User Settings

Matthew 9:18-19,23-26

The Word of God

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. When Jesus came to the leader's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, "Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.

Matthew 9:18-19,23-26
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • The faith both of the sick woman and of the synagogue leader is striking. Jesus responds generously to it. This deep faith contrasts sharply with the flute players and the crowd who laugh at Jesus’ statement that the girl is not dead but sleeping.
    • This event challenges the strength of my own faith in the power of Christ to work effectively in my life too, if I but turn to him. Is my own faith weakened by the same scepticism and cynicism as expressed by the flute players and the crowd? Lord, ‘I believe, help my unbelief’ (Mark 9:24).
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus relates wonderfully with people who have faith. Faith establishes a strong relationship between Jesus and ourselves, and so his power flows to us. I pray for the sort of faith that the synagogue leader and the sick woman show.
    • Whom do I identify with in this crowded scene? Am I like the desperate leader or the sick woman? Or am I like the people who laughed at Jesus because they had no faith in him? Or do I ask Jesus just to let me touch him, or to take me by the hand and bring me to life?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus can be such an icon of perfection and reverence for us that we forget what he faced from his own people: /They laughed at him./ He did not waste energy taking issue with their mockery. He focussed simply on the sick girl and took her by the hand.
    • Lord, take me by the hand, lift my sickness and weariness, give me hope and new life.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus can be such an icon of perfection and reverence for us that we forget what he faced from his own people: /They laughed at him./ He did not waste energy taking issue with their mockery. He focussed simply on the sick girl and took her by the hand.
    • Lord, take me by the hand, lift my sickness and weariness, give me hope and new life.