Feb 122014
 

Read Mark 1:29-39

Theme: life of Jesus

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29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Thoughts to consider

I’m taking these passages a little slower (in smaller chunks) as they are worth looking at more carefully. If you’re anything like me you can skim over these familiar passages too quickly. As I was contemplating on this passage it occurred to me I make quite a few assumptions when I am reading the bible and this passage challenges one of those. I assumed the disciples were all single and just moved about with Jesus with no other cares or worries, but from this passage Simon (or Peter as he would later be called) must have had a wife (if he’s got a mother in law!) I wonder how that worked. Peter must have spent far more time with Jesus than his wife and she is never mentioned in the bible but according to tradition her name was Febronia so there you go, something to think about how that relationship worked!

Going back to our passage, the sick and demon possessed came to Jesus in the evening (after 6pm) because that is when the Sabbath ended and we know it is still the Sabbath because it says ‘immediately’ (v29) This passage highlights that not all sickness is due to demonic oppression because healing and deliverance are both mentioned. In other passages it says Jesus healed all who came to Him, but here it says ‘many’ not sure if that means that many came and they were all healed or just that many came. The fact is he healed many.

· I believe that Jesus continues His ministry today through us and so let’s ask Him that more people will be healed and delivered through us. We see a few now and again but I believe that God is challenging us to see many more.

· Don’t miss verse 35 onwards. If you want to be an effective Christian it is so important to spend regular times with God alone. This does not have to be the morning but it is such a good idea to get up early and start the day with your heavenly father. If you don’t do it already let me encourage you to start. If Jesus (as the son of God) felt He needed to do it, so should we.

Prayer

Father thank you that I have the privilege of coming to you in prayer. Help me to follow the great example that Jesus gave of starting my day with you. Thank you also that you want to see more and more people healed and set free. Help your church to see it and believe it and use me in it. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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