Jesus Preaches to The People Of Galilee

Luke 4:42-44

 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.  But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Commentary: Jesus would get up early to go and find a solitary place to pray. How often do we go about our busy activity day and find no time for prayer and one on one fellowship with Jesus? Jesus had to go proclaim the good news to all the people about the Kingdom of God, that gives us hope.

Questions: 

How often do you set aside personal time with Jesus?

In what ways have you depended on Him to lead and guide you?

Are there things in your life that are distracting you from really listening to what God says?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

Jesus Heals Many

Luke 4:38-44

Jesus Heals Many

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon (Peter). Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.

Commentary: Peter’s Mother in law immediately began to prepare a meal after Jesus healed her. She gave gratitude to Jesus and everyone else by now taking care of them.

As Jesus traveled to various places he would heal the sick, demonstrating that He could heal with a single word. You may wonder why Jesus didn’t heal the whole crowd at once. Well Jesus wanted show mercy to each person individually.

Questions:

Human touch is very important does someone need a touch from you today?

How do you respond when someone wants your listening ear but you have a list a mile long of to do’s?

Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit

Luke 4:31-37

31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Commentary: Jesus recently Moved from Capernaum from Nazareth, it was a thriving city of great wealth and decadence.The headquarters for many Roman troops, word could have spread about Jesus all over the roman Empire from there.

The man possessed with a demon was in the synagog where Jesus was teaching and verbally abused Jesus. It is naive to think that we will be sheltered from evil in a church. Satan is happy to invade our presence wherever and whenever he can.But Jesus authority is much greater than satan’s and where Jesus is present demons cannot stay for long.

Jesus faced many demons during his time on earth, he always exerted authority over them. Not only did the demon leave the man but the man was not even injured.

Questions: 

Jesus had authority over everything, have you thought where in your life you have given Him authority over your circumstances?

In what way have you seen Jesus grow your walk in believing in Him?

Luke 4:14-30- Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

Luke 4:14-30

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

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“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

    because he has anointed me

    to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

    and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

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    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[b] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Commentary: After Jesus is tempted the spirit is upon Him and he teaches and preaches in Synagogues in Galli, now he is entering his hometown of Nazareth and was invited to speak at the Synagogue. A synagogue could be set up in any town and could be places of worship or schools for boys and as many at least 10 jewish families, administered by one leader and assistant. Often the leader would invite a visiting rabbi to read from the scriptures and teach.

Jesus-after reading from Isaiah 61:1-2  is rejected, proclaiming that he would bring the good news to pass. Jews were furious because he was saying that God sometimes chose to reach Gentiles rather than Jews

Questions: 

How can you be a positive witness for God in your life?

In what ways are you guarding your witness from the attack of Satan?