Acts 3:1-10 – The Lame Beggar Healed

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Acts 3:1 Today’s division between Judaism and Christianity did not exist in the same way this early in history. The first Christians were Jews and continued with their Jewish culture and religiosity as long as it did not clash with the new covenant (Gal 2:11-14). For example, the first Christians often gathered in the temple (Acts 2:46). Normally, many Jews …

1 Cor 12:12-31 – The Body of Christ

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1 Cor 12:12-14 Paul compares the church to a body. At the same time as we all belong together, we are also different. What brings believers together and unites them into a “body” is the “baptism” of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who removes the enmity between Jews and Greeks, slaves and free, and makes them “brothers …

1 Cor 12:1-11 – The Spiritual Gifts

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1 Cor 12:1 There are three topics that Paul believes it is important for us Christians not to be ignorant of: 1) the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1), 2) God’s plan for Israel (Romans 11:25), and 3) the return of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:13). It is important to remind yourself of these three topics from time to time, otherwise they …

Mark 10:46-52 – Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

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Mark 10:46 When Luke describes the same event, he writes that this happened when Jesus “was on his way out of Jericho” (Luke 18:35), not into Jericho. Which of them is right? It is very possible that both are right, since archaeological excavations show that there were actually two Jericho’s; an older and a newer Roman one. So Bartimaeus may …

Mark 9:14-29 – Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

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Mark 9:17 When Matthew describes the same event, he adds that this boy suffers from “falling sickness”, an older term for epilepsy (Matthew 17:15). William Menzies Alexander describes the boy’s epileptic symptoms in his book Medical Aspects of Demonic Possession: He screams before fainting, he falls suddenly, he has convulsions, he sputters from the mouth, he rolls around on the …

Mark 8:22-26 – Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

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Mark 8:23 This is the second time that Mark describes how Jesus healed the sick by spitting (Mark 7:33). In biblical times, spittle was considered to have a healing effect. Mark 8:25 This is the only time when Jesus gradually heals someone. This does not mean that Jesus could not heal him instantly, Jesus has shown many times before that …

Mark 7:31-37 – Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

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Mark 7:31 Decapolis means “the ten cities” and was an area in modern-day Jordan where ten cities had joined together in a confederation. The last time Jesus was here, he drove the Legion out of a man who was badly possessed and who was then asked to tell about Jesus in Decapolis (Mark 5:1-20). Mark 7:32 Jesus often healed the …

Mark 6:53-56 – The Sick Are Carried to Jesus

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Mark 6:56 The horned toad was a Jewish symbol that served as a reminder to obey God’s commandments (Numbers 15:37-41). Perhaps these people had heard about the woman with hemophilia who had been healed earlier when she touched Jesus on the back of her head (Matthew 9:20). It was not the fact that they touched Jesus’ clothes that made them …