I am studying a book for my ladies Sunday School class about women who met the Master (Jesus).
I have found it a very interesting study. This past week, I studied two different ladies: Peter’s mother-in-law and the Widow of Nain.
Whenever you study a subject in depth, you learn deeper meanings than what you would learn if it was just looked at superficially. The obvious comfort we can take from these two stories is that God cares for the hurting. He cares for widows. We see how He was moved with compassion in Luke 7 when He sees the widow accompanying her deceased son to his grave.
Luke 7:13: And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
Chuck Smith in his commentary said:
In the Greek there is no word that is more expressive of feeling sympathy than the word used here, translated compassion. And it is used many times of Jesus. It’s the strongest Greek word that expresses the deepest kind of feeling towards a person.
In my adult ladies Sunday School class, this is a big comfort for many of the ladies as they are widows. They go through times of loneliness and hurt and need to know that Jesus has compassion on them. But there are other lessons we can learn from these passages when we meditate and dig deeper.
As I studied this passage, I saw an application that could be made about Jesus telling the dead son to “Arise.”
Spiritually we are dead in our sins. He looks at our spiritual deadness with great compassion. So great that He paid the ultimate penalty and died for us! He looks at us, and calls on us to “Arise!”
Just like the young man obeyed the voice of the Master and sat up, we need to “Arise.”
We can accept what Christ did for us and turn from spiritual death to spiritual life. We then need to speak like the young man did. Speak and share with others what God has done for us! When others saw this great miracle, great fear fell up on them and they glorified God (verse 16).
Our changed lives should also bring glory to God!
In Luke 4, we read of Peter’s mother-in-law being healed by Jesus. Luke 4:39 says, “And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.”
William MacDonald made the application to all believers that her immediate service was “a fitting expression of gratitude for what the Savior had done for her. We should imitate her, whenever we are healed, by serving Him with renewed dedication and vigor.”
J. R. Miller said, “Every sick person who is restored, whether in an ordinary or extraordinary way, should hasten to consecrate to the service of God the life that is given back.”
As a mom, I took encouragement in the quote by J. R. Miller as he made the application of how Peter’s mother-in-law showed her love to her Savior by ministering to His material needs. He said,
True ministry to Christ is doing first of all and well one’s daily duties.
As I go about washing the dishes and doing laundry, I can do it to glorify God. What do you do daily that you can determine to do it in such a way as to bring glory to God?
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