Bible: Luke 4:14-6:11

The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee

4:14 Then 1  Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 2  returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 3  throughout the surrounding countryside. 4  4:15 He 5  began to teach 6  in their synagogues 7  and was praised 8  by all.

Rejection at Nazareth

4:16 Now 9  Jesus 10  came to Nazareth, 11  where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 12  on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 13  He 14  stood up to read, 15  4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 16  unrolled 17  the scroll and found the place where it was written,

4:18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed 18  me to proclaim good news 19  to the poor. 20 

He has sent me 21  to proclaim release 22  to the captives

and the regaining of sight 23  to the blind,

to set free 24  those who are oppressed, 25 

4:19 to proclaim the year 26  of the Lord’s favor.” 27 

4:20 Then 28  he rolled up 29  the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 30  him. 4:21 Then 31  he began to tell them, “Today 32  this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 33  4:22 All 34  were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 35  said, “Isn’t this 36  Joseph’s son? 4:23 Jesus 37  said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 38  and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 39  do here in your hometown too.’ 4:24 And he added, 40 I tell you the truth, 41  no prophet is acceptable 42  in his hometown. 4:25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 43  when the sky 44  was shut up three and a half years, and 45  there was a great famine over all the land. 4:26 Yet 46  Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 47  4:27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 48  yet 49  none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 50  4:28 When they heard this, all the people 51  in the synagogue were filled with rage. 4:29 They got up, forced 52  him out of the town, 53  and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 54  they could throw him down the cliff. 55  4:30 But he passed through the crowd 56  and went on his way. 57 

Ministry in Capernaum

4:31 So 58  he went down to Capernaum, 59  a town 60  in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 61  4:32 They 62  were amazed 63  at his teaching, because he spoke 64  with authority. 65 

4:33 Now 66  in the synagogue 67  there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean 68  demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 Ha! Leave us alone, 69  Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 70  of God.” 4:35 But 71  Jesus rebuked him: 72  “Silence! Come out of him!” 73  Then, after the demon threw the man 74  down in their midst, he came out of him without hurting him. 75  4:36 They 76  were all amazed and began to say 77  to one another, “What’s happening here? 78  For with authority and power 79  he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out! 4:37 So 80  the news 81  about him spread into all areas of the region. 82 

4:38 After Jesus left 83  the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 84  to help her. 85  4:39 So 86  he stood over her, commanded 87  the fever, and it left her. Immediately 88  she got up and began to serve 89  them.

4:40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 90  sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 91  He placed 92  his hands on every one of them and healed them. 4:41 Demons also came out 93  of many, crying out, 94 You are the Son of God!” 95  But he rebuked 96  them, and would not allow them to speak, 97  because they knew that he was the Christ. 98 

4:42 The next morning 99  Jesus 100  departed and went to a deserted place. Yet 101  the crowds were seeking him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them. 4:43 But Jesus 102  said to them, “I must 103  proclaim the good news of the kingdom 104  of God to the other towns 105  too, for that is what I was sent 106  to do.” 107  4:44 So 108  he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 109 

The Call of the Disciples

5:1 Now 110  Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 111  and the crowd was pressing around him 112  to hear the word of God. 5:2 He 113  saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 5:3 He got into 114  one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 115  Jesus 116  sat down 117  and taught the crowds from the boat. 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 118  your nets for a catch.” 5:5 Simon 119  answered, 120 Master, 121  we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 122  I will lower 123  the nets.” 5:6 When 124  they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 125  5:7 So 126  they motioned 127  to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 128  5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusknees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 129  for I am a sinful man! 130  5:9 For 131  Peter 132  and all who were with him were astonished 133  at the catch of fish that they had taken, 5:10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 134  Then 135  Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 136  you will be catching people.” 137  5:11 So 138  when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 139  him.

Healing a Leper

5:12 While 140  Jesus 141  was in one of the towns, 142  a man came 143  to him who was covered with 144  leprosy. 145  When 146  he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 147  and begged him, 148 Lord, if 149  you are willing, you can make me clean.” 5:13 So 150  he stretched out his hand and touched 151  him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 5:14 Then 152  he ordered the man 153  to tell no one, 154  but commanded him, 155  “Go 156  and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 157  for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 158  as a testimony to them.” 159  5:15 But the news about him spread even more, 160  and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 161  and to be healed of their illnesses. 5:16 Yet Jesus himself 162  frequently withdrew 163  to the wilderness 164  and prayed.

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

5:17 Now on 165  one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 166  and teachers of the law 167  sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 168  and the power of the Lord was with him 169  to heal. 5:18 Just then 170  some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 171  on a stretcher. 172  They 173  were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 174  5:19 But 175  since they found 176  no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 177  and let him down on the stretcher 178  through the roof tiles 179  right 180  in front of Jesus. 181  5:20 When 182  Jesus 183  saw their 184  faith he said, “Friend, 185  your sins are forgiven.” 186  5:21 Then 187  the experts in the law 188  and the Pharisees began to think 189  to themselves, 190  “Who is this man 191  who is uttering blasphemies? 192  Who can forgive sins but God alone? 5:22 When Jesus perceived 193  their hostile thoughts, 194  he said to them, 195 Why are you raising objections 196  within yourselves? 5:23 Which is easier, 197  to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk? 5:24 But so that you may know 198  that the Son of Man 199  has authority on earth to forgive sins– he said to the paralyzed man 200 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 201  and go home.” 202  5:25 Immediately 203  he stood up before them, picked 204  up the stretcher 205  he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 206  God. 5:26 Then 207  astonishment 208  seized them all, and they glorified 209  God. They were filled with awe, 210  saying, “We have seen incredible 211  things 212  today.” 213 

The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners

5:27 After 214  this, Jesus 215  went out and saw a tax collector 216  named Levi 217  sitting at the tax booth. 218 Follow me,” 219  he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 220  behind. 221 

5:29 Then 222  Levi gave a great banquet 223  in his house for Jesus, 224  and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 225  at the table with them. 5:30 But 226  the Pharisees 227  and their experts in the law 228  complained 229  to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? 230  5:31 Jesus 231  answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 232  5:32 I have not come 233  to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 234 

The Superiority of the New

5:33 Then 235  they said to him, “John’s 236  disciples frequently fast 237  and pray, 238  and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 239  but yours continue to eat and drink.” 240  5:34 So 241  Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 242  fast while the bridegroom 243  is with them, can you? 244  5:35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 245  at that time 246  they will fast.” 5:36 He also told them a parable: 247  “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 248  it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 249  the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 250  5:37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 251  If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 5:38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 252  5:39 253  No 254  one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’ 255 

Lord of the Sabbath

6:1 Jesus 256  was going through the grain fields on 257  a Sabbath, 258  and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 259  rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 260  6:2 But some of the Pharisees 261  said, “Why are you 262  doing what is against the law 263  on the Sabbath? 6:3 Jesus 264  answered them, 265 Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry 6:4 how he entered the house of God, took 266  and ate the sacred bread, 267  which is not lawful 268  for any to eat but the priests alone, and 269  gave it to his companions? 270  6:5 Then 271  he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 272  of the Sabbath.”

Healing a Withered Hand

6:6 On 273  another Sabbath, Jesus 274  entered the synagogue 275  and was teaching. Now 276  a man was there whose right hand was withered. 277  6:7 The experts in the law 278  and the Pharisees 279  watched 280  Jesus 281  closely to see if 282  he would heal on the Sabbath, 283  so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 6:8 But 284  he knew 285  their thoughts, 286  and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 287  So 288  he rose and stood there. 6:9 Then 289  Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 290  is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it? 6:10 After 291  looking around 292  at them all, he said to the man, 293 Stretch out your hand.” The man 294  did so, and his hand was restored. 295  6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage 296  and began debating with one another what they would do 297  to Jesus.

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