Luke chapter 9 Part One

Luke 9 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

9 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. 4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. 5 And 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. 6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

7 Now 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; 8 and of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

10 And 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. 11 And 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. 12 And 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. 13 But 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. 14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16 Then 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. 17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

18 And 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? 19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 saying, 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.

23 And 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. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For 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 Fatherโ€™s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

28 And 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. 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But 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. 33 And 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. 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36 And 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.

37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. 38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. 39 And, 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. 40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. 41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. 42 And 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.

43 And 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, 44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 45 But 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.

46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, 48 and 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.

49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54 And 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? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy menโ€™s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

57 And 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. 58 And 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. 59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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PART ONE:

Discipline. Training. Stretching the limits of faith, making it grow! And mystery; always mystery. These seem to me to be the words that describe chapter 9 of Luke’s Gospel.

Notice in the first verse a very important qualification: Jesus gave the disciples both power and authority over ALL demons, and to heal diseases. (Greek “dunamin”, from which we get “dynamite”, and “exousian”, Matt. 9:6, Son of Man has “authority” to forgive sins)

Power without authority can be very ugly. Authority without power is pathetic and ineffective. So the disciples were given both.

This was a world-changing event. A new era in history began at this moment. This caused the equivalent of all major networks covering a story. No one, except of course the Pharisees, would even want to keep this good news to themselves. Imagine being able to tell your desperately sick relatives, “There’s a healer, a real healer, in the county! He’s here now! Let me take you to him! He can heal everything!”

Jesus had already been healing people and raising them from the dead, and now there were twelve additional healers, sent out on a full-throttle mission to heal everyone in their paths! Imagine seeing someone wheezing with every breath and knowing you can instantly heal their emphysema! Or someone dying in agony from cancer, or suffering from Alzheimer’s. Seeing all those things and any other illness, and knowing you have been given the power and the authority to instantly heal them!

When the disciples returned from their “training mission”, they began telling their “war stories” to Jesus. I can imagine the exultation! “It was just like you said, Lord! We cast out demons and they couldn’t prevent us! We healed every disease we saw!”

I can imagine them practically incoherent with joy, with tears in their eyes as they tell about their awesome experiences. There seems to be an excess of moisture in my own eyes just thinking about it. I may be wrong here, there’s no Scripture which says this, but I’ve seen followers sharing tales of victory from the front with their leaders, and I suspect there was probably a lot of joyful, triumphant laughter as well as tears of joy at that moment.

Exultation!

Jesus “took them aside privately” to Bethsaida to let them “come down” and recharge their batteries. Ha! Fond hope. The crowds found out where they were. Here is something which makes my heart glad: the King James Version says Jesus “received” the crowds. But the English Standard Version, the original New International Version, and the Amplified Classic Version say “He welcomed them”! He could have said, “I want time alone with My disciples. You’ll have to come back another day.” But “He welcomed them, and talked to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.”

That’s my King! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

And again, as in the last chapter, look what happens as a result! The disciples get their faith stretched even more, as Jesus challenges them to provide food for five thousand men. Presumably there were many women and children there also. The disciples had just performed many miracles, but it apparently didn’t occur to them that they could handle “catering by faith”! So King Jesus involved them in this new, massive, incredible miracle. They personally handed out a miraculous, endless supply of food to so many people they must have been weary by the time all were fed.

There is nothing that God can’t do, if it’s within His will. This is our God! He may choose not to relieve us of illness or stress, but it is His choice. He has a reason for everything He does or doesn’t do.

And – LOL! – there were twelve baskets full left over! He didn’t forget the disciples! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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