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Luke Chapter Summaries


Luke 4:

Luke 4:1-13:  The temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13). Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."

Luke 4:14-21:  The people of Nazareth reject Jesus, Part 1 (see also Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6). Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor."

Luke 4:21-30:  The people of Nazareth reject Jesus, Part 2. (see also Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6). The people of Nazareth were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. They rose up, threw Jesus out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. But he, passing through the middle of them, went his way.

Luke 5:    Relates the calling of Jesus' first disciples and continues to describe Jesus' teaching and healing ministry. Early criticism from the Jewish religious authorities is encountered as the chapter progresses.

Luke 5:1-11:  Jesus calls Peter, James, and John as his first disciples (see also Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20). Jesus entered into Simon's boat, and asked Simon to put out a little from the land. Jesus sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch."

Luke 5:12-26:  Jesus heals a leper and news of His healing powers begins to spread.  Then He heals a paralytic, whom he tells "your sins are forgiven you" and Pharisees accuse Him of blasphemy. 

Luke 5:27-31:  Jesus calls Levi (Matthew) and is criticized by the Pharisees for eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners.  Jesus answers questions fasting and concludes with a parable about not patching a new garment with a piece from an old garment and expands the analogy to old and new wineskins.