Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Word Wednesday #37

Mark 5:24-30
24 And Jesus went with [Jairus]; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

In every instance of Jairus' story, there is the interruption: the woman with the issue of blood. Jesus stopped and patiently tended to the need of the interruption - even though to human eyes, this delay cost the life of Jairus' daughter. What is it in my life that I think "interruptions" will harm? Do I forget that God is able to fix any "problems" that may result when I follow Him to serve in an interruption?

The rest of the passage (because it's just amazing!):
 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

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Janell said...

Wow, great thought, Amanda. I had never really considered that aspect before.

Today seems to be the day for sharing passages out of Mark. :-)

Mark 10:17-27
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

There are two things that stand out to me here.The first is what the Lord required of the young man to gain eternal life, and that was his riches. Obviously it wasn't that selling his stuff, giving to the poor, and living in poverty would save him, but the bottom line is that we have to give up whatever comes before Christ in our lives.
Also, the last verse to me is very powerful. It is impossible for us to live righteously and please God in our own strength, but through Christ and what He's done and also submitting ourselves to Him daily we can please God.

Salinn said...

Great post as always Amanda. :)

Amanda T. said...

@ Janell,

Amen, I completely agree. There's not much more to "add to" that passage. :)

Yes! That last verse is so powerful - and yet how often do we need the reminder?


"Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy," Philippians 1:4

Amanda T. said...

@ Salinn,

Praise the Lord! Thanks for your encouragement! :)


"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:23

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