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PostSubject: November 13, 2009   Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:53 pm

The Surprising Jesus
11.13.09 BY Mark D. Roberts, Laity Lodge Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence

The Surprising Jesus
READ Mark 5:21-43
And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.

Mark 5:42
How I wish I could have witnessed this event in Mark’s Gospel! It is filled with such irony. Jesus approached the home of the synagogue leader with a daughter who had just died, and I expect the leader was deeply grieved, perhaps even angry that Jesus had been slowed down by the woman who touched the hem of his garment. If he had only hurried, perhaps his daughter could have been healed!

Then there’s the reaction of the mourners. As was common in this culture, the death of a person brought a crowd of people to grieve. There were even professional mourners who were hired to amplify the sadness. Yet when Jesus said that the child was only asleep, the mourners laughed at him. Ah, but he would have the last laugh!

Approaching the dead girl, Jesus didn’t recite magic words or get all worked up, rather he said, simply, “Little girl, get up!” (Mark even records the actual Aramaic words of Jesus in his Gospel, which is otherwise written in Greek.) Then the most amazing thing happened. The girl “immediately stood up and walked around!” (5:42). Mark adds, “They were overwhelmed and totally amazed!” No kidding! Jesus was known to be a healer. But raising someone from the dead? This put him in a whole new league.

Unfortunately, Mark does not tell us what happened with the mourners outside. How I would love to have seen their faces when they saw the resurrected girl. Laughter at Jesus’ folly became laughter of wonderment and joy. Mourning turned into rejoicing.


This story reminds us of the extraordinary power of God that was operating through Jesus. It also reminds that Jesus surprises us with his grace. He still does unexpected things, even in us. Moreover, in this story of a girl raised from the dead, we see a picture of our own fate in the hands of Jesus. Though we will one day die, we too will be raised to new life, the eternal life of the age to come.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: As you put yourself into this story from Mark, what do you think and feel? How have you experienced the resurrection power of Jesus in your own life?


PRAYER: I love this story, Lord! It is so filled with irony and grace. I wish I could have been there to witness the raising of the girl and then to see the looks on the faces of the mourners who had laughed at you.

O Lord, you do turn mourning into rejoicing. All praise be to you! You do raise the dead to new life! What a wonder! And you do surprise me with your amazing grace, again and again and again! Hallelujah! Amen.
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PostSubject: Re: November 13, 2009   Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:31 pm

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

Joyce Meyer, Daily Devotionals, November 13
My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.
Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)

I have discovered that God often seems unreasonable. What He chooses to do does not always make sense to us. It does not always fit into our balance of reason. We have a tendency to want things to make sense, but God wants us to learn to be led by our trust and not by our understanding. We should thank God that His ways are not our ways. My life would have turned out badly if God had given me my way in many situations. It is wise for us to pray, "Your will be done, Lord, not mine."

I often tell the Lord what I would like to have, but follow it up with, "However, if You know it is not right for me, please don't give it to me." His thoughts are above our thoughts. He sees the end from the beginning. All His ways are right and sure. In the natural we can think something makes sense, but it may not be what God wants at all.

From the book New Day, New You: 365 Devotions for Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer. Copyright ©️ 2007 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
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PostSubject: Re: November 13, 2009   Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:51 pm

Ezekiel Jonathan: It's through the eye's that are closed and, the thoughts that offend that shatter clarity and manifest sin.
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