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Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark verses 29 through 31

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Mark 1: 29 – 31

The Doctor Is In

29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. 31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.

There was another Gospel written before Mark wrote down this event. The Apostle Matthew recorded this same situation. Later the disciple Luke also penned this unique miracle of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, let’s see what they say and then compare all three to gather more information.

Matthew 8: 14 – 15, “14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. 15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.’

Luke 4: 38 – 39, “. 38 Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. 39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.

Okay now, as we put the three accounts of the Lord healing Peter’s mother in law, we have some potential confusion.

According to Mark we find that our Lord Jesus took Peter’s mother in law by the hand and lifted her up and immediately the fever left her. Please note who came into the house with our Master. Andrew was Peter’s brother and James and John were Peter’s cousin so they were all family.

In Matthew’s version our Lord touched the woman’s hand and the fever left her.

In Luke’s version our Lord stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her.

I will tell you that they are all correct in their interpretation.

Have you ever been a witness to a crime or an accident? If you have personally took part in the after effects then you will understand fully what I am about to say. Let’s say that there were four bystanders to an accident. After the police arrived the officer is going to interview all four of you witnesses. Do you think that he will get the same story from every person. Since I help out in the Philadelphia Police Department, I can assure you that you will most likely get 4 different versions of the accident. ‘Why’?, you may ask. The reason is because all 4 will for one reason or the other focus on the accident differently. This is why all witnesses are interviewed. Then you can put every finding together and have a clearer picture of what actually took place. One person may be focused on the damage of the vehicles. Another will be inclined to center in on the people involved in the accident and to the extent of their injuries or emotional states. Another person may be focused on the traffic and the amount of people who are gawkers. Another may focus on the police and ambulances. Do you see my point. Now let us look at the healing of Peter’s mother in law again.


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