 51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He scatters the proud and haughty ones by the power in His mighty arms. (Psalms 33:10, I Peter 5:5).

 52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He has torn princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. (Job 5:11-15). God always tames the proud and delights in the humble.

 53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He satisfies the hungry hearts (filling them with truth), and sends the rich away with empty hands. (Psalms 34:10).

 54He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy. He helped His servant Israel and has not forgotten His promise to be merciful. (Psalms 98:3). 

 55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. His promise to Abram, who's name was changed to Abraham. (Genesis 17:5), and to his seed forever. (Genesis 17:19).

 56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her own home. Follow the dates: (Three months later would bring us to March 25th). (Elizabeth is 9 months with child and Mary is three months with child).

 57Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. Elizabeth's waiting was over and her baby boy was born.

 58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. The news spread quickly and everyone rejoiced with her.

 59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. When the baby became eight days old the circumcision ceremony took place as according to the law and custom. (Genesis 17:12, Leviticus 12:3). Everyone assumed the baby would be called Zacharias, after his father. But, God had other plans.

 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. Elizabeth said, "No... He must be named John." She obeyed the Lord.

 61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. There is no one in the family by that name they exclaimed.

 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. They asked the father (Zacharias), about what his name would be.

 63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. Zacharias asked for a writing tablet and wrote down the name to call the child; "It was John." They were all surprised. I think Zacharias was going with His wife's call this time; after all, she was given the name by God. I don't think Zacharias wanted any more infirmities placed upon him.

 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. Instantly Zacharias could speak again, and he began to praise God. (His speech was returned because he obeyed God). Never doubt God; when He speaks to you, listen.

 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. Reverence came about the whole neighborhood and the news of what happened spread through the Judean hills.

Versus 66-80 Zacharias speaks and John the Baptist grows up

 66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. They all wondered what this child would turn out to be like. They knew that the hand of the Lord was surely upon him. And so it was; that John the Baptist (second cousin to Jesus), would go forth and preach straight on with the truth of God's Word.

 67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying. Zacharias was filled with the "Holy Spirit" and prophesied. (Joel 2:28).

 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. "Praise the Lord," the God of Israel; He has come to visit and redeem His people.

 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. He is sending us a "Mighty Savior" from the royal line of His servant David.

 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began. Just as He promised through His holy prophets from long ago. "This was all determined in the first earth age." (Jeremiah 23:5, Daniel 9:24, Acts 3:21).

 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. Someone to save us from our enemies and all who hate us.

 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant. He has been merciful to our ancestors. (Leviticus 26:42, Micah 7:20).

 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham. A covenant oath with Abraham, "The father of all nations." (Genesis 12:1-3, Hebrews 6:13).

 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear. We can serve God "fearlessly," freed from our enemies. (Romans 6:18, Hebrews 9:14), In Psalms 2, God laughs at the heathens and idiots of the world.

 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Holy and acceptable before God, every day of our life, to stand in His presence forever. (Ephesians 4:24).

 76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways. Prophet of the living God, to prepare the way for the Messiah. "John the Baptist." (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1).

 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins. This little child who grew to a great prophet of God. His message would be "Repent and be Baptized; Love the Lord Jesus Christ." A message we all look forward to today as we do our best to bring new members into the many member body of Christ. John the Baptist was one of the greatest evangelical Christians. Can we follow in His footsteps?

 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. The Day Spring = The Branch = Christ. (Jeremiah 23:5, Zechariah 3:8).

 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. To give light or peace of mind to those who sit in darkness. (Isaiah 9:2). Come out of darkness and bondage and get into the light of truth.

 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. The little child "John" grew strong in the Spirit and loved God. He lived out in the wilderness until he began his ministry to Israel.

Luke 2

 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. The Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus (the first roman emperor, reigning from 27 B.C. to A.D. 14), decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation.

 2And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. This census was taken when Quirinius (a roman aristocrat), was governor of Syria.

 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.

 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David). Because Joseph was of the royal line of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea. (John 7:42, Matthew 1:16). This would be about a 90 mile trip for Joseph and Marry who was 9 months with child.

 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. He took Mary (his fiance') with him, who was pregnant at the time.

 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. While they were there, it came time for her child to be born. There was an ancient prophecy written 700 years before this, that spoke of the child (Jesus), and ruler of Israel would be born. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2). But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. A ruler of Israel will come from you, One whose origins are from the distant past. Ephrathah (place of fruitfulness), was an ancient name for "Bethlehem" (house of bread). (Genesis 35:19). Bethlehem was the birth place of David, and so it was the birthplace of the kings of Judah. But, most importantly, it was the birthplace of Jesus; the One who would come forth from of old. "Jesus existed before He was even born." (John 1:1-3). The one that would be considered "little" would come from Bethlehem and rule Israel.

  This should bring our attention to the first advent (Zechariah 9:9), and the second advent (Zechariah 9:10). "Rejoice people of Zion." Your King is coming and He will be righteous and victorious. He is humble, riding on a colt, the foal of an ass. We are speaking of the first advent here when Jesus came riding upon a donkey's colt. (Matthew 21:5-7, Mark 11:7, Luke 19:30-35, John 12:14-16). There will be a day in the near future when Jesus arrives on a white horse, (The Second Advent). When He returns as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." With that being said, lets get back to the birth of the new born King.

 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Mary gave birth to her first child, wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the village inn. (Matthew 1:25, Galatians 4:4). This took place on September 29th (Tisri) of the Jewish Calendar. (The first day of the feast of Tabernacles). Why was Jesus born in such a humble setting? For a lesson to us... Instead of being born in a palace (which He deserved), He was born in a stable. Instead of being welcomed by the many wealthy influential people, there was no room for Him at the inn. Why? "God did it for us." For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9). A fantastic example of the generous giving of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make us as rich as Him. "Rich in the Word of truth." (John 16:15). Again, He did it for us.

 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. That night there were shepherds in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. (Tending their flocks of sheep at the end of summer). Note: Flocks were only kept out in the fields at night from Passover in spring until the fall. More proof through scripture that Jesus was not born in December, but rather in September.

 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. An angel appeared among them and the Glory of the Lord shone bright about the landscape. They were a little frightened.

 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. The angel told them not to be afraid. I bring you joyful news for everyone.

 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. The Savior, the Messiah, Christ the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem. (Isaiah 9:6).

 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. To identify Him; He will be wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger. Jesus was born in a place where all shepherds and people could enter. (To this day, Jesus is within all our reach for us all to receive Him).

 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying. Suddenly, the angel was joined by a multitude of other angels praising God. This was a large gathering army of angels that suddenly appeared.

 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. "They sang Glory to God in the highest; peace on earth and good will toward men." (I John 4:9). What a message... The angels proclaiming "to God the highest glory," and "His good will toward all men."

 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Then the great army of angels returned to heaven and the shepherds said to each other; let's go and see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.

 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. They ran to the village and came upon Mary and Joseph. There they found the baby lying in the manger, just as the angel of the Lord had said.

 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel of the Lord had said to them about the child. "A King was born, and we have seen the angel of the Lord."

 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. All who heard the shepherds story were astonished.

 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. But Mary treasured Him in her heart. She knew what a wonderful thing has just happened. (Isaiah 7:14).

 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. The shepherds went back to attending their flocks of sheep in the fields, praising God all the way. They were excited and filled with the spirit because they have seen the child that the angel of the Lord had told them about.

