A Miraculous Catch of Fish
Luke 5:1-11 (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20)
(1) One day Jesus was standing on the northwestern shore of Lake Galilee, also called Lake Gennesaret. (The heart-shaped, freshwater Lake Galilee was around 60 miles north of Jerusalem and around 13 miles/21 km long and 7 miles/11 km wide). Many people pressed around him to listen to the word of God. (2) Jesus saw two boats at the water’s edge that had been left there by some fishermen, who were washing their nets. (3) He got into Simon Peter’s boat, and asked him to push the boat out a short way from the shore. Then he sat down in the boat and taught the people from the boat.
(4) When Jesus had finished teaching, he told Simon Peter, “Row your boat into deep water, and let down your nets for a catch of fish.” (5) Simon Peter said, “Master, we’ve fished all night and have not caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down my nets.” (6) When they did what Jesus had told them, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear. (7) So they called to their fishing partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats with so many fish that they began to sink.
(8) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ feet and declared, “Lord! Go away from me, because I am a sinful man!” (9) For Simon Peter and those with him were amazed at their catch of fish, (10) and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon Peter’s fishing partners. Then Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
(11) So when they pulled their boats up onto the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Jesus Heals a Man’s Skin Disease
Luke 5:12-16 (Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45)
(12) While Jesus was in one of the towns of Galilee, a man walked by who was covered with a severe skin disease (possibly leprosy). When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” (13) Jesus reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be healed (cleansed)!” And the man was immediately healed.
(14) Then Jesus ordered him, “Do not tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the temple priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing. This will be a witness to them.” (Leviticus 13-14 provided guidelines for the examination of skin diseases by a priest, because they were highly contagious).
(15) But the news about Jesus spread even more, so that large crowds of people came to hear him and be healed of their sicknesses. (16) So Jesus would often withdraw from the people to isolated places, so he could be alone and pray.
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Luke 5:17-26 (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12)
(17) One day Jesus was teaching (probably in Peter’s house in Capernaum), and Pharisees and teachers of the law of Moses were sitting there from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the Lord’s power was with Jesus to heal the sick.
(18) Some men carried a paralyzed man on a stretcher and tried to take him into the house and lay him before Jesus. (19) But when they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd, they went up onto the roof, made a hole, and lowered the man down on his stretcher through the tiles into the middle of the crowd—right in front of Jesus. (20) When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
(21) The Pharisees and teachers of the law of Moses began thinking to themselves, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Only God can forgive sins.” (22) Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? (23) Which is easier for me to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Get up and walk’? (24) But I want you to know that the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14) has God’s authority on earth to forgive sins.” So Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher and walk home.”
(25) Immediately the man stood up in front of them all, took his stretcher, and walked home praising God. (26) Everyone was filled with amazement and praised God. They were all filled with awe and said, “We have seen miraculous things today.”
Jesus Calls Matthew
Luke 5:27-32 (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17)
(27) After these things, Jesus left the house and was walking along the northwestern shore of Lake Galilee. Jesus saw a tax collector by the name of Levi (Matthew) sitting at his tax booth (Jewish tax collectors were hated because they were employed as representatives of the Roman governing authorities). (28) Jesus called out to him, “Follow me!” (28) Levi stood up, left everything, and followed him.
(29) Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. (30) But the Pharisees and teachers of the law of Moses complained to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (31) Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (32) I have not come into the world to call the righteous, but sinners to repent and turn to God.”
Jesus is Questioned About Fasting
Luke 5:33-35 (Matthew 9:14-15; Mark 2:18-20)
(33) The Jewish religious leaders said to Jesus, “John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples often fast and pray, but your disciples continue to eat and drink.” (34) Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the bridegroom’s friends fast while he is still with them. (35) But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; at that time my disciples will fast.”
The Parable of Old and New
Luke 5:36-39 (Matthew 9:16-17; Mark 2:18-22)
(36) Jesus told them this parable (story): “No one takes a piece of cloth from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the new patch will not match the old garment.
(37) “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will expand and burst the old wineskins, and the new wine will pour out and the wineskins will be ruined. (38) No, you must put new wine into new wineskins. (39) And no one after drinking old wine wants to drink new wine, for they say, ‘The old wine is better.’ ”