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Mark 1:32 Commentary - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

In reading the synoptics you will note two items. Matthew relates this occurrence to Isa 53:4 where it mentions "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." Now Matthew only mentions the first half of the verse. He states, "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our diseases." The last half of the verse had not occurred yet and indeed Matthew would not have grasped the meaning of it at that point in time.

One must wonder if later in Matthew's life if he remembered this passage and related the last half of the verse with what he saw occurring in the Savior's life.

The second item of note is that Christ "suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him." Luke in verse 41 states "And devils 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.

Imagine Jewish leaders that might have been in the audience hearing demons tell the crowd that this was the Son of God and the Christ. In their minds they had to wonder if this was a fake show of some sort or if this was really the Messiah. (Since the whole town came out it would seem that Jewish leaders would have been present.)

One might ponder how the demons knew who Christ was. Simple answer to that one - they knew Him from the beginning of their existence. He - God - was part of their rebellion - they knewHim intimately, for they had sought to help Lucifer to usurp God. Indeed He was their creator - of course they knew Him!

Just a note about Harmony of the Gospel works. Be careful in choosing a Harmony since there are some good ones and some that are not so good. Example: The Harmony by Robertson lists this account in Matthew, Mark and Luke, but one Harmony I checked left out the Matthew account. This is obviously the same occurrence since it is specifically Peter's mother-in-law sick with a fever.

There is a very important item that would have been missed by folks using the erroneous Harmony - the fact that Matthew related this to Isa 53:4.

I might mention in passing and leave the detail to another study that the Charismatic movement camp on this passage for partial basis for their belief in healing. They often quote the Isaiah passage and tell us that healing is part of the atonement made by Christ on the cross.

Uhhh LOGIC break please. Matthew relates this to the ministry of the Messiah to the Jewish people long before the cross and just one further point - this is not the church, this is Jewish and Millennial in nature.

Care must be taken when looking into the Gospels as there is material for both the millennial kingdom and information for the church age. Christ came to set up the millennium but the Jews rejected Him and His kingdom because it was not what they wanted. They wanted someone to overrun the Roman government and set them free of their heavy hand but Christ was offering them a different pattern of attack which they did not want to hear.

They were confronted with miracle after miracle but still rejected their king.

Even today lost people can see item after item that points to the Lord and yet they continue to reject Christ. Long years ago I worked with an old man in an American Missionary Fellowship church. One day we were talking of this and he shared a story from his life from long before, yet his eyes were still full of tears when recounting about his father on his deathbed. The father had been confronted many times by his son with the Gospel yet the old man continued to reject. Even after one final plea as his father was dieing the son pleaded with his father asking him to trust Christ but the father went to eternity without making that decision. He had seen his son's life of commitment to the Lord yet he rejected everything his son loved.

Just a short note about the healing in verse 34. The Lord healed all that came to Him for healing he didn't heal some and not others as the healers of today do. All comers were made whole, not just a few of the easy ones to fix. To heal as the Lord healed or as Paul healed you could heal everyone in the hospital, close the doors and stand outside and heal all that came for care.

Consult other comments:

Mark 1:32 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 1:32 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:32 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Mark 1:32 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 1:32 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:32 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 1:32 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 1:32 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:32 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 1:32 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:32 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Mark 1:32 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 1:32 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 1:32 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 1:32 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 1:32 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:32 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 1:32 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Mark 1:32 - The Gospel According to St. Mark: A Devotional Commentary

Mark 1:32 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Mark 1:32 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Mark 1:32 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Mark 1:32 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Mark 1:32 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 1:32 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Mark 1:32 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Mark 1:32 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 1:32 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:32 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Mark 1:32 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:32 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 1:32 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Mark 1:32 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 1:32 - Combined Bible Commentary

Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson