Hey guys! So we are still on this story of the woman with the blood issue because I love it so much and there is so much to learn from such a small passage. Like I keep saying, don’t read the Bible without the inspiration of the Holy Ghost! Else you will not grasp the whole story or well the revelation behind it. It would be like reading a story. Yes they are stories but the words give life!
So we spoke about who Tikvah is (not her real name) and spoke about the power of testimony basically. Now for this part I want to focus on Peter and the other disciples. So Tikvah touches the garment of Jesus and gets healed, Jesus realizing that virtue has left Him, turns around and says ‘who touched my clothes?’
And the disciples around him replied saying ‘Mark 5:31 KJV
 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?’
HILARIOUS! let me translate the way I understood it. This would have been so much better in twi but that would be totally unfair to the people who don’t speak it so I’d just try my best to paint the picture in English. So here Jesus is with a crowd around Him and they’ve been around Him since He got there. There have been people pushing, people touching and all. I’m sure the disciples had to fight some people off because every one wants a glance of Him, wants to touch Him or wants to share their plight. I imagine it being loud and the disciples being tired and a little frustrated. Then in the middle of all of this, Jesus stopped and says ‘who touched my clothing?’ Hehehe ‘Ah who touched you sen? Question should have been who isn’t touching you.’ So the disciples lead by Peter (of course! My main man Peter hehe) say to him, Jesus, seriously??? You are literally in the middle of this huge crowd and you are asking who touched you now? Ah did you zone out or something because people have been touching you since we got here like what are you even talking about? So right now who are you asking for? because we are all touching you in someway.
Do you know why I love that they asked Jesus that? Because I could identify with that. It’s something I would have thought maybe I may have been too scared to say it out loud but I would have thought it or well muttered it. Low-key, we like to believe that to be a disciple of God, we should already be where He is or be at least close to His level of understanding. Okay let me not say ‘we’ because this might just be me. So I used to think that for Jesus to have selected them, they had to be some qualified bunch. They prayed, they fasted, they had in-depth understanding to His parables and teachings but no that’s not what we see in scripture. For some reason Peter’s reaction to Jesus’ question in that verse hit me hard and all I heard in my Spirit was God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He doesn’t need you to be qualified because frankly you can’t be qualified without Him or His input. He needs you to be willing. The disciples were willing. They weren’t the strongest, fastest or the brightest even but they had the heart for Jesus and His purpose and that was more than enough.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Listen! When I read that verse and realized how human and regular the disciples were, first it made me burst out laughing because really??? I would have thought the same thing! We are in a crowd Jesus! Everyone is touching you and they have been touching you for close to 30 mins or an hour. Why do you randomly ask? I would have wondered if He was okay. I don’t know, I had read about the disciples and knew they were everyday people but it never sunk in like it did when I read that passage last month. I mean I would think of them and think ‘The chosen ones’. The moment Jesus said what He said, they should have caught that He knew what He was saying and been able to discern what he meant by it and even identify the person for Him.
They had the heart for Jesus and His purpose and that was more than enough.
This just confirmed for me the fact that God has walked through all His plans before He begins them. He knew there would be days we feel unworthy or unfit to follow Jesus, where we’d think we don’t qualify so He made sure we were represented through the disciples that Jesus chose. So many times, I see myself through Peter and it brings me comfort because if God can use him, He can use me too. I don’t have to understand all scripture before God will use me. I just need to be willing and have a hunger to learn.
God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, He doesn’t expect you to be all put together. He doesn’t expect you to have all the answers and ask no questions. He doesn’t expect you to get what He’s doing immediately all the time. He doesn’t expect you to be conditioned right away to be obedient. He doesn’t! He just wants us to be willing; To surrender our wills unto Him so He can do that good work in and through us.
Until next week, stay blessed loves!