Palm/Passion Sunday C – April 10, 2022

Week of April 4, 2022 | Sunday, April 10, 2022

Luke 22:1-23:56 

“But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God” (Lk. 22:69). Jesus treads carefully here. He knows his conviction is a foregone conclusion. Yet, he wants to make the conviction be the result of their misuse of the law rather than the truth of his words. A second reason he treads carefully is that he weaves scripture references into his responses to their interrogation. Even as his interrogators fill the scene with intimidation, looking to misinterpret his every nuance, Jesus gives them back the words of their very own scripture. He challenges them with a recollection of Jeremiah’s life-threatening confrontation before King Zedekiah. In that scene, Jeremiah challenges the king, in the same way, Jesus challenges his interrogators, [even if I tell you] “you will not listen to me” (Jer. 38:15). Second, Jesus lays before them Psalm 110:1. There the Lord invites “my Lord” to sit at his right hand and to enjoy watching as he puts all of “my Lord’s” enemies beneath his feet. Jesus’ interrogators may be successful in putting him to death in the most humiliating and shameful manner, but he knows the promises and he fulfills them. Today, we still confess in our creed that he “sits at the right hand of God…”

Prayers from one numbered among the interrogators of Jesus yet who confesses Jesus as Messiah…

Father in heaven, you sustained Jesus in his trial with your gift of perfect faith. Give to me such faith that I am sustained in my trials as well so that your holy name be glorified. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Father in heaven, you uphold me in my trials, not because of any merit of my own, but simply for the sake of your mercy so that your holy name will be glorified. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Father in heaven, again and again, you must strip my false assumptions of merit from me; I cannot help myself in thinking that somehow, I’ll be worthy of your love to me. Grant me complete confidence in your love so that your name, not mine, is glorified. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Father in heaven, you turn me from storming the gates of heaven in my quests for holiness and righteousness, and you turn me toward my neighbor. Grant that I attend them properly to the glory of your name, not mine. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Father in heaven, you have set me within a Christian congregation that together we would come beneath your word, stand under its authority, and receive you as you have your way with us. Send us forth from that gathering into a world awaiting our witness to Jesus Christ, Savior. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Father in heaven, the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) has been established in your name. Grant that ILT continue to honor and glorify your name as it bears witness to Jesus Christ, him crucified, and him alone. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Father in heaven, you have promised a new earth and a new heaven to replace this old creation broken by sin. Grant that in faith I know that reality now even as I live out the days of my baptism. I pray to you Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and for Jesus’ sake. Amen

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 3, 2022

Week of March 28, 2022 | Sunday, April 3, 2022

Luke 20:9-20

“He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others” (Lk.20:16).  Jesus delivers this death sentence with the full knowledge of what his Father has previously claimed before the Israelites.  “I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand” (Dt.32:39).  Those scribes… those experts in the Law… those chief priests heard Jesus’ condemnation of the treacherous tenants and recognized their God’s judgment had fallen on them just as it had fallen on the unfaithful idolaters of ancient times.  The righteousness they claimed through obedience to the Law and observance of their religious rituals all melted away before their recollection of the Lord’s words: “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things” (Is. 45:7).  Jesus confronts these religious leaders with the reality that their agency… their ability to act with effectiveness has always resulted in idolatry, unfaithfulness, and destruction at the hands of their God.  Their God reserves all these things to himself, “I am the Lord who does all these things… there is no other” (Is. 45:6 & 7).  Jesus’ parable brings them up against the almighty power of the God who hides his agency behind light, darkness, well-being, and calamity.  Luther tells us to run from this hidden God and seek refuge in Jesus Christ and cross.  Unfortunately, these religious leaders crucified the very one who would have been their refuge.

Prayers from a religious leader all too conscious of my guilt and the almighty authority of the Lord who accuses me…

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  Grant that I trust in him and his revelation and not try to find you behind your masks of death and life, wounding and healing, or weal and woe.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  Forgive me for my hard heart… a heart as hard as that of those religious leaders… a heart as hard as that of those treacherous tenants… Grant that I trust your heart as revealed by your Son and put no trust in my own heart.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen 

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  Instill in me that prayed for and promised clean heart though I will never possess it as my own but always receive it as a gift because your Son is now my life.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  Provide me with the company of good neighbors… those that stand under the same accusations as I do… and those who pray as I do for the forgiveness of their own hard heart.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  As these neighbors and I gather, first as sinners beneath your Word, and then—upon its hearing of your Word—enjoy the fellowship of the saints, grant that together we share both the one mind of Jesus Christ and his one clean heart.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  Give me ears to hear your heart being taught and preached at the Institute of Lutheran Theology with the single-minded focus of those who know no other Savior.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Father God, your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has revealed your heart to me.  So keep my attention on him and his revelation that I would endure these days of my baptism, gladly anticipating their end.  In the name of your Son, my Lord.  Amen

