Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9: Genesis 22-24, Mark 5:21-43 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 22-24, Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:28
Because she thought, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will be healed”

Here is a lady who has suffered for years. She is in an impossible situation & had tried everything. Then comes along a man named Jesus who people say heals. A man she’s never heard of before but after learning of him, knows she needs to see him.

She seeks Jesus out, fully believing in His power.  How do we know this?
“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd & asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ ‘You see the people crowding around you,’ his disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, who touched me?’ (vs 30-31)
If she hadn’t believed fully, she would have experienced no more than all those crowding him.

Jesus doesn’t get angry with her for coming to him; he embraced her.
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace & be freed from your suffering” (vs 34)

How does this apply to us?
>Jesus was her last resort (however she probably at that point had just learned of the Healer)
>>Why so often is Jesus our last resort? Why don’t we seek him first? Why do we think we need to do it on our own?

>an impossible situation that he cured with no effort (he wasn’t purposely demonstrating his power, it just flowed from him)
>>he can handle the small, the big & everything in between; he can handle anything we face

>Jesus loved her for her faith, for seeking him
>>Jesus wants us to come to him. He is waiting for us to trust him so fully that we continually seek him & only him, knowing that there is no better way

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 25-27, Mark 6:1-29


Nathan said...

Why so often is Jesus our last resort? Why don’t we seek him first? Why do we think we need to do it on our own?

I think we often look elsewhere first because we do what's easiest or what's in front of us at that moment, not taking the time to talk with Jesus and letting Him work. We often look for quick answers, I pray that I would leave things with God and trust and have patience that He will work things out.

Tammy said...

Yes - I want to look to Him first, for everything, big and small.