Luke chapter 8 has some 6 parts to it. The first is verses 1 thru 15, and is Luke’s account of the Parable of the Sower. Its goal or end is #10, the Kingdom, says verses 1 and 10, and the means of entrance into it is obviously by #7, faith. This faith must result in #8, the New Birth of salvation says verse 12, and it will result in one living the #9, New Life in Christ so as to ‘yield a crop,’ according to verses 8 and 15. The entire parable turns on the response of the hearer of the message! You must hear it, believe it, endure testing and temptation, persevere and mature, in order to yield a crop. Do you know the message (It’s coming right up)? What is your response? The Lamp on the Stand of verses 16 thru 18 takes this thought one step further. The one who hears, and would yield a crop, must be a lightbearer, and not a light-hider! As one seeks to bear light, they ‘will be given more’ light and opportunity to yield. With verses 19 thru 21 Luke gently steps thru the unbelief of Jesus’ own mother and brothers so plainly told us in Mark 3:21 and 31 thru 35.
Jesus calms a storm as they are crossing the Sea of Galilee in verses 22 thru 25. These were mostly experienced professional fishermen, and so it must have been a most severe storm! The entire point, of course, has to do with their understanding as to who Jesus is, and their #7, faith in Him says verse 25. His identification is ‘revealed’ with the next story of verses 26 thru 39 and the Healing of a Demon-Possessed Man. It is uncovered in verse 39, as this man equates Jesus with God! But, rather than faith, we find many overcome by one of its opposites, ‘fear’ in verse 37. The final passage, verses 40 thru 56, relates the two accounts of the miraculous Raising of Jairus’ Daughter and the Healing of the Woman with the Issue of Blood. Luke’s account of these is the most full and complete. In both of these instances, Jesus is either calling for, or finding and commending, this matter of #7, faith in Him, as this is the purpose of Luke’s entire Gospel account.
Luke 9 has 8 parts, and is loaded. Luke’s Gospel turns on it midway thru. Verses 1 thru 9 is the Sending Out of The Twelve. They were to preach #10, the Kingdom, and Jesus would miraculously provide for all their needs while away. The next account is the Feeding of the 5,000; another demonstration of His divine powers, that the people might believe upon Him, and again, while He was telling them of the Kingdom. Have you entered in yet? Then, a great transition takes place in verses 18 thru 27. Whereas, before they wondered and even doubted, now Peter boldly declares Jesus to be the Messiah! With that, Jesus now plainly reveals what is going to take place: The 2 elements of #5, the Gospel are revealed for the first time. They are His death and His resurrection seen in verse 22. The passage closes with #9, New Life instruction concerning the depth of one’s commitment to following Christ. It is to be an all-or-nothing commitment, and not as what we saw in 8:14. Believe on Him and put Him first in your life! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell