Studies in Mark: Evening and Morning at Capernaum

Mark 1:32‑39  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 9
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8.-Evening and Morning (First Day) at Capernaum
“And at even, when the sun did set, they brought1 unto him all that were sick,2 and them that were possessed with devils.3 And all the city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and he suffered not the devils4 to speak, because they knew5 him.
“And in the morning, a great while before day,6 he rose up and departed into a desert place, and there prayed.7 And Simon and they that8 were with him followed after him; and they found him and say unto him, All are seeking thee. And he saith unto them, Let us go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for to this end came I forth. And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out devils9“ (i. 32-39).
The Jewish Sabbath was passed, and the first of the week began. The Mosaic day of rest was not such for the Servant of Jehovah. A captive of Satan was in the synagogue, and the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. Weakness and pain, the effects of the presence of sin in the world, were present in the house of Simon Peter, and the Anointed One had come “to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Hence it was a day of service for Jesus, who cast out the demon and healed the mother-in-law of Simon. And the necessity for such service proved unmistakably the utter inadequacy of the law to relieve and bless the sinful and suffering Jew.
But after Sabbath a new era dawned, a forecast of the kingdom come in power. Not now isolated cases were blessed, but all the sick and suffering of Capernaum flocked to the great Physician, who healed them all—every one. Those who had in weariness and painfulness passed many a sleepless night were freed of their infirmities to enjoy a rest Jewish ordinances could never give. It was truly the beginning of a new week for them. And it was also a happy augury of that millennial day for Israel when the glorious Sun of righteousness, even then present with healing in His wings, should arise and chase away all darkness, disease and death.
1. “kept bringing,” W.K.
2. “suffering,” J.N.D.; “ill,” W.K.
3. “demons,” J.N.D.; W.K.
4. See note above.
5. “had the inward consciousness who he was,” J.N.D., note.
6. “long before day,” J.N.D.; W.K.
7. or, “while it was yet night was praying,” W.K.
8. “those,” J.N.D.; W.K.
9. “demons,” J.N.D.; W.K.