2021_02_01 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Matthew 9 & 10
This week’s reading of Matthew 9 and 10 changes gears a little from Jesus’ teachings to include action. We see him healing the paralyzed, blind, and mute. Healing a woman who had suffered with a stigmatizing disorder for 12 years and raising the dead. He also invites Matthew to join Him and sends out the 12 disciples on their first mission. Once again, Matthew gives us a lot to digest in two chapters.
When I read the Bible, I like to imagine what it would be like to be there and see what’s happening firsthand. I also imagine what it would be like to be the characters that I’m reading about. What was it like to have been healed by Jesus? For the woman who was healed of the bleeding disorder, she knew if she could just touch His cloak she would be healed. And she was. Instantly. Jesus could have left it at that, never even acknowledging the fact that she had touched his garment, but He stopped and spoke to her and called her “daughter”. I imagine His words of compassion healed more than her physical condition.
Jesus’ approach to healing was often different; sometimes He just spoke, and it happened, sometimes He touched, sometimes He wasn’t even present when the healing occurred. That fascinates me and makes me think there was more happening than just the physical healing. He knew what the individual needed. He saw them, valued them, had compassion and empathy for them, and changed them. What a Savior we have.
Jesus hasn’t changed from what we read in the biographies. Hebrews 13:8 tells us: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” That same value, compassion, and empathy that He had for people then, He has for you and me today. We are seen and we are loved. Jesus still desires to heal us and change us.
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