The Married Disciple
While reading more about the life and ministry of the Disciple Peter, I came across some things I hadn’t before.
Out of all the apostles, Peter is the only one who was married. Surprised? Well, I sure was as most of my life, the only early follower of Christ who was married was Saul of Tarsus. Yet, it is Paul’s own writings in the New Testament that confirm Peter too took a wife and that she supported him in his ministry.
1 Corinthians 9:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
Paul’s Rights as an Apostle
9 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink? 5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?
In fact, when Simon Peter’s Mother-In-Law fell ill he mentioned her to Jesus in the hope that she might be healed of her affliction.
Mark 1:29-31 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Heals Many
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.