(From: LUKE #10 - 5:17-39)
C. 5:17-26 RESULT OF SIGN-GIFT MINISTRY: AMAZEMENT AND FEAR
a. 5:17 PRESENT HEALING POWER: A SIGNIFICANT PHRASE
Kai eGEne-to en miA ten he-meRON, [kai] auTOS hen diDAskon;
And it came to pass on one of the days, he himself was [also] teaching;
kai Esan kaTHEme-noi Pha-riSAIoi kai no-mo-diDAska-loi, hoi Esan e-le-luTHOtes
and Pharisees and doctors of the law were sitting by, who were come
ek PAses KOmes tes Ga-liLAIas kai IouDAIas kai Ie-rou-saLEM:
out of every village :of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem:
kai DUna-mis  KuRIou en eis to iASthai  auTON.
and theLord's power was with him to heal.
b. 5:18 TEMPORARY FAILURE TO HELP A PARALYTIC
kai iDOU, ANdres PHEron-tes ePI KLInes  ANthro-pon hos en pa-ra-le-luMEnos :
And lo, men bring on a bed a man that was paralyzed:
kai eZEtoun auTON ei-se-negKEIN, kai THEInai auTON eNOpi-on auTOU.
and they sought to bring him in, and lay him before him.
c. 5:19 THE CREATIVE HELP OF FRIENDS
kai me heuRONtes POIas ei-seNEGko-sin auTON diA ton OCHlon,
And not finding by what waythey might bring him in because of the crowd,
a-naBANtes ePI to DOma , diA ton keRAmon  kaTHEkan
they went up to the housetop, andlet him down
auTON sun to kli-niDIo  eis to MEson EMpros-then tou IeSOU.
through the tiles with the couch into the midst before :Jesus.
d. 5:20 And seeing their :faith, he said, Man, your :sins are forgiven you.
kai iDON ten PIstin auTON, EIpen, ANthro-pe, aPHEonTAI soi hai ha-marTIas sou.
e. 5:21a THE JUDGMENTALISM OF SCRIBES AND PHARISEES
kai ERxan-to di-a-loGIzes-thai  hoi gram-maTEIS kai Pha-riSAIoi, LEgon-tes,
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying,
TIS es-tin HOUtos hos laLEI blas-pheMIas ?
Who is this that speaks blasphemies?
f. 5:21b Who can forgive sins, but :God alone?
tis DUna-tai ha-marTIas aPHEInai, ei meMOnos ho TheOS?
g. 5:22 JESUS CHALLENGES THEM
e-pigNOUS de ho IeSOUS tous di-a-lo-gisMOUS auTON, a-po-kriTHEIS
But :Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered
EIpen pros auTOUS, Ti di-a-loGIzes-the en tais karDIais huMON?
andsaid unto them, What do you reason in your :hearts?
h. 5:23 What is easier, to say, Your :sins are forgiven you; or to say, Arise and walk?
TI es-tin eu-koPOte-ron , eiPEIN, A-PHEonTAI soi hai ha-marTIai sou; e eiPEIN, Egei-re kai pe-riPAtei?
i. 5:24 JESUS OPENLY ILLUSTRATES THIS PRINCIPLE
HIna de eiDEte HOti ho huiOS tou anTHROpou
But that you may know that the Son of :man
e-xouSIan  Echei ePI tes ges a-phiEnai ha-marTIas (EIpen to pa-ra-le-luMEno), Soi LEgo,
has authority on :earth to forgive sins (he said to the paralyzed one), I say unto you,
Egei-re, kai Aras to kliNIdiON sou, poREUou eis ton OI-KON sou.
Arise, and take up your couch, andgo unto your :house.
j. 5:25 THE PARALYTIC OBEYS
kai pa-raCHREma a-naSTAS eNOpi-on auTON, Aras eph' ho kaTEkei-to ,
And immediately he rose before them, and took up what he lay on,
aPELthen eis ton OIkon auTOU, doXAzon ton TheON.
anddeparted to his :house, glorifying :God.
k. 5:26 AMAZEMENT: EFFECT ON THOSE PRESENT
kai EKsta-sis  Ela-ben HApan-tas, kai eDOxa-zon ton TheON;
And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified :God;
kai ePLESthe-san PHObou, LEgon-tes [HOti], EIda-men paRAdo-xa  SEme-ron.
and they were filled with fear, saying [that], We have seen strange thingstoday.
D. 5:27-39 LESSONS ARISING FROM LEVI'S CALL: FASTING PRINCIPLE
a. 5:27 THE CALL OF MATTHEW
Kai meTA TAUta eXELthen, kai e-theAsa-to teLOnen , oNOma-ti LeuEIN,
And after these thingshe went forth, and beheld a publican, Levi by name,
kaTHEme-non ePI to teLOni-on , kai EIpen auTO, AkoLOUthei moi.
sitting at the place oftoll, and said to him, Follow me.
b. 5:28 And he forsook all, androse up andfollowed him.
kai ka-ta-liPONPANta, a-naSTAS e-koLOUthei auTO.
c. 5:29 THE FEAST OF LEVI
kai ePOIe-sen doCHEN  meGAlen LeuEIS auTO en te oiKIa auTOU:
And Levi made him a great feast in his :house:
kai en OCHlos poLUS te-loNON  kai ALlon hoi Esan met' auTON ka-taKEIme-noi.
and therewas a great crowd of publicans and of others that were sitting at meat with them.
d. 5:30 PHARISAIC CARPING CRITICISM
kai eGOGgu-zon  hoi Pha-riSAIoi kai hoi gram-maTEIS auTON pros tous ma-theTAS auTOU LEgon-tes,
And the Pharisees and their :Scribes murmured saying unto the disciples,
DiA ti meTA ton te-loNON kai ha-mar-toLON esTHIe-te kai PIne-te?
