Other Accounts of What You Read in Luke 5
Understanding the Scriptures
|Lake of Gennesaret (v. 1)||Sea of Galilee|
|Pressed upon (v. 1)||Crowded around|
|Draught (vv. 4, 9)||Catch|
|Toiled (v. 5)||Worked|
|Taken with a palsy (v. 18)||Paralyzed, physically disabled|
|Blasphemies (v. 21)||Speaking evil of holy and sacred things|
|Levi (v. 27)||Another name for Matthew|
|Receipt of custom (v. 27)||A table where people paid taxes|
|Bridegroom (v. 34)||A man who is being married; it is also a title for Jesus Christ|
|Maketh a rent (v. 36)||Will tear|
|Straightway (v. 39)||Immediately|
Luke 5:36–39—Why Not Patch Old Clothes with New Material or Put New Wine in Old Bottles?
Washing and wearing clothes causes them to shrink. Patching old clothes with new material not yet shrunk causes the clothes to tear when the patch material shrinks.
In New Testament times wine was stored in bottles made from animal skins. Those leather bags were often called wineskins. Over time, those skins would become dry and brittle and could crack or spilt easily. New wine underwent a fermenting process, which naturally caused the liquid to expand. If new wine was put in an old bottle, the fermenting would cause the old wineskin to stretch and burst.
The following questions by Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, help explain these two parables: “What, new baptism in an old church, new revelation in a dying kingdom, new doctrine in an apostate organization! Could Jesus add Christian ordinances, with their spirit and power, to the dead formalism and ritual of the Mosaic procedures?” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:186).
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A or B) as you study Luke 5.
Give Some Advice
Imagine you were one of the people on Peter’s boat in the story in Luke 5:1–11. It is a few years later and a friend has come to you discouraged because a person he or she has been trying to help become active in the Church for almost a year has still not attended any Church meetings. Write how you might encourage your friend by retelling the story in Luke 5:1–11, explaining what you learned from it and applying it to his or her situation.
If You Were There
Imagine you witnessed the healing of the man in the story in Luke 5:18–26 and then attended the feast described in verses 27–32. Write what you would have written to a friend about those events. Include what you learned about Jesus and His ministry and how your life would be different because of your experience.