Luke 5 Commentary

Please choose a passage:

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus begins to recruit His disciples. As Jesus walks along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He sees two sets of brothers who are fishermen: Simon and Andrew, and James and John.

Luke 5:12-15

A leper comes to Jesus, asking to be made clean. Jesus touches and miraculously heals the leper instantly.

Luke 5:16

Luke makes the observation that it was Jesus’s practice to often slip away to the wilderness so He could spend time by Himself with God, praying.

Luke 5:17-26

Jesus publicly and dramatically heals a paralytic. Before Jesus heals this man, He tells him that his sins are forgiven, which causes some of the scribes and Pharisees in the crowd to silently accuse Jesus of blasphemy in their hearts.

Luke 5:27-32

Jesus calls Levi (Matthew), a despised tax collector, to follow Him. Levi does. Later Jesus is reclining at a table in Levi’s home with other tax collectors and sinners when the Pharisees ask Jesus’s disciples why their master associates with vile people.

Luke 5:33-35

The Pharisees confront Jesus about why His disciples do not fast and pray (like they and the disciples of John the Baptizer do).

Luke 5:36-39

Jesus shares two parables about the incompatibility between the old patterns of righteousness as taught by the Pharisees, and the new way of life that He has come to offer.