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The Home of Simon Peter: To Stimulate Service (22 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
The service in the synagogue had ended. The congregation was standing outside discussing the event that had electrified the Sabbath audience. A demon possessed man had been miraculously delivered by Jesus of Nazareth, but the people could hardly believe what had happened. Peter was probably looking toward the shimmering waters of the Sea of Galilee, and perhaps the gentle breeze blowing upon the trees increased the music already within his soul. He saw the neighbors returning to their homes, but the Preacher remained motionless; none of the citizens had invited Him to dinner. The fisherman asked the Lord and His few disciples if they would like to come to his home to rest and meet his wife.
Many years later Mark wrote, "And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her and she ministered unto them" (Mark 1:29-31). Simon's wife had meals to prepare, a mother confined to her bed with a fever, and then she thought of the impending arrival of the additional guests. Had someone rebuked Peter, he would probably have shrugged his shoulders and replied, "She can manage it." Some wives placed in that position would have accused the husband of being thoughtless!
The hostess must have been very worried. Under normal circumstances she would have been assisted by her mother, but unfortunately the older woman was stricken with a great fever-she was burning up! When she heard of her son-in-law's action, she probably burned even more! Simon had been born without brains! Her daughter only had one pair of hands, and filled with frustration, the mother was helpless. Outside in the livi ...
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