The Study of Hopefulness

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Just a Touch

18-19 As he finished saying this, 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 following along.

20-22 Just then, a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just 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.

23-26 By now, they had arrived at the house of the town official and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and 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. The news was soon out and traveled throughout the region.

-Matthew 9:18-26 The Message

Miracles of Healing

Verse 18: While He was saying these things to them, behold, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will become alive again.”

Verse 18 study: Mark and Luke say that the man’s name is Jairus (Mark 5:22, Luke 8:41). Jairus was responsible for administration, looking after the building, supervising worship, running the school on weekdays, and finding rabbis to teach on the Sabbath.

Verse 19: Jesus got up from the table and began to accompany him, along with His disciples.

Verse 20: And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the border of His cloak;

Verse 21: for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will get well.”

Verse 22: But Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” And at once, the woman was made well.

Verses 20-22 studies: This woman suffered for 12 years with bleeding (maybe a menstrual disorder). In our times of desperation, we don’t have to worry about the right way to reach out to God. This woman reached out in faith, which is good enough. God will respond.

Verse 22 study: God changed situations that have been a problem for years. The leper, the demon-possessed men, and this woman with a disease. She was considered unclean. For 12 years, she had been “untouchable” and couldn’t lead an everyday life. But Jesus changed all that and restored her. We may be tempted to give up on people or situations that have not changed in years. God can change that unchangeable moment by giving us a new purpose and hope.

Verse 23: When Jesus came into the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd in noisy disorder,

Verse 24: He said, “Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him.

Verse 25: But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.

Verse 26: And this news spread throughout that land.

Verses 23-26 studies: The synagogue official went to Jesus too late, after his daughter died. At that point, it was too late for anyone to help. But Jesus went to her and raised her. In our lives, Christ can make a difference when it seems too late for any one of us to help. He can heal broken relationships and healing to emotional scars. If your situation looks hopeless, remember Christ can do the impossible.

Cross References

9:18

Matthew 8:2

9:20

Numbers 15:38; Deuteronomy 22:12; Matthew 14:36; 23:5

9:21

Matthew 14:36; Mark 3:10; Luke 6:19

9:22

Matthew 9:2; Matthew 9:29; 15:28; Mark 5:34; 10:52; Luke 7:50; 8:48; 17:19; 18:42

9:23

2 Chronicles 35:25; Jerimah 9:17; 16:6; Ezekiel 24:17

9:24

John 11:13; Acts 20:10

9:25

Acts 9:40; Mark 9:27

9:26

Matthew 4:24; 9:31; 14:1; Mark 1:28, 45; Luke 4:14, 37; 5:15: 7:17

It’s a time of rejoicing. It’s your birthday. Father, I pray for a safe holiday for all. Let us remember this day as your day. Hope is brought up a lot during the holiday season. There are hopeless situations we don’t know about. I pray for those situations that you will put your hand in it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope everyone has a safe holiday.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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