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Mark 1:30-34

 

Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever.

They told Jesus about her right away.

So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up.

Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.

The whole town gathered at the door to watch.

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.

 

In part four of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Be Prepared!" we turn to Mark, the preacher, for two important lessons in preparation.  First, Simon and his family are faced with great turmoil as his mother-in-law lays sick in bed with a high fever.  She is delirious.  They told Jesus about it and He came to Simon's house immediately.  Jesus held her hand, sat her up, and freed her from her demons.  Her fever was gone.  What did she do?  She got up and cooked for all of them!  Should there not have been something more dramatic?  After all, Jesus just saved her life.  Let's learn lesson number one about preparation.  Often, preparation is not fancy or unique.  Everyone must have meals and someone has to prepare them.  Simon's mother-in-law was just preparing exactly what she could and what Jesus needed.  No fanfares, just simple obedience and gratitude.  Jesus was just doing what God would have Him do.  He was healing the sick.  Now, that is the obvious lesson from this passage of Scripture, but there is another more important one.  Notice that after this healing, Jesus was faced with even more people to heal.  Our Scripture says that the entire town came to the door!  Jesus healed them all.  He did not turn anyone away or exclaim that healing hours were over!  In short, He practiced what He preached!  Finally, He did not let the demons speak.  Why?  Jesus was not yet ready to reveal who He was to all people.  That came much later, as Scripture foretold.  Isn't it interesting that the demons knew who Jesus was, but the Jews did not?  Why was this?  I lobby that the Jews had not done what John the Baptist asked them to do.  They did not prepare for the arrival of the Lord.  We must be prepared.  We cannot follow Jesus if we don't know who He is.  "If Our Enemies Know, Shouldn't We?"