Thursday, December 10, 2009

Finishing Up 9

My head aches today.

I'm not quite sure what the correlation is with verses 14-17. John the Baptist's followers came to Jesus and asked Him why they have to fast but Jesus' disciples didn't have to. Interesting. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and preached that He was the anointed One, the Son of God, but it doesn't appear that his followers then started following Jesus? It almost seems to me like they were either irritated or trying to trap Him with their question.

Verse 18 says that "A Ruler" came to Jesus because his daughter had just died and he knew that Jesus could bring her back to life. Wonder what this guy ruled. He had pretty amazing faith to know that Jesus could bring his daughter back from the dead. Wonder if he believed Jesus was the Son of God or if he thought He was just a prophet. I also wonder how old his daughter was...just random thoughts.

Then comes along the woman who touched Jesus' hem so she could be healed of her bleeding. She knew that she only had to touch his clothing to get healing. THAT is pretty big faith. I like that Jesus said, "Take heart, daughter. Your faith has healed you" (verse 22)

When Jesus gets to the ruler's house he tells everyone to leave because "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep" (verse 24). They laughed at Him. I wonder if Jesus was like, "Laugh all you want, fools. Wait'll you see THIS..." The He took her by the and and she got up out of bed. As usual...everyone was astonished and news spread throughout the area.

Verses 27-30 show again that because someone had faith to be healed, they were healed. I like verses 30&31, "Jesus warned them sternly, 'See that no one knows about this.' But they went out and spread the news about Him all over that region." Why?? Again, why did Jesus want them not to tell anyone? Did He really mean it or was it reverse psychology?

Next, Jesus heals a man who is "demon possessed." I wonder if that was a demon in the respect of an angel of Satan (a la Linda Blair) or if it was a psychological disease or disorder. I know that back in the day, people wo suffered from different psychological disorders were labeled as "demon possessed." Either way, it's miraculous, but I just wonder... (I do believe that there were Linda Blair cases, but maybe not all of the "demon possessed" stories in the Bible were actually demons?

The pharisees thought that Jesus was driving out demons by using Satan.

Jesus had mercy on the people who came to see Him and be healed. The Bible says they "were like sheep without a shepherd" (verse 36). I like that my Bible translation actually uses the word "harassed." That sits so well with me. That's the way I felt yesterday. Just harassed. By the world. Jesus said, when He saw this, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field" (verse 37) In my paraphrase, He was saying. "These people are ripe for the pickin'! But there isn't anyone teaching them or sharing the gosepl with them..." I think it's so much the same today. There are so many seeking, but not enough teaching and reaching out.

...And that brings us to the end of chapter 9. I wasn't sure it would happen, but here it is...
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