April 22, 2020: SOAP #3793: 1Samuel 25,26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9
Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 9:18 While he was saying this, aruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. Butcome and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up andwent with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came upbehind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “IfI only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned and saw her.“Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healedyou.” And the woman was healed from that moment
25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by thehand, and she got up.
Observation: Thesetwo remarkable miracles happened within the same day. Jesus was on His way in response to a father'sfaith for his daughter. The father'sfaith was for Jesus to touch his daughter and she would live. Jesus' journey was interrupted by a woman whohad been ill for twelve years. The woman'sfaith was for her to touch Jesus' clothes and she would be healed.
Jesus touched the girl; the woman touched Jesus. The expression of their faith was different;the object of their faith was the same. Bothreceived what was needed.
Application: The expression of my faith is proof that faithis present. Different situations willbring about different expressions of my faith. But the one thing constant must be the object of my faith. Jesus will act according to His word. The better I know the Bible, the better Iwill understand how God works and what I can expect. Faith comes from hearing God speak to me, andhearing God speak comes through the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for yourword. Thank you for the specific of whatyou expect from me and what I can expect from you. Amen
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