Luke 5

Luke 5: Peter is called to Fish

                While Jesus was in Galilee the people pressed Him to hear the word of God as He stood by the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus goes to one of the ships, which was owned by Simon and enters into the ship and has him pull a little ways away from the shore, where He could teach everyone present from a distance. After He was done speaking He commanded Simon to launch his boat out into the lake to catch some fish. Simon tells Jesus that they did not have any luck catching fish all day, but he says he will listen to Jesus. On the command of Jesus they let down the net, only to discover that the net was so filled with fish that it not only broke the net, but almost caused both ships to sink under the immense weight.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the feet of Jesus and said; “…Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him… James, and John, the sons of Zebedee… Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” (Luke 5:8-10)

                When they returned to shore, the men on the ship abandoned everyone they knew and followed Jesus. On their journeys, a leper begs to be healed and is healed by the hands of Jesus. However the fame of Him spreads throughout the land until he has a large group gathered to be healed of Him. Jesus was gathered in a house that was so crowded that a group gathered a man and lowered him in from the roof, as to get the attention of Jesus to be healed. When Jesus sees their great faith, he says; “…Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” (Luke 5:20)

The Scribes and Pharisees are not too far away from finding fault with Jesus and mutter to themselves; “…Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21) Jesus, of course perceives their thoughts and asks them; “…What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But 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.” (Luke 5:22-24) The Scribes and Pharisees, along with everyone else were perplexed.

Jesus continues His journey, where He meets a man named Levi, sitting outside of a tax collection office. He tells Levi to drop everything and to follow Him, Levi follows. Levi, in celebration invited Jesus, the disciples and his publican friends for a large feast at his house. The Pharisees and the Scribes take no time to call them out; “…Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” (Luke 5:30) Jesus quickly responds to them; “…They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

Jonah 1-2

Jonah 1-2

Scripture Thought (What I Learned):

This is the classic story of Jonah and the Whale that pretty much everyone has heard once or twice in their lives. I love how the Lord had the whole thing planned and while we don’t know if Jonah was in the whales belly or if this entire story is a metaphor… it doesn’t matter… because we learn some great information. We learn that the Lord has a great plan for us and while Jonah cried from the depths of hell, the Lord listened to him. Often times we are in similar situations and feel trapped, like the waters have encompassed us and we can cry out to the Lord and he will save us… he will LISTEN to us even in the darkest of hours!

Chapter 1: Jonah is lost at sea

The word of the Lord comes to Jonah (who was the son of Amittai) and Jonah is told to cry against Nineveh. Instead, he flees on a ship going to Tarshish. This angers the Lord and he sends a great storm to catch up to the ship. As Jonah sleeps, the mariners cast lots to ascertain who is responsible for this great storm; they find out that it is Jonah. Jonah suggests that they throw him overboard. The mariners are reluctant to resort to this extreme measure, but do so when the storm does not quiet down. As the mariners throw Jonah overboard, they pray that they may not perish because of Jonah.

 

After Jonah is thrown overboard, the sea is calmed. “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17)

 Whale Of A Time

Chapter 2: The Whale “vomits” out Jonah

Jonah prays within the belly of the fish. “…I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.” (Jonah 2:2) Jonah describes the waters compassing him about with weeds wrapped around his head. The Lord has brought up Jonah’s life from corruption, and Jonah responds with thanksgiving, looking towards God’s holy temple. The fish vomits out Jonah onto dry land. “And the Lord spake to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (Jonah 2:10)