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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Luke Chapter 8 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: Luke Presents the Life of Christ  (c 1-24)
Theme:  The Message & Ministry of Jesus, the Savior (c 4-21)
Message: Jesus Uses Parables to Demonstrate Spiritual Truths (v 1-39)

Luke 8 Commentary

(8:1-3) Women Accompany Jesus and the Disciples - In a culture where women played invisible roles, the fact that Luke mentioned the support of three women and highlighted a number of women in his Gospel indicates the interest Luke took in showing how women were involved in Jesus’ ministry.

(8:4-8) Jesus Tells the Parable of the Four Soils - Jesus began teaching in parables to get his listeners to think. These parables hid the truth from those who had their minds made up, having already chosen to reject Jesus. Yet those who truly wanted to know Jesus could listen carefully and learn more about the Kingdom of God.

(8:9-18) Jesus Explains the Parable of the Four Soils - The meaning of the parable of the four soils reinforces Jesus’ differentiation between those who are given the secrets of the Kingdom and those who are not. The secrets of God’s Kingdom are for those whom God has prepared.

(8:19-21) Jesus Describes His True Family - Jesus’ proverbial remark, that his true family members are those who listen to God’s word and obey it, reinforces the point of the preceding sections (8:8, 15, 18). Studying the Bible and applying it to all aspects of our lives are important marks of faithful followers of Christ. 

(8:22-25) Jesus Calms the Storm - Following a section emphasizing obedience and faith in God’s word, Luke placed a powerful demonstration of Jesus’ supernatural power. Only God controls nature (Psalm 107:23-32), and here Jesus demonstrated his complete control over the wind and the sea, leaving his disciples thoroughly dumbfounded.

(8:26-39) Jesus Sends the Demons into a Herd of Pigs - The elements of nature and the evil beings of the spiritual world do not ignore Jesus’ command, but people do. The Pharisees rejected God’s plan (7:30), and the Gerasenes were more concerned about the economic loss of a herd of pigs. But all was not lost, for the man who had been liberated from the clutches of demons listened—intently. His soul was the “good soil” about which Jesus had spoken. Knowing this, Jesus commanded this man to stay in this Gentile region, testifying to God’s goodness and producing an abundant harvest of faith.

(8:40-56) Jesus Heals a Bleeding Woman and Restores a Girl to Life - 
In this story, Jesus took the timid faith of a woman and transformed her into a powerful, public testimony of him. Then he gently encouraged the grief-stricken Jairus to believe in him.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Is Your Heart Open?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Luke with Chapter 8. In our text today we see Jesus telling the parables of the four soils, calms the storm, sends the demons into a herd of pigs, heals a bleeding women, and restores a girl to life. In making application we see that our heart will impact the effectiveness of the Lord in our lives. Today the same is true. If our hearts are open we will be able to accept the Word of God which will greatly impact our lives. How about you? Do you see how our heart will impact our life? Let  us learn from our text today and the life of Jesus to see that our lives are impacted in the way our hearts are able to receive the Word of God. 


Luke 8

Luke 8

 1And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

 2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

 3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

 4And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

 5A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

 6And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

 8And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 9And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

 10And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 12Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

 13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

 14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

 15But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 16No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

 17For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

 18Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

 19Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.

 20And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.

 21And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

 22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

 23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

 24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

 25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

 26And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.

 27And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.

 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.

 29(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)

 30And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.

 31And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

 32And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

 33Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

 34When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.

 35Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

 36They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

 37Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.

 38Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,

 39Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

 40And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

 41And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:

 42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

 43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

 44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

 45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

 46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

 47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

 48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

 49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.

 50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

 51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

 52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

 53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.

 54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

 55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.

 56And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.