42-BSG-5 (Luke 5)

Bible Study Guide.
42-BSG-5 (Luke 5)
March 15, 2018

PRAYER: Father in heaven, we thank You for Your Holy Word. Before we consider this chapter, we invite Your Spirit to lead and guide us. Forgive us Lord, and prepare us for Your kingdom. We thank You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Chapter Overview.
Characters: God, Jesus, Simon, James, John, leper, Moses, Pharisees, scribes, Levi, John the Baptist.
Key Word: Faith in Christ, Lk 5:5, 12, 20, 28.
Strong Verses: Lk 5:24(a), 32.

Biblical People:
Paralytic in Galilee • Lk 5:18–20, 23–25; Mt 9:2, 5–7; Mk 2:3–5, 9–12; etc.
A Paralytic • Lk 5:18–20, 23–25; Mt 4:24; 9:2, 5–7; Mk 2:3–5, 9–12; Ac 9:33; etc.
Fisherman with Peter • Lk 5:2, 4–7, 9.

Biblical Places:
Sea of Galilee • Lk 5:1–2, Nu 34:11; Dt 3:17; Jos 12:3; 13:27, Mt 4:18; 13:1; 15:29; Mk 1:16; 2:13; 3:7; 4:1; 5:1, 13, 21; 6:47; 7:31; Lk 8:22–23, 33; Jn 6:1, 16–19, 22, 25; 21:1; etc.
Villages of Galilee • Lk 5:17
Gennesaret • Lk 5:1, Jos 11:2; 19:35, 38–39; 1 Ki 15:20, Mt 14:34–35; 15:21; Mk 6:53, 55; 7:24; etc.

Illustrations/ Maps:
 Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee
 Jesus’ Ministry in Palestine
 The Maccabean Kingdom
 Paul’s Early Travels
 Regional attacks on Judah and Jerusalem
 Babylonian Conquest of and Campaigns against Jerusalem and Judah
 The Sea of Galilee
 Sunset on the Sea of Galilee
 A View of the Sea of Galilee

Biblical Things:
Boats • Lk 5:2–3, 7, 11, Ge 49:13; Nu 24:24; Dt 28:68; Jdg 5:17; 1 Ki 9:26–27; 10:11, 22; etc.
Wine • Lk 5:37–39, Ge 9:21, 24; 14:18; 19:32–35; 27:25; 49:11–12; Ex 22:28; 29:40; etc.
Trammel net • Lk 5:2, 4–6, Ec 9:12.

Events occurring
(a) Jesus teaches a crowd from a boat • Lk 5:1–3
(b) Jesus provides a miraculous catch of fish (Luke) • Lk 5:4–9
(c) Jesus calls four fishermen • Lk 5:10–11
(d) Jesus heals a man with leprosy • Lk 5:12–16
(e) Jesus heals a paralyzed man • Lk 5:17–26
(f) Jesus calls Matthew • Lk 5:27–28
(g) Jesus eats at Matthew’s house • Lk 5:29–32
(h) Jesus defends his disciples for not fasting • Lk 5:33–39

Summary of Main Points:
[1] Jesus teaches the people from Simon’s ship, Lk 5:1-3;
[2] Simon, by Jesus’ direction and power, takes a large draught of fishes, Lk 5:4-7.
[3] Simon, James, and John, follow Jesus, Lk 5:8-11.
[4] Jesus cleanses a leper, Lk 5:12-8-15;
[5] Jesus withdraws for prayer, Lk 5:16;
[6] He heals a paralytic, Lk 5:17-20
[7] He silences the objections of the scribes and Pharisees against his forgiving sins, Lk 5:21-26;
[8] He calls Levi, Lk 5:27-28;
[9] He justifies His own eating with publicans and sinners, Lk 5:29-32;
[10] He vindicates His disciples for not fasting, at present, after the manner of the Pharisees, and John’s disciples, but foretells that they will fast after His ascension, Lk 5:33-35.
[11] He teaches on the parable of the Old Bottles and Worn Garments, Lk 5:36-39.

Lk 5:1–3 [Jesus teaches a crowd from a boat]
(a) Hearing the word of God
(b) Sitting/ standing when teaching God’s word.

