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Healing of Messiah

The Healing of Messiah, Jesus Christ, Yshua Ha Meschiach, God's Son
and his disciples

Healing of Peter's Mother-in-Law: A Great Fever Index | Healing Blog |

Jesus Christ
Peter and
Simon, Andrew, James and John
Peter's Wife
Peter's Mother-In-Law

  • Down from the Mount, entering into Capernaum-Mt 8:1
    Mark has it near the Synagogue in Nazareth but leaves out the Sermon on the Mount reference and the Centurion's servant.
  • Peter's House, where he lived with his wife and mother-in-law

  • When
  • 1. After the healing of the demoniac in the Synagogue at Capernaum Mark 1:21
  • Right after the healing of the Centurion's Servant (Matthew)
  • After a healing of the leper
  • Near the beginning of Jesus' Ministry years
  • Type of Healing A Great Fever
    Mt 8:14 Andwhen Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother liad and sick ofa fever.
    Mark 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever and anon, they tell him of her.
    LK 4:38 And he arose out of the Synagogue, and entered into Simon's hous. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever: and they besought him for her.
    The Request
  • ...and anon they tell him of her" Mark 1:30
    "...and they besought him for her." LK 4:38
  • Means of Healing, The Healing
  • Touch

    "And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them." Matt 8:15
    MK 1:31 And hecame and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately, the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
    Luke And he stood over her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
  • Outcome
  • Immediate healing
  • Complete healing
    ...and she arose, and ministered unto them: Mt 8:15
    ...andimmediately, the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. Mk8:31
    ...and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
  • People's Reaction The reaction was multitudes showing up at the door by evening for healing and teaching.
  • Mat 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick: Mat 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses. Mat 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave com
  • Mar 1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. Mar 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. Mar 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
  • Luk 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking [them] suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. Luk 4:42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. Luk 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. Luk 4:44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
  • Jesus' or Apostle's Teaching
  • In this passage, Jesus' teaching is not mentioned directly, save for one passage in Luke when he says to the multitude in the evening following the healing that "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. luke 4:44" He indicates by this that healing was a part of the Kingdom of God. Most healings are accompanied by preaching, and while the healing of the multitudes appears to be, the healing of Peter's mother-in-law shows few words, and none that Jesus spoke, only an action.

  • Implications for Faith A number of points are relevant regarding this short description of a healing, though it is mentioned in all three 'synoptic' gospels:

  • The healing was of one of the closest disciple's family members, etching it on their faith.
  • As in most other healings, the healing was immediate
  • As in most other healings ,the healing was total, complete. (so complete that Peter's Mother in Law immediately ministers to her guests, and they do not object for a period of recovery.
  • the healing is followed by preaching by evening and a multitude then healed
  • Healing was by 1)Standing above, 2)taking by the hand 3)touching with the finger (finger of God) and 4)lifting her up. A simple healing but consistent among the 3 mentions, and first mention of the healing of an apostle's family member.

    The lessons include that a healing of the Lord and Savior was immediate and complete, not a 'procedure' or with terms of recovery, and that words were not 'required' : the touch of the Savior was enough. It is noteworthy that Simon, James ,John and Andrew were there, as witnesses to the healing, and that this healing appears to happen the afternoon after the Synagogue preaching and teaching, when Jesus casts out a devil from a possessed man as the devil 'recognizes' him. In this pre-pentecost setting, with no eminent prophet in Israel for a few hundred years, this had to have been astounding. (There were those with the pre-pentecost gift, though such as Simeon and Anna the prophetess. 4) One should note that Peter was a married man, and that a 'holy' marriage does not preclude even radical service for the Lord,but can enhance it, and that at the time he was called or shortly after, Peter, to whom would be given the keys of the Kingdom, was living with his extended family.

  • Cross-references & Other Critical Facts
  • These passages occur in Matthew 8; Mark 1; and Luke 4.
  • Healing of Christ: The Healing of Peter's Mother-in-Law

  • The healing of the Nobleman's Son in Capernaum Index | Healing Blog |

    Jesus Christ
    the Disciples of Jesus
    A Nobleman of Capernaum
    A Son who is sick

  • In Judaea, in Galilee. In Galilee, in the City of Cana where the Water was turned to wine at the marriage feast. A Cana, the Nobleman encounters Jesus and pleads for his son in Capernaum.
  • When
  • This healing, mentioned primarily in the Gospel of John, Jesus has just returned from Samaria, in the city of Sychar, where he encounters the woman at the well of Jacob, near a portion of land given to Joseph, Jacob's son. After many come to Christ in Samaria, he leaves to go to Galilee.
  • Type of Healing Sick with a fever.
    4:46...And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum."
    John 4:52 Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
    The Request
  • The nobleman hears that Jesus is in Galilee, and goes to him, beseeching him on behalf of his son:

    When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. John 4:47

    and in 4:49 "The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die."

