(From: LUKE #15 - 8:1-25)
G. 8:1-18 KEY TO THE KINGDOM
1. 8:1-3 FOURTH TOUR OF GALILEE
Kai eGEne-to en to ka-theXES [kai] auTOS diOdeu-en kaTA POlin kai KOmen,
And it came to pass soon afterwards HE [also] went about through city and village,
keRUSson kai eu-ag-ge-liZOme-nos ten ba-siLEIan tou TheOU,
preaching and bringing the gospel of the kingdom of :God,
kai hoi DOde-ka sun auTO, kai guNAI-KES ti-nes
and with him the twelve, 2and certain women
hai Esan te-the-ra-peuMEnai aPO pneuMAton po-neRON kai as-the-neiON :
who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities:
MaRIa heka-louMEneMag-da-leNE, aph' hes daiMOni-a hepTA e-xe-leLUthei ,
Mary the onecalled Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
kai IoAna guNE ChouZA e-piTROpou HeROdou, kai SouSANna,
3and Joannawife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna,
kai HEte-rai polLAI, HAIti-nes di-eKOnoun auTOIS ek ton hu-parCHONton auTAIS.
and many others, who were ministering to them of their :substance.
2. 8:4-8 PARABLE OF THE FOUR SOILS
a. 8:4-5 THE SEED BY THE WAY SIDE
Su-niONtos  de OCHlou polLOU,
And when a great crowd came together,
kai ton kaTA POlin e-pi-po-reu-oMEnon pros auTON, EIpen diA pa-ra-boLES :
and they of every city resorted unto him, he spoke by a parable:
E-XELthen ho SPEIron tou SPEIrai ton SPOron auTOU: kai en toSPEIrein auTON,
5The sower went forth to sow his :seed: and as he :sowed,
ho men Epe-sen paRA ten hoDON, kai ka-te-paTEthe,
some fell by the way side, and was trodden under,
kai ta pe-teiNA  tou ou-raNOU kaTEpha-gen  auTO.
and the birds of the heaven devoured it.
b. 8:6 And other fell on the rock; and growing it withered away, because it :had no moisture.
kai HEte-ron kaTEpe-sen ePI ten PEtran; kai phuEN e-xeRANthe, diA to me Echein ikMAda.
c. 8:7 And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, andchoked it.
kai HEte-ron Epe-sen en MEsoton a-kanTHON; kai sun-phuEIsai hai Akan-thai, aPEPni-xan .
d. 8:8a And other fell into the good :ground, and grew, andbrought forth fruit hundredfold.
kai HEte-ron Epe-sen eis ten gen ten a-gaTHEN, kai phuEN, ePOIe-sen karPON he-ka-ton-ta-plaSIo-na.
e. 8:8b As he said these things, he cried, Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
TAUta LEgon, ePHOnei , Ho Echon Ota aKOUein, a-kouEto.
3. 8:9-15 INTERPRETATION OF THE FOUR SOILS
a. 8:9 And his :disciples asked him what this :parable might be.
E-peROton de auTON hoi ma-theTAI auTOU tis HAUteEIehepa-ra-boLE.
b. 8:10 THE PURPOSE FOR TEACHING IN PARABLES
ho de EIpen, HuMIN DEdo-tai GNOnai ta muSTEri-a 
And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries
tes ba-siLEIas tou TheOU: tois de loiPOIS en pa-ra-boLAIS;
of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables;
HIna BLEon-tes me BLEpo-sin, kai aKOUon-tes me su-niOsin.
that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
c. 8:11 Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of :God.
EStin de HAUte he pa-ra-boLE: Ho SPOros esTIN ho LOgos tou TheOU.
d. 8:12 WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WAY SIDE SEED
hoi de paRA ten hoDON eiSIN hoi aKOUsan-tes;
And those by the way side are they that have heard;
EIta ERche-tai ho diAbo-los , kai AIrei ton LOgon aPO tes karDIas auTON,
then comes the devil, and takes away the word from their :heart,
HIna me piSTEUsan-tes soTHOsin.
that they be not saved by believing.
e. 8:13 WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SEED ON THE ROCK
hoi de ePI tes PEtras hoi, HOtan aKOUso-sin, meTA chaRAS  DEchon-tai ton LOgon;
And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy;
kai HOUtoi 'RIzan ouk Echou-sin, hoi pros kaiRON  piSTEUou-sin,
and these have no root, who for a season believe,
kai en kaiRO pei-rasMOU  aPHIstan-tai .
and in the season of temptation fall away.
f. 8:14 WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SEED AMONG THORNS
to de eis tas aKANthas peSON, HOU-TOI ei-sin hoi aKOUsan-tes,
And what fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard,
kai huPO me-rimNON  kai PLOUtou kai he-doNON  tou BIou 
and while going on are choked with cares and riches
po-reuOme-nos sunPNIgon-tai , kai ou te-les-phoROUsin .
and pleasures of this :life, and bring no perfect fruit.
g. 8:15 WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SEED IN GOOD GROUND
to de en te kaLE ge, HOU-TOI ei-sin HOIti-nes en karDIa
And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest
kaLE kai a-gaTHE, aKOUsan-tes ton LOgon, kaTEchou-sin ,
and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast,
kai kar-po-phoROUsin  en hu-po-moNE .
and bring forth fruit with patience.
