Who had been sent
To the house,
They found the slave
In good health.”
καὶ ὑποστρέψαντες εἰς τὸν οἶκον οἱ πεμφθέντες εὗρον τὸν δοῦλον ὑγιαίνοντα.
Luke said that those friends of the centurion, who had been sent to Jesus (οἱ πεμφθέντες), returned to the centurion’s house (καὶ ὑποστρέψαντες εἰς τὸν οἶκον). There, they found the slave in good health (εὗρον τὸν δοῦλον ὑγιαίνοντα). There is a slightly different ending to this healing of the centurion’s servant in Matthew, chapter 8:13, where Jesus talked about the failure of the sons of Abraham. He then told the centurion to go home. The healing was going to take place as he had believed that it would. Simply the word of Jesus, not his presence would cure his servant. Then Matthew indicated that at that very moment, at that very hour, the servant was healed, without the presence of Jesus. In both gospel stories, the servant was healed without Jesus being physically present to do so, due to the great faith of this non-Israelite Roman centurion person. What kind of faith do you have?
Now Simon’s mother-in-law
From a high fever.
They asked him
Ἀναστὰς δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς συναγωγῆς εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν Σίμωνος. πενθερὰ δὲ τοῦ Σίμωνος ἦν συνεχομένη πυρετῷ μεγάλῳ, καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν περὶ αὐτῆς.
Luke said that Jesus left the synagogue (Ἀναστὰς δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς συναγωγῆς) in Capernaum. He then entered Simon’s house (εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν Σίμωνος) that was probably in Capernaum also. Simon’s mother-in-law (πενθερὰ δὲ τοῦ Σίμωνος) was suffering from a high fever (ἦν συνεχομένη πυρετῷ μεγάλῳ). They asked or appealed to Jesus about her (καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν περὶ αὐτῆς). Matthew, chapter 8:14, and Mark, chapter 1:29-30, both have something similar, as well. Mark said that as soon as Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon and Andrew, his brother, nor just Simon’s house. Thus, this may have been a family residence. Matthew said clearly it was Peter’s house, using his Greek name that Jesus gave him. Only Mark mentioned James and John being there also. In Luke and Mark, Jesus was leaving the synagogue, so that this would be the second healing on the Sabbath. However, Matthew had them coming here after curing the centurion’s servant. Anyway, Jesus and his disciples were in a place that Simon or Peter stayed or lived in Capernaum. This residence of Simon may have become the headquarters for Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. In Matthew, Jesus saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed sick with a fever, so that no one had to tell him about it, as in Mark and Luke. In all three gospel stories, she was sick with a fever, lying in bed. There is no indication of what kind of illness this was or whether it was chronic or severe. No one explained why Peter’s mother-in-law was living in this house. Was this a permanent arrangement? There were no indications of where Simon’s wife was, even if she was there, since there was no mention whatsoever of Peter’s wife in any of these stories.