Verse 1 – Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,
Verse 2 – and a certain woman who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities – Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,
The “glad tidings” of the kingdom of God are “righteousness, peace, and joy,” in the Holy Ghost, Romans 14:17.
Verse 3 – and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
By allowing these women to travel with Him, Jesus was showing others, that all people are equal under God. These women supported Jesus with their own money.
Parables of the Soil
Verse 4 – And when a great multitude had gathered, and others had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable:
Verse 5 – “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
A parable forces the listeners to think for themselves, comparing the known with the unknown. A parable also hides truths to listeners who are too lazy to think for themselves. Most of Jesus parable have one point and only one meaning.
Verse 6 – “Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
This is a sower throwing out good seed by hand. Some falls by the wayside and some falls on rocks. The seed that is devoured by birds or springs up and withered, is no fault of the farmer or the seed. The yield depends on the condition of the soil.
Verse 7 – “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.
Verse 8 – “But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Verse 9 – Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?”
Verse 10 – And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.’
“To know the mysteries,” is to grasp the revealed secrets. In the New Testament it always means “something once hidden is now revealed.” God is a revealer of secrets. This parable of the sower was the people’s reaction to Jesus teachings, here and the rest of the parables. The believers would understand His sayings and the unbeliever wouldn’t, it would remain a mystery.
Verse 11 – “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Verse 12 – “Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
In any congregation, there will be those who hear the word, but yet remain unsaved.
Verse 13 – “But the ones on the rock are those who when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
These are those who are shallow, impulsive listeners, whose enthusiasm only lasts for a time. However, when temptation, in any form of affliction or persecution comes which tests the moral conduct, they fall away.
Verse 14 – “And the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
This class of people have worldly ambitions, preoccupied with earthy careers and pleasures crowding out the good seed – overriding the Word of God. They never cultivated their soil.
Verse 15 – “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with, patience.
These are fruitful believers who receive God’s Word with an open heart, persevere in faith. These put their faith towards good works for the kingdom of God.
Parable of the Lamp
Verse 16 – “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see light.
Verse 17 – “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.
Our Christianity should not be hidden from others. Why would we ever hide the Gospel of Jesus Christ from anyone? However, some do. When God’s Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of us, He brings power and light. That light needs to shine forth into others lives, so they too can have a changed life.
Verse 18 – “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”
Keep in mind that Jesus is still talking about “light.” Those who have truth, understanding, and revelations, more will be given! And to those who don’t have this light, even what little truth, understanding, and revelation, they have, will soon be forgotten!
Christ’s True Brethren
Verse 19 – Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.
Verse 20 – And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”
Verse 21 – But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Human relationships built upon mutual faith in Christ, spiritual openness to one another, and shared obedience to the word of God, are more important than relationships with physical family member’s, especially if the family members are unbelievers.
The Storm Is Stilled
Verse 22 – Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out.
Verse 23 – But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.
The Sea of Galilee is actually a large lake. Storms can be fierce and all of a sudden, with waves as high as 20 feet.
Verse 24 – And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging water. And they ceased, and there was calm.
Verse 25 – 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 wind and water, and they obey Him!”
So what is the lesson here? Fear is not from God! 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love of a sound mind. There will be situations all through life that will come with a fear of something dreadful happening. However, if you belong to God, just stop and say to yourself, “This is not from God!” Our God is sovereign and knows and controls everything concerning you. Rest in His hands and think on Him. He promises to keep us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him!
Verse 26 – Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
Verse 27 – And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city, who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in tombs.
Verse 28 – When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud and voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!”
Don’t torment me, probably refers to Jesus sending the demon to the abyss, a place where some of the demons are currently confined. Demons are Satan’s messengers, are powerful and destructive. Still active today, they attempt to distort and destroy people’s relationship with God. If we resist the devil and trust in Christ, he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Verse 29 – For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
Verse 30 – Jesus asked him saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons have entered him.
Verse 31 – And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.
The abyss is referred to as the bottomless pit in Revelation 9:1 and 20:1-3.
Verse 32 – Now a herd of swine was feeding there on the mountain. And they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.
Verse 33 – Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
Some might ask, “Why didn’t Jesus completely destroy the demons?” Because the time for their total destruction had not come yet. God has a final destination for all wickedness. That plan is laid out in the Book of Revelation.
Verse 34 – When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.
Verse 35 – Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.
Why were the people afraid? Jesus had released a power they had never seen before and that power revealed His identity!
Verse 36 – They also had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon possessed was healed.
Verse 37 – Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.
Verse 38 – Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,
Verse 39 – “Return to your own house and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
Jesus didn’t intend on returning to this area, so He told the man to tell people what the Lord had done for him.
Verse 40 – So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.
A Woman Is Healed
Verse 41 – And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house,
Verse 42 – for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitude thronged Him.
Verse 43 – Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,
Verse 44 – came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
What a difference there is between the crowds that are curious about Jesus and the few who reach out and touch Him! Today, many are familiar with Jesus, but nothing in their lives change or are bettered because of Him. It is only faith that release God’s healing power. We are to seek Him with all our hearts.
Verse 45 – And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng You and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?”
Jesus knew exactly who touched Him. He didn’t want her hiding anymore. He also wanted her to know it wasn’t His garment that healed her, it was her faith in Him. This woman had taken a huge chance by even being in public, because by law, it wasn’t allowed.
Verse 46 – But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.”
Verse 47 – Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
Is this not a perfect example of how we come to Jesus when we know only He can save us? We come guilty and ashamed, but with faith, knowing only Jesus can make us “New!” Then as this woman did in front of the multitude, we should proclaim our faith in Jesus the Christ!
Verse 48 – And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Verse 49 – While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogues’ house saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”
Verse 50 – But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
During the slight delay of Jesus interacting with the woman with the issue of blood, Jairu’s daughter had died. However, Jesus wanted Jairus and the crowd to know, “The same kind of faith that the woman had, was the same faith that would raise Jairus’ daughter to life again.
Verse 51 – When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl.
Verse 52 – Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”
When Jesus is present, there is always hope.
Verse 53 – And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing she was dead.
We know from verse 51, that only the father, mother, Peter, James, and John, are in the house with Jesus and the girl, so who “blew off” what Jesus said about her only sleeping? They did! So yes, there was doubt present.
Verse 54 – But He put them all out, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.”
They missed seeing the miracle because of their scoffing! Don’t miss out on your deliverance because of your unbelief!
Verse 55 – Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
Verse 56 – And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
Jesus wanted the people in this town to see this miracle for themselves. No explanation needed. He also wanted them to seek Him, not His miracles. We build the relationship – the kingdom first, by seeking after Him and His righteousness, and the miracles will follow!