Verse 11. We can naturally assume that the catch of fish was properly dealt with - thus providing for the families involved before the disciples left to go with Jesus. This was certainly a lesson to them that Jesus could provide for their needs even if they followed Him. If they trusted and obeyed Him they had nothing to fear.
It was then that Peter, Andrew, James and John chose to become full time followers of Jesus.
Verses 12-16. The Healing of a Leper. Here Jesus is again shown as the Great Physician in healing the incurable disease of leprosy.
Verse 12. It was against the law for a leper to be in a city or around healthy people. Obviously, one heard about Jesus and His healing people, and believed it enough to risk everything to get to see Jesus. When he got to Jesus, he immediately fell at His feet and asked to be healed, including the words “if thou wilt”, that he was humbly asking, not demanding.
Verse 13. Though it was against ceremonial law to touch a leper, Jesus nevertheless showed compassion by touching, and healing, him.
Verse 14. Jesus does not want the multitudes to become too demanding about miracles, which could easily lead to their wishing Him to be their earthly Messiah. He tells the man not to broadcast what happened, but to obey the Law (Leviticus 14) and show himself to a priest and make the proper offering, so he can be pronounced clean and thereby reenter society. This would be a witness to the priests that Jesus observes the ceremonial law, and that He, the Savior, can even heal leprosy.
Verse 15. The joyous man does not follow Jesus’ command, and as a result, even more numbers of people come after Him.
Verse 16. Often Luke recounts how Jesus repeatedly withdrew to find quiet, and commune with His Father in prayer.
Verses 17-26. Healing a Man with a Palsy. The focus here is that God alone has the right and authority to forgive sin - Jesus shows that God has given Him that Right and Authority.
Verse 17. Mark tells this story in Mark chapter 2, Matthew in Matthew chapter 9. As told in John chapter 5, Jesus had already had conflict with the authorities - and they were searching for something serious to accuse Him of. In Luke’s version he mentions coming to observe everything He did. Jesus proceeds to show Himself as the divine physician.
The author taught from the Gospel of Luke at Paran Baptist Church on Highway 341 / Johnsonville Hwy in Lake City, South Carolina. This commentary is based on the notes he took in preparation for the Bible study lessons. He is a retired art teacher for Florence School District 3, who now enjoys spending his time with his wife and kids, and at his downtown art studio on 118 Sauls St. , Lake City, South Carolina. The above introductory lesson was excerpted from his online Holy Bible Commentaries .