Many Women Minister to Jesus
1Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, 2and #Matt. 27:55; Mark 15:40, 41; Luke 23:49, 55certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, #Matt. 27:56; Mark 16:9out of whom had come seven demons, 3and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
The Parable of the Sower
4#Matt. 13:2–9; Mark 4:1–9And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, #Matt. 11:15; Mark 7:16; Luke 14:35; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
9#Matt. 13:10–23; Mark 4:10–20Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?”
10And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
#Is. 6:9; Matt. 13:14; Acts 28:26‘Seeing they may not see,
And hearing they may not understand.’
The Parable of the Sower Explained
11#Matt. 13:18; Mark 4:14; (1 Pet. 1:23)“Now the parable is this: The seed is the #Luke 5:1; 11:28word of God. 12Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, #Matt. 19:23; 1 Tim. 6:9, 10riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with #(Rom. 2:7; Heb. 10:36–39; James 5:7, 8)patience.
The Parable of the Revealed Light
16#Matt. 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 11:33“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the #Matt. 5:14light. 17#Matt. 10:26; Luke 12:2; (1 Cor. 4:5)For nothing is secret that will not be #(Eccl. 12:14; 2 Cor. 5:10)revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. 18Therefore take heed how you hear. #Matt. 25:29For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to #Matt. 13:12have will be taken from him.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Come to Him
19#Ps. 69:8; Matt. 12:46–50; Mark 3:31–35Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. 20And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”
21But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus
22#Matt. 8:23–27; Mark 4:36–41Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25But He said to them, #Luke 9:41“Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, #Luke 4:36; 5:26“Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
A Demon-Possessed Man Healed
26#Matt. 8:28–34; Mark 5:1–17Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he #Mark 1:26; 9:26cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, #Mark 1:23, 24“What have I to do with #Luke 4:41You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” 29For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
30Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out #Rom. 10:7; (Rev. 20:1, 3)into the abyss.
32Now a herd of many #Lev. 11:7; Deut. 14:8swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
34When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, #(Matt. 11:28)sitting at the #Matt. 28:9; Mark 7:25; Luke 10:39; 17:16; John 11:32feet of Jesus, clothed and in his #(2 Tim. 1:7)right mind. And they were afraid. 36They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. 37#Matt. 8:34Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes #Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34asked Him to #Job 21:14; Acts 16:39depart from them, for they were seized with great #Luke 5:26fear. And He got into the boat and returned.
38Now #Mark 5:18–20the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
40So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. 41#Matt. 9:18–26; Mark 5:22–43And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, 42for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she #Luke 7:2was dying.
But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43#Matt. 9:20Now a woman, having a #Luke 15:19–22flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44came from behind and #Mark 6:56; Luke 5:13touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
46But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived #Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19power going out from Me.” 47Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; #Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50your faith has made you well. #John 8:11Go in peace.”
49#Mark 5:35While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”
50But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; #(Mark 11:22–24)only believe, and she will be made well.” 51When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, #Luke 7:13“Do not weep; she is not dead, #(John 11:11, 13)but sleeping.” 53And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, #Luke 7:14; John 11:43arise.” 55Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56And her parents were astonished, but #Matt. 8:4; 9:30; Mark 5:43He charged them to tell no one what had happened.