When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city had gathered at the door. And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was. Mark 1:32-34
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
You may recall the famous words from the Old Testament book, Isaiah, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us,” written almost 700 years before their fulfillment. In the same 9th chapter of Isaiah where this prophecy occurs, the following related prophecy occurs as well:
“But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.”
We our finishing up the second week of our series on “The Life of Christ” from the gospel of Mark and this prophecy will help us do that. While this prophecy is not actually included in Mark’s account, it is included in Matthew‘s account of the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. This week has been all about the beginning of the ministry of Jesus in the region of Galilee. The home of Simon and Andrew in Capernaum serves as Jesus’ headquarters in Galilee and his ministry is fully underway as we see from the words in today’s passage, “The whole city had gathered at the door.”
These are the same people our Isaiah passage is referring to. Isaiah says, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Indeed, these people have seen a great light and they are gathered at the door of the house where Jesus is so he will shine on them and dispel the darkness of disease and demons. Through healing and deliverance, Jesus takes away gloom and anguish and begins to make glorious the land “by the way of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.”
Jesus will take the light of his presence and touch and dispel darkness throughout the Galilean region as we will see as we progress with our series. But how about you? What gloom, anguish, and darkness is there in your life that needs to be dispelled by the light of Jesus’ presence and touch right now?
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I ask you to shine the light of your presence and touch on my life like never before. Please remove the hurtful impact of all gloom, anguish, and darkness. Bring healing of body, mind, and spirit wherever needed. Make glorious the realm of my life for my own personal good, the blessing of others, and for your honor and glory. Amen!
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Posted on Fri, January 19, 2018
by Ken Hart