Luke 8


Luke 8:21

But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

To hear the word of God and do it is to repent and believe the good news of Jesus. Jesus is the Living Word of God (John 1:1, 14, Rev. 19:13). He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1) who imparts life to those who trust him. The people of Nazareth are an example of those who heard the word of God but did not heed it (Luke 4:28).

See entry for Word of God.


Luke 8:23

But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger.

A fierce gale. On the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee are mountains that are up to 2000 feet high. The air on top of these mountains is often cool and dry, while the air on the lake shore is warm and moist. When the wind blows from the east, the collision of the different air masses can lead to violent storms such as the one experienced by the disciples.


Luke 8:24

They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm.

Rebuked. Jesus rebuked the wind and the word used (epitimao) is the same Greek word for when Jesus rebuked the devil (Matt. 17:18) and various demons (e.g., Mark 1:25). This has led some to conclude that the storm was demonic in nature. However, the Bible never says this and we risk glorifying the devil by attributing to him powers he may not have.

In the poetry of the prophets, it is the Lord who is ultimately credited with the wonders of nature (e.g., Jer. 10:13, 51:16). Just as it is wrong to blame the devil, it is equally misguided to think that all the storms that come our way were sent by God to test us. The story rather illustrates the power we have in Christ to still the storms of life.

Luke 8:25

And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

Where is your faith? Faith is a positive response to God’s word. Jesus had said they were going to the other side (Luke 8:22), but the disciples did not believe him. They placed more confidence in their own assessment of the circumstances.


Luke 8:26

Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.

The country of the Gerasenes. In his account of the crossing of the Sea of Galilee, Matthew said the trip ended in the region of Gadara (Matt. 8:28) while Mark and Luke said it finished in the region of Gerasa (Mark 5:1). This discrepancy is inconsequential. Gerasa and Gadara were different towns, but both were off the southeastern corner of the lake.


Luke 8:36

Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well.

Made well can also be translated as made whole or delivered. The original word (sozo) is usually translated as save (e.g., Matt. 1:21), but it also implies deliverance and healing. When Jesus healed the sick, he sozo ed them; he healed them (Mark 5:23), delivered them (Luke 8:36) and made them whole (Matt. 9:21). See entry for Salvation.


Luke 8:48

And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

(a) Your faith has made you well. It is the grace of God that brings healing, but since grace only comes by faith (Eph. 2:8), Jesus said what he said.

(b) Made you well can also be translated made you whole. The original word (sozo) is usually translated as save (e.g., Matt. 1:21), but it also implies healing. When Jesus healed the sick, he sozo ed them; he healed them (Mark 5:23), delivered them (Luke 8:36) and made them whole (Matt. 9:21). See entry for Salvation.


Luke 8:50

But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.”

(a) Do not be afraid any longer. Fear and doubt are faith-killers. We feed our faith and starve our fears by reminding ourselves who God is. Jairus the synagogue official had seen Jesus heal the sick. The most recent healing had happened only moments earlier.

(b) Only believe. We can choose to fear or we can choose to believe and Jesus will always encourage us to do the latter.


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