Biblical People

Biblical People: The Mother-In-Law of Peter

I don’t think of any of Jesus’s twelve disciples as being married, but we know that at least Peter is—because we learn he has a mother-in-law. We see her only once in the Bible, and she’s not at her best. She’s incapacitated by a severe fever.

When Jesus comes to Peter’s house, he sees Peter’s ailing mother-in-law, touches her hand, and the fever goes away. To show her appreciation, she gets up and serves Jesus, making a meal for him.

Jesus has done much more for us than taking away a fever. What are we doing to show our gratitude?

[Discover more about Peter’s mother-in-law in Matthew 8:14–15.]

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A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

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