Lk 5:4–9 [Jesus provides a miraculous catch of fish]
(a) Commands → (Specific divine commands), Lk 4:4
(b) Faith/ Obedience to Jesus Christ.
(c) Christ’s Titles, Names, Status → Master (Gk. epistates)
(d) Power →Divine power demonstrated. “they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” (Luke 5:6, NKJV)
(e) Miracles showing Christ’s control over Nature.
(f) Awareness→ Being in the presence of God. Lk 4:8a
(g) God’s Holiness →Christ’s Titles, Names, Status → He is Holy. Lk 4:8b
(h) Help →Helping one another. Lk 4:7
 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NKJV)
 “So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:34, NKJV)
 “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.” (Philippians 4:3, NKJV)

Lk 5:10–11 [Jesus calls four fishermen]
(a) Promises → To people who do certain things.
(b) Commands → Following Jesus: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19, NKJV)
(c) Preparations for ministry → Calling of disciples

Lk 5:12–15 [Jesus heals a man with leprosy]
(a) Authority → Christ’s authority demonstrated by miracles showing His control over Disease
(b) Leprosy→ Disease
(c) Leprosy→ Nature/ Consequence of Sin.
(d) Obedience → to God, His Word, the Law, the Scriptures
(e) Descriptions of Christ’s ministry → Famous, sought after, crowds came
(f) Humility→ Christ’s humility →“And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”” (Luke 5:14, NKJV)

Lk 5:16–26 [Jesus heals a paralyzed man]
Jesus Christ: Information About Him
Relationships → with God the Father → Prayed to Him, Lk 5.16
Authority → Christ’s authority demonstrated by miracles showing His control over Disease
Healing → His control over deficiencies of the body: lameness, paralysis, blindness, deafness
Forgiveness → His control over → Forgiveness of sin
Response of people → Amazement, awe: “And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”” (Luke 5:26, NKJV)

Jesus: Teachings (by Precept or Example)
Doctrine → Salvation (Soteriology) → Results in Forgiveness (cf. 1 John 1:9)
His deity → Conditions & exceptions → God (the Son of Man) has authority to forgive sins.
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”” (Luke 5:24, NKJV)

Lk 5:27–28 [Jesus calls Matthew]
(a) Commands →Stealing→ “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15, NKJV)
(b) Commands: “Follow Me.” So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.” (Luke 5:27–28, NKJV)
(c) Repentance → (Zacchaeus, a Tax Collector) → Retribution
(d) Preparations for ministry → Calling of disciples.
(e) God’s power → Transforming lives → from sinner to saints; from unbelievers to disciples.

Lk 5:29–32 [Jesus eats at Matthew’s house]
Instructions for Daily Life
God, Christ (the upward dimension) → Working for God, serving Him
God, Christ (the upward dimension) → Social interaction with sinners in ministry

Lk 5:33–39 [Jesus defends His disciples for not fasting]
Jesus Christ: Information about Him
Ministry B — Birth to Ascension → Objectives → Call sinners
Ministry B — Birth to Ascension → Opposition by → Jews, Jewish leaders

Instructions for Daily Life
God, Christ (the upward dimension) → Worship

Jesus: Teachings (by Precept or Example)
Character (the Inward dimension) → New ways of thinking, behaving, worshipping


[1] What were the fishermen doing to their nets? They were washing their nets (Lk 5:2).

[2] Whose boat did Jesus enter in order to teach the people? Simon Peter’s boat (Lk 5:3).

[3] How long had Peter fished without catching anything? All night (Lk 5:5).

[4] What shows Simon Peter’s reluctance followed by obedience? “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing” (Lk 5:4-5)

[5] From where was a man let down for Jesus to heal? From the housetop (Lk 5:19).

[6] Who made a great feast after deciding to follow Jesus? Levi/Matthew (Lk 5:27–29).

[7] Against whom did the scribes and Pharisees murmur? Against Christ’s disciples (Lk 5:30).

[8] What did Peter, Andrew, James and John leave to follow Jesus? The left their fishing career. “When they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all” (Lk 5:11)

[9] What did Jesus teach regarding the garment and the wineskins? “He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.” (Luke 5:36, ESV)


[10] Read Luke 5:14–16. Why did Jesus try to limit the publicity He was experiencing? (Discuss)

[11] During the ritual cleansing of a leper (v. 14), one bird is killed and another bird set free (Lev. 14:4–7). What is here taught concerning the atonement of Christ? (Discuss)

[12] Jesus taught sitting down (Luke 5:3). Is posture important in preaching? (Discuss)
[13] Luke 5:10. Evangelism is compared to fishing. What lessons can we draw from this metaphor? (Consider the need for patience, the use of bait, etc.) (Discuss)

[14] Peter felt his own sinfulness when confronted with the Lord’s power and kindness (v. 8). How far does Romans 2:3, 4 teach us to expect this? (Discuss)

[15] Read Luke 5:12 and suggest why it might be offensive to God to claim healing as a right. (Discuss)

[16] The fishermen were told to go back after a night of toil and to fish again. Does the Lord expect a greater output of zeal and energy in obeying him than we imagine? (Discuss)


[1] A striking Lesson Book → Peter → a night of unsuccessful fishing.