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 3, 2022

Death stalks this parable, flaunting shameful abuse.  This parable more than the others speaks pointedly of the death and abuse awaiting Jesus.  The tenants of the parable are obvious stand-ins for the chief priests, scribes, elders (Lk. 20:1) who have joined the crowd Jesus is teaching in the Temple.  The son of the vineyard owner is obviously Jesus.  Just as the son of the vineyard is sent to those wicked tenants and they lay hands on him and kill him, so too is Jesus sent by the Father to those treacherous religious leaders who will lay hands on him and kill him (Lk. 9:44; 20:19).

Lest we begin to feel righteous in comparison to the addressees of this parable, those religious leaders—chief priests, scribes, and elders.  We must remember, as a colleague of mine has said, “Today, we are those religious leaders.”  Today, this parable points to us no matter our place in the religious hierarchy, whether we hold the public office or whether we hold our office by virtue of our baptism.  Death stalks this parable… the death of Jesus… the death of Jesus at the hands of today’s religious leaders.  We have met them, and they are us.

You see, sin is more than a matter of disobedience:  a little cursing in the name of God, a little disrespect of the Sabbath, dishonoring father and mother, and all that mistreatment of the neighbors.  Sin is more than a matter of idolatry and unfaithfulness.  Certainly, all this is terrible behavior and God condemns it.  But the nasty root of our sin is to covet what belongs to God… to covet it so mightily that we’ll kill the Son of God and claim his inheritance.  The Son, the rejected cornerstone, is deadly to those that fall on it and deadly to those on whom it falls (vs. 18).  Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, is resurrected out of our murderous sin.  We, however, die… we will break to pieces or be crushed when the Rock of our Salvation (Ps. 18:45; 62:6; 95:1 passim) confronts us with his presence.  That he is our resurrected Lord means that he once was dead, and his death took place at the hands of sinful men and women—the religious leaders of the day… that is us in our day.  But take heart!  Jesus has mercy on his betrayers!  Jesus forgives even those who lay hands on him and kill him.  Why be content with Jesus forgiving the little sins of disobedience?  Give him your great sins of unbelief, idolatry, and deicide.  Great sins demand a great Savior and Jesus is the greatest of all!

Table Talk:  Discuss the tendency to deal with disobedience rather than idolatry or deicide.  Pray:  Father, make me such a sinner as to be worthy of Christ’s great salvation.  Amen

Luke 20:9-20

9 And he began to tell the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him. 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours. 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others. When they heard this, they said, Surely not! 17 But he looked directly at them and said, What then is this that is written:

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone?

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.

Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 27, 2022

I have heard it said that this parable should be known as “The Profligate Father,” rather than “The Prodigal Son.” The father gives and gives and gives. Indeed, without the father’s inexhaustible mercy and generosity, it would end in tragedy, not reconciliation.

It all begins with that younger son coming up to his dad and saying, “Father, I want you dead.” That is what the son’s request means (vs. 12). The old man didn’t argue or protest, he simply handed over the son’s inheritance as if he’d already died (vs. 12). That patricidal son took off without a single concern for the father; he left as if the father was dead. In that “far country,” his wealth squandered, his hunger intense, and his presence unnoticed (vs. 14-16), he himself was as good as dead.

A dead father… a dead son… what will move them from death to life? Repentance… repentance. The father is repented in the son’s mind as the son recalls his father’s generosity (vs. 17). The son is repented of his selfish suspicion that the father withholds his blessing (vs. 19). Upon the son’s return from the land of death, the father bestows life upon him: the robe of honor, the ring of the family’s authority, shoes (not sandals), and the celebratory feast of the fatted calf. The father possesses inexhaustible riches. 

And then the older son enters the picture. He, too, is dead to the family. For him, family was all about reciprocity: work equals reward; the more work, the more reward. This son, too, wanted his father dead because his work would be rewarded with his inheritance… an inheritance he had earned by his years of service and decades of obedience. He was filled with anger at the unfairness of it all. His brother, with no service and no obedience, was being feted and celebrated even though he had robbed the estate and squandered the proceeds. 

Repentance moves from death to life. The younger son needed to be repented of his selfish suspicion of his father’s intention. The older son needed to be repented of his selfish work ethic. Repentance kills that selfishness and returns both sons to the inexhaustible mercy of the father.

