Daily Bible Reading
Today's reading: Luke 7-9
Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.
Healing the Centurion’s Slave
1. After Jesus had finished teaching all this to the people, he entered Capernaum.
2. A centurion there had a slave who was highly regarded, but who was sick and at the point of death.
3. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.
4. When they came to Jesus, they urged him earnestly, “He is worthy to have you do this for him,
5. because he loves our nation, and even built our synagogue.”
6. So Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.
7. That is why I did not presume to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed.
8. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!”
10. So when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.
Raising a Widow’s Son
11. Soon afterward Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.
12. As he approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother (who was a widow), and a large crowd from the town was with her.
13. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
14. Then he came up and touched the bier, and those who carried it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”
15. So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16. Fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us!” and “God has come to help his people!”
17. This report about Jesus circulated throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
Jesus and John the Baptist
18. John’s disciples informed him about all these things. So John called two of his disciples
19. and sent them to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
20. When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
21. At that very time Jesus cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and granted sight to many who were blind.
22. So he answered them, “Go tell John what you have seen and heard: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them.
23. Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
24. When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
25. What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury are in kings’ courts!
26. What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
28. I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.”
29. (Now all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice, because they had been baptized with John’s baptism.
30. However, the Pharisees and the experts in religious law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)
31. “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
32. They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’
33. For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’
34. The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
35. But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
36. Now one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table.
37. Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil.
38. As she stood behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil.
39. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”
40. So Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, “Say it, Teacher.”
41. “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty.
42. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43. Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
44. Then, turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45. You gave me no kiss of greeting, but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet.
46. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfumed oil.
47. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.”
48. Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49. But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”
50. He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Jesus’ Ministry and the Help of Women
1. Some time afterward he went on through towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him,
2. and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: Mary (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out,
3. and Joanna the wife of Cuza (Herod’s household manager), Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their own resources.
The Parable of the Sower
4. While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, he spoke to them in a parable:
5. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it.
6. Other seed fell on rock, and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture.
7. Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up with it and choked it.
8. But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As he said this, he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”
9. Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10. He said, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.
11. “Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God.
12. Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
13. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away.
14. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
15. But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.
Showing the Light
16. “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light.
17. For nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light.
18. So listen carefully, for whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”
Jesus’ True Family
19. Now Jesus’ mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not get near him because of the crowd.
20. So he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”
21. But he replied to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Stilling of a Storm
22. One day Jesus got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out,
23. and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm came down on the lake, and the boat started filling up with water, and they were in danger.
24. They came and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are about to die!” So he got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they died down, and it was calm.
25. Then he said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!”
Healing of a Demoniac
26. So they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27. As Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man from the town met him who was possessed by demons. For a long time this man had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among the tombs.
28. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I beg you, do not torment me!”
29. For Jesus had started commanding the evil spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so he would be bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard. But he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted places.)
30. Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.
31. And they began to beg him not to order them to depart into the abyss.
32. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and the demonic spirits begged Jesus to let them go into them. He gave them permission.
33. So the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned.
34. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside.
35. So the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.
36. Those who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed.
37. Then all the people of the Gerasenes and the surrounding region asked Jesus to leave them alone, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39. “Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.
Restoration and Healing
40. Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, because they were all waiting for him.
41. Then a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue, came up. Falling at Jesus’ feet, he pleaded with him to come to his house,
42. because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds pressed around him.
43. Now a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years but could not be healed by anyone.
44. She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak, and at once the bleeding stopped.
45. Then Jesus asked, “Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing against you!”
46. But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out from me.”
47. When the woman saw that she could not escape notice, she came trembling and fell down before him. In the presence of all the people, she explained why she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed.
48. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
49. While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.”
50. But when Jesus heard this, he told him, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
51. Now when he came to the house, Jesus did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother.
52. Now they were all wailing and mourning for her, but he said, “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.”
53. And they began making fun of him, because they knew that she was dead.
54. But Jesus gently took her by the hand and said, “Child, get up.”
55. Her spirit returned, and she got up immediately. Then he told them to give her something to eat.
56. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.
The Sending of the Twelve Apostles
1. After Jesus called the twelve together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,
2. and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic.
4. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave the area.
5. Wherever they do not receive you, as you leave that town, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
6. Then they departed and went throughout the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
Herod’s Confusion about Jesus
7. Now Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, because some people were saying that John had been raised from the dead,
8. while others were saying that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen.
9. Herod said, “I had John beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
10. When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida.
11. But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who needed healing.
12. Now the day began to draw to a close, so the twelve came and said to Jesus, “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and food, because we are in an isolated place.”
13. But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless we go and buy food for all these people.”
14. (Now about five thousand men were there.) Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”
15. So they did as Jesus directed, and the people all sat down.
16. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
17. They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.
18. Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
19. They answered, “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.”
20. Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
21. But he forcefully commanded them not to tell this to anyone,
22. saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
A Call to Discipleship
23. Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
25. For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself?
26. For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27. But I tell you most certainly, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God.”
28. Now about eight days after these sayings, Jesus took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray.
29. As he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white.
30. Then two men, Moses and Elijah, began talking with him.
31. They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure that he was about to carry out at Jerusalem.
32. Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, but as they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
33. Then as the men were starting to leave, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying.
34. As he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
35. Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him!”
36. After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So they kept silent and told no one at that time anything of what they had seen.
Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
37. Now on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.
38. Then a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son – he is my only child!
39. A spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing him severely.
40. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.”
41. Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you and endure you? Bring your son here.”
42. As the boy was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground and shook him with convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering
43. Then they were all astonished at the mighty power of God.But while the entire crowd was amazed at everything Jesus was doing, he said to his disciples,
44. “Take these words to heart, for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.”
45. But they did not understand this statement; its meaning had been concealed from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
Concerning the Greatest
46. Now an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest.
47. But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, he took a child, had him stand by his side,
48. and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
On the Right Side
49. John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he is not a disciple along with us.”
50. But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Rejection in Samaria
51. Now when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set out resolutely to go to Jerusalem.
52. He sent messengers on ahead of him. As they went along, they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance for him,
53. but the villagers refused to welcome him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem.
54. Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”
55. But Jesus turned and rebuked them,
56. and they went on to another village.
Challenging Professed Followers
57. As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58. Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59. Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60. But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61. Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.”
62. Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”