Devotional Readings

Luke 8 – What do we want to hear?

There is much in this chapter, so I will mention just a few verses.

First look at the Parable of the sower or seeds, or grounds. Note the word about hearing.

Luk 8:8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Purpose of the Parables

Luk 8:9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

Luk 8:10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and 

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Luk 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.


Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.


Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.


Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.


Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

A Lamp Under a Jar

Luk 8:16  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.


Luk 8:17  For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.


Luk 8:18  Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

Luk 8:19  Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.

Luk 8:20  And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.


Luk 8:21  And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.


This is not unlike Jesus’ teaching in Matthew.


A Tree and Its Fruit

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Mat 7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

I Never Knew You

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Build Your House on the Rock

Mat 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Mat 7:25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Mat 7:27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


If that passage isn’t scary enough, think of the disciples in the ship that we read next.


Luk 8:23  But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.


Btw this wasn’t a game, these men lived on the water, were fishermen and knew about storms, probably having seen friends and relatives die before on the sea. No coastguard back then.


Luk 8:24  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

Luk 8:25  And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.


So whether we worry about the wind or waters or the hard teaching of God’s word, it is Jesus who calms the storms.


Joh 6:37  ♥️  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.


Look briefly at the reaction of the people of the Gadarenes, to Jesus’ healing the man possessed with the legion of Devils.


Luk 8:34  When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.

Luk 8:35  Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.


Luk 8:36  They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

Luk 8:37  Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.


Interestingly, this is one storm that Jesus did not calm.

Perhaps we see the man he had cured might be the whole purpose of his landing in their land. He clearly heard and wanted to do by following Jesus.


But Jesus had another purpose for him.


Luk 8:38  Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,

Luk 8:39  Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.


This is our common task.


Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Btw, note that this man although having lived in the tombs for a long time still was told to return thine own house….perhaps his family house, but certainly a home of private property so owned.


In a similar manner the woman who touched Jesus and was healed was told to return in peace.


Luk 8:48  And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.


Jesus does one more calming before the chapter ends, he returns the spirit back to Jairus’ daughter.


Luk 8:50  But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.


Luk 8:51  And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

Luk 8:52  And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

Luk 8:53  And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.

Luk 8:54  And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.


Luk 8:55  And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.


Luk 8:56  And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.


Fortunately for us this great miracle was certainly retold and we take comfort it it.


I finish with one comment….today we often hear of so called miracles, even people rising from the dead, these have great emotional appeal to people’s hearts, we want so to know it is true and that it happens even today. But can it be that what is really needed is faith in God’s written word….


He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


Oh how we want so much more, signs of God validating via miracles. Is it not enough that Jesus is validated in the Scriptures?


Luk 8:25  And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.


Or does he have to command our own storms to be calmed?


And even if he did would we receive him or cast him out.


Luk 8:37  Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.


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