Monday, October 31, 2016


ISAIAH 54:17

No weapon that is formed - No instrument of war, no sword, or spear; no instrument of persecution or torture that is made by the smith, Isaiah 54:16.

Shall prosper -The weapons shall not have final and ultimate prosperity. It might be permitted for a time to appear to prosper - as persecutors and oppressors have done; but there would not be final and complete success.

And every tongue - No one shall be able to injure you by words and accusations. If a controversy shall arise; if others fault or criticize you and accuse you of pretense and deceit, you will be able ultimately to convince them of error, and, by manifestation of the truth, to condemn them. The language here is derivative probably from courts of justice; and the idea is, that truth and victory, in every strife of words, would be on the side of the believer.

This is the heritage - The inheritance which awaits those who serve God is truth and victory. It is not gold and the triumph of battle. It is not the laurel won in fields of blood. But it is, the protection of God in all times of trouble; his friendship in all periods of adversity; complete victory in all contests with error and false systems of religion; and preservation when foes rise up in any form and endeavor to destroy the church, and to blot out its existence and its name.

And their righteousness is of me - Or rather, 'this is the righteousness, or the justification which they obtain of me; this is that which I impart to them as their justification.' The idea is not that their righteousness is of him, but that this justification or vindication from him is a part of their inheritance and their portion.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Sunday, October 30, 2016



I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and
heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of
the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave
me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my
mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

PSALM 40:1-3 NIV

Life can be difficult at times. And everybody makes mistakes. Our job is to make them only once.

Have you experienced a recent setback? If so, look for the lesson that God is trying to teach you. Instead of complaining about life’s sad state of affairs, learn what needs to be learned, change what needs to be changed, and move on.

We ought to view failure as an opportunity to reassess God’s will for our life. View life’s inevitable disappointments as opportunities to learn more about ourselves and our world.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Saturday, October 29, 2016




This is the second of three prayers by Ezra and Nehemiah that we will look at in this blog. All three prayers are exemplars of the mind of an intercessor – that deep sense of solidarity with a people, treating their sins as one’s own and pleading for God’s mercy for "us," not "them." John Donne’s famous mediation captures the perspective of these great men of prayer.

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea. Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Only love can cause us to see others this way. Paul told husbands to love their wives as they love their own bodies, for that is how Christ loves the church – as his own body (see Ephesians 5:25-33). Ezra and Nehemiah love the people of God the way Christ loves the church.

In this prayer, Nehemiah draws on a text from Moses' intercession and puts himself in the same place Moses was when he pleaded with God for the life of the nation. Nehemiah prays, "They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed" (Nehemiah 1:10). The first time that kind of prayer was prayed, the Israelites were close to extinction following the incident with the golden calf (see Deuteronomy 9:25-29). 

So Moses did a daring and provocative thing. He "stood in the breach before [God] to keep his wrath from destroying" the nation (Psalm 106:23). Now Nehemiah does the same.

What would happen to your personal prayer life, and the prayers of your church. If these were the perspectives, you brought to prayer: a deep sense of solidarity with the people you for and the courage to stand in the breach between them and destruction? It would be harder to get drowsy and trivial when you pray.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Friday, October 28, 2016

In You Do I Take Refuge


Psalm 7:1-17

7 O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge;    save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,


7:14-17 Praise Stops the Advancement of Wickedness. PRAISE PATHWAY. This short passage contains two truths about praise.

First, praise is the answer when wickedness and iniquity come against the believer. Temptation to sin and live wickedly will soon disappear in the face of sincere, powerful and audible praise. This will bring the glorious presence of Jesus driving out the desire to identify with the sinful act and/or thought.

Second. In v. 17 the writer declares, "I will praise the LORD." Praise is an act of the will. It is not merely an exuberance overflowing with words, but a self-induced declaration of thanksgiving – a sacrifice. The praiser chooses to praise.

Learn this about praise. 1) Do not wait until all conditions and circumstances are favorable, but offer a thanksgiving of praise because God is worthy and it is right.

7:1 Persecute: Pursue: This is one of several psalms of David’s regarding his flight from Saul and his men; the Benjamites.