 21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Eight days later He was circumcised, and He was called Jesus. "Yahveh Savior." And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21). Yashua Messiah (Joshua in English), Yahaveh (salvation in Hebrew), "Yahveh Savior."

 22And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. When the time came for Mary's purification offering at the temple (as required by law), Mary and Joseph took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. (Leviticus 12:2).

 23As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. "If a woman's first child is a boy, he shall be dedicated to the Lord." (Exodus 13:2).

 24And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. The sacrifice of purification as by law. A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons were required. (Leviticus 12:1-8). Why turtle doves and not a lamb for the sacrifice? This tells us that Mary and Joseph were poor. However, Mary was holding in her arms the greatest sacrifice of all times. "The one who would give His life for the sins of the world."

 25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. Simeon, a resident of Jerusalem, was in the temple. He was a good man "filled with the Holy Spirit," who was constantly expecting the Messiah to come soon. Note: Up to this point we find that the "Holy Spirit" was upon John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Zachariah, and now Simeon. Jesus would promise us that the comforter (Holy Spirit), would come after His death, but here we see that Jesus "filled with the Holy Spirit," was the original helper, or comforter at the time.

 26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die before he had seen God's anointed King. Christ means "anointed one."

 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law. The Holy Spirit had told Simeon to go to the temple that day, and when Mary and Joseph brought the child to be presented to the Lord, he was there.

 28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said. Simeon took the child in his arms, "praising God."

 29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. He said to the Lord; "Now I can die in content."

 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Another witness that has seen the Savior. (Isaiah 52:10, Acts 4:12).

 31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. The Savior you have given to the world.

 32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. A light to shine upon all the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. (Isaiah 9:2, Acts 13:47).

 33And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. Joseph and Mary marveled at the things that were said about Jesus.

 34And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Simeon blessed them an told Mary that many would reject this child, but He will also be the greatest joy to others. The apostle Peter would say... Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. (1 Peter 2:6-8). Jesus will be the stumbling block to the unbelievers, but a stepping stone to the believer. (Some will stumble and some will rise).

 35(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. A sword shall pierce thy own soul, and break your heart, but win the hearts of many. (Psalms 42:10).

 36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity. Anna (a teacher), was in the temple that day.

 37And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. She stayed in the temple night and day, worshipping God by praying and fasting.

 38And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. She gave thanks to God and began telling everyone in Jerusalem that the Messiah had finally arrived.

 39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. Mary and Joseph had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of God and returned to Nazareth.

STOP... Luke never mentions the wise men. You need to read Matthew chapter two to know where the wise men and King Herod fit in. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked; "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw a "star" (a sign), in the east and have come to worship him."

  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel." Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the "star" had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the "star" they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the "star," they were overjoyed. (They know they have arrived in the right place).

  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, and of incense, and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Devine intervention by an angel of the Lord). When they had gone, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in another dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophets: "Out of Egypt I called my son." (Matthew 2:1-15, Hosea 11:1).

  Now when Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." (Jeremiah 31:15). After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared once again in a dream to Joseph while in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."

 40And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. There Jesus grew as a child and became strong in the Spirit, and was known for His wisdom beyond His years.

 41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. Jesus attended the Passover Festival with His parents. Later He would become our Passover. (I Corinthians 5:7-8).

 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. At the age of twelve (age of accountability), a Jewish boy growing up. This is the age that every Jewish boy has his "bar mitzvah," (son of the covenant), where he is considered a adult man.

 43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. After the celebration, Joseph and Mary started to return home to Nazareth; Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem.

 44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. They wondered where He was and assumed He was with His friends and other family members. (Easy mistake to make when traveling in a caravan).

 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. When they could not find Him, they went back towards Jerusalem to search for Him.

 46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. After Mary and Joseph searched for Him for three days, they found Him in the temple in Jerusalem among the teachers of the law discussing in-depth questions with them. (Isaiah 11:1-2).

 47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. Everyone there was amazed at His understanding and answers.

 48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. When His parents found Him in the temple they didn't know what to think. Mary asked Him, where have you been? Your father and I have been looking for you everywhere and we were worried. (Notice the lower case "father" for Joseph).

 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? Jesus answered them saying, why did you need to search for me? "Didn't you realize that I would be here in the Temple, in my Father's House?" (Notice the upper case "Father" for God). Taking care of my Father's business. (John 6:38). "This verse would be the first writings of the Christ child."

 50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. But they did not understand what He meant. This would not be the first time Jesus wouldn't be understood. (Luke 9:45, 18:34).

 51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. They returned to Nazareth and Jesus was obedient to His parents; and Mary remembered all these things.

 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Jesus grew tall and wise, and was loved by God and man. He became very popular, and as a child. His great uncle (uncle to Mary), "Joseph of Arimathea" grew towards Him. (Another disciple of Jesus if you will). Better know as "Joseph of Glastonbury" (the tin man), because he was a merchant in metals. (Referred to by the Romans as 'Nobilis Decurio' or minister of mines to the Roman Government). He was known to take Jesus with him as He grew up as a teen on business trips to England, India, and even South America. In spite of his relationship with Jesus, his loyalty to Him was largely kept secret. (John 19:38). "God is always in control."

Luke 3

 1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene. Tiberius Julius Caesar (2nd emperor of the Roman empire), ruled from 14 A.D. to 37 A.D. (A.D. stands for the Latin "Anno Domini," meaning in the Year of our Lord). Pilate was governor over Judea, Herod over Galilee, Herod's brother Philip was over Iturea and Trachonitis, Lysanias over Abilene; and Annas and Caiaphas were high priests.

 2Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. Even though Annas and Caiaphas were the high priest, the Word of God came upon John the Baptist at this time. (John would be considered the last prophet before Christ).

 3And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Preaching the "Good News" that people should repent and be baptized to show that they had turned to God and away from their sins. (Matthew 3:1-2).

 4As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. In the words of Isaiah the prophet. (Isaiah 40:3).

 5Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth. In His path the mountains will be leveled, the valleys will be filled, the curves will be made straight, and the ruts will be made smooth. It will all come to pass as it is written.

 6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. All mankind shall see the Savior sent from God. (Psalms 98:2, Isaiah 52:10).

 7Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? The offspring of vipers (sons of Satan), trying to escape hell without truly turning to God. (Matthew 3:7).

 8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. Go and prove by the way you live that you really have repented. Don't think you are safe just because you say you are descendants of Abraham. God can produce descendants of Abraham from these stones if He will. John the Baptist knew they were faking it and were descendants of the devil. (John 8:39-47).

 9And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. John the Baptist told them that the axe of judgment was ready to sever the roots and cut them down. "Every tree that does not produce good fruit (the tares), will be chopped down and cast into the lake of fire." (Matthew 3:10, John 15:6). You can read about the tares in Matthew (13:24-30).

 10And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? The crowd asked John the Baptist; "what do you want us to do?"

 11He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. If you have more than you need, share it with others who may need it. "Give to the poor."

 12Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? Even some of the tax collectors came to be baptized and asked him, "what shall we do?"

 13And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. "Take no more than the Roman government requires you to." John knew they were notorious for their corruption when it came to collecting taxes. Sound familiar? "Stop overtaxing the people."

 14And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. "Even the soldiers asked him what they should do." John told them not to extort money by threats and violence; don't accuse anyone of what you know they didn't do; and be content with your pay. "Something our military should pay more attention too." (Psalm 44, the soldiers Psalm). "Stop stealing, extortion, and ripping off the people."

