Luke 9a, (first half of chapter 9)

Sending out the twelve 1
John the Baptist beheaded 7
Feeding the five thousand 10
Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ 18
Jesus predicts His death and resurrection 21
Take up the cross and follow Him 23
Jesus transfigured on the mount 28
Third Galilean tour. Luke 9:1-6; Matt. 9:36 to 11:1; Mark 6:7-13.
.1 ¶ Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
.2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
 3  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
 4  And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
 5  And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
 6  And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
   1 - Twelve disciples Jesus arranged an experience the disciples would need for spreading the gospel after His death. See on mr0313.
Imprisonment and death of John the Baptist. Luke 3:19, 20; Luke 9:7-9; Matt. 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29.
.7  Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
 8  And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
 9  And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
  Find the story in mt1401ff, mr0614ff.
  9 - Herod ... desired to see him But not enough to compromise his dignity. He did see Jesus later but turned against Him lu2308.
  9 - John beheaded mr0617ff.
Feeding the 5,000. Luke 9:10-17; Matt. 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14.
.10 ¶ And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
 11  And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
1.2  And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

  10 - Went aside privately Rest and refreshment are important but Jesus couldn't relax for long.
  10 - Bethsaida See NE corner of Galilee map.
  11 - Wear away From klino. "to bend" or "to bow" or "to incline one's self."
Illustration above is of a mill at Bethsaida, 1898.
.13  But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat [food] for all this people.
.14  For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
 15  And they did so, and made them all sit down.
 16  Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
 17  And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

  13 - Give ye them Notice the lesson. The disciples were to share with others the bread of life received from Christ. The invitation is for us, too.
  14 - About five thousand See on jn0610.
  14 - Sit by fifties See on mr0639f.
  16 - Blessed them He also thanked His Father. See on jn0611.
  16 - Gave to the disciples to set This was a lesson for them and for us. See on mr0637.
  17 - Taken up John adds, "that nothing be lost." See on jn0612.
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Retreat to Caeserea Philippi. Luke 9:18-27; Matt. 16:13-28; Mark 8:27-9:1.
.18 ¶ And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
 19  They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
 20  He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
.21  And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
.22  Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
  22 - Son of man suffer ... raised third day This time is expressed in a number of different ways. See on mt2664.
.23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
 24  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
.25  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
.26  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
.27  But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
  23 - Deny himself Most of us are too proud. Other gospel writers record this counsel but only Luke adds the important word, "daily." We need to ask God to take us each morning willing to hold nothing back even life itself re0210. Jesus explains more at mt1128ff.
Jesus glorified. Luke 8:28-36; Mark 9:2. Major comments beginning Matt. 17:1
.28 ¶ And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
 29  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
 30  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
 31  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
  29 - "As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening." (NKJV)
  31 - Decease Literally, "departure" It is from two Greek words ex and hodos meaning "out" and "away." See he1122, 2pe0115.
 32  But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
.33  And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
 34  While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
 35  And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
 36  And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
  32 - Awake Compare mt1701.
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