7:3 I have done this refers to Cush’s false accusations against David.

7:4 Reward evil: Just the opposite was true! David had shown good to those who were his enemies (1 Sam. 24:1-22; 26:1-25).

7:6 Although God never sleeps, the psalmist prays for Him to arise. Describing God in human terms is common in the psalms. Because of can be translated "against."

7:8 David’s integrity is the foundation on which he stands in his pleadings with God.

7:9 Reins: The human conscience.

7:11-17 The writer turns from his own distress to the general teaching on God’s dealing with wickedness.

7:12 Turn in Hebrew is the same as "repentance" in the NT. If a sinner does not turn back in repentance, God will bring judgment.

7:14-16 Pit: This is David’s picturesque way of illustrating the principle, you reap what you sow!  

Understand that allowing evil to develop in your heart will result in disillusionment and bring unnecessary trouble into your life.

7:17 This closing verse sets forth one of the main reasons we have for praising God. His attributes of righteousness. Sing praise: Worship is often best expressed in lofty song. Lord most high is the Hebrew Yahweh 'Elyon,' the Jewish covenant name of God, combined with the supreme title for God, familiar to Jews and Canaanites alike.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Thursday, October 27, 2016



Proverbs 16:9 TLB

It’s said when Columbus set out he didn’t know where he was going, when he arrived he didn’t know where he was, and when he returned didn’t know where he’d been.  From time to time we all need help knowing which direction to go; whether to relocate, take a certain job, or commit to a relationship.  Before making his decision "David inquired of the Lord" (2 Sam 2:1 NKJV).  That’s always a wise move!  The Bible says, "We should make plans-counting on God to direct us." So how does He lead us? Though:

(1)      His Word: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom" (Col 3:16 NKJJV).  One author writes: "The Bible is to God what a surgical glove is to a surgeon.  He reaches through it to touch deep within you." But that requires reading it, personalizing it, and acting on it. 

(2)     Prayer and listening for His voice:  Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice:  I know them and they follow me” (Jn 10:27NIV).  And Isaiah adds, "Whether you turn…right or…left, [you] … will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it" (Is 30:21NIV).  That’s the kind of assurance you need.  So, "Instead of worry, pray" (Php 4:6 TM). 

(3)     Wise counsel: others have sat where you’re sitting, so "Consider the outcome of their way of life; and imitate their faith" (Heb 13:7 NRS).  Is your business floundering? Talk to a successful businessperson.  Are you experiencing mid-life crisis?  Before doing something you’ll regret, ask for help.  Solomon said, "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice" (Pr 12:15NIV).

In Christ,
Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



Exodus 15:26-27
King James Version (KJV)

26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

15:26 healeth, raphà (rah-phah); To cure, heal repair, mend, restore health. Its participal form rophè, "one who heals," is the Hebrew word for doctor. The main idea of the verb raphà is physical healing. Some have tried to explain away the biblical teaching of divine healing, but all can see that this verse speaks of physical diseases and their divine cure. The first mention of raphà in the Bible (Gen. 20:17) refers unquestionably to the cure of a physical condition, as do references to healing from leprosy and boils (Lev. 13:18; 14:3). Scripture affirms, "I am Yahweh your Physician."

Four Keys to Understanding God: Successful Christian living begins with knowing who God is. In Exodus, God reveals part of His nature and character. Knowing God in truth will affect our behavior. Exodus gives four keys to make our lives more faithful and fruitful: (1.) Understand, (2.) Receive, (3.) Rely upon, (4.) Pursue.

15:26 God is a Good God, He Desires Only His Best SEED FAITH. In promising His continuing, healing presence as our Covenant Healer, God places two great conditions before His people.

First, God asks us to heed Him. He wants us to listen for His voice, to have a hearing ear so we will hear Him. God has always spoken to His people and He will speak to you today, but you must cultivate an attitude of listening for His voice. He speaks in many ways: through His Word, through His anointed servants, and through direct revelation in your inner man (Eph. 1:17, 18). He is seeking a people who will listen for His voice and not try to run and hide from Him (see Gen. 3:8).

