SCRIPTURE AND REVIEW
The scripture we take up to study is Luke 5:33-39. Jesus and his disciples were just at a banquet at Levi’s house with publicans and sinners. Coming out, the scribes and Pharisees cornered some of his disciples and asked why they would eat with such sinners. Jesus responded by saying that sinners were like patients who needed a doctor. The doctor has to go and be close to his patients in order to help them.
In this passage, the Pharisees are going to attack Jesus with another question. Their question boils down to this: why aren’t you a spiritual person?
I. WHY AREN’T YOU SPIRITUAL?
What customs do we practice that we use as a measure of someone’s spirituality?
The need for strong fathers today is greater than ever before. Here are just three ways fathers need to be strong.
1) Kids need to see fathers who are willing to protect them, not just from physical threats, but also from the spiritual threats that lurk everywhere.
2) Fathers need to be involved in their kid’s lives and keep up on what their interests are and who their friends are and basically where they are going in their lives. To know who they are as a person.
3) Fathers need to be strong examples of godliness in their kid’s lives. They need to see their fathers pray and read the Bible; they need to see them make mistakes and ask forgiveness. They need to see that their fathers have a real relationship with Jesus.
Those are just three ways a father needs to be strong, and I am sure you can add more. It’s a daunting challenge to be a father—and most especially, a good and godly father. As someone said, “It’s easy to become a father, it’s tough to be a father.”
Thankfully, we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and gave us his Word to encourage us. So we’ll turn to the Bible for encouragement and direction. We’ll learn about a man named Joshua whom God told to be strong and courageous as he faced the tough task of leading Israel into the Promised Land.
SCRIPTURE AND REVIEW
The scripture we take up to study is Luke 5:27-32. Jesus has been preaching and healing. He has already called some disciples: Peter, Andrew, James and John. Here we see him call another disciple, Levi, who is also called Matthew. We will see that Levi picks up right away on what Jesus’s mission is. Levi follows Jesus by adopting Jesus’s mission as his own.
27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:27–32)
What does it mean for a person to follow Jesus?
I. WE MUST HAVE A PERSISTENT FAITH (5:17-19)
The scripture we take up to study is Luke 5:17-26, where we will learn about persistent faith, our need for forgiveness, and the one who has the power to forgive all our sins.
Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Luke 5:18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy [a paralyzed man]: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
Luke 5:19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
There was a paralyzed man with some friends who had a great amount of love and compassion for him. When they heard that Jesus was in the area (according to Mark, this took place in Capernaum), they decided to take their friend to Jesus to get healed.
But when they got there, they found that the house in which Jesus was teaching was packed like sardines with people. There was no getting through the crowd, which apparently did not want to move aside for the man and his friends.