Daily Bible Reading

January 13th, 2011

Matthew 9:18-38 (GNT)

Confess Jesus as Lord

Introduction

Matthew 9:18-38: Matthew continues with more of Jesus’ miracles. In today’s reading, Jesus brings a Jewish official’s dying daughter back to life and heals a woman who was suffering from bleeding for twelve years. He also restores sight to two blind men and drives out a demon from a man who could not talk. Jesus goes around visiting towns and villages teaching and preaching the Good News and healing people of all their sickness.

Today's Scripture: Matthew 9:37, 38

“The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”

Today's Reading

18 While Jesus was saying this, a Jewish official came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and place your hands on her, and she will live.” 19 So Jesus got up and followed him, and his disciples went along with him. 20 A woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If only I touch his cloak, I will get well.” 22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, my daughter! Your faith has made you well.” At that very moment the woman became well. 23 Then Jesus went into the official's house. When he saw the musicians for the funeral and the people all stirred up, 24 he said, “Get out, everybody! The little girl is not dead—she is only sleeping!” Then they all started making fun of him. 25 But as soon as the people had been put out, Jesus went into the girl's room and took hold of her hand, and she got up. 26 The news about this spread all over that part of the country. 27 Jesus left that place, and as he walked along, two blind men started following him. “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” they shouted. 28 When Jesus had gone indoors, the two blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I can heal you?” “Yes, sir!” they answered. 29 Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen, then, just as you believe!”— 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus spoke sternly to them, “Don't tell this to anyone!” 31 But they left and spread the news about Jesus all over that part of the country. 32 As the men were leaving, some people brought to Jesus a man who could not talk because he had a demon. 33 But as soon as the demon was driven out, the man started talking, and everyone was amazed. “We have never seen anything like this in Israel!” they exclaimed. 34 But the Pharisees said, “It is the chief of the demons who gives Jesus the power to drive out demons.” 35 Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. 36 As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. 38 Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest. ”

Reflect

In chapters 8 and 9, Matthew gives several accounts of Jesus healing people. Which one of these stories moved you most? Why? What did these stories teach you about Jesus? Have you experienced God’s healing in your life? How?

Pray

Lord God, healer of us all. Mend the brokenness in my life, and heal my wounds, both physical and spiritual. Be present with all who are in need of your healing today. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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