4. 8:16-18 INSTRUCTION ON HANDLING PARABLES
a. 8:16 SHARE THE LIGHT RECEIVED FROM PARABLES
OuDEIS de LUCHnon  HApsas , kaLUPtei auTON SKEUei ,
And no one when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel,
ehu-poKAto KLInes TIthe-sin; all' ePI luchNIas TIthe-sin,
or puts under a bed; but puts on a stand,
HIna hoi eis-po-reuOme-noi BLEpo-sin to phos.
that those entering in may see the light.
b. 8:17 ALL HIDDEN THINGS SHALL ONE DAY COME OUT
ou GAR es-tin krupTON , ho ou pha-neRON  geNEse-tai;
For nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest;
ouDE aPOkru-phon , ho ou me gnosTHE kai eis pha-enRON ELthe.
nor secret, that shall not be known and come to light.
c. 8:18 OUR GROWTH IS DEPENDENT UPON SHARING LIGHT
BLEpe-te, oun, pos aKOUe-te: hos an gar Eche, doTHEse-tai auTO; kai hos an me Eche,
Look out, therefore, how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not,
kai ho doKEI  Echein arTHEse-tai  ap' auTOU.
from him shall be taken away even what he thinks he has.
H. 8:19-21 NEW STANDARD OF RELATIONSHIP
a. 8:19 CROWDS PREVENT JESUS' RELATIVES FROM VISITING HIM
Pa-reGEnon-to de pros auTON he MEter kai hoi a-delPHOI auTOU,
And his :mother came unto him and :brethren,
kai ouk eDUnan-to sun-tuCHEIN auTO diA ton OCHlon.
and could not come at him for the crowd.
b. 8:20 And it was reported to him, Your :mother and your :brethren stand without, wishing to see you.
a-pegGEle de auTO, He MEter sou kai hoi a-delPHOI sou heSTEka-sin Exo, iDEIN THElonTES se.
c. 8:21 JESUS PUTS DISCIPLES OF WORD ABOVE FLESH AND BLOOD
ho de a-po-kriTHEIS EIpen pros auTOUS, MEter mou kai a-delPHOI mou
But he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren
HOU-TOI ei-sin hoi ton LOgon tou TheOU aKOUon-tes, kai poiOUNtes .
are these that hear the word of :God, and do it.
I. 8:22-39 JESUS: MASTER OF NATURE AND DEMONS
1. 8:22-25 JESUS THROUGH STORM - MAGNIFIED IN EYES OF DISCIPLES
a. 8:22 A TRIP ON THE LAKE
E-GEne-to de en miA ton he-meRON,
Now it came to pass on one of the days,
kai auTOS eNEbe eis PLOIon, kai hoi ma-theTAI auTOU; kai EIpen pros auTOUS,
both HE entered into a boat, and his disciples; and he said unto them,
DiELtho-men eis to PEran tes LIMnes : kai aNECHthe-san .
Let us go over to the other side of the lake: and they launched forth.
b. 8:23 THE STORM
pleONton de auTON aPHUPno-sen : kai kaTEbe LAIlaps  aNEmou eis ten LIMnen;
But as they were sailing he fell asleep: and a storm of wind came down on the lake;
kai su-ne-pleROUNto , kai e-kinDUneu-on .
and they were filling with water, and were in danger.
c. 8:24a And they came to him, andawoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish.
pro-selTHONtes de, diEgei-ran  auTON, LEgon-tes, E-piSTAta, e-piSTAta, a-polLUme-tha .
d. 8:24b JESUS RESPONDS
ho de di-e-gerTHEIS , e-peTIme-sen  to aNEmo kai to KLUdo-ni  tou HUda-tos:
And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water:
kai aPAUsan-to , kai eGEne-to gaLEne .
and they ceased, and there was a calm.
e. 8:25a And he said to them, Where is your :faith? EIpen de auTOIS, Pou he PIstis huMON?
f. 8:25b A REACTION OF FEAR AND MARVELING
pho-beTHENtes  de eTHAUma-san , LEgon-tes pros alLElous,
And being afraid they marveled, saying one to another,
Tis Ara HOU-TOS es-tin, HOti kai tois aNEmois e-piTASsei 
Who then is this, that he commands even the winds
kai to HUda-ti, kai hu-paKOUou-sin  auTO?
and the water, and they obey him?
NOTE: (2010-11-22) - 6:40 - “A disciple is not above the teacher: but every one perfected(ka-tarTIzo) shall be as his teacher.” The word underlined here appears some 17 times in the NT. For me, one of its key appearances is in Ephesians 4:11-12. Here, the 5-fold ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers - are given by Jesus to adjust the members of the body of Christ into perfect working unity. Each member learns and operates in its individual function, and all together allow Jesus as the Head of His Body, to cause us to function under His direction! The 5-fold give the body members a spiritual “chiropractic adjustment,” so that we perfectly allow the spinal cord to function through the 33 adjusted vertebrae. But here, Jesus is telling His disciples that each one of us when perfected, or adjusted, become just like Him, the Head. There is onebody, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father in all and over all. Ephesians 4:4-5. This book is regarded by many as containing a revelation of the highest insight into church truth. Many analogies to the church appear in this book.
8:4-8 - Parable of the Four Soils. This is the Key Parable that unlocks the meaning of all other parables. Understand the spiritual meaning here, and the mysteriesof the Kingdom of God then open to us. It is important to note, that salvation is but in soil 4, in which there are 3 gradients. We can settle for 30 or 60-fold, but each of us have the privilege to move in discipleship into the 100-fold! Oswald Chambers says that fewpress in to enjoy this place. In 1944 as a new believer, I sat under the ministry of Lee Ellenwood from California, both in Victoria and Port Alberni. He taught that those of us who enter the Outer Court, are 30-fold Christians, We are in soil 4; we do have salvation, and are not like soil 1, 2 and 3 - but there is muchmore. To press into the Holy Place, is to become 60-fold, and our fruit has doubled. Here we walk in the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit. Here we feed on Christ through the merits of Calvary, His Word and His Spirit. But there is more! The Holy of Holies is now open to us through the riven veil, which took place at Calvary. Here we become 100-fold - here we are in the very presence of God, before the Throne of His Glory, before the Ark of His Covenant. Paul pressed in until he walked continually in this place. So did Oswald Chambers, Rees Howells, George Muller, H.A. Baker, and countless other men and women. Yet - in the light of the whole body of Christ, there number is relatively few. Join and press with me into this place that God covets for each one of us to enter.
8:9-15. Jesus' 12 disciples had trouble understanding this parable, so He here gives the true interpretation. Notice that He says we must have an honestand goodheart, and having heard the word, hold itfast, andbring forth fruit with patience. He that endures to the endshall be saved. Don't give up the ship. Don't let difficulties deter us. We will join Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - also Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Job and countless other OT and NT saints. We willlet the cloud of witnesses of Hebrew 12 cheer us on- so that we will be able to join them in that heavenly place Jesus promises us, and where all saints who have finished the course down here, are enjoying in their spiritual bodies. But they are longing for resurrection bodies like Jesus alone enjoys at the moment. But at the last trump- the Lord will return, and then we all - those of us still living - and those already graduated, will then receive glorious bodies like our risen and glorified Lord.
8:19-21 - Jesus here shows that Mary is notqueen of heaven. He refused her request and that of his brethren to meet with Him. At that time only His disciples who heard and keptHis word were counted as true relatives. Doctrine by man does notinterpret the Bible. The Bible judges and corrects the doctrine of man!
8:16-18 - And what does Jesus expect us as disciples to do with His parables once we understand them? Pass the light along! Share the good news of the Kingdom of God. Encourage all to enter His Kingdom, and once in, then to be discipled according to Mark 8:34 and all other of His teachings. Jesus didn't send disciples out just to get men saved! No! He commissioned us to make disciples! If we enter His Kingdom and do not then move immediately into discipleship following baptism - then we are yet in no-man's land. Surely it behooves each of us to give Him our utmostin discipleship - for His Highestin the light of His Cross at Calvary! Personal, Passionate devotion to Jesus in the light of Calvary is our reasonable response.
8:22-25 - And who isthis Son of :man that commands nature: winds and waves and storms? He is the Son of God; He is onewith the Father! All thingswere created by Him in His pre-incarnate state! Read Hebrews 1-10 to get a heavenly picture of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory. See Him in Revelation 1, before whom John the beloved disciple fell at His feet as one dead! We need to all press in, until we see Jesus from the Father's perspective. Three times He shouted down from heaven during the 33 year life of His Beloved Son on earth. He exhorted us to hearHis Son, which means to obey. We need to feed on His Word, meditate upon it daily, read it through, pray it in, obey it out, and show the Father how much we appreciate the fact that He loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Sonthat believing on Him we need not perish and go to hell, but have Everlasting Life! J.A.W.