Bible Study Notes on Luke 5:1-16 – 20180525

Bible Study Notes

Luke 5:1  “…the Lake of Gennesaret”
Another name for the Sea of Galilee, like the Sea of Tiberius.  Some may have used the different names depending on where they were on land at the time.

3  “…which was Simon’s…”
He’s been at Simon’s home.  I assume he spent the night there.  So there is some familiarity.  He also probably had another motive for using Simon’s boat in that He would test Simon’s faith and reaction.

4  “…He said to Simon…”
Odd request.  He’s been teaching the multitudes.  You’d expect Him to want to pull in for anything else.

5  “…we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word…”
Was Peter hedging his bets or being polite.  Surely he had seen Jesus heal the people and cast out demons.  Perhaps that was the case.  He knew the fish should have been gone, hence his first statement.  But he knew there was something special about Jesus so he says they’re going against the norm to do what He said.  I think there may also be the tendency we have to not go outside the norm regardless of the circumstances.  Kind of a being on automatic thing.  The idea of exactly Who and What Jesus was hadn’t really begun to enter into Peter’s thinking.  So he wasn’t expecting anything miraculous.

8  “…he fell down at Jesus’ knees…”
That definitely made an impression.  What happened went completely against everything Peter knew as a fisherman.  Says Jesus’s knees instead of feet.  I’m assuming Jesus was kneeling or sitting in the boat.  Just an interesting note.

10  “…James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon…”
Wonder if they were related at some point.  No mention of Andrew here.  Wonder if he was also a part of the fishing business.  Other gospels tell how he told Peter about Jesus.

12  “…a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy…”
Name of the city isn’t mentioned.  Why was this man in or around the city instead of a leper colony.  Was the city near a colony.

12  “…Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”
Had obviously heard of what Jesus had been doing.  A statement of faith.

13  “…He put out His hand and touched him…”
Taking care of more than just the illness.  The man had been untouchable since the leprosy.  Jesus gave him healing and acceptance.

14  “…as a testimony to them…”
Follow the standard procedure for seeing that the leprosy was truly gone.  It was known the man was a leper.  He would need to be cleared by the priests to keep from being a concern to others.  And Jesus always fulfilled the law, it’s true purposes.

15  “…the report went around concerning Him…”
We assume the man did tell others.  But if he was well known about as a leper and then was healed, the news would have spread whether he told anyone or not.

16  “…He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed”
Great multitudes came to be healed, yet He still took time to withdraw to pray.  Fine line knowing when to minister and when to take care of yourself.  If Jesus had to take time to recharge and commune with God, we certainly need to.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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