Chapter 58



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(Luke 8:1-4)  And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God [i.e., of the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew)]: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza [an officer of King Herod] Herod's steward, and Susanna [only biblical mention], and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance [Gk: property or possessions, that which one has]. And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable [Gk: a fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral):--comparison]:

1.       glad tidings = Gk: euaggelizo, yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo; to announce good news ("evangelize") espec. the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel) /// aggelos, ang'-el-os; (to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an "angel"; by impl. a pastor:--angel, messenger [i.e., a messenger of glad tidings sent by God].

(Luke 8:5-8)  A sower [farmer] went out to sow his seed [literally and spiritually]: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side [Gk: road side]; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture [i.e., water, symbolic of the Holy Spirit]. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

1.       (Gen 2:8)  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden [Heb: pleasure: delight] [the archetype of the Holy Bible]; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

a.       garden = Heb: a garden (as fenced) /// to hedge about, protect: defend.

2.       (Gen 2:15)  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it [Heb: to serve it; to worship] and to keep it [Heb: to guard it].

(Luke 8:9,10)  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

(Luke 8:11-15)  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they [LOST] that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they [LOST], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns [sharply pointed hurtful things] are they [LOST], which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares [Gk: distractions] and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they [SAVED], which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

1.       fall away = Gk: remove, revolt, to desist, desert: depart, withdraw self.

2.       choked = Gk: to strangle completely, i.e. (lit.) to drown, or (fig.) to crowd:--choke, throng /// DERIVED FROM denoting union; with or together (but much closer than G3326 or G3844), i.e. by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition etc.:--beside, with. In comp, it has similar applications, includ. completeness. AND DERIVED FROM to wheeze, i.e. to throttle or strangle (drown):--choke, take by the throat..

3.       patience = Gk: cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:--enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting) /// to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; fig. to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere:--abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.

(Gal 6:7-10)  Be not deceived; God is not mocked [made to appear ridiculous]: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good [i.e., sow “good”] unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith [i.e., good ground].

(James 1:22)  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.


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