Luke 5:1 – 6:11
- The Conversion of Simon Peter (5:1-11)
- The Healing of a Leper (5:12-16)
- Confrontations with the Pharisees (Four P’s of the Lord’s Ministry) (5:17 – 6:16)
- Power to Forgive Sins – The Healing of a Paralytic (vv.17-26)
- Purpose to Call Sinners to Repentance – The Calling of a Tax Collector (vv.27-32)
- Promise of a Change in Dispensations – Questions about Fasting (vv.33-39)
- Privilege to Give Liberty from Law – Jesus’ Authority over the Sabbath (vv.1-11)
The Conversion of Simon Peter (5:1-11)
This would appear to be the same instance at we have in Matthew 4 and Mark 1, only Luke brings our more details as in characteristic of him. The Lord is no man’s debtor. He repaid Simon for the use of the boats. The Lord says “nets”, Peter says “net”. He is not prepared to receive the blessing, which is overwhelming. The Lord’s wisdom, grace, and power over the elements, brings Peter to a sense of his own sinfulness. Grace rebukes him. In grace, the fish are preserved in spite of the nets breaking and ships sinking. Jesus the only one who has dominion over the fish of the sea. Had to let the Lord know he had fished all night. Not just Master in the synagogue, but in Peter’s skilled craft. He works with us in our profession. When they had done all they could and were empty-handed, the Lord steps in. Grace exposed what the law hadn’t, Peter’s sinfulness. Yet grace calls Peter to follow. We need to be concerned with fish (gospel work) and with sheep (shepherding). Peter was the fisherman who became a shepherd!
The Healing of a Leper (5:12-16)
Full of leprosy… an irremediable condition. This leper knew the Lord’s power, but he didn’t know the Lord’s grace; i.e. if He was willing. Probably the first human touch he had felt in a long time. He could have healed with the power of His word, but He touched him freely (handled him). The Lord was not defiled, but the man was cleansed.
Confrontations with the Pharisees (Four P’s of the Lord’s Ministry) (5:17 – 6:16)
Power to Forgive Sins – The Healing of a Paralytic (vv.17-26)
We have the sovereignty of God in healing the paralytic, but also the responsibility of man in that he was borne of four; “he saw their faith”.
Purpose to Call Sinners to Repentance – The Calling of a Tax Collector (vv.27-32)
Levi was his Jewish name, only called Matthew in Matthew, using the name he would be known among Gentiles. Other writers say he left all and followed, but Matthew wouldn’t say that of himself (humility). Morally leaves all, then rises. Physically he would rise, and leave. Tax gatherers loved money in order to put up with the horrible social stigma of being considered a traitor to their own people. Love for Christ displaced love of money. Call of discipleship demands full abandon. Luke frequently brings us into the homes. Calling a tax gatherer opened the floodgates… many come! Levi left all, but used “his own house”. He made “him” a feast… we can use what we have for the Lord. The most important part of Christian hospitality is love for the Lord. This might have gone a long way to smooth the transition of Matthew joining the group… they were all sinners whom Christ came to call. So are we.
Promise of a Change in Dispensations – Questions about Fasting (vv.33-39)
Privilege to Give Liberty from Law – Jesus’ Authority over the Sabbath (vv.1-11)
There are six instances of Jesus healing on the sabbath.