71. Woman healed by touching hem of Jesus’ garment- Matt. 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:42-48
-A twelve year hemorrhage, which had taken all of her money and effort with doctors, brought this woman to total dependence and trust in Jesus, the Messiah, for hope and healing. She had deep affliction and was intensely desperate for help when she touched His garment and received the power of God in her life for total healing in this area. She knew immediately that she had been healed and was really embarrassed to the point of fear. This brought her to a humble recognition before Christ as He felt His healing power proceeding from His Being in the middle of a pressing crowd of people. Jesus pointed out to her that it was her faith that had healed her and that she could now go in peace. *Application* Our desperate cries to Jesus release His power in our lives even to this day. Whatever your dilemma, call upon Him in faith to receive miraculous deliverance and peace. Jesus is the answer!
Verse to Memorize- Mark 5:34
72. Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth- Matt. 13:54-58, Mark 6:1-6
-As Jesus was going around to the Galilean villages teaching the Kingdom, He came to His hometown of Nazareth, which is west of the Sea of Galilee. The people there knew Him only as a carpenter (a common laborer) and they became offended that people were following Him as a Rabbi. He was teaching in the synagogue, which may correlate to the passage in Luke 4:16-31, where He rebuked the Nazarene populace and was almost cast off a cliff of the mountain. Matthew and Mark, if this is the same visit back to His hometown, focus more on the skepticism and unbelief Jesus encountered. It is interesting to note that their lack of faith reduced greatly His working of miracles in their midst. This led the Lord to wonder at their unbelief and make the comment about how a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own household. *Application* How do people receive you, especially when they’ve known you in the past as you grew up. Sometimes people’s opinions greatly reduce your ability to effectively work and minister. We have to be cognizant of the limitations in certain places based on false perceptions from the past. Thankfully, God has cleared us of our past through His forgiveness and restoration and is primarily concerned with our present and future in His wonder working power. So walk in His victory and don’t worry about the naysayers. You may even want to avoid them if possible under the Lord’s guidance and direction. A prophet or prophetess is still not usually honored in his/her hometown. Also, unbelief will always restrict the movement of God in a place. If you find yourself wondering why God is not a work in a place, check the faith meter and you will probably find skepticism and doubting present. Where pride and unbelief reside the power of God is severely reduced. Take notice American church.
Verses to Memorize- Mark 6:5-6