Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 7 Study # 4
July 19, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<542> Thesis: When grace is involved, nothing is of greater importance than "faith". Introduction: In our study last week we tried to address the issues raised by the references to the twelve years. One of those issues is why Luke would tell us two intermingled stories that have "twelve years" as their historical point of reference. It was my conclusion that the two stories are clear examples of how "faith" in Jesus addresses the two major obstacles to Life: pride and despair. The other of those issues is why God would wait twelve years to act in situations that were clearly marked by the presence of Death. It was my conclusion that God has a sense of action and timing that takes in a vast multitude of details without losing sight of His specific goals. This week we are going to look more closely at the record of the healing of the woman whose life was incrementally draining away -- slowly enough for her to stay alive, but significantly enough to wear away her vitality and hope. What is it that we are to learn from Luke's effort in recording this?