Here we have the disappointing night and the successful morning.
Compare: “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, NKJV)

The Night of Disappointment.
 This was an unlikely disappointment of skilled men (a fishermen).
 This was a disappointment in spite of devoted labor (all night).
 This disappointment was most demoralizing.

The Morning of Success.
 It was success that was not very probable. The best time for fishing had gone—(the night).
 It was success through the use of the old means.
 It was success in the old sphere.
 It was success realized by the very men who had previously failed.
 It was success consequent on the Lord’s presence
 It was success on a believing obedience to His word.
 It was success which had the most gracious results
 It was success in the joy and blessing of which others shared.

Note: Those in “the other boat” were called upon to come and help. “So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” (Luke 5:7, NKJV)

[2] Called to be fishers of Men: Jesus said to the 4 disciples, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” (Luke 5:10b, NKJV)

The man who saves souls is like a fisher upon the sea.
(a) He is a fisher is dependent and trustful.
(b) He is diligent and persevering.
(c) He is intelligent and watchful.
(d) He is laborious and self-denying.
(e) He is daring–not afraid to venture upon a dangerous sea.
(f) He is successful. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NKJV)

[3] Fishers of Men → Gospel’s ministers.

There is as much analogy as contrast between the first and second vocations of the sons of Jonas and Zebedee.
(a) Like the fisherman, the minister of the gospel must be furnished with a good net, i.e., he must be conversant with the Scriptures, and mighty in them.
(b) Like the fisherman, he must be acquainted with the sea, i.e., the world, and not fear to confront its perils in pursuance of his calling.
(c) Like the fisherman, he must now mend, now cast his nets.
(d) Like the fisherman, he must labor perseveringly, and wait patiently.
(e) Like the fisherman, he must enter into the spirit of his vocation, i.e., he must be animated with the enthusiasm of the holy ministry.
(f) Like the fisherman, he must dare to expose his life (Acts 20:24).
(g) Like the fisherman, he must draw in his net after having cast it. (C. Babut, B. D.)

Life principle # 1: To be successful, gospel ministers must deny self, and totally depend on Christ.
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24, NKJV)

[4] Leprosy: OT Instances

The first OT mention of this disease is as a sign given by God to Moses (Ex 4:6), which may be the basis of the story that Moses was expelled from Heliopolis on account of his being a leper. The second case is that of Miriam (Nu 12:10), where the disease is graphically described. In Dt 24:8 there is a reference to the oral tradition concerning the treatment of lepers, without any details, but in Lev 13, 14 (Priestly Code) the rules for the recognition of the disease, the preliminary quarantine periods and the ceremonial methods of cleansing are given at length.

The case of Naaman (2 Kings 5:1) shows that lepers were not isolated and excluded from society among the Syrians. The leprosy of Gehazi (2 Kings 5:27) is said to have been the transference of that of Naaman, but, as the incubation period is long, it must have been miraculously inflicted on him. The four lepers of Samaria of 2 Kings 7:3 had been excluded from the city and were outside the gate. The leprous stroke inflicted on Uzziah (2 Kings 15:5; 2 Chr 26:23) for his unwarrantable assumption of the priestly office began in his forehead, a form of the disease peculiarly unclean (Lev 13:43–46) and requiring the banishment and isolation of the leper. It is remarkable that there is no reference to this disease in the prophetical writings, or in the Hagiographa. (James Orr, M.A., D.D; The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia; Leprosy)

[5] Leprosy in the NT.
In the NT, cleansing of the lepers is mentioned as a specific portion of Our Lord’s work of healing, and was included in the commission given to the apostles. There are few individual cases specially described, only the ten of Lk 17:12, and the leper whom Our Lord touched (Mt 8:2; Mk 1:40; Lk 5:12), but it is probable that these are only a few out of many such incidents. Simon the leper (Mt 26:6; Mk 14:3) may have been one of those cured by the Lord. (James Orr, M.A., D.D; The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia; Leprosy)

[4] Leprosy: Character and Consequence of Sin.

Consider Leviticus 13. ““Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.” (Leviticus 13:45–46, NKJV)

Lepers were kept separate from the wider community. This was very harsh for the individual, but necessary for the protection of the community. What moral principles may be enshrined here?

