Healed – Because others ask…
“As soon as they (Jesus, Andrew and Simon – also known as Simon Peter or Peter) left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Jesus saw Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed suffering from a high a fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he went to her, bent over her and rebuked the fever and it left her. Jesus took her left hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she got up at once and began to wait on them”. See Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39 for each account.
Looking at the details:
1. Simon Peter’s mother-in-law does not ask for healing; others ask on her behalf.
2. Jesus spoke words of rebuke (sharp disapproval – to turn back or keep down) directly to the fever. Jesus spoke not to the woman but directly to the source of the problem; in this case the fever.
3. Matthew’s account of the story would indicate the fever left as Jesus touched her hand. Mark’s account of the story would indicate the fever left after Jesus helped her up. Luke’s account does not mention Jesus touching her at all.
4. Touch and Jesus’ spoken word seem to have had a bearing in both the healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law and the healing of the leprous man (see part two of this series on the healings of Jesus. http://purpleprincessreflections.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/reflecting-on-biblical-healing-pt-2/
The item which stands out most, to me, would be the way Jesus addresses directly the source of the problem. This example would indicate we should have discernment and clarity in understanding the root cause of a situation. Like weeding a garden, it does no good to weed around the rose if the geranium is being choked out by weed overgrowth.
And last, but certainly not least, we have a great example of others interceding (asking) for healing on another’s behalf. We must never lose sight of the importance of our prayers in asking for another’s healing.
Until next time,
“…You do not have, because you do not ask God.” James 4:2b