Devotion for Tuesday, March 18th

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2014

Mark 1:21-34
They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit,  and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”  But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”  And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.  They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”  At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once.  He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.  And the whole city was gathered around the door.  And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

I wonder when Zebedee’s sons James and John left with Jesus, if he felt he was being  abandoned.  And if he would ever see them again.  I think Jesus knew they were going to be amazed at what he was going to tell them.

My bible says that an unclean spirit is an evil spirit. I don’t understand the unclean spirit tearing the man in the Synagogue to be released from his body.

When Jesus took her hand and she served them. That is awesome.   I wonder how many people he healed that night.

– Submitted by Carlena Milligan

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