by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted Erom Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #114, CT #203073

Mark 1:29-34

This is quite a day in the life of Jesus. He starts out in the morning and
in one day picks four of His disciples. He has a pretty good collection of
rescr its to begin His ministry of the Church and the spreading of the Gospel.
And then He goes to the synogogue on the Sabbath. The synagogue was somewhat
like our church today. The word, "synagogue" means "a gathering or an
assembling of the people together." Anywhere there were ten Jewish families,
they could have a synagogue, and they were spread everywhere. After the
destruction of the Temple in 586 B.C., the synagogue became the central focal
point of Jewish family life. It was in the synogogue that the children were
educated in the ways of the Jewish faith, as well as in other ways. It was in
the synogogue that the people came to pray, to study the Law, the Old Testament,
and somebody would expound that scripture. There were three officers in every
synogogue. There was the chief priest who was in charge of the synogogue.
There was an alms collector, who collected the alms and gave them out to people
who were hungry or needy. And then there was the minister, or the teacher.
This man was responsible for taking the scrolls, rolling them up, storing them
from Sabbath to Sabbath. He was responsible for blowing the trumpet so the
people would know that it was the Sabbath day. He is the man who decided who
would teach. That's why when Jesus came to the synogogues, He had an immediate
entree, because they didn't have a regular pastor. He didn't have to be
invited. The ruler of the synagogue said, "I want you to teach." They'd
already heard about Jesus, so when He comes to the synagogue on this particular
day, His name is known. And the man says, "You can speak today." Jesus comes
to speak.
When J ...

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