Jesus Words 7 – 1st Sabbath in Capernaum

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On Sabbath in his new hometown; Jesus was approached by Jewish leaders asking him to heal someone. The army commander who just built the new church had a favorite servant who was ready to die. Jesus went with them, and the Officer came out pleading with Jesus as he approached the house. Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”picture of Jesus healing the centurion commander servant

He answered, “I’m not worthy for you to enter my house. That’s why I didn’t originally come to you. I too am under authority. I tell a man “Go”, and he goes; I tell another “Do this” and he does it.

Jesus marveled at this, and turned to his followers saying, “I tell you the truth, I have not found such great faith (not even in Israel). I tell you; many will come from the east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There; will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Turning to the commander, he answered,“Go your way. Allow what you have believed to be done for you.” The elders confirmed the healing, and (being the Sabbath) he taught in the church.church in capernaum

They were amazed, because he spoke with authority. A man challenged, “Ha! What do you want? Jesus, you… “Nazarene?” Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: The Holy One of God!” Jesus scolded him to, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”, and screaming – the heckler fell down in the middle of the room… but the man wasn’t hurt. Everyone was amazed, and people questioned, “…with authority and power he commands evil spirits (and they obey him?)”

Peters house - or the ruins thereofHome from church in Peter’s house they found his mother-in-law laying down, sick with a high fever. Jesus scolded the fever while standing over her, and it left her. He helped her up by the hand, and she got up and served them.

By sunset; everyone who was sick showed up. Jesus healed them all. Evil spirits came out of many crying, “You are the Chosen One, the Son of God!” He scolded them, and didn’t let them speak.

Jesus gave the order to go to the other side of the sea, and a public servant approached, saying, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes, and flying birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another follower said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus answered, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead”, and he got into a boat with his followers.picture of jesus sleeping in the boat as his disciples we fighting a storm crossing the sea of galilee

A violent storm hit with waves covering the boat, but… Jesus was asleep! They woke him up with, “Save us, Lord! We’re gonna die!” He answered, “Why are you afraid; you with little faith?” Then he got up, scolded the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. The men marveled asking, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Having traveled from the northern tip to the most southwest point of pigs running into water and two men meet jesus in gadarenethe sea of Galilee, the shore held some pigs and their herders… as well as two exceedingly fierce men with evil spirits who made the area unsafe. Approaching; the men cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus, Son of God? Are you here to torture us (before the time)? If you throw us out, send us into these pigs.” He said, “Go”, and all the pigs ran into the water (and died). Those who managed the pigs rushed into the city, and told everything about the pigs – and evil possessed men. Everyone came out to Jesus, and their fear begged him to leave their borders.

News about him spread everywhere.

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Paraphrase Notes:

  • “come under my roof” is replaced with “enter my house”
  • “Most Certainly“ is the phrase used in this translation, but other versions use, “Verily, verily”, “Very Truly”, “Most assuredly”, etc.. The use of a repeated word used here would probably best be translated as “Amen, amen”, but since this word marks our modern Pharisaical trumpet (at the end of our prayers), it also is not an culturally understandable term. Amen is a confirmation of truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. This Spirit was in Joshua after his baptism, and was planted here (through Joshua’s death), and now lives inside each of his followers. “Truth’s truth” is the cultural paraphrase used in this story. Feel free to look up Strongs #g281 (link to Blue Letter Bible)
  • “that“ is replaced with a semi-colon (“;”). It seems that getting rid of that “that” is the purpose of something like a semi-colon. It’s even spelled like an afterthought. It seems; semi-colons add clarity (too much? maybe).
  • “but” is replaced with “however” in a new sentence. This fits contextually.
  • Let it be done for you as you have believed” is replaced with “Allow what you have believed to be done for you”
  • Rebuke” replaced with “scolded.” We don’t rebuke in my culture. If someone used “rebuke” on daily life… the response would be, “what do you mean?”
  • “Centurion” is replaced with “Army Commander”, and “Officer.” Both roles were a part of this “Commander of 100.”
  • Christ” is Greek for “Chosen One“. It is true that the actual term is “Anointed One”, but to anoint means to smear or wipe… which anymore is a bio-hazard. This individual was anointed because that way the method with which designation was communicated – washed with oil. This action signified what King Arthur’s sword pulled out of the stone signified; a choosing of that individual.
  • Depart” is changed to “go”
  • “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” paraphrased for clarity sake to “Foxes have holes, and flying birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
  • disciple” is a “follower
  • Scribe” is closest to a “public servant”
  • “fearful” is replaced with “afraid.” Same meaning but the replacement word is used more in my world.
  • “Demons” is replaced with “evil spirits.”
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