Summary: The Absolute Divine Authority of God is seen in the Miracles of Jesus: Everything Jesus did in His earthly ministry pointed to the Cross and His payment for SIN.
“A Touch and a Word of Healing”
Today we continue in the series of miracles by Jesus which are recorded in Matthew 8-10, in which Jesus demonstrates that His Authority could only come from God. We look first at the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law. This miracle happened after Jesus and His disciples left the synagogue and went to Simon Peter’s house for dinner; but on the way, Jesus found out that the mother-in-law wouldn’t be doing the cooking that day. (We are going to read this account in the three gospels that record it.)
Matthew 8: 14 When Jesus came into Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. (the root word means “fire”, “a pile of burning fuel”) 15 He touched her hand, (remember this word, “touched”? It means to “fasten or adhere to” or also to “Kindle a fire”) and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.”
Mark 1:29 “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 told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand (“to have power, be powerful: a) to be chief, be master of, to rule. 2) to get possession of. a) to become master of, to obtain. b) to take hold of) and helped her up. (to arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life.) The fever left her and she began to wait on them.”
Luke 4: 38 “Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering (to be pressed on every side) from a high fever, and they asked (begged) Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked (admonished) the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.”
This miracle of healing Peter’s mother-in-law is provocative in more ways than you realize; for one, Jesus performed it on the Sabbath AND He healed a woman. The Jewish prayer book (siddur) is thick with prayers and blessings: One of the morning prayers used goes like this: "Blessed are you O God, King of the Universe, who has not made me a goy [Gentile], a slave, or a woman.” Jesus ministered to all three of these categories of people.
Jesus demonstrates Godly Power to Heal
Again we see that Jesus demonstrates Godly Power. We see Him only “touch” the woman in two of these accounts, and in Luke, He no doubt touched her as well as rebuking the fever to leave. Jesus has the healing touch to demonstrate His unusual unearthly power. In Matthew, the word for “fever” and the word for “touched” both have the word “fire” in their root meaning. We have a saying which goes: “Fight fire with fire”, but there was no remedy for this high fever. This fever could only mean death, and Jesus fights the fire of fever with the power of a divine touch. In Mark when Jesus took her hand, it was to be her master, his touch was powerful, authoritative.