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LUKE Chapters 7 AND 8

Have you ever been inconvenienced by an interruption? You will be busy concentrating on a project and can’t be interrupted. Then it happens almost at the most critical moment of completion. The doorbell or telephone rings, someone taps you on the shoulder and you lose your concentration. You feel your blood pressure rising as you give your interrupter your best, “This better be good,” look. Not always, but occasionally that interruption is a Divine Appointment in disguise.

My most memorable divine interruption happened in the late 60’s at our local Baptist Church. I grew to dislike Sunday evening church services, because the preacher measured his ego on the strength of the attendance of the faithful. He was a choleric evangelist attempting to do a pastor’s job. He was shame-based and blamed his faithful stranglers for not bringing in all their friends and neighbors to hear him present the Gospel. Didn’t we love them? Did we enjoy the prospects of seeing them burn in hell? This was the way he continually harangued us on Sunday evenings until he would be emotionally exhausted and give the altar call and closing prayer.

The particular night in question was no particularly different from any other Sunday night, except that the front doors of the church were open and in stumbled a severely inebriated man. Now, there is no one as religious as a drunk. This man was no exception. He sat on the back pew of the church and bowed his head and attempted to pray.

I was on the podium with the preacher and I had a clear view of what was happening. The drunk looked up at the pulpit and squinted his eyes. He listened for a few minutes. His eyes widened as his nostrils flared. He stood up and moved to the center aisle of the church, walked a few steps, pointed at the preacher and interrupted loudly, “Sir, you do these people no service! Don’t you know who you are talking to? These are the faithful people of God. God loves them! How can you talk to them this way? You do them no service!”

The preacher gestured to two deacons. They pulled the drunk out of the service with his heels making two furrows in the carpet as they pulled him out and closed the door behind them. That night we experienced a Divine Interruption, and heard a true word from God. As an addendum to that situation, if God can speak through Balaam’s donkey, he can speak through a drunk if no one else is available to speak for Him.


Pastor Phil  <><<



Paul Tripp puts it like this:

You and I don’t live in a series of big, dramatic moments. We don’t careen from big decision to big decision. We all live in an endless series of little moments. The character of a life isn’t set in ten big moments. The character of a life is set in ten thousand little moments of everyday life. It’s the themes of struggles that emerge from those little moments that reveal what’s really

going on in our hearts. (Whiter Than Snow, 21)


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October 2, 2016 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland




Luke 7 - 8
“Our busy, planned, ordered lives leave no room for interruptions. Often God puts us out-of-control so He can be in control. His way is through Divine Interruptions. I call them Moments of Grace."            Pastor Phil  <><<



1. Luke 7:2-1-10 – Healing of the Centurion’s Servant

2. Luke 7:11-16 - Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain

3. Luke 7:18-35 – Messages from/to/about John the Baptist

4. Luke 7:36-50 – Jesus’ Anointing by Woman with Alabaster Box

5. Luke 8:24 – Jesus Speaks to the Storm and it is Still

6. Luke 8:27 – Jesus Casts A Legion of Demons from Gadarene

7. Luke 8:41 – Jarius’ Daughter is Raised from Death

8. Luke 8:41-43 – Jesus Heals Woman with the Issue of Blood



          A. Jesus Enters Capernaum and is Interrupted – vs. 1-2

            1 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He

              entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to

              him, was sick and ready to die.

                    1. Roman Centurion is a hated occupation force officer

                    2. Gentile, Goyan, non-Jew

                    3. Jesus has other things to do

          B. Jesus Enters City of Nain and is Interrupted – vs. 11-12

                    11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and

              many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd.

              12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was

              being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a

              large crowd from the city was with her.

                    1. The corpse meant defilement, Orthodox Jews avoided death

                    2. Touching the Coffin means more defilement

                    3. The deceased was the widow's Social Security - Destitute

                    4. Jesus interrupted their funeral rituals with Resurrection Life

          C. Jesus is Interrupted by John the Baptist’s Disciples – vs. 18-19

                    18 Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things.

              19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus,

              saying, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"

                    1. John already knows He's the Lamb of God

                    2. Meaningless Interruption, already confirmed by John

                    3. John has a momentary lapse of Faith. . .Who Knows?

                    4. Jesus uses the interruption as a teaching moment



          D. Jesus Interrupted by the Woman w/ the Alabaster Box – vs. 36-37

                    36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the

              Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city

              who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the

              Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,

                        1. Being touched by the sinful lady meant defilement

                    2. Alabaster Box of fragrant oil used by funeral anointing

                    3. In a sense she was already dead in her sins

                    4. She was condemned by the religionists of her culture

                    5. She interrupted Jesus and was Forgiven, set free



1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,

A. Jesus is interrupted by His Mother and Brothers - v. 20

                    20 And it was told Him by some, who said, "Your mother and Your brothers

              are standing outside, desiring to see You."

          1. Jesus makes no distinction between His Family and His                             Followers

          2. Uses the interruption for another teaching moment

B. Jesus’ Sleep is Interrupted by Storm – vs. 24

                    24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are

              perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the

              water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.

          1. Both the Storm and His Disciples Interrupted him

          2. He speaks to wind and wave and they calm

C. Jesus Steps Ashore in Gadarea and is Interrupted – vs. 26-27

                    26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite                             Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain                     man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no                 clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

          1. Demon possessed man interrupts Him

          2. He delivers the man from demonic possession, frees him

D. Jarius’ Daughter is raised from Death – vs. 40-41

                    40 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for                         they were all waiting for Him. 41 And behold, there came a man named

              Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus'

              feet and begged Him to come to his house,

          1. No time for greetings, fellowship. . .

          2. Interrupted by Ruler of the Synagogue - Daughter sick

E. Jesus is Interrupted by the Woman w/ Issue of Blood – vs. 43-44

                    43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all

              her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,

              44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And

              immediately her flow of blood stopped.




          1. Jesus is interrupted by another interruption

          2.  The woman is healed

          3. Jarius' daughter is healed / Resurrected



A. His Control Happens through Our Relinquishment - Matt. 18:18

                    18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in                           heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

          1. What do you love on this earth more than God himself?

          2. That is your god - He keeps you w/the illusion of control

B. Our Helplessness Brings His Immediate Response



          A. Our Pride Short Circuits God’s Healing Power - Prov. 16:18

“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

                    1. Spirit of Independence doesn't work in God's Kingdom

                    2. We take pride in our ability to control our lives

          B. Our Irritability Stops God’s Opportunities



          A. We also desire the Last Word in the Lives of Others

          B. Only God has the Final Word – Isaiah 45:6

“That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting

That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;”




A. In Jesus’ Life all events were Interruptions

B. His Mission in the Incarnation was To Die for Your Sins

          1. Have you ever considered your interruptions. . .Aren't?

          2. God could be speaking to you thru your interruptions


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Luke 7:1-10
1 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die.
3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving,
5 "for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue."
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, "Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof.
7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, "I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"
10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.