Leprosy brings to mind a striking representation of the character and consequence of sin.
(a) Adam sinned (leprosy) and was expelled from God’s presence (Eden)
(b) Consequently, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23, NKJV)
(c) Sin (leprosy) has rendered all humanity unclean before a Holy God, before His Holy Law.
a. “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10–12, NKJV)
(d) No skill or power of man can cure this disease (sin).
(e) This disease, if not healed, will result in death, (eternal death)
(f) But, praise God, our situation is not altogether hopeless; there is a cure.
(g) That cure is Jesus Christ.

What must I do with this chapter? In order to answer this question, we are going to examine the following application segments, one item at a time:
(a) God’s Character
(b) Sin to avoid/ confess
(c) Attitude to cultivate
(d) Command(s) to obey
(e) Example to follow
(f) Promise to claim
(g) Devotional Nugget
(h) The Gospel’s Voice.

[1] God is Powerful: His Words are powerful.
“But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”” (Luke 5:5, NKJV)

This was Peter’s great statement of faith, and trust in Jesus’ word. God’s people throughout all ages have lived and gone forth with this confidence in the word of Jesus Christ.

Jesus words mean something, brothers and sisters!
(a) At Your word, there was light
(b) At Your word, the sun, moon, stars, and planets were created.
(c) At Your word life came to this earth.
(d) At Your word hope of eternal life was assured to this world.
(e) At Your word creation is held together and sustained
(f) At Your word empires rise and fall; kingdoms come and go.
(g) At Your word the dead in Christ shall arise.
(h) At Your word a sinner (chief of sinners, though I be) is set free.
(i) At Your word saints shall sing a hymn of victory. “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”” (Revelation 19:6–7, NKJV)

[2] God is Holy; Jesus Christ is Holy.
“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”” (Luke 5:8, NKJV)

[3] God id Merciful: He healed all who were sick → a Leper.

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:2–3, NKJV)

Notice the power of Jesus.
“Immediately a change passed over the leper. His flesh became healthy, the nerves sensitive, the muscles firm. The rough, scaly surface peculiar to leprosy disappeared, and a soft glow, like that upon the skin of a healthy child, took its place.” (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages (1898), p. 263)

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”” (Luke 5:4, NKJV)
Prescription for gaining temporal blessings from the Lord.
(a) Acknowledgment one’s unworthiness.
(b) Keeping God’s word.
(c) Labour: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work,” (Exodus 20:9, NKJV)
(d) Trust in God.

The conditions of God’s blessings
(a) Fear of the Lord, Jer 32:40; Dt 6:1-3; 10:12-20; Ecc 12:13; Isa 50:10
(b) Obedience, Dt 11:26-28; Dt 28:1-14; 30:15-20

Life principle # 2: When we obey God, we will never be disappointed.

(a) Spiritual deafness → Not hearing the word of God
(b) Sins (Specific Sins) → Not heeding God’s command.
(c) Faithlessness/ Doubting God.
(d) Disobedience to Jesus Christ.
(e) Not submitting to the Lordship of Jesus; (cf. Peter address Jesus as “Master”): “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.” (Matthew 10:24, NKJV)
(f) Avoiding social interaction with sinners in ministry.
(g) Helping →Not helping one another. Lk 4:7, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NKJV)

[1] Peter’s Obedience: “But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”” (Luke 5:5, NKJV)

Peter could have come up with any number of possible excuses.
 “All these crowds and loud teaching have scared the fish away.”
 “I know a lot more about fishing than you Jesus, a carpenter.”
 “I worked all night and I’m tired.”
 “Jesus, you may know the Bible, but I know fishing business better than You.”
 “The best fishing is at night, not in the day time.”
 “We already washed our nets, sorry!”

But we don’t hear that from Peter, No. Instead we hear these beautiful words: “At Your word I will let down the net.” I can preach on these faith-filled words, but I won’t do that here.

[2] Following the Lord: We should be willing to follow the Lord’s leading, even if it looks on the surface as if we will have a difficult, unfruitful task (NIV AC/ Luke)

[3] A lesson from Peter:
(a) We must listen attentively when the Lord speaks.
(b) We must labor when the Lord commands.
(c) We must believe what the Lord promises.
(d) We must follow where the Lord leads.

[1] ‘Let Down Your Nets:’ (Luke 5:4, NKJV)

Christ told the disciples to ‘let down your nets’.
(a) In Cana He said, fill six pots with water (John 2:7);
(b) In the Temple, He told a blind man to wash in the pool of Siloam (John 9:11).

These commands may have seemed strange or even absurd to those who first heard them. Yet in each case, they revealed the power of God the Son, and brought a huge blessing(s) on the part of the obedient recipient(s).

Are we the best judges of which commands of Christ are ‘practical’ and which are not? Do we pick and choose which command we want to obey?

