The Sabbath ended at dusk. Religious rules said that nobody could be healed on God's special day. But after Jesus healed Simon Peter's mother-in-law in her house, word was out.
Jesus had demonstrated His power to heal and expel demons. But early the next morning, He left Simon Peter's house, disappointing new crowds of sick people who were desperate for His touch.
Jesus was quite intentional about who He wanted to be His first disciples. Today we start the account of how He called Simon (Peter).
Simon has just hosted the preacher, Jesus, who had used his boat as a pulpit to address the crowds.
This passage should surprise us.
Leprosy was terrifyingly bad news. The Bible uses the term 'leprosy' to include a variety of skin conditions which God knew could spread from person to person.
A leper had just been healed. But Jesus wanted no credit, and certainly no advertising.
Most busy people have little time away from the job. The pressure of 'things to get done', opportunities 'not to be missed' and 'disasters to avert' is constant. Jesus knew what that was like.
Jesus had become a major focus in the region of Galilee. The religious leaders were starting to feel under threat and wanted to find a point of weakness to exploit so that He could be discredited.
Jesus does not play games. When the paralysed man was lowered through the roof by his friends, they were serious about getting the sick man to Jesus.
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