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The healing of Peter’s  mother in law is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Mat 8:14-15; Mar 1:30-31, Luk 4:38-39

Here, we find our Lord, during a visit to Peter’s house, seeing Peter’s mother in law lying sick with a fever.  We are told that the Lord “stood over her”, “touched her hand”, and “lifted her up”.  Following the touch of the Lord’s hand upon her, “immediately the fever left her”.   As a response to her healing, she then “arose and ministered unto them”.

What a wonderful event that pictures the touch of the Lord’s hand in our lives and its effects upon us…

We are all suffering from the sickness of the disease called “sin”.  This disease is so ravaging to our systems that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves from its grip.  Once contracted this disease ALWAYS results in death.  It is so devastating that we are already considered dead by those who understand this disease and its results.

But then, we are touched by the hand of the Lord.  He graciously does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  We are healed from this dreaded disease; we are given a clean bill of health and it is, as if, we are risen from the dead.

What is the natural, common sense response to the One who has given us back our life, health, security and a wonderful hope for tomorrow?  To serve Him and His friends who to whom we have now become related, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Does this description characterize our lives?  By God’s grace we are all able to proclaim that we have been raised from spiritual death and are now living a life of service to Him!

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. jelillie says:

    A good word Rob! And may I add may he be the only one we serve because we have not only be forgiven but set free from all other masters!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for the kind words… and you are exactly right…. It is only through the liberty He has worked for us that we can now be His servants! AMEN

  2. I love this story in Luke. What a great woman. She rises from her sick bed and prepares a meal for Jesus and the other men and serves the. I wonder Peter wasn’t thinking of her when he wrote in 1Pet 3:1-6 of the true beauty of a faithful woman.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      You are absolutely right… Peter’s MIL sets a wondeful example for all of us to follow. You may be right about the 1 Pet passage, I’ve never thought about that but it sure makes sense to me. Lord bless. Thanks for your comments.

  3. granbee says:

    That wonderful song “Put your hand in the hand of the Man who calmed (stilled?) the waters…..” just rang in my heart all the way through reading this great teaching on the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law! Being touched by our Lord’s hand–utterly awesome and mind-boggling and a gift beyond measure!

  4. “He touched me” – what a tremendous blessing that was. He TOOK my sin and He GAVE me His righteousness. What an exchange! What a complete change in my life! And it didn’t stop there. He continues to “touch” me. He continues to change me. He continues to live His life through me. He continues to mould me into His likeness – definitely NOT because of anything I do, but all of Him.

    What an amazing “touch”!
    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN Angela… what a wonderful thought that, not only does He touch me, but then He keeps His Hand upon me! Lord bless. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Debbie says:

    The way you showed sin as a disease and we dead in our sins without Him, is so grabbing. May many read and realize their need for Jesus! God bless you, Rob!

    • Rob Barkman says:


      Thank you for the kind words…. The Lord is so good in giving us such wonderful historic accounts in the Word that we can apply to our day to day lives.

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