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Mark 1:32-39 Jesus Healed Many

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 27, 2012


Mark 1:32-39 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. (33) The whole town gathered at the door to watch. (34) So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. (35) Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. (36) Later Simon and the others went out to find him. (37) When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” (38) But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” (39) So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.

 

As a new believer I can see the progress Jesus is making with His Disciples. I still wonder why Jesus choose Simon and Andrew, James and John first. They were fishermen when He called them. He told them He would make them fishers of all people. What did Jesus see in these four? Was Jesus told by the Spirit to call these four at the same time? Of course Jesus was led by the Spirit. That is one of the lessons He came to this world to teach. How to listen to the Spirit.

 

Looking back at the previous texts I can see there are two sets of brothers. What are the qualities brothers bring to Jesus’ ministry? They live and will die for one anther. They have a connection to one another the world can see and understand. As a matter of fact, the lesson is repeated so we will not miss it. This is another form of teaching found throughout the Bible. God patiently repeats lessons until we learn them.

 

The two sets of brothers were called just a short distance apart. A fishing village watches out for one another. It is like a community within a community. When one family meets with success, they share with others. They do this to survive. When fishing is bad, something happens to effect their income and source of food, it effects all of them. There are times the entire community will suffer. They come together to support and encourage one another.

 

They are also independent in a way. The two sets of brothers competed against one another. It was a form of friendly competition. They still had love and concern for one another, while at the same time always trying to out do each other. Throughout Jesus’ ministry these brothers displayed the traits, both of love and competition. Love drew them closer to Jesus and one another. Competition kept them from seeing the heart of Jesus’ message. When Jesus tried to teach them about the prophecies concerning Him and His sacrifice in Jerusalem, one of the brothers would quickly change the subject to center on themselves and their ambitions. Do we still face the same problems today?

 

After Jesus called the four, He took them to a synagogue and began to teach. This was the first lesson Jesus showed and taught to them. He did promise them to be fishers of all people. Inside the synagogue Jesus wasconfronted by a man possessed by an evil spirit. This was the second lesson Jesus taught. There is a battle going on we cannot see with our eyes, or hear with our ears, but it does exist all around us. From there they went to Simon’s house. The third lesson, family structure. Simon lived not only with Andrew his brother, but also his wife and mother-in-law. It was an extended family. This was a lesson the disciples should have concentrated on. They lived in an extended family, illustrated by the community they grew up in. Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law. Another lesson. She got up and served them. Another lesson. They ate together. Another lesson Jesus would use throughout His ministry, the meal, physical food illustrating lesson about spiritual food.

 

There must have been a reason Jesus began His ministry of healing inside the home. As we look at the next text we see Jesus expanding His ministry. “That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch.”

 

Many important points are brought to view in these two sentences Mark recorded. As the sun was setting takes us back to the beginning of Genesis. Each day began at sunset. Each day God created something new. Here we see Jesus bringing one little corner of the world back to a state before sin brought disease and demons down to tempt this world. When the whole town gathered it showed how Jesus’ ministry quickly expanded from inside Simon and Andrew’s house to the entire community. It is the same community the four brothers learned their values and everything they knew. It showed them how quickly Jesus can transform things from a state of suffering to peace, joy and happiness.

 

As soon as Jesus saw the need, He healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. How did the demons know Jesus? Did they recognize Him? Did Jesus look the same on earth as He did when He ruled next to His Father in Heaven? Or did demons follow Him throughout His entire life? Mark points out other people were possessed by the demons who knew Jesus. What is Mark telling us here? Can demons be in two places at once? How can a demon possessing one person follow the life of another? Do demons have some type of advanced communication system? How do they deliver information from one demon, or location to another? Or do demons possess people for a time, then travel to other locations? Does it matter? Is this something we need to know? Or is it better left in God’s hands? Is the lack of information designed so we put our reliance on God? For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

 

Why did Jesus keep the demons from speaking? Is Mark telling us Jesus’ command was only for that particular time and place, or are demons restricted from communication with people? Once again, this is a subject with more questions than answers. The fact remains, if the answer is not in the Bible, it cannot be a reliable answer. Mark arranged his texts to show us the example Jesus set for us to follow. Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

 

All four gospels point out how much Jesus prayed. He often went off alone to pray, giving thanks to God for the power to heal and cast out demons, and preparing for the next day. Jesus did not come to bring glory to Himself but to His Father. Jesus often humbled Himself before God. Prayer was a constant reminder where His power came from. Jesus relied on God to lead Him in every step.

 

Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.

 

In just a few verses Mark has shown the beginning and expansion of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus called His first four disciples, immediately taking them into a synagogue where Jesus was confronted by a man possessed by a demon. Was this by chance, or did the Holy Spirit lead Jesus on this particular synagogue at the right time to teach a lesson? Next Jesus enters Simon’s house, heals his mother-in-law, who serves them dinner. Why did Jesus move from a synagogue with a demon possessed man to Simon’s home? Is this an acted parable showing the formation of the early church when Jesus’ followers met in homes to worship?

 

After that, Jesus took His ministry outside of Simon’s house, healing many and casting out demons. Mark quickly moves from one scene to another for a reason. Is it to draw attention to the series of events and their timing?

 

Bible study consists of many levels. Simple concepts on the surface followed by spiritual lessons. On another level is God’s timing. Going back to study the sequence of events. Understanding how God put the right people in the right place to achieve His goal, for His glory. It’s a little like life. Looking back on past events to learn the lessons in the hope of building a better future. The lessons God teaches are not very difficult to learn. It only takes a bit of time and a desire to learn and grow.

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