Luke 9 Outline
– Jesus sent 12 disciples (Luke 9:1-9)
– Jesus fed a crowd of about five thousand people (Luke 9:10-17)
– Peter confessed that Jesus is the savior of the world (Luke 9:18-27)
– Jesus transfigured before the people on a mountain (Luke 9:28-36)
– Jesus healed a boy with an evil spirit (Luke 9:37-45)
– The disciples quarreled among themselves who will be the greatest in heaven (Luke 9:46-50)
– The people of Samaria did not welcome Jesus (Luke 9:51-56)
– Putting Jesus first over your family (Luke 9:57-62)
Luke 9 Bible Study
In Luke 9:1-9, Jesus sent out twelve disciples to preach the good news of the kingdom of God and heal the sick people. Jesus instructed them not to take any food, money, clothes, staff or bag with them on the journey. As servants of God, God will provide all they need to them. Jesus told his disciples to stay at the house of the guest if he welcomes him. If the guest does not welcome them, they should leave and shake the dust off their feet. Jesus said seek God’s kingdom first and everything that you need will be added to you. If you want Jesus to answer your prayer, you must seek the kingdom of God first. Seeking the kingdom of God first means to put God in priority over other things. For example, you can set apart a time for devotion to God in prayer and worship. You can set a time to visit brothers and sisters that are in need and care for them. This account is retold in Matthew 10 and Mark 6:7-13.
In Luke 9:10-17, Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fishes. The twelve disciples suggested that Jesus send the crowd away so that they can go to the nearby villages to buy food and find lodging. However, Jesus asked the disciples to give them some food to eat. His disciples complained that they have only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. Jesus gave thanks for the food before distributing them to the disciples. In turn, the disciples distribute the food to the people. The crowd of about five thousand, not including women and children ate and were satisfied. There were 12 baskets of leftovers. Before you eat, you must give thanks to God for the food and ask Jesus to cleanse it with the blood of Jesus. Whatever things that we have on this earth is given to us by God so we must give thanks to him for that we have. The disciples trusted in God that the food will be enough for the people so the food did not ran out as they distribute it to them. Having faith in God is important. Without faith, God cannot do anything for you. This account as retold in Matthew 14:13-20 and John 6:1-15.
In Luke 9:18-27, Jesus asked his disciples about his identity. The disciples replied that some people say he is John, the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets that has been resurrected to life. Then, Jesus asked Peter who does he think he is. Peter replied that he is the Christ, the savior, whom God sent to rescue humanity from their transgressions. Jesus predicted about his death and resurrection on the third day. Jesus said that anyone that want to be his disciple but deny himself and carry his cross. Denying yourself means to put God first over other things. For example, on the Sabbath, you must not work and go to the church. The Sabbath day should be dedicated to God completely. On the Sabbath day, you should not sell or have someone else oversee your business or work for you. Christians must not be ashamed about the gospel before other people. Christians should preach the gospel to the non believers so that they also can receive the gift of salvation. Jesus said that he will not acknowledge anyone that deny him before others. This account was retold in Matthew 16:13-20 and Mark 8:27-30.
In Luke 9:28-36, Jesus took three of his disciples up to a mountain including Peter, John and James. While on the mountain, Jesus was transformed before them. His face shone like the sun and his clothes turn so white that no one could ever bleach. Moses and Elijah appeared to talk with Jesus. When Peter saw this, he asked if he should build three shelters, one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. Then, a cloud enveloped them and God said that Jesus is his son and they should obey what he said. After that, Moses and Elijah disappeared and Jesus was left alone. This account was retold in Matthew 17:1-13 and Mark 9:2-13.
In Luke 9:37-45, a father brought a boy possessed by an evil spirit to Jesus. The father told Jesus that his disciples could not drive it out. The evil spirit often seize the boy and throw him into convulsion and make him foam at mouth. The evil spirit always tried to kill the boy. When Jesus heard this, he rebuke the lack of faith in his disciples. Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and it came out of the boy instantly. Christians should use their authorities to cast out the evil spirit in Jesus name. In the name of Jesus, we can have victory over evil spirits, sicknesses and all kinds of weaknesses. When you rebuke the evil spirits in Jesus name, you must have faith. This account was retold in Matthew 17:14-23 and Mark 9:14-32.
In Luke 9:46-50, the disciples quarrel among themselves who will be the greatest in heaven. If you want to be the greatest in heaven, you must have a servitude attitude and serve others. You must love others as you love yourself and always help people. The disciples told Jesus that they rebuked a man who drove out demons in his name. Jesus rebuked them because the man stands on their sides. This account was retold in Matthew 18:1-9 and Mark 9:33-37.
In Luke 9:51-56, when the time comes for Jesus to be handed over to his enemies to be crucified, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem. He sent messengers to a village in Samaria to make preparation for him. The people in Samaria did not welcome Jesus. James and John asked Jesus if they should ask God to send fire from heaven to destroy them but Jesus rebuked them. Christians must love each other including their enemies and not take revenge. Christians must always live in peace with one another (2 Corinthians 13:11; Romans 12:16).
In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus is saying that if a person wants to follow him, he must put God first over his loved ones.