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Luke Chapter 5

Luke 5:1
5:1 And {1} it came to pass, that, as the people {a} pressed
    upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of
    Gennesaret,

 (1) Christ reveals to the four disciples whom he had taken unto
     himself the office of the apostleship, which would be
     committed unto them in the future.
     (a) Did as it were lie upon him, so desirous were they
         both to see him and hear him, and therefore he taught
         them out of a ship.

Luke 5:5
5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, {b} Master, we have
    toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless
    at thy word I will let down the net.

    (b) The word signifies someone that has rule over anything.

Luke 5:12
5:12 {2} And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city,
     behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on
     [his] face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt,
     thou canst make me clean.

 (2) Christ, by healing the leper with only his touch and
     sending him to the priest, witnesses that it is he, through
     whom and by whom, apprehended by faith, all we who are
     unclean according to the law are pronounced to be pure and
     clean by the witness of God himself.

Luke 5:15
5:15 {3} But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him:
     and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be
     healed by him of their infirmities.

 (3) Christ would rather be well known by his doctrine than by
     miracles, and therefore he departs from those that seek him
     as a physician of the body, and not as the author of
     salvation.

Luke 5:17
5:17 {4} And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was
     teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law
     sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee,
     and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord {c}
     was [present] to heal them.

 (4) Christ, in healing him that was sick from paralysis, shows
     the cause of all diseases, and the remedy.
     (c) The mighty power of Christ's Godhead showed itself in
         him at that time.

Luke 5:27
5:27 {5} And after these things he went forth, and saw a
     publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and
     he said unto him, Follow me.

 (5) The Church is a company of sinners who are repentant
     through the grace of Christ, who banquet with him to the
     great offence of the proud and envious people of the world.

Luke 5:33
5:33 {6} And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John
     fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples]
     of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?

 (6) Hypocrites and ignorant men make a point of making fasting
     and unimportant things a matter of holiness.

Luke 5:34
5:34 {7} And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the
     bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

 (7) Laws generally made without any consideration of
     circumstances; for fasting and other things of like sort
     are not only tyrannous but very harmful to the Church.



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