 15And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not. Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come; and they wondered if John the Baptist was the Messiah they have been waiting for. John had all the answers to their questions; and the "Holy Spirit" was with him. "John knew what they were thinking."

 16John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. John set them straight on what they were thinking. He told them he was not the Messiah, but the Messiah was yet to come, and would baptize with the "Holy Spirit" and with "fire" into one body. "The many member body of Christ made up of all Christians." (I Corinthians 12:13-14).

 17Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. He will separate the good from the bad through His Word. The tares will be burned up because God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29, Micah 4:12, Matthew 13:30). "All evil will be done away with."

 18And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. John the Baptist was straight forward with warnings and truth in the Word towards the people.

 19But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done. But, John criticized Herod the governor, for marrying Herodias, his brother's wife, along with other things he had done. "This would get John in some trouble."

 20Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. Herod put John the Baptist in prison.

 21Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened. This was before John the Baptist was put in prison by Herod. All the people were being Baptized and Jesus Himself was Baptized by John. "The Heavens opened right above John and Jesus." (Matthew 3:13, John 1:32). "This would be the real beginning of Jesus ministry."

 22And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. "This is my beloved Son." And how pleased the Heavenly Father was. (II Peter 1:17).

 23And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli. As was supposed (as by law). Joseph was not the father of Christ. (Matthew 1:18-21). Joseph was the son-in-law of Heli (by law), because Heli was Mary's father. Jacob was the father of Joseph. (Matthew 1:16). "God was the Father of Christ."

Most conservative Bible scholars today believe that Luke is recording Mary’s genealogy and Matthew is recording Joseph’s. Matthew is following the line of Joseph (Jesus’ legal father), through David’s son Solomon, while Luke is following the line of Mary (Jesus’ blood relative), through David’s son Nathan. Since there was no Greek word for “son-in-law,” Joseph was called the “son of Heli” by marriage to Mary, Heli’s daughter. Through either Mary’s or Joseph’s line, Jesus is a descendant of David and therefore eligible to be the Messiah.

Verse 24 to verse 38 gives the linage line in Luke.

 24Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph.

 25Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge.

 26Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda.

 27Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri.

 28Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er.

 29Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi.

 30Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim.

 31Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David.

 32Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson.

 33Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda.

 34Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor.

 35Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala,

 36Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech.

 37Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan.

 38Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

Luke 4

 1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Jesus was led by the "Holy Spirit" into the wilderness. (Well into His ministry and would go into the wilderness for some serious meditation).

 2Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. Fasted for forty days being tempted by Satan. (Forty days of fasting would make food real tempting).

 3And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. One of Satan's temptations was for food to be eaten. (Satan always tries to find your most current weakness).

 4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Christ was that "Living Word" of God; more important than food for the body, "it is food for the inner soul and spirit." (Deuteronomy 8:3).

 5And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. Revealed to Christ the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

 6And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. Now here is where Satan always starts first. Just as he is going to temp Christ with scripture, he will also tempt you. Satan always twists the Word. In the first place, the kingdoms of the world do not belong to him to give. He is the prince of this world (John 12:31), but the world belongs to God who created it. "Satan can tempt you, but he really has nothing to offer."

 7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. If you will get down on your knees and worship me. Satan wants the same from you, he wants you allegiance.

 8And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Jesus replied; "We must worship God, and Him alone." It is written! (Deuteronomy 6:13, 10:20). Christ's allegiance is to the Heavenly Father, our allegiance as Christians is to Jesus Christ.

 9And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence. Satan took Him to a high roof top in Jerusalem and said to Him, jump off! Satan is such a fool thinking he can con Jesus.

 10For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee. It is written that God's angels will guard you and keep you from crashing to the ground. (Sure, we all have a protecting angel, but don't try stupid things to prove it, or you might just fail).

 11And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Satan was quoting from (Psalms 91:11-12). Remember, Satan is a scripture lawyer. (Satan knows scripture and the law and he knows how to twist it).

 12And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Jesus replied, "The scripture also says, Do not tempt God with a foolish test." (Deuteronomy 6:16).

 13And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. The devil left Him till another time. When the devil tempts you; "Order him out in Jesus name." But, be prepared for his return to tempt you again.

 14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. When He returned He became well known because of all of His healings and wisdom of the Word.

 15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. He taught right in their churches and everyone praised Him.

 16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Jesus read the scriptures on the Sabbath day to the congregation. (Acts 13:14).

 17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written. The book of Isaiah the prophet was handed to Him, and He opened it to a certain place where it says:

 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Jesus was anointed by the Lord to preach the Good News to the poor in spirit.

 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. The acceptable year of the Lord. What is this acceptable year of the Lord?

 20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. He stopped reading here for a reason.

 21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. These scriptures came true today. "It has come to pass." This is known as the "Gap Theory" between the first advent and the second advent. (Isaiah 61:1-3), to proclaim the "acceptable year of the Lord" and the day of vengeance of our God! The first advent is when Christ came as a babe, to "heal the broken hearted," a "lamb led to the slaughter to be crucified" for the sins of the world. (Psalms 147:3). The second advent is when He comes as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" to rule with an iron rod of vengeance. (Malachi 4:1-3).

 22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? They wondered how all this wisdom and knowledge could be coming from a carpenters son. "They still didn't realize He was the Savior of the world."

 23And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. They wanted to see for themselves in His home town; An example of all the miracles and healings He did in Capernaum.

 24And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. No one accepts a prophet or teacher in his own town. (Matthew 13:57, John 4:44). And so it is, you know how hard it is to get people in your home town, or family to listen to you when it comes to preaching the Word. Why? Because they know you to well. Unless you have an impeccable reputation or some title, chances are they are not going to listen to you. They didn't accept Jesus, why should they accept you.

 25But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land. There were many Jewish widows needing help in the days of Elias, when there was a famine in the land for 3-1/2 years. (I Kings 17:7). Just as the famine of the end time for hearing the truth in the Word of God. (Amos 8:11). There is a famine for hearing the truth right now as we speak.

 26But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. Elijah the prophet used a miracle to help the widow of Zarephath, a foreigner from the land of Sidon. (I Kings 17:9).

 27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. Healing gentiles at the time. Elisha healed Naaman, a Syrian, rather than the many Jewish lepers needing help. (II Kings 5:14).

 28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath. All that were in the synagogue were mad when they heard these things from Jesus. (Believed in Elisha's healings but not in the Messiah's).

 29And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. Those in the synagogues wanted to push Jesus over a cliff and kill him. This happened several times. (John 8:59, John 10:39).

 30But he passing through the midst of them went his way. Jesus just walked away and left them. So you see, many times you will not be accepted in your own town. Again, they didn't accept Jesus for telling them the truth, so why should they accept you.

 31And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. Then He returned to Capernaum and taught there in the synagogue on the Sabbath days. (Matthew 4:13, Mark 1:21).

 32And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. Here the people were amazed at the things He said. He spoke with authority and told the truth. Not a bunch of traditions and doctrines of men as many churches today teach.

 33And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice. The man was possessed by a demon.

 34Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. Even the demons knew who Jesus was, but the people would not except Him.

 35And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. Jesus cut the demon short and told him to be silent. The demon immediately left the man without hurting him.

 36And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. The people that were present were all amazed at His authority, even over the demons.

 37And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about. This story of what He had done spread like wildfire throughout the region. You know how gossip travels, just like in our times.

 38And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. Jesus went to Simon's home where his mother-in-law was very sick.