Second. God asks us to "do that which is right in his sight." He is seeking people who will not only hear His words, but will take them to heart and act on them-people who will obey His word and not be hearers only (see James 1:22-25).

God’s goodness is abundantly promised. It awaits those who "soweth to the Spirit" (Gal.6:7-9), hearing His voice and doing what He tells us to do.


15:26 The Old Testament Healing Covenant DIVINE HEALING. This verse is widely referred to as the OT Divine Healing Covenant. It is called a "covenant." Because in it God promises He will keep His people free from diseases and conditions the promise upon their diligent obedience. The words used here for "diseases" (Hebrew makhaleh) and "healeth" (Hebrew rapha) are regularly used for physical sickness and bodily healing. This is not only a spiritual concept, but also an intensely physical one. The covenant is made absolutely certain by the fact that God joins His mighty name to the promise, calling Himself  Yahwey Rapha, meaning "the Lord who heals." Yahweh-Rapha is one of the compound names by which God revealed His attributes to Israel. Here His very name declares it is His nature to be the Healer to those who obey His word – to recover to health and to sustain in health.

While sin and disobedience are not always the direct cause of sickness, man’s fall into sin is the original and underlying cause of all disease. Those who seek healing will benefit by looking to Christ Jesus our sin-bearer, along with pursuing renewed consecration. (see James 5:14-16; 1 Cor. 11:29-32.)


15:25, 26 Receive God as "The Lord Who Heals You." To heal is His nature; His will is to make us whole.

15:26 The Lord healeth thee in Hebrew is Yahweh-Ropheka. This is one of the blessings enjoyed when one is obedient, covenant relationship with Gods.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



 MATTHEW 5:13-26 
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

13: You are the salt of the earth.”

But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.*

14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden

15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

Jesus Fulfills the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

18 Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.

19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

20 I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Teaching about Anger

 21“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’

22 But I say to you, whoever is angry* with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

23 Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you,

24 leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25 Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.q Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

26 Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.


The Jewish community was regulated by the oral law, and this oral law was oppressive and works oriented. Jesus’ main audience in this sermon was his disciples (5:1-2). He would soon send them out to preach the kingdom of heaven to Israel (10:1-11:1). Therefore he instructed them in the Word of God in contrast to the oral law. The frame of reference for Jesus and his disciples was the Old Testament and its promise of a coming Jewish Messianic kingdom. So, when he gave these instructions, he directed them to this group of people. We in the church also gain principles from his sermon for our lives, but we must be careful to apply them correctly. We live under a different economy—the church age.
Clearly, the authority Christ hopes to delegate to His own is intended to be exercised by disciple willing to accept renewal in soul and behavior as well as rebirth through forgiveness of sin.  To these, obviously the call to “kingdom” living and ministry includes the expectation that Holy Spirit –begotten fruit and gifts will develop in the believer.  The same Spirit that distributes gifts of power for kingdom service also works in us to beget kingly qualities of live, love, and a holy character (John 15:1-17, Gal. 5:22, 23).

Kingdom Dynamics

 5:13. Jesus began this part of his message by highlighting the disciples place in the world. He said that his disciples were the salt of the earth. Salt preserves and enhances. The figure of salt tells the disciples that they are the people who can preserve, guard, display, and give out God’s word so that others are blessed. If they become diluted with the world’s viewpoint, they will not do what they were meant to do. Paul wrote a similar charge to church believers in Colossians 4:6.

5:14-16. Jesus also said that there were the light of the world. The figure of light tells the disciples to make something known to others—God and God’s word. If they cover their light, the world will stay in its darkness of sin and world viewpoint. The application to us is that we are light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8) and lights in the world (Philippians 2:15) and we are to show forth God to others.

