Luke 5* The miraculous draught of fishes, Peter, James, and Johncalled. (1-11) A leper cleansed. (12-16) A paralytic cured.(17-26) Levi called, Christ's answer to the Pharisees. (27-39)1-11 When Christ had done preaching, he told Peter to apply tothe business of his calling. Time spent on week days in publicexercises of religion, need be but little hinderance in time,and may be great furtherance to us in temper of mind, as to ourworldly business. With what cheerfulness may we go about theduties of our calling, when we have been with God, and thus haveour worldly employments sanctified to us by the word and prayer!Though they had taken nothing, yet Christ told them to let downtheir nets again. We must not abruptly quit our callings becausewe have not the success in them we desire. We are likely tospeed well, when we follow the guidance of Christ's word. Thedraught of fishes was by a miracle. We must all, like Peter, ownourselves to be sinful men, therefore Jesus Christ might justlydepart from us. But we must beseech him that he would notdepart; for woe unto us if the Saviour depart from sinners!Rather let us entreat him to come and dwell in our hearts byfaith, that he may transform and cleanse them. These fishermenforsook all, and followed Jesus, when their calling prospered.When riches increase, and we are tempted to set our hearts uponthem, then to quit them for Christ is thankworthy. 12-16 This man is said to be full of leprosy; he had thatdistemper in a high degree, which represents our naturalpollution by sin; we are full of that leprosy; from the crown ofthe head to the sole of the foot there is no soundness in us.Strong confidence and deep humility are united in the words ofthis leper. And if any sinner, from a deep sense of vileness,says, I know the Lord can cleanse, but will he look upon such aone as me? will he apply his own precious blood for my cleansingand healing? Yes, he will. Speak not as doubting, but as humblyreferring the matter to Christ. And being saved from the guiltand power of our sins, let us spread abroad Christ's fame, andbring others to hear him and to be healed. 17-26 How many are there in our assemblies, where the gospel ispreached, who do not sit under the word, but sit by! It is tothem as a tale that is told them, not as a message that is sentto them. Observe the duties taught and recommended to us by thehistory of the paralytic. In applying to Christ, we must be verypressing and urgent; that is an evidence of faith, and is verypleasing to Christ, and prevailing with him. Give us, Lord, thesame kind of faith with respect to thy ability and willingnessto heal our souls. Give us to desire the pardon of sin more thanany earthly blessing, or life itself. Enable us to believe thypower to forgive sins; then will our souls cheerfully arise andgo where thou pleasest. 27-39 It was a wonder of Christ's grace, that he would call apublican to be his disciple and follower. It was a wonder of hisgrace, that the call was made so effectual. It was a wonder ofhis grace, that he came to call sinners to repentance, and toassure them of pardon. It was a wonder of his grace, that he sopatiently bore the contradiction of sinners against himself andhis disciples. It was a wonder of his grace, that he fixed theservices of his disciples according to their strength andstanding. The Lord trains up his people gradually for the trialsallotted them; we should copy his example in dealing with theweak in faith, or the tempted believer.
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