Luke Reading (#12)
Take a few minutes to catch up and pray that God would bless you through the reading of His word.
Read Luke 5:1-16
[5:1] On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,  and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.  And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”  And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.  They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.  But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,  and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
 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.”  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.  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.”  But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.  But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
- What is the setting for this story (v. 1-2)?
- What did Jesus teach from (v. 3)? To whom did it belong (v. 3)?
- What did Jesus tell Peter to do (v. 4)?
- How did Peter respond (v. 5)?
- Why were Jesus’ instructions hard to follow for him (v. 5)?
- Why did Peter ultimately do it (v. 5)?
- What happened as a result (v. 6-7)?
- How did Peter respond to this miracle (v. 8)?
- What does he call Jesus (v. 8)?
- Who else was there (v. 10)?
- How did they respond (v. 9)? What did they do (v. 11)?
- What did Jesus tell them they would be doing in the future (v. 10)?
- Where does the next incident take place (v. 12)?
- What does the man with leprosy do (v. 12)? What does he say (v. 12)?
- What does Jesus do (v. 13)? What does he say (v. 13)?
- What happens as a result (v. 13)?
- What did Jesus tell the man to do as a result (v. 14)? What did he forbid him from doing (v. 14)?
- What happened as a result of this miracle (v. 15)? How did Jesus respond (v. 16)?
- What did Peter realize about Jesus after the miraculous haul of fish?
- Why does Peter bring up the fact that he is sinful? He was probably a fairly normal, moral Jew. What does he mean when he says that he is a sinful man?
- Why would he want Jesus to go away after a miracle like that?
- In light of that, what is the significance of Jesus’s word in v. 10?
- How is the response of the disciples (v. 11) the only appropriate way for them to react to what they had witnessed?
- How does the story of the leper (v. 12-13) add depth and contrast to the story if Peter catching the fish?
- How was the leper unclean? How was Peter unclean (v. 8)?
- What did the leper know about Jesus? What did he do as a result? How is that similar to and also different from Peter’s interaction with Jesus?
- From this passage, would you say that Jesus wants “unclean” people to come to him?
- Why do you think Jesus instructed the man to tell people about what had happened (v. 14)?
- Is it significant that Jesus would get away from the crowds to pray?
- How can you cultivate an awareness of your own sinfulness?
- How can you cultivate an awareness of God’s holiness? How might that help you fight sin in your life?
- Is there anything in your life that stops you from going to Jesus when you feel spiritually “unclean”? How should you think about that in light of this passage?
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