Mark 1:22 “…as one having authority, and not as the scribes”
We’ve all had teachers who were better at conveying the lesson than others. They seemed to believe and/or live what they taught rather than one just relaying facts and information. What Jesus would have been teaching was Himself, the Word of God.
24 “…I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
Always found this so interesting. Demons had no problem knowing exactly who Jesus was, and they would say so until He shut them up or expelled them. I don’t recommend listening to demons, but if they are standing there obviously afraid of Jesus and then He casts them out, I would be pretty convinced of who He was.
27 “…He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him”
That’s the point. Who else would be greater in power than the demons and would also cast them out.
30 “…Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever…”
Evidence that Peter was married. Wonder if he had any children as well. Why we must be careful in our assumptions about the Bible. It tells us only what God wants us to know, what He deems important.
32 “…when the sun had set…”
The people waited until the Sabbath was over at sunset.
35-38 “…departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed…Let us go into the next towns…”
I’m sure He knew what He was going to do, yet He spent time with God the Father in prayer before laying out the next steps. Those with him probably assumed He would continue to heal as people were brought to Him, but His purpose was to proclaim salvation. We must never lose the lessons He gave simply by His actions. Spend time with the Father and focus on sharing Him rather than get caught up in some misguided social justice tear.
39 “…He was preaching in their synagogues…”
The plan He used in the early stages of His ministry. Logical place to start. Surely those who attended services in the synagogues were interested in a closer relationship with God. Unfortunately, like some churches today, they were meeting to fulfill their own wishes, not those of God.
41 “…stretched out His hand and touched him…”
He could have just spoken the words to heal him, but He went beyond to his other need, personal contact. As a leper the man wouldn’t have had any personal physical contact since he was diagnosed. Jesus showed him He accepted him in spite of his sickness. Does the same for us. In cleansing us from our sin, he comes inside us through the Holy Spirit, making personal contact, and showing us we are completely accepted. He doesn’t accept us and leave us in our sin. He takes us and throws away our sin. That’s why we must reject it and repent of it to come to Him. Otherwise we’re asking Him to accept our sin which He cannot do.
45 “…he went out and began to proclaim it freely…”
Can’t hardly blame the man. His death sentence was removed. His gratefulness and gratitude spilled over into rejoicing and exuberance.
45 “…was outside in deserted places…”
People came out to Him there, but wouldn’t have been as many as He would have encountered had He entered the city. Probably also the only way He could get any alone time.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.