October 6, 2015

Psalms 135-136
Hallelujah!  Praise the name of God, praise the words of God...God stands up for his people, God holds the hand of his people...You who fear God, bless God!...  

Thank God!  He deserves your thanks, His love never quits (stated 25 times)    

Matthew 9:18-9:38
A local official appeared, bowed politely and said, “My daughter has just now died.  If you come and touch her , she will live.”  Jesus got up and went with him, his  disciples followed along. 

Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe.  She was thinking to herself, “if I can only put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.”  Jesus turned -- caught her at it.  Then he reassured her:  Courage, daughter.  You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.”  The woman was well from then on.

By now they arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story & the neighbors bringing in casseroles.  Jesus was abrupt: “Clear out!  This girl isn’t dead.  She’s sleeping.”   They told him he didn’t know what he was talking about.  But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girl’s hand, and pulled her to her feet - - alive. 

As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men...When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him.  Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?”  They said, “Why yes, Master!”  He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.”  It happened.  They saw.  Then Jesus became very stern.  “Don’t let a soul know how this happened.”  But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met.

Right after that, as the blind men were leaving, a man who had been struck speechless by an evil spirit was brought to Jesus.  As soon as Jesus threw the evil spirit out, the man talked away just as if he’d been talking all of his life.  The people were on their feet applauding:  “There’s never been anything like this in Israel!”  The Pharisees were left sputtering, “Hocus-pocus.”

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages.  He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives.  When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke.  So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.  “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples.   “How few workers!  On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”