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9/25/11

Jesus had withdrawn to the region of Tyre and Sidon, but Mark 7:24-25 says that He could not keep his presence secret.  As soon as this woman heard that he was there, she seeks Him out, and pleads for her daughter.  The Scripture is sure to point out that she had three strikes against her, according to the Jewish thinking: she was a woman, a Gentile, and a Canaanite. Someone has said “The greatness of faith often can be measured by the obstacles it overcomes” and she had to overcome many.

In this passage,  we find a stark contrast between the Jewish leaders who were rejecting Jesus had a Gentile woman who is seeking after Him.  Here is a dramatic difference between the unbelief of the Jews, and the faith of this woman.  She has such great faith that it surprises Jesus.  Interestingly, there are only two people in Scripture, that Jesus commended for having great faith, the centurion and this woman, and both were Gentiles.  But what was it that so surprised Jesus about this woman’s faith?  As we consider this story today, I want us to look at what it was about this woman’s faith that surprised Jesus, so that we too may have that kind of faith.

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9/18/11FAITH.gif

Luke 9:51 tells us that Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem.  He was resolute, determined, and focused. Yet, the cry of a poor blind beggar stops Jesus on his way.  By stopping Jesus said clearly “You matter to God.  You are important to Him.  He sees your affliction.  He hears your cry, and He has come to heal you.”

We are going to look today at what it was about Bartimaeus’ faith that stopped Jesus, and caused Him to grant Bartimaeus’ healing, so that we can learn from him, that we too may have such faith

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Jesus marveled at the great faith of a Roman centurion whose background and circumstances ought to have made it difficult for him to have faith.  He was a man whose occupation prized force and self-reliance; a man whose background was paganism; and a man hated by the Jews because he was a Roman. Yet, despite all the circumstances that went against him, this man exhibited such great faith that it “wowed” Jesus. It caught Jesus attention.  It impressed Jesus.  It set this man apart from all of Israel.

It was not the man’s achievements, position or title that impressed Jesus, but it was his faith.  This man’s story is forever recorded for us as an example of faith that impresses Jesus that we too might learn how to have the kind of faith that “wow’s Jesus” –the great faith that captures Jesus attention, and releases the miraculous into our situation.

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Faith That Touches Jesus

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9/4/11

Here in the story of the woman with the issue of blood, in Mk 5:34, Jesus said “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”  Faith is the key that releases the power of God.  Many people crowded around Jesus that day, touching Him, rubbing against Him with the press of the crowd, but one woman’s touch released His healing power,  and He said “who touched me?”

Today as we look at the story of  this woman who touched Jesus in faith and was immediately healed, it reveals to us several characteristics of the faith that touches Jesus.

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