March 10/Luke 5

Verse 1 > Life at times can be a series of storms. The disciples just faced a storm in nature where they breathed a sigh of relief when Jesus came to their rescue. As soon as they land and are hoping to relax by getting a burger and fries another storm hits via a demon possessed man! A word of advice here > keep Jesus close via prayer and the word and Christian friends. Obviously Christians aren’t immune from storms but Jesus does know how to bring a person through the storm. This way you will have a great story to go along with your burger and fries later:)

Verses 2-3 > The kingdom of darkness has no sympathy for human beings. When you look behind the glitter of sin this is what you will see. The enemy had robbed this man of family, friends, sanity and self-control. How many people do you know that this is true of when they continue down the path of sin?

Verses 4-6 > Society has no answer for sinful behavior. They tried locking him up. We put people in jail today with the hope of rehabilitating them. However statistics show that about 70-75% get out and do the same crime or something worse again. They tried to isolate this guy in the tombs but that didn’t work either. We send people off to counseling, self-help books and gurus and different programs but there isn’t anymore help their than in a cemetery. There is only one cure for sin and sinful behavior and that is the one who went through the storm of the cross to get to us > Jesus. He said we must be born-again.

Verse 13 > This is what happens when evil activity goes unchecked. It will destroy people as it did the pigs. We must make a stand each day to pray for the Lord’s protection, we must not take part in evil activity. An example would be in the area of anger. If anger is allowed to go unchecked it gives the enemy a foothold in our lives. The same goes with lying, stealing, harsh words, slander, unforgiveness, laziness, bitterness, etc. This pigs were smart, they would rather die than be controlled by sin! Jesus died for us so that we could live!

Ephesians 4:20–32 (NLT) — 20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. 28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Verse 16 > It is interesting that there was no rejoicing with the man who had been delivered. There was no praising the Lord. Evil had really hardened the hearts and darkened the minds of these people. Apparently pigs mattered more than humans. Grace and mercy were not appreciated. Sin can really mess people up!

Verse 17 > They had grown comfortable with evil being present. Does this describe our city? Perhaps they used it to condone their own unrighteous behavior. What do you do with this new power that evil has no control over. Giving in to this new power would constitute a drastic change in lifestyle. The bible says men love darkness more than light becasue their deeds are evil.

We might say that we never would have acted like that. We would never tell Jesus to leave if he was here in person. Really, well if we aren’t willing to give up our pet sins or extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us; aren’t we in a sense telling Jesus to leave?

Verses 18-20 > Hilltop be encouraged nothing is impossible with God! Look at what happened when Jesus came on the scene. No rehabilitation, no counseling, no self-help books all it took was a man being born-again! What a miracle! If there ever was a hopeless case this guy was it. He was full of demons, cutting himself, naked, living in a cemetery, isolated from people, living in an area of total spiritual darkness, not a friend in the world, around people who cared more for their pigs than him, a people that cared nothing for Jesus, no bible believing church, no Christian coffee shop and yet Jesus happened!

How do we know that he was born again? He was clothed, in his right mind, left his sinful lifestyle and he wanted to follow Jesus when everyone else wanted to give Jesus the boot! As this guy went on his way all he could talk about was what Jesus had done for him. Come to think of it that is all we have to do too!  Nothing is impossible with God. Bring Jesus into that dark area and watch what happens.

Now would be a good time to take someone out for that burger and fries and tell them what Jesus has don for you!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Nice blog on Mark 5. In Luke 5 we get the calling of disciples. The fishermen get a record catch after a night of empty nets when they meet Jesus and leave their nets to follow Jesus. A leper is healed and a tax collector is called leading to Jesus confirming that he was called to the spiritually sick not those who feel that they are well. The chapter finishes with the analogy of the cloth patch and the new wineskin. The old cannot tolerate the new and therefore a new vessel is needed.

  2. You must be seeing if the daily reading plan has our attention yet! I agree with Mark G. You did ‘another’ great job on Mark 5! Your focus was completely different than the first time around. We love you. Just a little ribbing for all you give us. 😉

  3. Lois Stinogel says:

    OK-good! I thought I had already read this before-guess I had!

  4. Daniel Mueller says:

    Good to see you were all awake! I would like to say it was just a test but then I would be lying and then I would have to ask for forgiveness.