Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 2
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity
November 7, 2021

Mark 5:24-34 (NIV) “Jesus went with [Jairus to his house because his daughter was sick]. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" 31 "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'" 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." 

This woman was Levitically unclean. (Leviticus 15:25) It excluded her from public worship at the Temple and in the synagogue, and even from her relatives. No human had been able to help her. 

She approached Jesus in faith and her faith was rewarded. She received Jesus’ power to heal her. 

When Jesus asked "Who touched my clothes?" he knew the answer because he is true God. Her confession shows both repentance and faith. Her faith in Jesus led her to touch his clothes. She had hoped just to touch his clothes, because she believed he could heal her. She explained the whole story, and why she came to him, and Jesus said “your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

We must remember that Jesus heals us from something even worse: damnation in hell. But we are encouraged to approach Jesus in prayer for anything:

1. What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Ev'rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Ev'rything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a Friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev'ry weakness--
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our Refuge--
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He'll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there. Amen. 

(The Lutheran Hymnal, 457)

Prayer
O God, because without thee we are not able to please thee, mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen

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