Summary: Why does God heal? Because of His mercy, covenant, Word, & in response to faith. (We’ve learned that much this far.)Sometimes He heals for less dramatic reasons (ie. Capernaum man w/ withered hand)

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A Why does God heal?

1 Because of His mercy, covenant, Word, & in response to faith. (We’ve learned that much this far.)

a Sometimes He heals for less dramatic reasons (ie. Capernaum man w/ withered hand)

b Capernaum was Simon Peter’s hometown (Seen foundation of Peter’s house)

aa Peter’s mother-in-law lived in the home with Peter & his wife.

bb While in Capernaum, Jesus & his disciples went to synagogue and cast a demon out of a man in a dramatic/amazing moment!

I Jesus healed to release service

A 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,24 saying, "What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!"25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.27 They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." Mark 1:23-27 (NASB)

1 So much for Peter being celibate, unmarried.

a Imagine a possessed man standing up in our service (screaming/disrupting), how would you respond? (Expect from deacons, pastors)

b Jesus responded with seven words spoken “with authortiy.”

aa Afterwards, Jesus went home with Peter.

bb Sabbath, meal was prepared day before. (Wrapped a certain way to keep warm/no fires started on Sabbath)

cc Everybody was expecting to eat.

3 Peter’s MIL is sick (fever) when the Lord arrives (Mark 1.30-31).

30 Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke* to Jesus about her.31 And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her, and she waited on them. Mark 1:30-31 (NASB)

a Notice the setting for the miracle was in the home: no particular setting was needed.

aa In this case, Jesus takes her by the hand & helps her sit up.

bb No word/faith is mentioned; Jesus just helps her sit up.

cc Jesus’ compassionate touch released healing & immediately the fever left her.

b She got up and went & served the meal she prepped the day before!

aa Serve (diakonos) means through the dust.

bb Move so quickly kicking up dust!

B St. Mark mentioned for all of eternity that she was healed to get back into action!

1 Her sickness kept her out of ministry, from serving, showing hospitality.

a In Jewish protocol it was a woman’s duty/purpose/calling to show hospitality.

b Her sickness prevented her from fulfilling her service she wanted to give Jesus & her healing released her to serve!

2 In our service unto the Lord (great or small) we can ask for healing in order to rise and serve our Master.

a I think there is a lesson for the church!

b Our churches have grown sick while a hungry world awaits what we have prepared that they so desperately need.

II Jesus Healed to Restore Life

A Leprosy was the cancer/AIDS of Jesus’ day. (Slow killer)

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