#317, 9th March 2017
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I was fortunate in that I had a good mother-in-law. While I saw her quite often when my wife and I were courting, after our marriage we moved 1680 miles away (2690 km) for eight years, and almost any mother-in-law is good at that distance. Of course I've heard heaps of jokes about mothers-in-law, and I'll tell one, but please note that it doesn't apply to mine.

A man said, "I wouldn't exactly say my mother-in-law was a witch, but she'd have made a good test pilot in a broom factory!" It makes you wonder why Adam and Eve were not content, even though neither of them had a mother-in-law. Yet there are plenty of good mothers-in-law in our society, and it is another one of those jobs life hands you without an instruction manual.

Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-lawIn the next lesson from the Great Physician, a mother-in-law is healed. The record is found in Matthew 8, Mark 1 and Luke 4, and the term "mother-in-law" is mentioned in only one other text in the New Testament (Luke 12:53). We are following Matthew's record, and in previous posts we have learned that the first lesson is to Establish the Will of God for your healing (the leper), and the second is to Accept the Authority of God's Word (the centurion's servant).

Jesus and his disciples came out of the synagogue at Capernaum (see Mark and Luke) and entered Peter's house. "And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever" (Matthew 8:14 ESV). So Peter was married! Mark and Luke tell us Jesus was immediately told the condition of Peter's mother-in-law. Luke calls it a "high fever," not a common cold or influenza. So before they even thought of eating or resting, Jesus went to where she was lying. Luke uses a word that suggests the fever came upon her suddenly and she probably collapsed onto the bedding.

"He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him" (Matthew 8:15). Mark records that Jesus took her by the hand and lifted her up, while Luke records that Jesus stood over her and rebuked the fever. Usually Jesus spoke to the condition as we have seen in the previous two incidents in Matthew 8, and I don't believe there is a record where he prayed for the sick, but plenty where he healed them. The healing was instantaneous and complete, and Peter's mother-in-law rose and began to minister to Jesus in gratitude and love.

The third lesson from the Great Physician is actually found in the events that follow later that evening. "That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 'He took our illnesses and bore our diseases'" (Matthew 8:16-17). -- Peter Wade

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10 Things You Can Learn from Noah’s Ark

It is only a repeat if you didn't read it the first time! Here is an article from one of our early newsletters or blog:

1. Don’t miss the boat.
2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6. Build your future on high ground.
7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
10. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

[Author Unknown]

He Healed Them All

He healed them all--the blind, the lame, the palsied,
The sick in body and the weak in mind,
Whoever came, no matter how afflicted,
Were sure a sovereign remedy to find.

His word gave health, His touch restored the vigor
To every weary pain-exhausted frame;
And all He asked before He gave the blessing
Was simple faith in Him from those who came.

And is our Lord, the kind, the good, the tender,
Less loving now than in those days of old?
Or is it that our faith is growing feeble,
And Christian energy is waxing cold?

He never health refused in bygone ages,
Nor feared to take the "chastisement" away;
Then why not ask it now, instead of praying
For "patience" to endure from day to day?

(A.H. Lewis --Redemption Hymnal, 730)
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