Tuesday, February 28, 2017

AHG Devotional: February 2017 - Luke 8:40‭-‬50 NLT

On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him. Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying. As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”  When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”
This scripture was part of Ashlyn's devotional tonight at her American Heritage Girls' Troop meeting.   She and I learned the woman had been sick for twelve years.  We discussed her personality as a troop.  The girls in the troop discussed the old woman was perseverant, wanted to get to Jesus in order to be healed, and was faithful.   She was unable to work since she was sick.  Her sickness brought her to Christ.  She heard Jesus healed people.  Mrs. Wiley began the activity by asking one of the older girls in the troop, Emily, to stand in the center of the room and then asked all the other girls to touch her.  Initially, Emily knew who was touching her, but quickly afterwards was unable to determine who all was touching her.  In this same scenario, the sick woman touched Jesus and he was unaware who touched him, but knew someone touched his robe.  Through her touching his robe and receiving Jesus' healing power, she was no longer sick and was immediately better.  However, we are unable to touch Jesus' robe and through our faith we are healed.  Afterwards, the girls in the troop went to their individual meeting groups and wrote in the journals.  Ashlyn drew a picture of the smiling woman touching Jesus.

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