The fact that I've seen hundreds of visitors to this devotional blows my mind. God is taking my seemingly small step of faith and doing something cool with it. I pray this devotional blesses you and encourages you to know Him differently. Take a moment and ask God to wreck you with His presence.
Then read Mark Six.
I'm going to break out of my comfort zone and get a little more historical! If that was the worst sentence you could read, stick with me. I promise it won't be that bad.
Mark 6 seemed all over the place (at least to me). I believe The Bible is the word of God, but this chapter just seemed a little less calculated to me--and I love that about it.
In Mark Six:
-Jesus preaches in His home town ((scary & a little awkward & BOLD))
-Jesus inspires, gives vision, talks strategy, and then sends His 12 on their way
-John the Baptist is beheaded ((see what I mean about all over the place?? Poor John...))
-Jesus tells his missionaries to seek rest
-Jesus feeds 5,000 people
-Jesus walks on water ((...can you imagine?!))
And finally, where I want to spend our time together. Verses 53-56
Now to get historical. (I told you I would).
Jesus' daily outfit was pretty common for common people to wear--He rocked a traditional robe. It was called the Tallit. (TAH-liss). If you go to a modern Saturday Jewish service you'll see the men and boys wearing a modern rendition of the same thing.
Here is where it get's cool:
The importance wasn't in the robe, it was in the tassels. The tassels of the robe are called a Tzizit (TSI-tsit). This is the most intimate part of the robe. Aside form the priests wife anyone would touch this would be considered incredibly rude.
Even cooler, the tassels (or shall I say...Tzizit) symbolized the wearer's authority. The way these robes were made was by finishing the hem in the tassels.
When Davis spared Sauls' life, he cut off the corner of his garment. Meaning the authority of God was going to be taken away.
Tzizit represents authority.
So how cool is it that there is a host of people bringing their sick (and desperate) loved ones to the feet of Jesus. Begging Him "that they might touch just the tassel of His robe."
They needed to experience just a little bit of God's authority. Just like you and me.
I get the symbolism of the Tzizit, but none of this is about just a garment. Jesus' power, His authority come fully from Our Father in Heaven.
And Jesus has the same authority today as He did back then. He can heal you. He can move in your life.
Today, I'm going to try something a little different. I ask that you just take a moment and listen to this song. This is the worship band from the Church that I go to. Let it encourage you and let this song be your cry to the Lord. AMEN.
Here at Desperately Dependent, I write about how I need God much more than He needs me. I write about how living the Spirit Filled Life is changing me and the people around me. And how so many 'failures' and awkward situations arise from being a Christian Twenty Something.