 39And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. Jesus stood over her and rebuked the fever and she returned to normal.

 40Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. All the villagers came to Him that evening who were sick with disease and He healed them. (People are starting to believe now).

 41And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. Those who were possessed with demons also came to Him, and Jesus commanded them to come out. The demons knew He was the "Son of God" and fled.

 42And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. The next morning Jesus went out into the desert and the people searched for Him. They wanted Him to remain in Capernaum. So you see, even Jesus was not accepted in His home town, but well received in other towns. (Go where you are needed, preach where you are excepted).

 43And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. But, Jesus told them in Capernaum, that He must preach "The Good News" of the "Kingdom of God" in other places also. That is why He was sent by the Heavenly Father.

 44And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee. So He made the circuit and continued His public teaching throughout Judea. Nothing hidden, He just spoke the truth. (Mark 1:39).

Luke 5

 1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus was teaching on the shore of Lake Gennesaret (Lake Tiberias), one of the largest fresh water lakes in Israel. The people crowded in to hear Him preach. (They knew they would hear the truth in the Word now).

 2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. Jesus noticed two empty boats (with no catch), standing in the water while the fishermen washed their nets.

 3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Jesus went into one of the boats and asked Simon to push out a little so that He could sit and speak to the crowds of people from there. (This would create a natural theatre appearance and the sound would carry over the water for all the people to hear).

 4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. When Jesus finished speaking to the people, He told Simon to go into the deeper water and cast the nets and he would catch some fish. (The fish usually bite in the deeper water, but they were not biting that night).

 5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. Simon replied, "Master, we worked hard all night and didn't catch a thing. But, if you say so, we will try again."

 6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. This time their nets became so full that they began to break.

 7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. They called to their partners in the other boat for some help and soon both boats were so filled with fish they began to sink.

 8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. Peter finally realized who He was and said that He was not worthy to be in His presence. "About time Peter!"

 9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. They were all awestruck by the amount of fist they had caught.

 10And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. Peters partners James and John were with Simon when Jesus said to them; Don't be afraid! From now you will be fishing for the souls of men. (Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:17). Just as we are to be fishers of men with the Word.

 11And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. As soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. "Would you leave everything to follow Jesus?"

 12And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. When Jesus was visiting a certain village, there was a man with Leprosy that came and fell before Jesus begging to be healed. "Notice that the man showed that he had faith in Jesus by calling Him Lord, and saying if it be His will." (Acknowledge your Heavenly Father when you need something, and always ask if it be His will that you should receive it).

 13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. Jesus reached out and touched the man and he was healed. That simple; the man had faith, He acknowledged Jesus as Lord, he asked for a healing if it be God's will, he believed and was healed.

 14And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Jesus instructed the man to go at once without telling anyone what had happened, to show himself, and be examined by a Jewish priest. (Of course the priests had seen that the man had been healed). Then he was instructed to offer the sacrifice that Moses law required. (Leviticus 14:4).

 15But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. The report of His power spread rapidly and the crowds came to hear Him preach and to be healed of their diseases. (There is power in the Word that will heal and give life to all who believe).

 16And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. (His form of meditation time).

 17And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. When Jesus was teaching one day, some of the Jewish religious leaders (the Pharisees), and teachers of the law were sitting near by. They came from every village in Galilee and Judea to see what was going on. (There is going to be a little trouble here). People were coming from their churches to be healed by Christ, and this upset them. (The clergy don't like when people leave the church to learn truth in the word they have not been teaching).

 18And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. Some men brought a man in a bed that was paralyzed on a sleeping mat and tried to push through the crowd to see Jesus.

 19And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. They could not get through the crowd, so they went to a rooftop above Jesus and lowered the man down. (They showed their faith by doing what it takes to get the job done).

 20And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "Your sins are forgiven." (Christ knew what was on the mans mind, that he wanted to repent and be healed). The big problem hear for the Scribes and Pharisees is that no man can forgive sin according to their beliefs and they began to accuse Jesus. Fools! Right in the presence of "the Savior," and they didn't believe it. (This is what happens when you don't follow the truth from the beginning).

 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? Who does this man think he is? According to the Pharisees and teachers of the law that were present, this was blasphemy. "No one but God can forgive sins." (Again, they didn't realize they were in the presence of Emmanuel, God with us).

 22But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Jesus knew what they were thinking. He replied, "What are you thinking?"

 23Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? Does it make any difference if I say "your sins are forgiven," or "rise up and walk."

 24But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. I the Messiah have authority on earth to forgive sins. I also have the power to heal this paralyzed man. "Pick up your stretcher and go home, you are healed Christ said."

 25And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. Immediately, as everyone watched, "the man jumped to his feet, picked up his mat and went home praising God."

 26And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day. Everyone present was amazed, and they all began to praise God. Remarking, "We have seen some very strange things happen today." Were the Scribes and Pharisees convinced?

 27And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. Jesus came upon Levi, who was a tax collector. (Tax collectors had reputations for cheating the people). Nothing new! This Levi would be Matthew the tax collector. (Matthew 9:10). "Follow Me Christ said to him."

 28And he left all, rose up, and followed him. Levi left everything and followed Jesus.

 29And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. Levi prepared a great feast in his house for Jesus and made Him the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and friends were there.

 30But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? Now the Pharisees and teachers of the law (the hypocrites), complained to the disciples about Jesus eating with such notorious sinners. (The publicans, or public servants were considered sinners).

 31And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. Jesus knew what they were saying and thinking, and said; "It is the sick who need a doctor, not those in good health." (Jesus always hung with sinners, the poor, the sick, and the unwanted).

 32I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Jesus said, I came to invite sinners to turn from their sins, not to waste my time with those who think they are so good. (Matthew 9:13, I Timothy 1:15). Once again; "The Hypocrites." Those who think that they are "Holier than thou." (I am sure you have come across a lot of people like this).

 33And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? Why do the disciples of John and the Pharisees fast and go without food, and pray all the time? "Your disciples party with wine and food."

 34And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? Christ replied; "Do happy men fast when celebrating with the groom?" The groom was present with them. (Matthew 22:2, II Corinthians 11:2, Revelation 19:7).

 35But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. "The time will come when the bridegroom will be killed." (Zechariah 13:7, John 7:33). "Plenty time for praying then."

 36And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. You don't tear a piece of a new garment off to patch an old garment. The new garment would be ruined and the old garment will look worse with a patch on it.

 37And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. No one puts new wine in old wineskins, because the new wine will burst the old skins. (There is an old oriental saying that; you must first empty your cup of knowledge before you can fill it with new knowledge).

 38But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. New wine must be put into new wineskins. (Start with a fresh new cup so it can be filled with a cup of truth). 

 39No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. No one drinking the old wine seems to want the fresh wine. "The old ways are better they say." (Those set in their ways from the old law and traditions of men are hard to change). They think their way is the best way and they are secure with it. (You will never change a rock head).

Luke 6

 1And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. On the "second Sabbath" Jesus and the disciples were walking through the grain fields, rubbing off the husks from the corn and were eating the grain. But, what is the second Sabbath? The "second Sabbath" (also know as the second first Sabbath), is the "first Sabbath" after the "first Sabbath" of Passover. The "first Sabbath" is used as a starting point for counting the seven weeks and seven Sabbaths until the feast of weeks. (The fiftieth day, or Pentecost). It was against the law to eat from the standing ripe grain on the first Sabbath during Passover, because not until the next day were the first fruits of the ripe grain offered to God. But on the "second first Sabbath" it was lawful to eat from the standing ripe grain, because the first fruits had been offered the previous Sunday. The Pharisees objected based on their interpretation of the law against working on the Sabbath, (rubbing the grains was considered work). But Luke points out that it was lawful for them to eat the grains since it was the "second first Sabbath." (Talk about confusion).

