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Guess Who's coming to dinner. (again)

Jesus just made His stunning announcement in the synagogue that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy, He was the Messiah and He was here to:

...PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN,  TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD. ~ Luke 4:18-19

And believe me the place was astir. Here are the three accounts of what happened next from Matthew, Mark and Luke.

And immediately after they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick in bed with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Him about her, they made request of Him on her behalf. And He came to her and He touched her hand and raised her up, taking her by the hand, He rebuked the fever and the fever left her, and she immediately arose, and she waited on them. ~ Mash up of Matthew, Mark and Luke's telling of this event - for original NASB text see below.

I love how Jesus deals with both Peter's mother-in-law and the fever. You will notice he treats both the person and the sickness. Matthew and Mark speak of His touch, which, I am convinced, is the touch of compassion for Mom. Then Luke tells us, He rebukes the fever.

I have seen people attack sickness with such anger and aggression that the person inside feels abused. This can happen when we offer to pray for someone and start shouting out the sickness, with no regard for the sick. In the end they go away feeling like the sickness is somehow their fault.

Right on the other hand, I have seen folks coddle sickness like it is a favorite pet. We do this with our words - I can't run because of my asthma, my arthritis is acting up - like that.

We must find a way to get more like Jesus. He expresses love for the woman, and simply took command over the disease.

Another small observation here. He speaks directly to the disease, in this case to the symptom. How often do we complain about our plight, rather than address it. He rebuked the fever and it left. [Tweet This] He did not pray for her. He did not call a special meeting. He just loved her and rebuked the sickness.

Lord, I so want to be like you. Give me eyes to see what the Father is doing, ears to hear what the Spirit is saying, hands that touch with compassion, and a mouth to say what I hear you saying.

BenThanks for stopping in.

See you again soon.

Ben

Here are the full texts that make up the mash up above.

And when Jesus had come to Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and waited on Him. ~ Matthew 8:14-15

And immediately after they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Him about her. 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 1:29-31

And He arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever; and they made request of Him on her behalf.  And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately arose and waited on them. ~ Luke 4:38-39

14 thoughts on “Guess Who's coming to dinner. (again)

    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - sometimes we get so caught up with the problems that we forget they are attached to people who God loves, and more than likely we do too!

      thanks Melissa

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  1. livinginobscurity

    Rebuking the problem in my knee even now and commanding the swelling to cease! Thanks for the reminder to walk as a daughter and use the authority of the Kingdom that is at my disposal!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - I have seen so many Knees healed over the years. One guy was headed for knee surgery the next day, and we prayed for him, and he left us leaping and jumping and praising God.

      Lord you have done it before - do it again in Jesus name!.

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  2. bennetta faire

    Chronic coddling (wallowing) is not a good thing--it only feeds the powerlessness in the person afflicted--but occasional coddling can be an expression of compassion and love. This is one of those gray areas for me, and I don't expect you to agree.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      I was more talking about self-coddling - as you say wallowing - not healthy. I am ok with a little hand patting, as long as it leads to health and strengthening, rather than a sad pleasure in pity - does that make sense?

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      1. bennetta faire

        Close enough. I was thinking of self-coddling too; however to treat the person engaging in the "sad pleasure of pity", harshly--usually serves to drive them deeper into it, as they adopt the belief that "no one understands their pain". Having been there, I know that it takes a revelation of Jesus to pull them out. Once that happened for me, I know I'll never dive into the well of chronic self-pity again.

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        1. Ben Nelson

          good point - We certainly should not be unfeeling, but find the Spirit of God, and His ways to draw folks out. Frankly it can only be by the Spirit - no amount of psychology is enough

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  3. Larry Who

    Smith Wigglesworth often punched people in the stomach while commanding the sickness to go in a gruff voice. People were healed. So, if what one is doing is backed by the Lord's anointing, then it's okay, but if it isn't maybe one should try a different style.

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  4. Debbie

    Thank you for how simply you put this, Mr. Ben . ..that Jesus loved her and rebuked the sickness. Praying for His leading to do likewise as He calls me to. God bless you and yours!

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