Luke Chapter 8: Advent

Luke 8 has some great teaching included, intertwined with more miracles. Jesus’ earthly ministry is in full swing, but there are revelatory details that could easily be missed without a careful reading. One such detail is given in the first few verses before the Parable of the Sower is given. We also see Jesus’ faith and mastery over things that can frighten due to our lack of control over them; things such as nature, evil, illness, and death. Luke is showing us that Jesus stands above everything.

As you read, pay attention to who is included, those who acknowledge Jesus for who He really is, and the message of faith over fear.

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Reflection Questions:

  1. Take special note of who Luke tells us is accompanying Jesus in verses 2-3. Why is this significant? What is Luke revealing?
  2. Why did Jesus speak in parables?
  3. To what was Jesus comparing the seed, soil, and birds, fruit, and farmer in the Parable of the Sower? How might you find yourself in this parable?
  4. How is Jesus using light as a metaphor for truth? What is the implication for the people of faith?
  5. What was Jesus teaching the disciples by first ignoring then rebuking the storm?
  6. The healing of the demon-possessed man in the Gerasenes occurred near a graveyard. Why is this significant?
  7. Did you notice how Jesus treated the man differently than others? Why would that be?
  8. Luke tells us something fascinating about the peoples’ response to Jesus’ miracle. What was it? Do you think this has anything to do with the fact Jesus then told then man who was freed to go and tell others when He typically asked people to keep quiet?
  9. The last two miracles involved females. Why would Luke include those details?
  10. What are we to make of the progression of the Gospel to this point?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your mastery over the things that frighten me because I cannot control them. I trust you and put my faith in you, even – and especially – when it is hard. Help me to keep sharing the good news of who you are and what you’ve done for me. I ask this in Christ’s healing name. Amen.