 2And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? The Pharisees told them that it was illegal. It was against Jewish law to work on the Sabbath. (Jesus and the the disciples were hungry and just trying to nourish themselves).

 3And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him. King David and his men were given bread by the priests to eat that was against Jewish law. So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away. (I Samuel 21:6).

 4How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? All who were present with Christ at the time were priests, (Gods servants). All priests, pastors, and teachers have a duty to work on the Sabbath. However, it is worshiping God and reading of the scriptures that makes up their work.

 5And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Jesus told them that He was master of the Sabbath. Christ became our Passover (I Corinthians 5:7), which makes Him Lord of the Sabbath. And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2:27). Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. (Sabbath simple means rest). Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2:28). Christ is Lord of the Sabbath (rest). Christ became our Passover. (I Corinthians 5:6-7) Christ is our Sabbath and Passover." (Our true Rest).

 6And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. On another Sabbath Christ was in the synagogue teaching, and there was a man with a deformed hand.

 7And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. The scribes and Pharisees watched Him to see if He would heal this man on the Sabbath. They wanted something to accuse Him with.

 8But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Christ knew their thoughts! He told the man to come up next to Him so everyone could see.

 9Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? Jesus asked them; Is it right to do good on the Sabbath or to do harm? "No one answered."

 10And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. After staring them down one by one, "He healed the man."

 11And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. The enemies of Jesus were so mad that they wanted to kill Him.

 12And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Jesus went into the mountains to meditate as He did often after He addressed the public. (Matthew 14:23).

 13And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. At daybreak Jesus called His disciples and appointed them as His twelve apostles. (Matthew 10:1). Apostle simple means "sent one."

 14Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew.

 15Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes.

 16And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

Here we have the twelve apostles: Peter (would be the rock), Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Simon, Judas (son of James), and Judas Iscariot (the betrayer).

 17And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. The Word was spreading quickly and the crowds came from all over Judea and Jerusalem, and as far north as the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon.

 18And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. Those who had unclean spirits were healed by Christ. (None of the priests or apostles could do this at this time).

 19And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. Everyone wanted to touch Him to be healed.

 20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Addressing the disciples about the blessed (the happy), and the poor (the humble).

 21Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. The hungry will be satisfied (fed with truth), and those who weep will be filled with joy. (I Corinthians 4:11, Revelation 7:14-17). There will be a famine in the end time for hearing the truth in the Word. (Amos 8:11).

 22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Others will dislike you and make fun of you for teaching the "Truth of the Word." (I Peter 2:19, 3:14, 4:14). However, you will be blessed by God.

 23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. When this happens to you, rejoice. You have a great reward waiting for you in Heaven. All the ancient prophets were treated the same way. (Acts 5:41)

 24But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. The rich who put their faith in money and material things here on earth. (Money changes people). All the wealthy crooks and scammers that prey on the innocent and weak. (Luke 12:21, James 5:1, Matthew 6:2). All they will have for their reward is their money here on earth.

 25Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Prosperous now and laugh with the ways of the world, but they will hunger later. (Your money will not buy you salvation like many have thought down through the ages).

 26Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. Praised by the world for their unrighteous. Producing false teachings, traditions of men, and weak doctrines. (I John 4:5).

 27But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Try to love your enemies, and to those who may have ears to hear, do good to them. Plant the seed to the sinners, because you never know how it may take and change their ways. (Romans 12:20).

 28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. Pray for the ones that make fun of you and curse you. They are just hurting and need spiritual healing. (They are no threat to you).

 29And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Don't get all bent out of shape when someone insults you or wants something from you. Do your best to please them. However, if someone physically slaps, punches, or tries to rob you; "knock them on their ass."

 30Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. If you can help one in need, give what you can. When something is taken from you that one may need, don't worry about getting it back. (You can get by without it).

 31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. The golden rule to get along with others. "Treat others as you would like to be treated." (Philippians 4:8).

 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. Don't just like those who like you; anyone can do that. "Try to love others even if they do not like you and never play favorites."

 33And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. Try to be fair and do good to everyone, even if they do not like you.

 34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. When someone is down on their luck and needs a little help, give it to them without expecting something in return.

 35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Lend a helping hand even to your enemies just as Christ did. "Then your reward in Heaven will be great."

 36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Try to show as much compassion towards others as your Heavenly Father does towards you.

 37Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Never criticize or condemn others or it will come back on you. Forgive others and you will also be forgiven. Leave the judging to the Heavenly Father, or to the law. (James4:11).

 38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. If you give, you will get. "Especially when you give the truth of the Word to others." When you want to learn more of the Word, share it with others. Be a good teacher and do your best; "Our Heavenly Father loves that."

 39And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? Were talking spiritually blind here. "You won't find any truth from a spiritual blind person." (Matthew 15:14).

 40The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. The student cannot know more than his teacher. But, if he works hard, he matures and can learn as much.

 41And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Look at your own faults first before you point out the faults of others. (We all have faults that need to be worked out).

 42Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. How can you say to someone, "Let me help you with the spec in your eye," when you can't see past the board in your own eye? i.e. Don't play teacher when you cannot even discern the truth. "Learn the truth of the Word first, then you can teach others."

 43For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. If a teacher knows the truth, only good teachings will come from them. But, if a teacher only knows traditions of men and false doctrines, they cannot bring forth the truth in the Word. (Matthew 7:16-17).

 44For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A tree identifies the kind of fruit it produces. We have the "tree of life" which is Christ. (Revelation 2:7, 22:2). And we have the "tree of knowledge of good and evil" which is Satan. (Genesis 2:17). Who do you want to follow?

 45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Whatever is in a mans heart will eventually come out of his mouth. "Listen to them for a while and you will see where they are coming from."

 46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Why call Me "Lord" when you do not obey Me? They hear the Word but do not obey the Word. (In one ear and out the other).

 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like. "If they walk the walk." You must do it; not just talk about it.

 48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. The rock is a solid foundation, "built upon Christ." When you have Christ in you, no man or woman can shake you, or turn you from that solid foundation.

 49But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. Shaky foundation in the Word, no house. Satan destroys houses that are weak with traditions of men and false doctrines. "Let Satan in and your house will be destroyed."

Luke 7

 1Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. Jesus finished His sermon and went to Capernaum. (Nahum's village). Located on the northern shore of the sea of Galilee. 

 2And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. The close servant of a Roman captain was sick and near death.

 3And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. The centurion sent an elder to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant.

 4And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this. They told Jesus that the centurion was a good man and pleaded with Jesus to come.

 5For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. The centurion loved the Jews and even helped built them a church.

 6Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof. The centurion sent word he was not worthy of a visit from Jesus; he was a very humble man.

 7Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. The centurion had the faith in Jesus that He could heal his servant.

 8For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. I am a man of authority the centurion said and my servants obey me. He was liked by his servants and a good man of faith.

 9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Jesus was even impressed by the faith of this gentile centurion.

 10And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. When the captains friend returned to his house, they found the servant completely healed. (An example to us that Jesus never played favorites).

 11And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Jesus then went with His disciples to the village of Nain. (About 8 miles south of Nazareth).

 12Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. There was a funeral procession for a boy who was the son of his widowed mother.

