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Monday, May 19, 2014

Interruptions

Another Week is up on us and as we approach this new week lets keep in mind the work we have before us.The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. —Psalm 33:11 My sister and I were looking forward to our holiday in Taiwan. We had purchased our plane tickets and booked our hotel rooms. But 2 weeks before the trip, my sister learned she had to stay at home in Singapore to handle an emergency. We were disappointed that our plans were interrupted. Jesus’ disciples were accompanying Him on an urgent mission when their trip was interrupted (Mark 5:21-42). The daughter of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, was dying. Time was of the essence, and Jesus was on His way to their home. Then, suddenly, Jesus stopped and said, “Who touched My clothes?” (v.30). The disciples seemed irritated by this and said, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” (v.31). But Jesus saw it as an opportunity to minister to a suffering woman. Her illness had made her ceremonially unclean and unable to participate in community life for 12 years! (see Lev. 15:25-27). While Jesus was talking to this woman, Jairus’ daughter died. It was too late—or so it seemed. But the delay allowed Jairus to experience an even deeper knowledge of Jesus and His power—even power over death! Sometimes our disappointment can be God’s appointment. —Poh Fang Chia Disappointment—His appointment No good thing will He withhold; From denials oft we gather Treasures of His love untold. —Young Look for God’s purpose in your next interruption. Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44 Insight Jairus, as a “[ruler] of the synagogue” (Mark 5:22), was a lay leader responsible for organizing and supervising the affairs of the local synagogue. This included the conduct and teaching of the worship services.

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