Why do you eat and drink with the publicans and sinners?
e. 5:31 THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS
kai a-po-kriTHEIS ho IeSOUS EIpen pros auTOUS,
And :Jesus answering said unto them,
Ou CHREIan Echou-sin hoi hu-giAInon-tes  i-aTROU ; alLA hoi kaKOS Echon-tes.
The healthy have no need of a physician; but the ailing.
f. 5:32 I am not come to call therighteous but sinners to repentance.
ouk eLElu-tha kaLEsai diKAIous alLA ha-mar-toLOUS eis meTAnoi-an.
g. 5:33 PHARISEES RAISE CHALLENGE OF FASTING
hoi de EIpan pros auTON, Hoi ma-theTAI IoAnou neSTEUou-sin  pukNA,
And they said unto him, The disciples of John fast often,
kai deEseis  poiOUNtai; hoMOIos kai hoi ton Pha-riSAIon; ho de soi esTHIou-sin kai PInou-sin.
and make supplications; likewise also thoseof the Pharisees; but :yours eat and drink.
h. 5:34 A CHALLENGING QUESTION
ho de IeSOUS EIpen pros auTOUS, Me DUnas-the tous huiOUS numPHOnos ,
And :Jesus said unto them, Can you make the sons of the bridechamber fast,
en ho ho numPHIos  met' auTON es-tin poiEsai neSTEUsai?
while the bridegroom is with them?
i. 5:35 THE CHALLENGE RESOLVED
eLEUson-tai de heMErai, [kai] HOtan a-parTHE  ap' auTON
But thedays will come, [and] when the bridegroom shall be taken
ho numPHIos, TOte neSTEUsou-sin en eKEInais tais heMErais.
away from them, then will they fast in those :days.
j. 5:36 ILLUSTRATION OF A WRONG PATCH
Ele-gen de kai pa-ra-boLEN  pros auTOUS [HOti], OuDEIS ePIble-ma 
And he spoke also a parable unto them [that], No one rends for
aPO hi-maTIou  kaiNOU SCHIsas  e-piBALlei  ePI hiMAti-on pa-laiON;
a patch from a new garment and patches itupon an old garment;
ei de MEge kai to kaiNON SCHIsei, kai to pa-laiO 
else he will also rend the new, and the patch :from the new
ou sum-phoNEsei  to ePIble-ma to aPO tou kaiNOU.
will not agree with the old.
k. 5:37 THE NEW WINE AND OLD WINE-SKINS
kai ouDEIS BALlei OInon  NEon eis aSKOUS  pa-laiOUS;
And no one pours new wine into old wine-skins;
ei de MEge 'RExei  ho OInos ho NEos tous aSKOUS,
else the new :wine will burst the skins,
kai auTOS ek-chuTHEse-tai , kai hoi aSKOI a-poLOUNtai .
and itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish.
l. 5:38 But new wine must be poured into fresh wine-skins.
alLA OInon NEon eis aSKOUS kaiNOUS bleTEon.
m. 5:39 No one drinking old winedesires new; for he says, The old is good.
ouDEIS piON pa-laiON THElei NEon; LEgei gar, Ho pa-laiOS chreSTOSes-tin.
NOTE: 5:17-26 - It was the faith of the 4 friends that brought healing to the paralytic. This should not strike us as strange. God can drop the gift of faith into any person - not necessarily the needy one. Parents for children can operate in this manner. George Muller in his biography by Dr. A.T. Pierson has a very illuminating word contrasting the “gift” of healing versus the “grace” of healing.
The Greek word “SOzo” - to save - is equally used - to heal. It is the sameword in each divergent case. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved- this includes healing. By His “stripes” we werehealed. It is the finished work” on Calvary for our soul healing - and for our body healing also. The Pharisees had trouble following Jesus' reasoning on this point. Because He could heal the paralytic physically, Jesus tried to show the Pharisees that this proved His authority to forgive sins also - as the Son of :man. Because the crowds could receive this - it put the Pharisees in a difficult position - for it would notdo for them to go against the people, even if they did look down upon them. They were falseshepherds.
5:27-39 - Here we find more nit-picking examples provided by the Pharisees. Jesus' disciples eating with publicans and sinners bothered the Pharisees - and - they couldn't receive the valid explanation of Jesus. Then the fact His disciples didn't fast and pray in the same manner as the Pharisees and John's disciples did - bothered them. And the wise and correct explanations of Jesus - they could not receive.
Jesus ended up here with two parables to bring more light on his above explanations. Any seamstress would understand the first, or mother patching her kid's pants. The second depends on an understanding between the two words “NEos” - new - and “kaiNOS” - fresh or renewed.
In the Middle East, when sheep or goat wineskins are used for this purpose - they do notdispose of each skin after its first use. Instead, they “renew”, or “freshen” it. Allbacteria from the last batch of wine mustbe removed. So they turn the used skin inside out, and apply a lye solution to it. This destroys all bacteria from the preceding wine, the old. Then before it starts destroying the skin also, they wash it off with warm soapy water. Next they knead it gently with oil, until it becomes soft and supple once again. Lastly they again reverse it, sew it up - and it is ready for fresh wine. Because no bacteria from the old batch remains, there is no danger of rapid fermentation destroying both new wine and old wineskin.
There is an analogy here as it relates to revivals, that some miss. They say - “Oh - if only we had it like in the olden days!” “No!” That's an oldwineskin. If we put a new revival in it, the spiritual fermentation will cause serious problems. Get rid of allbacteria from the last revival. Have a renewed or refreshened wineskin. Then - the next move of God can safely be received. J.A.W.