October 30

Texts: Matthew 8:18-22, Luke 9:57-62, Mark 4:35-41, Mark 5, Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-6

Highlights: Today’s reading contains 5 more wonderful miracles: 2 cases of demon possession, 2 blind men healed at the same time, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, and a girl raised from the dead.  The reading begins with Jesus challenging His would be followers to truly dedicate themselves God, and closes with another example of His being rejected in “His own country”.

Two days ago we read about a “ruler of the synagogue” that condemned Jesus for performing a miracle. Today we read about a “ruler of the synagogue” begging Jesus for help.  We don’t know the hearts of these two men but what circumstances might have caused the man in today’s reading to be more open to Jesus?  What does this teach us about our own need for God?


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5 Responses to October 30

  1. Sandy Steinman

    There are so many unanswered questions regarding Jairus.We don’t know the location of the synagogue that he was the ruler for. It could have been in Capernaum and he may have witnessed the casting out of the demon in the synagogue and the healing of the man with the withered hand in the synagogue. The one thing we know is that the Jewish leaders were not big fans of Jesus and the chances are Jairus did not hold Jesus in very high esteem before his hour of need. Now his daughter is dying and he is desperate and desperation is most likely what caused him to be open to Jesus. Even knowing that, I doubt that he believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Most likely what he knew was that Jesus could heal people and just now his daughter needed that healing. He may well have missed the point that he needed Jesus regardless of his daughter or of anything else going on in his life and we have the same need.

  2. I agree, Sandy. Rulers knew He performed miracles but called it power of Satan. I think so many today are just like that. Foxhole prayers…..there are no atheists in a battle. Hopefully the cry of help to Jesus may broaden out and brining a deeper understanding.
    I need God in my like every minute, not just when I have a crisis.

  3. Norma

    Sometimes it takes trials and sorrows to bring us to Christ and that is a big reason why God allows them in the life of Christians. We all need to be reminded of our need and dependence on our Lord.

    [I’m caught up – hurray!]

  4. Jimmy

    I wonder if the 1st “ruler of the synagogue” would have had a different attitude if his daughter was dying? When we are surrounded by good things we tend to forget our need for God, but in truth we all have a desperate need for God’s help – especially spiritually.

  5. Andrew

    Good comments. Yes, we all need God. Sometimes we forget that fact until something out of our control takes place in our lives. Then we remember there is someone who can exercise control on a level we can’t understand. Often people turn to God when they are most in need. One of our tasks should be to remind ourselves that need never goes away.

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