This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Luke 4:38-39 & Mark 1:29-31. Here is the summary:
Jesus left the synagogue in Capernaum and immediately went to Peter's and Andrew's house with James and John. Jesus healed Simon's wife's mother and she ministered to Jesus.
"40 And when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them."
(The context of this verse was the evening of the day that Jesus had cast an unclean spirit out of a man in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed Simon's mother-in-law. These two miracles caused the people of Capernaum to bring to Jesus those who were sick. This verse stated Jesus laid hands on every one of them and healed them...all of them that were sick.)
"41 And demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, Thou art the Son of God. And rebuking them, he suffered them not to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ."
(This verse stated that many of them had demons that came out of them. While the demons came out, they would cry out that Jesus was the Son of God. Notice, this was a Right WHAT...a fact...knowledge. Jesus didn't let the demons speak more than that. Jesus didn't want people believing based on the testimony of demons.)
"32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons.
33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him."
(Mark's Gospel Account stated that the entire city gathered at the door of Simon's and Andrew's house...and that many were sick with divers diseases. This was compatible with Luke's Gospel Account: the entire city came to Jesus with all of the sick (which were many) and Jesus healed all of the many.)
(CRITICAL POINT: Jesus did NOT initiate these miracles. Needs were presented to Him and He responded. The miracles were an effect of Jesus' responding to needs. We will see throughout this Series that Jesus ONLY responded to needs.)
(This passage also stated Jesus didn't let the demons speak because they knew Him...they knew He was the Son of God. Again, this didn't mean the demons didn't speak at all...otherwise, how would the people know that a demon came out of the person? This meant that Jesus didn't allow the demons to speak more about Jesus being the Son of God. The demons could have spoken HOW's and WHY's if they spoke with Questions or IF/THEN Statements. Remember what the unclean spirit stated in the synagogue in Capernaum according to Luke 4:34?
"34 Ah! what have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God."
Notice the unclean spirit stated that Jesus was able to destroy the unclean spirits...but it was presented in the form of a Question. During the healings that occurred the same evening as the event from Luke 4:34, Jesus didn't allow the demons to say more than their statement of fact: Jesus was the Son of God.)
During the evening of the same day that Jesus cast an unclean spirit out of a man in the synagogue and Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law, the entire city of Capernaum brought all those who were sick to Jesus...and Jesus healed all of them.
Matthew's Gospel Account seems to be out of order chronologically and that may be that he hadn't been called by Jesus to this point. Matthew's explanation of Jesus healing Simon's mother-in-law was presented in Matthew 8.
"14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother lying sick of a fever.
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and ministered unto him."
(We saw this in the previous post.)
"16 And when even was come, they brought unto him many possessed with demons: and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all that were sick:
17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: Himself took our infirmities, and bare our diseases."
(We saw the same events in today's post with the addition of a reference to Isaiah 53:4...
"4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.")