 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. Don't cry "the Lord said to her."

 14And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. Jesus touched the coffin and His compassion for others brought the boy back to life.

 15And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. The boy had new life because that is what Christ does. "Jesus brings life," but Satan brings death.

 16And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. The people were a little afraid, but they knew they were in the presence of the Messiah. Emmanuel, "God with us." (Luke 1:68).

 17And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about. His fame spread all through Judea and out across the borders.

 18And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. The disciples of John the Baptist heard of all these things Jesus was doing.

 19And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? John sent two of his disciples to Jesus. Is this the first advent that has taken place they were to ask? "Are you really the Messiah?" (Remember, there is a first and second advent). This was the first advent, when Christ would come as Savior.

 20When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? They came and asked Jesus; are you the one that should come" "The true Messiah?" It was written in the Old Testament. (Ezekiel 21:27, 34:23, Zechariah 9:9).

 21And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Jesus gives life in all different ways.

 22Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. Go and tell John all these things I have done. This was a special message to John the Baptist that the first advent has taken place. Jesus comes as the Savior. (Isaiah 29:18-19). "The second advent He comes with vengeance." (Isaiah 35:4-5).

 23And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. "Blessed is the ones who do not lose faith in me." (Those who are not ashamed of being a true follower of Christ). Many in today's world are offended by Christ and His followers, and they are trying to remove Christ from everything in society. "It won't be nice for them in the second advent of vengeance."

 24And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? Jesus talked to the crowd about John the Baptist. "He asked them concerning John." Did you find some wimp, weak as grass, shaking in the wind?

 25But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. Did you find him in expensive clothes? No... "men who live in luxury live in palaces, not in the wilderness."

 26But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. Did you find a prophet? Yes... and much more. John the Baptist came in the "Spirit of Elisha."

 27This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. John the Baptist was last prophet before Christ. (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6). In the spirit of Elisha; simply means that this would be the ministry of Elisha.

 28For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. There was no greater prophet than John, he got the job done by proclaiming the way of the Lord through baptism. He was given the name "John the Baptist."

 29And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. Even the wicked ones agreed that God's requirements were right, and were baptized by John. (Mathew 3:5-6).

 30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. All but the Pharisees and the teachers of Moses law.

 31And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? Who can I compare these men to Jesus asked?

 32They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. They are like a group of children arguing with their friends. Part of the children want to ply wedding, and the other children want to play funeral. "Nothing seems to satisfy these people." (John the Baptist wasn't playing the games these people wanted him to play).

 33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. John the Baptist went without food at times and never took a drop of liquor all his life, and you called him crazy. (Matthew 3:4).

 34The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! Then I, the Son of man, eat my food and drink my wine, and you call me a glutton who hangs around with sinners.

 35But wisdom is justified of all her children. But I am sure you can always justify your inconsistencies. Jesus was saying that He and John the Baptist led their own unique lives with wisdom from God. The way God wanted them to. (The wise would understand, but they didn't).

 36And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to lunch and He accepted.

 37And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment. A certain woman with expensive perfume came to the house where Jesus was.

 38And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. She knelt before Jesus weeping with tears, kissed and anointed His feet with the expensive perfume.

 39Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. The Pharisee saw this and thought to himself; this  proves that Jesus is no prophet. if God really sent Him, He would know what kind of woman this was. You know where this is leading. "The Pharisee was accusing the woman of being a prostitute."

 40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. Jesus knew his thoughts and said to him; "I have something to say to you." Here comes a parable.

 41There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. A man loaned money to two people. $5,000 to one and $500 to the other.

 42And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? The two men could not repay the loan, so the man forgave the loans and let them both keep the money. Which of the two men do you suppose loved him the most after that?

 43Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. Simon stood up an answered; I suppose the one who owed him the most. You are correct, Jesus answered.

 44And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Now look Simon, "This woman kneeling here before Me had washed My feet with her tears," and you never even offered Me any water to wash the dust from My feet.

 45Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. You refused Me the customary greeting of a kiss, but she has kissed My feet again and again. (The woman showed respect and worshipped Jesus while the Pharisee did nothing).

 46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. You neglected the usual courtesy of olive oil to anoint My head, but she anointed My feet with rare perfume.

 47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Therefore her many sins are forgiven, for she loved Me much; but one who is forgiven little, shows little love. (Just as the man who owed the most money on his forgiven loan).

 48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. Your sins are forgiven; "Jesus said to the woman." (She had the faith and showed compassion for the Lord). Even though her sins were great. (This woman truly repented for her sins by showing compassion for Jesus).

 49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? Then the men at the table began to think to themselves, "who does this man think He is, going around forgiving sins?"

 50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (A little faith and compassion can go a long way).

Luke 8

 1And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him. Now Jesus began a tour of the cities and villages of Galilee with His disciples to announce the coming of the "Kingdom of God."

 2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils. Mary Magdalene went along with Jesus after He cast out her seven devils and healed her. Just for the record; Mary Magdalene was not just a prostitute like many claim, she was possessed with evil spirits. (It is possible that one of her evil spirits led her to prostitution).

 3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. Many of the other woman were contributing from their private means to support Jesus and His disciples.

 4And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable. One day Jesus gave this illustration to a large crowd that was gathering to hear Him. (Matthew 13:2).

 5A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. The wayside was a path that people walked on and was frequently traveled. (Trampled down). This would not be good for growing anything, so the birds just ate up the seed. (Those who let a truth get away and forget about it).

 6And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. Some fell on the shallow soil with rock beneath. The seed began to grow, but died because it had no moisture. If you don't water the seed it will not grow. (Just as if you do not nourish the soul with the word it will die). You must take interest and continue to study the word. If someone takes no interest in a truth of God's Word it will just wither away in their mind. (Shallow minds with no interest in important things of God).

 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. Just choked out the good seed. Just like false teachings and traditions of men will do to a person when they are deceived. (People who listen to the ways of the world).

 8And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. God does not necessarily award by how much you do. Every person is awarded by their God given ability and faithfulness to our Heavenly Father. Do you understand?

 9And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? What does this story mean?

 10And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. God has granted you to understand these parables about the "Kingdom of God." But, these crowds hear the words, but do not understand. (If you show no interest in the Word, you will never understand it).

 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The seed is God's message to men. (Truth in the Word).

 12Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. The way side or hard path where some of the seeds fell represent the hard hearts of those who hear the Word (a truth), but the devil comes and steals the truth away and prevents people from believing and being saved. "If you hear a truth; don't let someone take it away from you."

 13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. The stony ground represents those who enjoy listening to the Word, but somehow the message never really gets through to them or grows. They believe it for a while then they lose it. (They never quite find enough time for God).

 14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. The seed among the thorns represents those who listen and believe God's Word, but their faith is choked out by the worry, riches, and cares of the world. They will never be able to help others believe the Good News. (I Timothy 6:9-10).

 15But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. The good soil represents those who are honest good-hearted people. They listen to and study God's Word and share it with others with patience. (II Peter 1:5-10). (Those truly faithful to our Heavenly Father).

 16No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. You represent the candle... The light represents the "Truth of Jesus Christ" for you to bring forth. (Matthew 5:15-16).

 17For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Nothing is hidden... Someday, everything in mans heart will be brought to light and made plain to see. (Matthew 10:26, Luke 12:2).

 18Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. Be careful what and who you listen to. If you have a "real truth" in the Word and understand and share it, you will be given more truth and knowledge to share. But, if you have a "false teaching or tradition of men" that you cling to, even that will be taken away from you. (John 15:2). (Working with the truth will bring you more knowledge and wisdom in the word).