  • Jesus's Response
  • Jesus's Response is short and direct, healing the boy by word in another city:
    " Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe." John 4:48

    Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. John 4: 50
  • Means of Healing, The Healing
  • The spoken word of Jesus: the child is in another city.

    "Go thy way; thy son liveth.
  • Outcome The healing occurs the very hour Jesus speaks, although the Nobleman does not find out till later by his servants.
    ."And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him,saying, Thy son liveth. 52 Then enquired heofthem the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the feverleft him. 53 So the fatherknew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him. Thhy son liveth; and himself believed, and his whole house.
  • People's Reaction
  • The father and his household believed. John 4:53
  • The father believed from the moment the word of Jesus was spoken. (John 4:50)

    No other reaction noted.

  • Jesus' or Apostle's Teaching
  • Jesus points, as always, to the critical importance of faith, and the secondary importance of signs and wonders

    Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 4:48

    Signs and wonders are not bad, they were even prophesied as following Messiah, so the Jewish people were to look for signs and wonders accompanying Messiah. Jesus also was not dismissing signs and wonders: before this healing he had also accomplished several including changing water into wine and told the Samaritan woman "all that she had ever done" and even the woman at the well at Sychar believed he was the Messiah. Jesus teaches that faith in who He was, though was pre-eminent, and that even without signs and wonders, it was trusting belief he was after.

  • Implications for Faith 1. The Word of Jesus alone could heal.
    2. Even people of some status sought Jesus: e.g. this nobleman, the Centurion, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimethea,etc.
    3. The healing was immediate: the fever left at the same time Jesus spoke.
    4. THe father showed faith three times: 1)He went to seek out Jesus, when most had not yet declared him Messiah, 2)He believed Jesus at his word without proof: he left for home immediately, and 3)He and his household believed in Jesus from then on.

    One other note: just before Jesus spoke to the woman at the well in Sychar, he had given the sermon regarding Moses and the Brazen serpent, in which faith alone in the raised ensign of the Lord, the serpent lifted in the wilderness, saved from death: no signs, no wonders, but pristine faith brought life, and healing from the deadly bites of vipers. (sin): signs and wonders confirm faith, but they alone will not generate faith: one looks at a miraculous healing and praises the Lord and believes, and another right beside says it is magic, or looks for a natural explanation: well, it was something the child ate, etc. etc. Faith is pre-eminent over signs and wonders, but signs and wonders confirm faith.

    Cross-references & Other Critical Facts
  • Singular reference in scripture. Note that Capernaum was Jesus' home town, and that the request came in Cana where the water was changed to wine.

  • Healing by Paul of Publius' Father of a Fever, Acts 28 Index | Healing Blog |

    The Apostle Paul
    the Survivors of a Shipwreck
    Publius, a Chief Man of the Island
    Publius' Father
    Servants and 'barbarous' people of Melita

  • The Island of Melita
  • When
  • Paul has just survived with others the Shipwreck, and come to Melita
  • The healing occurs right after Paul is bitten by a viper, (Acts 28:6)and casts it into the fire. The local people think it is divine vengeance, but Paul's arm does not swell, and Paul lives, so they treat him as a god which he rebukes. He meets Publius, a local official, whose father is sick of a bloody flux and a fever.
  • Type of Healing Fever
    And it came to pass that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and a bloody flux, to whom Paul entered in and prayed and laid his hands on him and healed him. Acts 28:8.
    The Request
  • There is no record whether the request for the healing was made: Publius accomodated Paul 3 days, 'courteously' ,so it may have simply been that Paul saw the need and approached the sick father. whom Paul entered in...
  • The Apostle Paul's Response
  • He lays hands on the father
    He prays and heals him (see above)
  • Means of Healing, The Healing
  • Laying on of hands
  • Prayer
  • Then others:
    ..others also which had diseases in the island came and were healed" Acts 28:9
  • Outcome This is the last healing in Acts mentioned. The father is healed, and so are many from the Island.
  • People's Reaction The people react to 1)Paul's immunity to the viper bite, (2)The healing of the viper bite.

    The Viper bite:

    The viper bite did no harm. The people first thought he was suffering divine retribution for some unseen harm, then believe him to be a 'god'.

    ...there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.4 And when the barbarians saw the venoumous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffreth not to live.5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.6Howbeit they looked when he shoud have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

    Who also houred us with many honours; and when we departed they laded us of such things as were necessary.

    Publius is noted for his mercy and kindness, providing them lodging, then when leaving, he hours them with many honors and supplies. (Acts 28:10)

    Jesus' or Apostle's Teaching
  • Paul's teaching is not directly addressed, although one may guess that he probably addressed why he was not a god, and why the viper bite did not kill him (this however is not stated in Scripture!).