(a) Sitting/ standing when teaching God’s word.
(b) Faith/ Obedience to Jesus Christ.
(c) Peter’s awareness→ Being in the presence of God.
(d) Humility→ Christ’s humility. Christ is Our Highpriest, but He’s seen here directing the leper’s attention back to the earthly priests of the day, “just as Moses commanded.”” (Luke 5:14, NKJV)

[1] Peter’s Prayer: “But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”” (Luke 5:8, ESV)

[1] The Leper’s prayer: “While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”” (Luke 5:12, ESV)

Have we learnt to delight in the will of God for our lives? Are we willing to say, as the Lord’s Prayer teaches us, ‘Thy will be done …’ (Matt. 6:10, AV)? Our Lord himself said, ‘I delight to do your will, O my God’ (Ps. 40:8).

Which areas of submission do we find easiest, and which most difficult?

[1] Christ Power: Jesus Christ has divine power to command the very fishes of the sea; to drive out incurable disease by His Word; to separate sinners from the penalty of their sins, and authority to call whom He will.

[2] God’s power → Transforming lives → from sinner to saints; from unbelievers to disciples.

Biblical Examples:
(a) The thief on the Cross
(b) From Moses (a murderer) to Moses (a man of God)
(c) From Saul (a murderer) to Saul (an Apostle)
(d) From Levi (a Tax collector) to Matthew (a disciple, Gospel’s writer)

Consider this passage:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11, NKJV)

(a) Healing
(b) Ministry
(c) Providence
(d) Forgiveness
(e) Sanctification (Transformed lives)

Being In The Presence Of God.
“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 5:8, ESV)

When we realize that we are in the presence of God, standing on holy ground, witnessing the exercise of His divine power, we cannot help, but we too, like Peter, must stricken with shame over our own sin.

When confronted with the presence of the Lord, we will see our unworthiness which deserves judgment. Allow me to share a few Biblical examples:

[1] The first giving of the Law (The People were afraid of God’s Presence)
“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”” (Exodus 20:18–19, NKJV)

[2] Manoah’s Sacrifice vs. the Angel of the LORD.
“So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it upon the rock to the LORD. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on—it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar—the Angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. When the Angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He was the Angel of the LORD. And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!”” (Judges 13:19–22, NKJV)

[3] Job
““I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”” (Job 42:5–6, NKJV)

[4] Beth Shemesh.
“And the men of Beth Shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? And to whom shall it go up from us?”” (1 Samuel 6:20, NKJV)

[5] King David vs. the ark of the LORD
“Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the LORD’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day. David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?”” (2 Samuel 6:5–9, NKJV)

[6] Elijah Revives the Widow’s Son
“Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him. So she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”” (1 Kings 17:17–18, NKJV)

[7] The Gergesenes.
“Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.” (Matthew 8:33–34, NKJV)

[9] The Transfiguration.
“While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”” (Matthew 17:5–7, NKJV)

[10] Isaiah’s vision.
“So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”” (Isaiah 6:5, NKJV) Note: If the lips are unclean, so is the heart.

[11] John the Revelator
“He [Jesus Christ] had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” (Revelation 1:16–17, NKJV)

[12] Peter’s Awareness→ Being in the presence of God.
“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”” (Luke 5:8, NKJV)

“The great fish catch made Peter acutely aware of his sinfulness. Peter’s statement did not mean he wanted Christ to leave him as the unbeliever wants nothing to do with Christ. Rather it is the exaggerated language of a humbled soul, who, though he loved Christ more than anyone else and desired His companionship greatly, sees himself wholly unworthy of fellowship with Christ. Scripture says the goodness of God is to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4). It certainly did this for Peter, but too many react to Divine blessings by celebrating in an evil way. When people get a pay raise or have some other success, they often drink and get drunk. But Peter used the blessing to see his unworthiness before God.” (John G. Butler)


Submission to God’s will characterized Jesus Christ’s prayer life, not just at the Jordan, and the wilderness of Temptation, but throughout His Life. It was a sanctified life, full of holiness, obedience and humility, and total dependence upon the Father. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s testimony, (through Hebrew’s epistle) concerning Jesus- Our Example, as we close.

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is Holy, Harmless, Undefiled, Separate from Sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;” (Hebrews 7:25–26, NKJV)

Will you obey Jesus Christ today as Peter did, even in the midst of your discouragements, hopelessness, temptations, and trials? Amen.

‎SDA Hymn # 73: Holy, Holy, Holy.
Author: Reginald Heber (1826)

Reflection: Heb 13:12; Jn 17:19; Eph 5:25-27; Heb 2:11; 10:10,14; 1 Pet 2:4-5,9-10

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! Angels adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Thousands and ten thousands worship low before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

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