That Paul says he has a holy obligation to God in these verses ought to cause us to think for ourselves – am I under any such obligation to God? Yes, all believers are obligated to thank God. Why? To answer this, we must first answer why Paul feels an obligation of gratitude to God as he thinks of the Thessalonians. Why does Paul sense a duty to give thanks to God?
Since Jesus’ disciples did not fast, they stood out like a “sore thumb.” Yet as we listen to Jesus’ words about himself in these verses, the story reveals the glory of Christ in a life-changing way, and gives even greater certainty concerning the things we have been taught.
Before us is yet another example of how Jesus deals with sinners. What makes the encounter of Jesus and Levi powerful is that we see not just how Jesus deals with sinners, but the worst of sinners. Then words of our Lord in this story sheds even greater divine light on our lord and his mission to sinners.
Luke has written his gospel so that believers may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. He has carefully crafted a story about Jesus, and with great skill has shown us that Jesus of Nazareth was far from an ordinary man. In today’s brief story of the healing of the leper, Luke with a dense, rich story adds even more to our understanding of who Jesus is. In so doing, God’s Word also speaks to how men should approach Jesus.
In God’s providence, two boats rested on or near the shore of the Sea of Galilee One of them belonged to Simon Peter. In this important story of Peter’s call to discipleship, Peter’s boat becomes almost a character in itself. In each segment of this account, the boat has a role to play. the story in part is about a boat, and even more so about peter’s calling to follow Jesus and work for him. But this story is, once again, most about our Lord Jesus.