Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/12/2023: Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

Today please be in prayer for

Gibbon Faith UMC
Gateway District
Gothenburg First UMC
Gateway District
Kearney Faith UMC
Gateway District
Kearney First UMC
Gateway District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax-collection station, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.

And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.” ...

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader 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. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that moment. 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 through all of that district.

Today's Devotional

Discuss these questions on our Facebook page:
  • Jesus said, “follow me.” More often than he said, “believe in me.”  What is the difference? How do you describe “following Jesus” and “believing in Jesus?"
  • What was the social status of the woman who touched Jesus' cloak?  
  • How do these scripture passages (the woman’s healing and the raising of the girl) reflect the compassion and mercy of Jesus? What does it say about Jesus that he has authority and also extends compassion and mercy?
  • Have you felt a call from God to do certain things? How might we fulfill God’s call to ministry in our everyday relationships?


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