Monday, March 29, 2010

New Testament in a Year - March 30

Luke 4:16-44- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

March 30

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16Jesus traveled to Nazareth, the town where he grew up. On the Sabbath day* he
went to the synagogue* like he always did. Jesus stood up to read. 17The book of
Isaiah the prophet* was given to him. Jesus opened the book and found the place
where this is written: 18"The Spirit of the Lord (God) has come to me. God chose
me to tell good news to people that have nothing. God sent me to tell people who
are prisoners that they are free, and to tell the blind people that they can see
again. God sent me to free the weak people from their suffering 19and to announce
that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness."

(Isaiah 61:1-2)

20Jesus closed the book. He gave the book back to the helper and sat down. Every
person in the synagogue* watched Jesus closely. 21Jesus began to speak to them.
He said, "While you heard me reading these words just now, the words were coming
true!" 22All the people said good things about Jesus. They were amazed at the beautiful
words Jesus spoke. The people said, "[How can he speak like this?] He is only Joseph's
son, isn't he?" 23Jesus said to them, "I know that you will tell me the old saying:
'Doctor, heal yourself.' You want to say, 'We heard about some things that you did
in Capernaum. Do those same things here in your own home town!'" 24Then Jesus said,
"I tell you the truth. A prophet* is not accepted in his own home town. 25What I
say is true. During the time of Elijah* it did not rain in Israel for three and
a half years. There was no food anywhere in the whole country. There were many
widows* in Israel during that time. 26But Elijah was sent to none of those widows
[in Israel]. Elijah was sent only to a widow in Zarephath, a town in Sidon. 27And
there were many people with leprosy* living in Israel during the time of the prophet
Elisha.* But none of those people were healed; the only one was Naaman. And Naaman
was from the country of Syria, [not from Israel]." 28All the people in the synagogue*
heard these things. They became very, very angry. 29The people got up and forced
Jesus to go out of town. Their town was built on a hill. They brought Jesus to
the edge of the hill. The people wanted to throw him off. 30But Jesus walked through
the middle of them and went away.

Jesus Heals a Man That Has an Evil Spirit

31Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee. On the Sabbath day* Jesus taught the
people. 32They were amazed at Jesus' teaching, because he spoke with authority (power).
33In the synagogue* there was a man that had an evil spirit from the devil inside
him. The man shouted with a loud voice, 34"Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with
us? Did you come here to destroy us? I know who you are--God's Holy One!" 35But
Jesus warned the evil spirit to stop. Jesus said, "Be quiet! Come out of the man!"
The evil spirit threw the man down on the ground before all the people. Then the
evil spirit left the man and did not hurt him. 36The people were amazed. They said
to each other, "What does this mean? With authority and power he (Jesus) commands
evil spirits and they come out." 37And so the news about Jesus spread to every place
in the whole area.

Jesus Heals the Mother of Peter's Wife

38Jesus left the synagogue.* He went to Simon's* house. Simon's mother-in-law was
very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. 39Jesus
stood very close to her and commanded the sickness to leave her. The sickness left
her. Then she got up and began serving them.

Jesus Heals Many Other People

40When the sun went down, the people brought their sick friends to Jesus. They had
many different kinds of sickness. Jesus put his hands on each sick person and healed
them. 41Demons* came out of many people. The demons shouted, "You are the Son of
God." But Jesus gave a strong command for the demons not to speak. The demons knew
Jesus was the Christ.*

Jesus Goes to Other Towns

42The next day Jesus went to a place to be alone. The people looked for Jesus. When
the people found Jesus, they tried to stop him from leaving. 43But Jesus said to
them, "I must tell the Good News about God's kingdom to other towns, too. This
is why I was sent." 44Then Jesus told [the Good News] in the synagogues* in Judea.

Footnotes: Sabbath day The seventh day of the Jewish week. It was a special religious
day for the Jews. synagogue(s) Synagogues were places where Jews gathered for prayer,
study of the Scriptures, and other public meetings. prophet A person that spoke
for God. Sometimes a prophet told things that would happen in the future. Elijah
A prophet that lived about 850 B.C. widows Women whose husbands have died. leprosy
A very bad skin disease. Elisha A prophet that lived after Elijah's time. Simon
Simon's other name was Peter. Demon(s) Demons are evil spirits from the devil. Christ
The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God.

"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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