Calling of First Disciples
Cleansing the Man with Leprosy
Healing the Paralyzed Man
Word of God, taught, at Your
word, “I am a sinful man, O Lord!”, astonished, catch men, if You are willing,
withdrew/prayed, power of the Lord, forgive sins, glorifying God, amazed.
1. Peter letting Jesus use his
boat. 2. Jesus’ command. 3. Obedience to Jesus’ word.
2. Peter, speaking as an
experienced fishermen, pointed out that they caught nothing despite the long
toil. Not only so, what Jesus was telling him to do was no new technique. There
was a sense of reluctance in Peter’s words. Nevertheless, he was willing to set
aside his opinion and do what the Lord commanded although it did not seem to
3a. When witnessing the diving
power of Jesus, Peter realized that Jesus was no ordinary teacher. Whereas he
addressed Jesus as “Master” earlier on in the story, he now called Him “Lord,”
confessing His divinity. In the presence of the holy God, Peter immediately
became aware of his sinfulness and asked the Lord to depart from him.
3b. At this point, Peter gained a
new knowledge of Jesus and of himself—Jesus was his Lord and he was a sinner
undeserving of the Lord’s grace. This new understanding prepared him to be a
follower of Christ.
5a. They forsook all. This is a
condition of discipleship (14:33). To be a true disciple, we cannot have
divided interests (Mt 6:24). Discipleship requires total dedication. We must
set aside all our personal ambitions and orient our lives entirely to the
mission of “catching men.”
6a. Listening to the word of God (1). 2. Obeying
and acting upon the word of God (4-5). 3. Confessing of sins and acknowledging
Christ as Lord (8). 4. Forsaking all and following the Lord (11).
7a. He must have felt unworthy to
draw near Jesus and ask for healing.
8a. Jesus could have healed the
man by issuing a command from a distance. But He put out His hands and touched
the leprous man, who was ceremonially unclean. He also spoke reassuring words
to the man. The Lord’s action and words must have deeply touched the man, who
had always been avoided and isolated. Jesus was more than a powerful healer. He
is the loving God full of love and kindness toward the people.
9. He probably wanted to avoid
the people’s misconception that he was just a miracle-worker and come to Him
only for healing or even expect Him to be a political leader (cf. 4:37,42-44).
10. The key phrase that shows the
significance of Jesus’ command is “as a testimony to them.” The command to show
himself to the priest was more than a compliance with the Mosaic regulation,
but a direct proof that the Lord’s ministry was the fulfillment of the law.
Jesus’ healing of the man was a testimony that He was the true source of
healing and cleansing.
11a. While verse 15 may seem to
indicate the increase in Jesus popularity, verse 16 by contrast shows Jesus’
withdrawal from such popularity. .Jesus did not come only to heal the sick. He
also needed to spend time to pray alone so He could focus on the mission ahead
of Him and stay close to the Father at all times.
12. They were full of compassion
for the paralyzed man. They did not give up even when the circumstance posed a
challenge. According to verse 20, their persistence was also a sign of great
faith in the Lord.
13. This verse teaches us the
power of intercession. When we come to the Lord to intercede for another, our
faith can move the Lord. Of course, the whom we intercede for also needs to
have faith in the Lord.
15. 1. Forgiveness of sins is more important than physical
2. To demonstrate that He
had power on earth to forgive sins (24).
16a. While both statements are
equally easy to say but impossible to make happen, in a sense, it is easy for anyone
to say “your sins are forgiven you” because the forgiveness of sins is
intangible. The point of Jesus’ question is that while it may be easy to claim
the power to forgive sins, He would now substantiate His claim by doing the
more difficult—commanding the man to walk.
16b. Only God has the sovereignty
and authority to issue the command, “I say to you, arise.” By raising the
paralytic, the Lord demonstrated that He was God. Being God Himself, Jesus, of
course, also had the authority to forgive sins.