Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 9 (v.1) - Recognized!

Submitted: July 15, 2019

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And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, "Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God."

And Jesus rebuked him, "Hold thy peace, and come out of him."

And when the unclean spirit had thrown and torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they obey him and come out.

And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. It was impossible not to hear of the fame of Jesus, even in the quiet area Mavy raised her children. If it wasn't a buzz in the marketplace, the children would come in and tell stories of what they had heard. It was understandable, in some ways, to be a skeptic. For a man to arise out of nowhere, and claim to be the Son of God, was most absurd. They had had their fair share of false prophets throughout history, but none with this statement. Perhaps, had she seen the man's baptism, or was positive that she could believe her teens that such an extraordinary thing had occurred, she would have been more ready to believe. It wasn't so much that she didn't want to, but to have the responsibility of being her children's spiritual covering, and to have to, what she considered, undo all the teachings that she had given them since their births were too serious a matter to leave to mere gullibility. It wouldn't be the first time a new thing came out and drew all matter of attention before eventually dying off, or being found out as faulty.

It wouldn't be the first time a new thing came out and drew all matter of attention before eventually dying off, or being found out as faulty

Lost in thought, she jumped, nearly dropping the clay dish in her hand. Catching herself she quickly replaced the dish before turning, exasperated to her son. His forehead was dotted with perspiration, his cheeks flushed rosy. "Robert, must you run in and make so much commotion?" It was hard to be frustrated at his exuberance. She'd aged so quickly herself, what with two teens, and the death of her husband, but couldn't help but light up at their adventurous spirit. Sometimes, to onlookers, it was hard to tell she was their mother instead of the third sibling. Her hair still free of silver streaks, yet the telltale signs of a hard life were etched permanently on her face.

"Oh, uh, sorry," Robert sputtered, bending over to catch his wind before straightening again.

Mavy clucked her tongue, smoothing her hand through his hair. As the years went by he looked more and more like Daniel. Just the thought of him still caught a tear in her throat, causing her to swallow hard. "What is it? What is the rush?"

"It's Jesus! He's round about teaching, I want to follow Him. Can I go, mom?"

At the Name of Jesus, Estelle glanced up from where she sat, as ladylike as she could muster, hurling her sewing project aside, "Oh I do too!"

Mavy turned around. What hold did this man have on them? And she thought John the Baptist's influence was catchy!

"Go, go on now!" She smiled, shooing the two out the door leaning against the doorpost. Perhaps they'd find the truth about the Man.

When they were coming out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, James and John, for they had besought Him for the health of Simon's mother-in-law

When they were coming out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, James and John, for they had besought Him for the health of Simon's mother-in-law. Jesus came and stood over her, took her by the hand, and lifted her, rebuking the sickness and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

 

Astonished, when the sun was setting, they brought unto him all that were sick and diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And the city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many and cast out many devils who at His rebuke cried out "Thou art the Son of God!" Jesus silenced the demons not to speak because they knew He was the Christ, and He took no delight in their words.

 


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