Week 29, Section 43

Summary: The week we read of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law and learn about the nature of community, compassion, and care. In this passage we Compassion of Christ, the Consolation of Jerusalem, Jesus’ care of the Peter’s mother-in-law and the people gathered.

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Matthew 8:14-17 Mark 1:29-34 Luke 4:38-41 John
14 Whena Jesus came into Peter’s houseb, he saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and served him.c 16 When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons.d He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick; 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases.”f, 29 Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 He came and took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them.c 32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick, and those who were possessed by demons.d 33 All the city was gathered together at the door. 34 He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. He didn’t allow the demons to speake, because they knew him. 38 He rose up from the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a great fever, and they begged him for her. 39 He stood over her, and rebuked the fever;c and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them. 40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41 Demons.d also came out of many, crying out, and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Rebuking them, he didn’t allow them to speake, because they knew that he was the Christ. No Record Provided

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Study Notes:

Sequence of the Harmony of the Gospels – Notice that we’ve skipped over nearly four chapters of the Gospel. according to Matthew.  Mark’s Gospel sets the sequential chronology of the Harmony of the Gospels while Matthew shares the Gospel to a Jewish audience that would appreciate the rhythm of “teach then practice”.  Use our index to see the entire chronology side by side.
The setting is in Peter’s mother in laws home, not a public place. This passage then provides some insight as to how the early church would live life together. It might also be interesting to note that we have no prior mention of Peter being married. There is no mention of the father-in-law or Peter’s wife. Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – about 100 years later) does present that Peter had children and a wife.  When Mark wrote his Gospel it was read by those who were contemporaries of Peter and the folks in Capernaum. We have the testimony of the two other Gospelers who also tell of this healing.  Note also that they waited until evening came (at the close of the Sabbath) so as not to break the conventional law.
Luke, the doctor, reports that Jesus rebuked the fever, laid his hand on her and she was healed. Jesus   Peter’s mother-in-law resumes her intention to serve immediately after begin healed. Serving with an attitude of gratitude. In a word they were healed.  In a Jewish sense the word is what brings life and Jesus is the Word. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit there are those who have been given this gift of healing and given the same authority. If we are in need today we can go to one of these folks or to Jesus himself and ask for healing and deliverance.
Word about Jesus has spread and people were moved to go see Jesus and invite others to join them. As a result of their faith and action many more were healed.  Now today we don’t hear much about healing throughout mainline churches – yet healing was not foreign or limited to Jesus time. Many had been healed before as seen in these passages: Numbers 12 a man is healed from leprosy;  1 Sam chapter 1 Hannah receives healing from barrenness; 2 Kings 13 and the bones of Elisha; 2 Kings 5 Naaman is told to wash seven times in the Jordan and be healed.
Notes /listen to last week’s broadcast to learn more about the Jesus’ ministry of deliverance.
Notes – Matthew uses the familiar passage of Isaiah 53, “the consolation of Israel” – read the entire passage to understand more of the messianic parallel to the life of Christ. In Jewish culture chapter 52 reveals that Israel is at a national low and then in chapter 54 the redemption of the nation of Israel is elaborated. So it is with us today, Those who are “laid low” will be “raised up” by grace through faith in Christ. The redemptive work is done and through our faith we experience the reality of the truth.

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Song:  The Final Word, Michael Card 

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