  • Implications for Faith 1. Assimilation and Accomodation: When the pagan people of Melita did not understand they saw divine power and without knowledge could only attribute it to a 'god'. When people see something not in their experience, most first try to draw it into constructs they already have, e.g. a 'power' belonging to one of the 'gods'; only when they can conceive of the thing being a new thing outside their understanding, then do they attempt to bring it as a new idea into their understanding, and 'make room' for it. Paul played on this a bit when he spoke in Greece and pointed to their 'unknown god', a god that was supposed to sort of 'cover' them in case they had forgotten any. Paul did not endorse the worship of pagan or Greek and Roman gods, but instead, uses the pagan construct, to bring the living God into view, for those who had no concept of the slain Lamb of God who rose from the dead. He never endorses nor aligns with idolatry nor does he or the others allow themselves to be seen as 'gods', but quickly rebukes them, but he understood how to begin to speak of Messiah to non-Jewish people.
    2. Immanent Justice- these terms are often found in 'Developmental Psychology' when explaining how young children think. The 'barbarous people' of Melita, have the idea of 'just punishment' or 'immanent justice', that if something bad happens to someone, they are being judged for some unseen evil deed. When they see Paul bitten by a viper right after a shipwreck involving prisoners, they must feel that he really did whatever crime with which he was charged. He shakes it off, unharmed, as promised. (they shall take up serpents, and if they drnk any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover (Mark 16:18). Some Appalachian churches even today use practices like 'snake handling' believing that true believers are tested by whether venom affects them, but that is not the spirit of the passage: Jesus refers to the event not harming believers, because the sovereign life of walking in Christ is above the natural life. To deliberately have snakes bite worshippers is to tempt or test God, to put him on trial, which we are not to do, and there is a difference between trusting his promises, and daring him to be right. In any event there is providential thinking.
    3.When Paul lives the attribution is that he is good. Regarding the healing:
    4.-It is immediate, as with the healings of Jesus
    -It involves laying on of hands with prayer
    -Multitudes show up on the island to receive healing after hearing of it. The apostle is blessed and honored in departing Melita.

    Cross-references & Other Critical Facts
  • ......
  • The Healings of Jesus Christ,

 Yshua HaMeschiach, the Adonai of Heaven
    Readings on Healing

    Healing Topics

    Father of Publius Acts 28:8
    Peter's Mother-in-Law-Mt 8:14; Mk1:30;Lk 4:38
    The Nobleman's Son
    Healing of Possession
    Demoniac in the Synagogue Mk1:23-8;Lk4:33-37
    Dumb Demoniac Healed-Mt 12:22;Lk 11:14
    The Gadarene Demoniac-Mt8:28-34;Mk5:1-20;Lk8:26-39
    Demoniac Son-Mt 17:14-21;Mk 9:14-29
    Syrophenician Woman's Daughter-Mt 15:22-8; Mk 7:25-39
    Mary Magdalen's 7 devils
    Sceva and the Vagabond Jews 19:13-17
    Woman with Spirit of Divination Acts 16:16-32
    Healing of Lunacy
    The Lunatik Son
    Healing of the Deaf
    Deaf and Dumb Man healed-Mk 7:32-37
    Healing of the Dumb (overlap)
    Dumb Demoniac Healed-Mt 12:22;Lk 11:14
    Blind & Dumb man healed Dumb Demoniac Son healed-Mt 17:14-21;Mk 9:14-29
    Healing of the Blind
    Blind & Dumb man healed-Mt 9:32;-34;
    Blind Man at Bethsaida-Mk 8:22-26
    Blind man in Temple Jn 91-41
    Blind Bartimaeus (2 blind men)-Mt 20:29-34;Mt 10:46-52
    Healing of the Lame & Halt
    The Centurion's Servant
    The Paralytic healed: Mt 9:2-8; Mk2:2-12; Lk 5:18-26
    Impotent Man at Bethesda John 5:2-9
    Healing of the Withered Hand: Mt 12:9-13; Mk 3:1-5; Lk6:6-10
    The Healing of Aeneas at Lydda Acts 9:33-35
    Beggar at Gate Beautiful-Acts
    The Crippled Man at Lystra Acts 14:8-17
    Healing of Lepers
    Healing of the 10 Lepers
    A Leper Healed
    Healing of Spiritual Blindness
    Saul: Healing of Divine Blindness: Acts
    Raising the Dead
    Widow of Nain's Son Raised Lk 7:12--16
    Jairus's Daughter Raised Mt.9:18-19;Mk5:22-5; Lk8:41:-42
    Lazarus Raised John 11:1-49
    Dorcas (Tabitha) Raised by Peter: Acts 9:36-42

    Healing of Multitudes
    Healing of the Multitudes following healing of Peter's M-I-L
    Healing of the Multitudes at Galilee-Mt 12:15; Mk 3:7-15;
    Healing of the Multitudes
    Healing of the Nations
    National Prayers:Daniel,Esther et al.
    Nations: Healing in Exile.
    God's Way in Healing of Nations
    Healing of the Nations: Intro
    Misc. Healings
    Healing of Malchus's Ear
    The Afflicted Woman Healed Mt 9:20-22; Mk 5:25-34; Lk 8:43
    Healing of the Man with Dropsy Lk 14: 1-6
    Healing of with an 18 yr Infirmity Lk 13:10-17

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