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January 8, 2018

Luke 2018-01-08

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    Luke 5:12-26 (ESV)

    12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

    17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus,    19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts?                 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

    25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God.      26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

    Reflection Questions

    Luke 5:12-13

    “The regulations concerning leprosy are in Lev. 13-14. The most terrible thing about it was the isolation it brought. The leper was to cry ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ wherever he went; he was to dwell alone; ‘in a habitation outside the camp’ (Lev. 13:45-46). He was banished from the society of men and exiled from home. The result was, and still is, that the psychological consequences of leprosy were as serious as the physical.” [1]

    • Note that the leper doesn’t doubt Jesus’ power but his willingness.  What is the significance of Jesus touching the leper in response to his request? 

    Luke 5:18-19   

    • Who brought the paralytic to Jesus?  What obstacles needed to be overcome for the paralytic to come before Jesus?  
    • How can I bring people to Jesus? 

    Luke 5:20-26  

    • What kind of authority does Jesus have?  
    • What is more amazing to me: forgiveness of sins or healing of paralysis?  

    [1]  William Barclay, The Gospel of Luke, Daily Study Bible Series, Rev. ed. (Philadelphia:  Westminster Press, 1975).



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