Lifting Up a Woman

Yesterday, I missed Pastor Frank’s message. I was teaching the children about the cycles of sin in Judges, and how we need to be careful to not get so comfortable in life that we stop serving our Great God!

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I love the tender brevity of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law. We don’t know her name. We don’t know her relationship with Peter. Mark’s account uses the word “immediately” in regards to leaving the synagogue and the sharing of illness that put this woman in bed. You can feel their concern. Andrew and Peter it seems eagerly told Jesus she was there and ill.

Jesus lifted her up. Mark records, “And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her” (Mark 1:31). In a time when we know women were not esteemed Jesus raised her from her bed. This was during the time when the Pharisees said a man could get out of supporting honoring his mother and father, the sick woman who touched Jesus was an outcast, the woman at the well we infer was not welcome with the other women, and Mary had 7 demons cast out of her.

Jesus, on a holy day, a day when no work was to be done, cared for a woman. In gratefulness Mark 1:31 concludes, “and she began to serve them.”

Believers in Jesus, don’t stop serving our Great God! Learn from this woman.