Heavenly Father, we praise You and thank You because You are worthy to be praised. You are Holy and righteous, perfect and pure. We listen to You in humility and obedience, in Jesus ’ name, Amen.
Mark 1: 21-31
VV 21-28, ‘’21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘ ’Be quiet, and come out of him! ” 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, ‘’What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.’’
Jesus taught in a synagogue on a Sabbath in Capernaum. Synagogue means a place of gathering. After the destruction of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem, the exilic Jews in captivity built synagogues in Babylon as gathering places to meet and practice Judaism. After the exile, the Jews continued to build synagogues throughout Israel. The elements of a synagogue service includes prayer, worship and teaching from the Old Testament. Jesus taught, preached, healed the sick, and exorcised a demoniac man in the synagogue. The demons confessed Jesus as the Holy One of God. The people were amazed and immediately His fame spread throughout Galilee. Note the word ‘’immediately’’.
VV 29-31, ‘’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 immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.’’
Jesus, James, and John went to the house of Peter (Simon) and Andrew. Peter and Andrew were from Bethsaida but they had moved to Capernaum. When Jesus learnt that Peter’s mother in law was ill with fever, He took her by the hand, lifted her up and immediately the fever left her. Note the word ‘’immediately’’. The gospel of Mark was fast paced and action orientated, moving from from one scene to the next.
Heavenly Father today we had a glimpse of Jesus preaching, teaching, healing, and exorcising a demoniacs man in a synagogue in Galilee 2000 years ago. Thank You for the testimony of John the Baptist, the voice, the messenger, and forerunner who prepared the way for Jesus’ arrival. We thank You for the testimony of Mark, a disciple of Peter, a cousin of Barnabas, and a missionary worker, who who gave us this fast paced book. Thank You for the blessings You give us, In Jesus’ name, Amen.