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Healed for a purpose

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Last week we covered Jesus in the synagogue teaching and then commanding an impure spirit to leave a man. News spread quickly when a new teaching was heard and seen. Today is a continuation of the same day. Scripture picks up right after they left synagogue…in fact, next week’s passage finishes a full 24 hour period that started with a trip to synagogue and ends 24 hours later with Jesus suggesting they leave the next morning.
This passage is in both and .
Mark 1:29–34 NIV
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. 32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
29-31 Healing and service of Simon’s mother-in-law
Contrary to the “healers” of Jesus day, Jesus did not seem to mutter a word according to the account in Mark and Matthew. In Luke, scripture says that Jesus rebuked the fever, but we do not know exactly what Jesus said.
Also unlike healers (or scammers) of the day who claimed that the healing would take place over days, she was healed immediately.
Notice there is no reaction from her, except to serve. There is no fanfare at this time of healing - she just began to wait on them
“She began to wait on them”
Greek work diakoneo
Same word we get deacon from
Means to serve or attend to.
Used in and
Mark 1:13 NIV
13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Mark 10:45 NIV
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
32-34 People came for healing and demon eviction.
The Jews do not do ANY work on the Sabbath. This includes lifting your sick loved one and bringing them to someone who could heal them. So they had to wait until sunset. Jesus would later challenge this strict following of the law in favor of having compassion first and foremost.
When I read this, I wonder how these people knew to bring their sick…they demon possessed sure, but the sick? How did they know? Did Jesus already have a reputation? These are some of the questions I think about when I read.
Through some research, I found out that Simon and Andrew’s house was just a couple hundred feet from the synagogue.
Also, the way houses were constructed for the average person, there was an inner courtyard that was surrounded by several dwellings and they would share a stove and other tools. They would also often eat together with other members of the compound.
The compound would only have a few openings to the outside with the inside structures being open to one another.
I am imagining that it didn’t take long for word to spread about what Jesus had done with Peter’s mother-in-law. What else would they do but talk on a day where they couldn’t do any work?
This has been quite the day for Jesus. First he starts with teach that quickly escalates into demon eviction. Then he heals his mother-in-law before they have their afternoon post-church nap. And then it gets really interesting after dark when Jesus is overwhelmed with the whole town knocking on his door.
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