October 21, 2012
Continuing in our our study of Matthew, we see that Peter was married. Many times in the Bible we see the disciples with Jesus but here we see that the disciples have families because they are at Peter’s house. When they went to the house Jesus saw that Peter’s mother-in-law was sick. Jesus observed that she was not doing her usually things and she was lying down sick. There is no request here like the leper and centurion had made. There is simply an observation made by Jesus. He didn’t wait for a request He just touched her and the fever left. With that one touch she was healed and not because a request was made.
Jesus' encounter here is two verses long. In our other explorations in this series they are much longer. But here He saw, He touched, and she was healed. This tells us that Jesus is always watching over us. We can’t say I have aches and pains all over my body and you only touched my knee. We forget that God didn’t have to touch us at all. Any touch we receive from God deserves our praise. We are never out of His sight or far from his touch. The question is, Do we expect His touch?
Now there where many people here to witness this event, as in the case of the leper and the centurion where multitudes were following Jesus. Peter’s mother-in-law was healed in the morning and by the evening people were bringing those who were demon possessed to Jesus. Jesus cast out these spirits with a word. Jesus did nothing that was out of line with the Father that was foretold - Isaiah 53:4.
V17 – Jesus covers it all, no matter what the situation is. Jesus reached out to the leper. The centurion was not Jewish but he was able to come to Jesus with a request and have it be fulfilled. He even covers you when you don’t make the request as with Peter’s mother-in-law. There are holes in healthcare but there are no holes in Jesus-care.
In our lives this means that no matter what we are going through, when we feel like an outcast, when other people bring us, when there is a spiritual need, even when we don’t make the request, God covers us. We may want things to go right all the time but that doesn’t always happen.
No matter what the future holds God will cover us.