Today is Thursday, August 17. Jesus has a compassion which drives him not only to the cross for the sake of the world, but also causes him to step aside and take time to show compassion for individuals, especially the despairing outcast. - Ian

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever been the recipient of compassion you never expected? What was that like?
_ How is the Lord working in the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Lord Jesus Christ, physician of souls; have mercy on me. I am wounded and sick in spirit; touch me. I am without any other to help; embrace me as your own. Amen.

DISCOVER  [Mark 5:24b-34]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

A great crowd followed him [Jesus] and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

_ Where was Jesus going and why was there a crowd about him?
_ Mark tells us a lot about the woman with the issue of blood. What three things does he describe?
_ Why does the woman touch Jesus' garment?
_ The notion of Jesus perceiving power going out from him is unusual. Can you think of any other instances where Jesus says something like this?
_ Why are the disciples so short in their answer to Jesus?
_ Why does the woman tremble?
_ What it Jesus' response to the woman?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond with a simple step of action?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Can I relate to the woman with the issue of blood? Or do I find myself more like the impatient disciples?
_ What might it mean for someone today to reach out to Christ hoping for healing and wholeness? What can we do to help them?
_ Have kept hidden the deliverance Jesus has brought me, or have I told it aloud?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus? (one on one or facilitating your own group), what is your next step, do you have the resources you need?