Home   e-Library       中文 
e-Library Home |  Browse By Category |  Study the Bible    
13: Manifestation of Christ’s Power (Lk 8:22-56)
TOC | Previous | Next

13: Manifestation of Christ’s Power (Lk 8:22-56)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

The first part of the disciples training course involved oral instructions through which the disciples understood the effect of God’s word based on man’s attitude toward the message. Today’s passage focuses on the second part of the special training—experiencing and witnessing Christ’s power. In the four recorded miracles that we will be studying in this lesson, the disciples came into close encounter with the Lord’s great power and gained a further knowledge of Christ. When studying these miracles, also pay special attention to the role of faith as a necessary response to God’s grace.

B.     Key Verse

            “But He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!’” (8:25).

C.     Did You Know…?

1.      Windstorm (8:23): The position of the lake in the Jordan rift below sea level with the high mountains to the E and W creates a natural condition for storms. The cool air masses from the mountain heights rush down the steep slopes with great force causing  violent eruptions of the lake. Such tempests are not infrequent and are extremely dangerous to small craft.

2.      Country of the Gadarenes (8:26): The region around the city of Gadara, six miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee. Mark and Luke identify the region by the capital city Gerasa, located about 35 miles southeast of the Sea.

3.      Abyss (8:31): The word has a long history and varied meanings ranging from the idea of primeval chaos to the abode and prison of evil beings.

4.      Ruler of the synagogue (8:41): The ruler was responsible for conducting services, selecting participants and maintaining order. As the synagogue ruler, Jairus was prominent in his community.

II.    Observation

A.     Outline




B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. General Analysis

1.      In the four miracles of this chapter, what domains or forces did Jesus exercise his power over?

IV.  Segment Analysis

A.     8:22-25

1. What lessons did the Lord teach the disciples through this miracle?

2. When a “storm” suddenly strikes your life and put you in jeopardy, how do you exercise your faith?

B.     8:26-39

3. Record the wretched condition of the demon-possessed man.

4. In your life, have you ever been through a similar experience in which you were set free by Jesus’ transforming power? Record your experience.

5a. What was the response of the pig farmers and the multitude?

5b. Why did they ask Jesus to depart from them?

6. What do Jesus’ words to the man (39) teach us about how to be the Lord’s witness?

C.     8:40-56

7a. Contrast the pressing of the multitude and the touch of the woman. Why did Jesus’ power go to only the woman?

7b. Today, are you part of the crowd that throng and press the Lord, or have you actually touched Him? In other words, do you only appear to be following the Lord closely, or do you experience His power in your life? How can you experience Him personally?

8. Why did Jesus insist that the woman identify herself? What lesson can we learn from this?

9a. Consider Jairus’ desperation (41). In the course of the event, how was Jairus’ faith tested?

9b. How did Jesus strengthen his faith?

10. Have you been in a situation where the Lord delivered you out of a hopeless situation? How did this experience test and strengthen your faith?


PDF Download