Table Talk: Describe the suspicions these two sons possessed.
Pray: Father, grant that I live from your generosity, not from my greed. Amen

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. 3 So he told them this parable:

11 And he said, There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me. And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 But when he came to himself, he said, How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants. 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate.

25 Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound. 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! 31 And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.

Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 27, 2022

Week of March 21, 2022 | Sunday, March 27, 2022

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him” (vs 15:1). Luke teases with the image of “all.” “All” the tax collectors… “All” the sinners… truly an immense crowd, given the number of tax collectors and the innumerability of sinners. Luke then refines the size of the “all” by declaring a specific purpose, “to hear him.” The previous verse (Luke 14:35) had declared, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The size of “all” tax collectors and sinners has been winnowed down to those who have ears to hear. This assembly gathered to hear Jesus is immediately contrasted with the Pharisees and the experts in the law. They came, not to hear, but to complain (vs. 2). Their “grumbling” calls forth an echo of the people’s grumbling in the wilderness as Moses led them. A specific case can be found in Numbers 21:4-9, where the people spoke against God and against Moses; and God sent poisonous serpents; and Moses lifted up the serpent on a pole so that those who looked upon it were healed. The tax collectors and sinners who had ears to hear Jesus are an echo of those who looked upon the bronze serpent and lived.

Prayers from a sinner snake-bitten and dying…

Father, for Jesus’ sake, give me ears to hear that gospel who is Jesus Christ. Amen

Father, for Jesus’ sake, fill my ears with such proclamation and do not let me hear my own grumbling. Amen

Father, for Jesus’ sake, grant me contentment in all things; let not coveting attend me. Amen

Father, for Jesus’ sake, give me ears as attuned to hear my neighbors’ cry of need and grant me to act on their need. Amen

Father, for Jesus’ sake, stop up my ears in the presence of those who would lead me away from your truth by their speaking of falsehoods and lies. Amen

Father, for Jesus’ sake, lead the Institute of Lutheran Theology into a deeper dependence on you and the proclamation of your Son as the life of dead sinners. Amen

Father, for Jesus’ sake, continue to establish the life of your Son in my mortal body that I would be sustained in faith throughout these days of my baptism. Amen

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The Third Sunday of Lent – March 20, 2022

Jesus speaks in an ominous tone. The three calls to repentance (vs. 3, 5, & 9) come on the heels of the threatening parables which conclude chapter twelve. Jesus will not allow his questioners to avoid a direct confrontation with their own sin even as they try to abstract the issue by referring to some Galileans. Jesus denies these questioners the satisfaction of assuming their sin was not as great as those struck-down Galileans. For Jesus, the amount of their sin (and yours) was irrelevant. The issue for him was repentance, not their placement upon some continuum between less sin and more sin. Only repentant sinners escaped perishing and being cut down (vs. 2, 5, & 9).

This threatening behavior on Jesus’ part bears some semblance to an ordinary parent confronting a recalcitrant child. The child remains obstinate in its refusal to amend its behavior. Finally, the parent, perhaps in exasperation, delivers some sort of ultimatum, “You’d better stop doing that, if you know what’s good for you!” Throughout the history of the church, there have been preachers who use this tactic on their congregations, “Turn!  Or burn!” Or, as Jesus puts it, “Repent, or you will perish.”

If repentance was as simple as regretting your bad behavior and promising to behave better in the future, then both preachers and their hearers would have an easier time knowing who had repented and who had not. Repentance, though, is much more complex than simply an emotional motivation to being better behaved. Every religion has incentives for its members to be better behaved. These are threats of punishing consequences (as are laid out in this text) or they are promises of divine reward.  How is Christianity different from all those other religions that use punishments and consequences?

Christianity has Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ who confronts you with the totality of your sin, judging it in its immensity and not incrementally. Repentance is more complex: it demands a turning… a repenting… from death to life… from unbelief to belief… from trust in your own repenting to trust in the forgiveness of sins for Jesus’ sake. Faith in Christ is your repentance unto life… from the old creature to the new creature.

Table Talk: Discuss the differences between simple and complex repentance.
Pray: Father, grant me faith in Christ that I be repented. Amen

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Luke 13:1-9

13 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

6 And he told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground? 8 And he answered him, Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.

June 14-17: Continuing Education with Tim Rynearson

Tim Rynearson will be teaching a course titled, “Preaching from the Book of the Twelve: Selections from the Minor Profits.” This course will meet in-person from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday–Friday (June 14-17). This course is free for all members of ILT’s Alumni and Graduate Association. Sign up by contacting Joel Williams at jwilliams@ilt.edu.