 19Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. The crowds were so big around the house Jesus was teaching in that his mother and brothers could not get in to see Him.

 20And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. When He heard that they were outside to see Him He remarked.

 21And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the Word and obey it. His message was that all who believe upon Him are His family. (We are all part of the family of God).

 22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. Jesus and the disciples were out on a boat one day and Jesus suggested to them that they go over to the other side of the lake.

 23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus fell asleep and a great storm arose, and they were in danger. Were they really in danger? Of course not. "Christ was with them." (Even when Christ is asleep or not physically present, He is still with us in spirit).

 24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. They ran over to wake Jesus and He woke up and rebuked the wind and waters and everything was calm. Christ will never give you something you can't handle, or put you in a position that is not common to man. He will always be there to show you a way out. (I Corinthians 10:13). (Put your trust in Christ, not man).

 25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. Where is your faith? (The winds and the waters even obey Christ; what about you)?

 26And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. The people of Gadara were known as Gadarenes, although the general area was also known as the "country of the Gerasenes" after the city of Gerasa which was about 45 miles (73 kilometers), farther south. (They were still mostly Gentiles in the time of Christ, and were known by their keeping of pigs).

 27And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. He was a wild man possessed with many demons and lived in the cemetery.

 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. The demon was speaking through the man and knew who Christ was. "The demon was afraid of Christ." (This demon knew he was in trouble in the presence of Jesus).

 29For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness. Jesus commanded the demon to leave the man whom it often took control of. (He was a tough demon in charge who tormented this man).

 30And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. Jesus asked his name and the demon replied "Legion." (This was a whole legion of devils that possessed this man).

 31And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. They begged Jesus not to command them out into the abyss, "the bottomless pit." (Satan hates the abyss).

 32And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. The demons preferred the herd of pigs over the abyss and Jesus said they could enter the pigs. (They preferred the lowest of the carnal flesh).

 33Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. After the demons entered the pigs, they ran over a cliff and drown themselves. (The pigs didn't even want to put up with these demons they were so bad).

 34When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. The herdsmen ran to the town and told everyone what had happened. "Jesus killed our hogs they replied."

 35Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. The crowd from the town rushed out to see what happened. They came upon the possessed man sitting at the feet of Jesus. "The man was healed." (Rather than being thankful, the crowd was a little shaken).

 36They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. Those who witnessed what happened told everyone how the man was healed.

 37Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. Everyone begged Jesus to leave them because fear of loosing their livelihood came upon them. (Remember, they think Jesus killed their pigs and this was their livelihood). Jesus returned to the ship to leave.

 38Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying. The possessed man Jesus healed wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus said no.

 39Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. Jesus told the man to go back to his family and tell them what a wonderful thing God has done for you. So the man did what He said and told everyone about the miracle Jesus had done for him. Christ took this man and made a good witness out of him. Think about it, this man knew what evil was. He was possessed by a whole legion of devils. (God loves a good witness story).

 40And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. They were all waiting for His return.

 41And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house. Jairus was a leader of the Jewish synagogue and begged Jesus to come home with him.

 42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. Jairus had a 12 year old daughter who was dying and Jesus went with him pushing through the crowds.

 43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any. There was a woman in the crowd who had an illness with the blood for twelve years. (Here we have a twelve year old girl dying, and a woman who was sick with a blood disease for twelve years). Note: Twice that the number twelve has come up and this number could very well be symbolic of the twelve tribes (the house of Israel), and how they were spiritually dead.

 44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. Now this woman that was in the crowd touched Jesus (on the border of His garment), and she was immediately healed. "Why did she touch the border of His garment?" If you go back in the time of Mosses, the blue border on the robes the priests wore were signs of royalty. (Numbers 15:37-41). This woman knew Jesus was royalty.

 45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? Jesus felt the woman's presence and asked; "who touched me?" Peter and the others with Jesus just thought it was someone in the crowd bumping into them. (The crowd was pretty heavy).

 46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. Jesus replied; no... "Someone deliberately touch Me; I felt the healing power go out from Me."

 47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. When the woman realized Jesus knew she was the one who touched Him, she began to tremble and fell to her knees before Him. She told Jesus why she had touched Him and how she was instantly healed.

 48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Jesus knew the woman had great faith and told her that it was her faith that has made her whole. (Never underestimate the power of faith).

 49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. While Jesus was still speaking to the woman, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus that the little girl was dead and there would be no need for Him to come.

 50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. Believe and she shall be made whole; "all things are possible if you believe." (Mark 9:23).

 51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. When they did arrive at the home, Jesus would not let anyone in but Peter, James, John, and the little girls father and mother. Christ wanted only believers around at this time. (Another example in the power of faith).

 52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. Jesus said; She isn't dead, but just sleeping. Could this be an example and wake up call to the spiritual dead. Possibly to the ten tribes of Israel that went north to the Americas. (They are kind of in a deep sleep and will come to life in the last days).

 53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. Everyone just laughed, because they knew she was dead. (lacking in their faith).

 54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. Jesus put them all out! Took her by the hand and said; "Get up little girl." (First He needed to get rid of all the unbelievers).

 55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. At that moment her life returned to her and Jesus commanded that they give her something to eat. "Also symbolic to feed Israel meat (the truth) of the Word."

 56And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. The child's parents were overcome with Joy because their daughter was back with them. But, Jesus told them not to tell anyone the details of what had happened. (This was something experienced among believers only). "Those with no faith and mock such events will never understand what has taken place."

Luke 9

 1Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. Called the twelve disciples together and gave them power over evil spirits and sicknesses. (Matthew 10:1, John 14:12). If you have an illness, ask the Heavenly Father for a healing, "In Jesus name."

 2And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. Sent them to preach the "Kingdom of God" first. (You need this to build peoples faith). People want truth to grab onto and believe in. Then you can heal the sick. "Freely received and freely given." (Matthew 10:7-8). People today need spiritual healing more than physical healing. When you heal the spirit, your physical body will begin to follow.

 3And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. Take nothing with you but the Word of God. "Don't be a beggar." If you teach the truth of the Word, God will take care of you.

 4And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. When you travel, stay in the same house until you leave town. No need to visit every house, the word will spread on its own.

 5And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. If the Word you are teaching is not received, leave it at that. No need to hang around where your not wanted. (Your hometown will be the hardest).

 6And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. They began their travels of all the villages, "preaching the Good News and healing the sick." (An evangelical movement coming together).

 7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead. When Herod heard of all the things Jesus was doing he was a little puzzled. The word was around that John the Baptist was risen. This surprised Herod and made him kind of happy. Herod liked John, but because of his wife, had him beheaded. (Herod felt very bad about this).

 8And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. Others thought that Jesus was Elijah or one of the other great prophets that had risen. Here they were in the presence of one of the greatest prophets of all times. "Jesus the Messiah, God with us."

 9And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. Herod loved to hear the Word (like from John), and wanted to see Jesus. (Luke 23:8). It was Herod's wife that wanted nothing to do with hearing the Word. Sometimes its like that in a household.

 10And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything that they had done. Then Jesus and the apostles slipped away toward the town of Bethsaida. (Called the fishing house).

 11And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. The crowds of people found out where they were going and followed them. (Teach truth and they will come).

 12And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. The disciples wanted to send the crowds away to the nearby villages so they could find food and lodging. They must of forgot who they were with; God is always a gracious host and will supply everything they need.

 13But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. Christ wanted the disciples to feed them "truth of the Word," but the disciples were only thinking of food.

 14For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. Five thousand people there to set in groups of fifty to keep order. Note: This word "fifty" here is "Pentekonta" Strong's G4004 meaning Pentecost.

 15And they did so, and made them all sit down. So the people all sat down as instructed to keep order.

 16Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. Five loaves symbolic of "grace," two fish symbolic of "union and Christianity." Jesus blessed the food, but notice He made the disciples serve it. Just as He expects us as Christians to feed the people the Word of God.

 17And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. They all ate very well and were full. As it is written, "Those who wait upon the Lord will all receive their meat in due season." (Psalms 145:15-16). Twelve baskets of fragments (scrap or trash), were left over and were symbolic of the false teachings, and leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:6-12).

 18And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? Jesus asked the disciples; who do the people think I am?

 19They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. The people were not sure who He really was, but the disciples should of known by now that He was the sent One.

 20He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. Peter knew who He was; the Messiah sent from God. Christos, "The Anointed One." (Matthew 16:16-19).

 21And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing. But, Jesus told the disciples not to tell the people who He was yet, because it was not time. (God works on a strict schedule). Everything is done for a reason.

 22Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. He was preparing the disciples for the crucifixion that would soon take place. If you go to the old testament, you can find this written of long ago. (Psalms 22). Do you think the disciples were familiar with this psalm?

 23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. If any man wants to follow Christ, he must turn from his selfish ways of the world and take up his cross. What does this take up his cross mean? If you want to follow Christ, prepare to be crucified by the world like Christ was, and serve Him as if you were to be crucified. (You might not be physically crucified, but if you teach the truth, many will not like you and make fun of you).

 24For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. If you try to hang onto your life (following the ways of the world), you will lose it. If you give up your life (living the ways of the world), you will save it. (You become a new person in Christ). "The world will slowly drag you down, Christ will build you up."

 25For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? Things of this world mean nothing but destruction. If you follow Christ and His ways you will have everlasting life.

 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. If you are ashamed of Christ or His message, He will be ashamed of you at His return. Never be ashamed to share a truth with someone. That simple truth might change someone and turn them to Christ. (Matthew 10:33).

 27But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. He was not talking of the second advent when He returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He was telling them that they would see the "Glory of His resurrection." He was speaking of Himself at the crucifixion.

 28And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. Jesus took Peter, John, and James up to a mountain (Mount Hermon or Tabor), to prey about eight days later. (The number "eight" means new beginnings). He wanted to show these three something of the future.

 29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. As Christ was praying His appearance was in a transfigured body. (Matthew 17:2).

 30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias. Two men in transfigured bodies were standing with Jesus. Moses (the law), and Elisha (the Prophets, or word). (Matthew 17:3).

 31Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. They seen the glory of these three speaking together about Christ's exodus from the world which would be fulfilled soon.

 32But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. They missed what was going on. This word "sleep" used here is "hupnos" Strong's G5258 meaning "spiritual torpor," lethargic or comatose. (Maybe they thought they were dreaming, or maybe they had a little to much wine).

 33And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. Moses and Elijah were starting to leave and Peter (still in a daze), blurted out; "it's wonderful for us to be here." Let's make three memorials, one for the each of you.

 34While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. A mysterious cloud overshadowed them and they were afraid.

 35And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. A voice form the Lord came upon them. (II Peter 1:16-17). "Listen to My Son."

 36And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. When the voice from heaven ended, Jesus was alone, and they didn't tell anyone at the time what they had seen. (Matthew 17:9). "This was a one time event for these three disciples to see."

 37And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. When they all returned many of the people met them.

 38And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. A man in the crowd begged Jesus to see his son, because it was his only child.

 39And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. The child was possessed with an evil demon that made him convulse and foam at the mouth. "A lunatic." (Matthew 17:15).

 40And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. The man asked the disciples to cast out the demon but they could not. (Lack of faith, or was this demon to tough for them to tackle). Many time we will fail as disciples of Jesus; when you fail, take the problem to Jesus. "He never fails."

 41And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. Why couldn't they cast out the demon? "Because they were faithless."

 42And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. As the boy was coming to Jesus the demon knocked him down and threw him into a violent convulsion, but Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy.

 43And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples. The people were all amazed at everything Jesus was doing and the majestic display of God's power.

 44Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. Listen and meditate on the fact that the Son of man is going to be betrayed into the hands of His enemies.

 45But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying. They didn't understand what He was saying. It was hid from them so that they would not know what He had meant at the time. Was a spiritual delusion upon them? (2 Thessalonians 2:11).

 46Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. Arguing about who was the greatest. You hear a lot of this in today's world. (Everyone wants to have a title).

 47And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him. Jesus knew what they were thinking. Now He would give them their answer.

 48And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. If you welcome a little child like this on My behalf you welcome Me. Anyone who welcomes Me also welcomes My Father who sent Me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest. (Matthew 23:11-12). You see, Christ was the greatest of all, but He also served all who came to Him.

 49And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. John told Jesus that they had seen someone casting out demons in His name, but they did not accept him. (They knew that in Christ's name they had power). But, they thought it was just for them. Not so, Jesus gave this power to all believers and those with great faith.

 50And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. Jesus told the disciples, "Don't stop him." Anyone who is not against you is for you. And so it is today, there are a lot of Christians out their who might not believe exactly like you do, but are still doing the work of the Lord. They are all part of the Christian family. "Just watch out for the false teachers." No man has all the answers. "Watch out for the ones who think they do."

 51And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. The time was near for Jesus to ascend to heaven, and He set out for Jerusalem.

 52And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. He sent a messenger ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for His arrival.

 53And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. The Samaritans did not receive Him because they thought they had it all, and did not have any dealings with the Jews. (John 4:9). Who were the Samaritans? The people of the northern kingdom of Israel were entirely conquered and taken away from Samaria (the area south of Galilee), by the Assyrians under Sargon around (721 B.C.). About 677 B.C., the Assyrians under Esarhaddon brought people (mostly pagan), from other nations in to keep the land from turning back into a wilderness. Those non-Israelite pagans became known as "Samaritans."

 54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? Should we destroy them James and John said to Jesus.

 55But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. Jesus just rebuked them and said to John and James, your not of Satan.

 56For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. We don't destroy people, we save them. (John 3:17). Satan is the destroyer.

 57And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. One of the followers of Jesus said to Him; "I will follow you wherever you go." But would He really follow Jesus?

 58And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Foxes have their dens and the birds have their nests, but the Son of Man has no resting place here on earth. "Jesus had no ties to hold Him back from His mission."

 59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus asked another to follow Him but his father was dying and he wanted to go and bury him first. What about Christ? He was preparing to die Himself, for this man and every other man on earth.

 60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. Jesus told the man; let the spiritually dead bury their own dead. You duty is to go and preach the "Kingdom of God" if you are to follow Me. (The Word comes first).

 61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. Another one comes up with an excuse to go and say good-bye to his family first.

 62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. If you are leading a team of horses or oxen and are plowing, you cannot turn your head and keep looking back or you will not plow a straight line forward. God can't use you! Once you pick up your cross and follow Jesus, this is your main path to follow straight on. If you keep looking back, or keep making excuses, you are not fit to serve Him, and are not fit "for the Kingdom of God." Only those looking forward to eternal life, believe in Christ, and do the will of God, will see the Kingdom of God.

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