Luke 4 Outline
– Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days in the desert (Luke 4:1-13)
– The people reject Jesus at Capernaum (Luke 4:14-30)
– Jesus cast out an evil spirit (Luke 4:31-37)
– Jesus healed the mother in law of Peter and other sick people at Peter’s home (Luke 4:38-44)
Luke 4 Bible Study
In Luke 4:1-13, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan for 40 days. Jesus did not eat or drink for 40 days. At the end of the 40 days, the devil tried to deceive Jesus by telling him to turn the stones into bread. Jesus replied that men don’t live on bread alone but on the word of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). Next, the devil took him to a high place and showed him the kingdoms of the world. The devil promised to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if he bow down to worship him. Jesus refused and he replied worship the Lord, your God only (Deuteronomy 6:13). Finally, the devil took Jesus to the highest point of the temple and asked him to throw himself down for angel will carry his foot so that they won’t touch the ground (Deuteronomy 6:16). Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus defended himself by using the word of God. It is very important to read the Bible so that you can use the word of God to defend yourself when you are under attack by the devil.
In Luke 4:14-30, Jesus read from a scroll which was handed to him by an attendant at the synagogue. The scroll states that the Spirit of God is on Jesus and he is sent to proclaim teh good news of the kingdom of God and heal the sick, which has been fulfilled. Jesus was not respected by the people of his hometown, Capernaum, because they knew him as the son of Joseph the carpenter. Jesus used the example of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath and the healing of leprosy of Naaman the Syrian to point out that only by having faith, you can get what you want from God. Elijah told the widow of Zarephath that her jar of oil and flour will not become finished and it was as he said (1 Kings 17:7-24). Naaman, the Syrian was healed of his leprosy after he followed the instruction of Elisha to dip in the Jordan river 7 times (2 Kings 5:1-14)
In Luke 4:31-37, a demon possessed man shout out aloud when he saw Jesus. Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and it came out of the man. Christians should use their authorities to rebuke the evil spirit in the name of Jesus when they are attacked. You must not ignore the evil spirit because this means you give permission to him to attack you.
In Luke 4:38-44, Jesus healed the mother in law of Peter, who was suffering from a high fever. She immediately got up to serve Jesus after she became well. Jesus also healed many other sick people who was brought to him at the home of Peter. Large crowd followed Jesus but Jesus tried to be alone at a solitary place. Jesus was sent to preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the Jews first. When the Jews rejected the gospel, the gift of eternal life was open to other people around the world.