Adjunct Faculty: Foundations of Mathematics

About the Role

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is looking for a qualified instructor to teach Foundations of Mathematics in fall 2021 for the new associate and baccalaureate programs. These courses will meet live, online for 3 hours a week for 15 weeks each semester. Classes begin on August 24th. ILT will be considering applicants with the following qualifications:
• Ph.D. in related field preferred
• Master’s degree in related field required
• Show evidence of deep commitment to Christ and his church

Applicants should send a letter of introduction and a CV to Executive Vice President, Leon Miles. The deadline for application is June 15th. The selection process will be complete by June 30th.

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Course Description
TRV 131: Foundations of Mathematics (3 Credits)
The course in the foundations of mathematics introduces students to naive set theory and basic logic, both of which are widely regarded as constituting the basis of mathematics. Students learn basic proof techniques and are introduced to the principle of mathematical induction, on their way to understanding the nature of the number series.

Applicants should send a letter of introduction and a CV to Executive Vice President, Leon Miles. The deadline for application is June 15th. The selection process will be complete by June 30th.

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Introducing a New Course!

 

HOUSE OF STUDIES

How Oswald Bayer’s Theology Influences Us Today

In-Person at the ILT Campus in Brookings, SD or Online
Starts on June 21st, 2022  •  Monday–Friday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sign up now by contacting Joel Williams at jwilliams@ilt.edu.

 

About the Course:

Oswald Bayer is one of the most important German Lutheran theologians within the last half-century. In contrast to mediating or secularizing theologies, which reduces theology either to a comprehensive morality (Kant) or a philosophical “system” (Hegel) or religious motivation (Schleiermacher or Feuerbach) Bayer affirms theology as both experiential and sapiential, both informing and returning to worship life, as the “grammar of the language of the Holy Spirit.” He understands the gospel as being able to relieve modern humans of the overwhelming responsibilities that they place upon themselves in order to create an ideal world. His legacy results in a vibrant Lutheran response to various ecumenical engagements, worship life and preaching, and articulating Christian doctrine. Through a close reading of Bayer’s most important theological texts, we will seek to access where and how his theology should influence contemporary theology and ecclesial policies.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Articulate key concepts in Bayer’s theology and how it bears upon his approach to ecumenical relations, worship and pastoral ministry.
  • Explore opportunities for applying insights gleaned from Bayer for one’s personal and professional circumstances.
  • Specify the historical, cultural and theological contexts of Bayer’s work.
  • Assess the arguments Bayer provides for his various stances.
  • Scrutinize Bayer’s key emphases, themes and doctrines.

About the Professor: 

Mark Mattes is a Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology, Imaging the Journey and Law and Gospel in Action.

The Fourth Sunday After Epiphany C – January 30, 2022

Jesus travels from Nazareth to Capernaum and, as was his practice, attended synagogue there. While at synagogue, he is challenged by the spirit of an unclean demon who had possessed one of the men. The demon challenges Jesus with the striking announcement of Jesus’ name as “the Holy One of God.” In the culture of the day, to know someone’s name was to have power over them. Jesus refuses to allow any exercise of power by that unclean demon. With an authoritative rebuke, he silences the demon and commands him to “come out” of the man (vs. 35).

What happened singly in the synagogue, happens in multiples as Jesus heals the people who were brought to him at Simon’s house (vs. 40). Again, this multiplicity of demons shouted out his identity, “You are the Son of God!” (vs. 41). In response, Jesus again rebuked them and silenced them, depriving them of any exercise of power by their knowing his identity.

Jesus silences the demons, as said above, to prevent them from invoking his name or identity to have power over him. Second, Jesus shuts them up to prevent the premature disclosure of him as the Messiah on their terms and the devil’s terms (cf. Luke 4:3, 9). Finally, Jesus silenced the demons so that their identification of him would not seem as if he and the demons were in collusion (cf. Lk. 11:15ff).

While it may seem quaint and antiquated to speak of diseases and mental illness as demon possession, to do so retains the sense of personal confrontation between Jesus and the demons… between Jesus and the “authorities” … between Jesus and us: you and me, as sinners. When that sense of personal confrontation is lost or set aside in favor of the generic manipulation of concepts, then the personal application of the pronoun “for you” disappears because the reality of the opposing “against you” is lost as well. Forgiveness is not an idea. Salvation is not a concept. These are the deeds of Jesus done both upon you and for you. It’s entirely personal. Trust this word: Jesus comes for you!

Table Talk: Discuss the nature of personal confrontation in this text.
Pray: Heavenly Father, so let me hear the Word of forgiveness that I am held in the complete confidence of Jesus for me. Amen

Luke 4:31-44 English Standard Version

31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

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