In this part, we saw David run from Saul. We noticed that David attracted the distressed, those in debt, and the discontented to him when he goes home to the tribe of Judah. I believe these 3 categories are the people who need grace the most. Distress comes when we are faced with situations where there is no hope. Grace gives these people hope. Those in debt are imprisoned, often literally, until it is paid. They are held back by these burdened. Grace offers freedom to those who are in bondage. Discontented person are those you are usually told in leadership to remove from your team. People who are disenfranchised from the church are mad at God and are in need of His grace. They are mad at Christians who lived judgmentally and in condemnation. Love doesn’t ignore sin, but it does cover them up. These people became a mighty army (started with 400 and constantly grew) because they didn’t stay distressed, in debt, and discontented. This army is not used to fight Saul but to fight the Philistines. He is still serving Saul.
We looked at Luke 13:10. Jesus sees a woman crippled, not by God, but just by life. He immediately acts and speaks that she is set free from her infirmity. He is setting her free from her prison. He lays hands after setting her free. Then she straightens up and praises God. Jesus healing people involved them believing and receiving healing. He doesn’t say “I have healed you” but instead “you are set free.” They still have to believe what he says to receive it. The synagogue rules say the Sabbath is not the day to be healed. They are angry both with Jesus and with the woman.
In Mark 5:21-43 we see a synagogue ruler who by approaching Jesus, with whom other synagogue rulers are angry, is risking his position, seeing his daughter healed. In the midst of the story, the woman with the issue of blood is healed by simply touching the edge of Jesus’ robe (a robe was considered the extension of a person’s power).
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