Moved to Capernaum, Peter’s Mother in-law

Jesus moves to Capernaum Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 4; Mark 1:14-20

  • John had been arrested, the message of repentance is a dangerous message to preach, especially when you are calling out the sin of Herod.

Matthew 4:13

  • Jesus moves his ministry to Galilee.
  • Capernaum is Jesus ministry headquarters. Jesus was not a wandering nomad. His ministry has an intentional starting and ending place.

Matthew 4:15

  • Zebulun and Naphtali where 2 of the 12 tribes of Israel the regions around Capernaum were given to these 2 tribes.
  • “Galilee of the Gentiles (Nations)” Galilee is on the route through which all Gentiles passed in and out of Israel
  • In Jesus day Galilee was an import center for Roman occupation.
  • It’s an important strategy for Jesus to spend a large portion of his earthly ministry here because its the geographic mouth were Jewish culture ends and gentile cultures begin.
  • 1 of the main Roman road ways goes straight through the area of the sea of Galilee.
  • Roman roads began constructions in 312BCE for the purpose of collecting taxes.
  • The Lord in his sovereignty would use these roads for the rapid spread of the Gospel in the 1st century.

Matthew 4:16

  • Isaiah prophecies that in this region a light would come to people dwelling in darkness. Isaiah 9:2 | Isaiah 42:6-7
  • Jesus preaches his message of repentance to find those who will Respond to him in tenderness.
  • Moving forward it is important to ask. Are the people repenting or are they responding to his power?

Matthew 4:17

  • Jesus preaches his message of repentance to find those who will Respond to him in tenderness.
  • If we reject the message of repentance we are not truly receiving him. We just like his stuff.
  • Moving forward it is important to ask. Are the people repenting or are they responding to his power?

Mark 1:16-20

  • Jesus begins to collect his disciples after separating from them for a time while he was received in the synagogues.
  • When Jesus calls them in Mark 1:16, they already know him. They went to the wedding with him and to Passover (temple cleansing).
  • This is not a hypnotic moment. They understand “Follow me” means I want to be your rabbi.
  • Peters mother in-law healed Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39

Luke 4:38-39

  • When Jesus touches our lives he heals and restores our heart. He can also bless us with a physical healing.
  • The important note of Peters mother in-law being healed is the immediacy of her service.
  • Its is critical that when Jesus brings us into his kingdom our response is both immediate gratitude and service See Luke 17:7-10
  • Our service to God does not entitle us to a better position in either respect, station or position.
  • We keep a heart posture of humility, gratitude and service all the days of our life. While rejecting any notion that we have earned or deserve better than what has already been given.
  • The Father in his grace will pour out extravagant love and blessings on our lives because of his affections for us.
  • At no point are we in the power position to leverage our acts of service against people or the Father.
  • Serving in the lower position to eventually earn a higher position is a carnal mindset in a spirit lead kingdom.
  • We serve the in the lower position full of selfless gratitude because we get to participate in his glorious kingdom.
  • Luke 17:10 “We have only done what is our duty.”

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