5:17-20. Jesus viewed the Old Testament as accurate, perfect, and without any mistakes. He said that he would accomplish everything the Law required. No one else is able or has the authority to accomplish and complete the Law. Furthermore, God will not accept the human law righteousness that the scribes and Pharisees show off.
5:21-22. Jesus wanted them to know that not only was the actual act of murder sin, but the hatred behind the act was also sin. “Angry,” is a mental attitude sin—rage and hatred; while “good for nothing” is a verbal attack on one’s intelligence motivated to hurt the person; and “fool” is a verbal attack on the moral character on another because of hatred and desire to damage the person. Mental and verbal sins like these are even enough to bring one under God’s judgment.
23-24. Jesus warned them against concentrating on their own grievances against someone else and forgetting all about their rightful grievances against them. Jesus reminded them and us that it is often more important to clear up someone’s anger for cause against them.
5:25-26. Jesus took this idea a little farther. It is far better to solve a disagreement out of court, especially if you are the guilty party. Otherwise, you will end up in jail and still have to pay the damages.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Monday, October 24, 2016


 Deuteronomy 28:15-68  (KJV)

The curse of God first appears in Genesis 2:15–17, where our Creator promises our first parents that disobedience to His command will result in their deaths. This curse was actualized in the fall — Adam and Eve were cast out of abundant life in Eden when they followed the serpent and not the revealed will of God (chap. 3).

Since then, all people have been under a curse, and the only way to find blessing is to turn from sin, trusting in the Lord’s promise of salvation (12:1–3; Gal. 3:10–14). This truth was revealed to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 28. There God pledges to bestow blessings upon the nation for its obedience and warns that curses will follow disobedience. The people would demonstrate their faith through their obedience and blessings would follow; good works do not earn salvation for fallen people but demonstrate the trust that lays hold of it (James 2:14–26). Persistent, impenitent disobedience, on the contrary, would reveal a lack of saving faith and bring curses.

The blessings and curses promised in Deuteronomy 28 are largely "physical"in nature, but not exclusively so, for both typify spiritual realities. The ultimate covenant curse is exile (vv. 58–68), and since God’s saving presence was felt most powerfully during the old covenant within the borders of the Promised Land, exile was also a spiritual curse, for exile is banishment from the Lord’s place of blessing.
Our Lord knew He would not get perfect obedience from Israel, otherwise He would not have given them sacrifices to atone for their failures. What He expected was a life of repentance. To receive the ultimate blessings of eternal life in a new creation typified in Deuteronomy 28, however, perfect obedience is required (Lev. 18:5; Gal. 3:10-14). No ordinary descendant of Adam can render this obedience, but we find in Jesus the Christ a sinless substitute whose obedience allows us to enjoy eternal blessings. Trusting Him alone is the only way to escape the ultimate exile from God’s saving presence in the new heavens and earth typified in Deuteronomy 28.

28:15-68 The best comment on this lengthy series of curses is Paul’s word in Rom. 1:18. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of me." The inevitability of these curses would be real for believers today were it not removed by Jesus who "hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us." (Gal. 3:13).

28:32 Shall be given unto another people refers to their children’s being sold into slavery to a foreign nation. Unfortunately, this came to pass through Israel’s disobedience. The northern kingdom of Israel fell to Assyria in 721 B.C., and Judah fell to Babylon 587 B.C.

28:58 Moses forthrightly states the purpose of the Law, that Israel mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
so I shall not see him?" says the Lord.

 —Jeremiah 23:24

Imagine that you're visiting a foreign country when you realize that you're being followed. Your every move is watched. Your every conversation is monitored. Your hotel room is bugged and the restaurant tables are electronically rigged to pick up every word you speak. It's as if at all times someone wants to know what you are doing, saying, thinking, and planning. You are constantly under the scrutiny of another, and it seems there is no place to hide.

Fortunately, most of us don't know what it's like to live under that kind of surveillance. Yet in reality, we do live every moment of every day under the watchful eyes of the Lord. He sees everything we do; He hears everything we say; He knows every thought we think.

For those who love and trust the Lord, this is an awesome yet comforting truth. But for those who are determined to resist Him, it's a different story. Amos told Israel that God was pleading with them to turn from their sins (5:4-15), and he warned them that there would be no hiding place for those who refused to repent (9:1-6).

Father, have mercy on us when we are rebellious. We lift our heart to You in behalf of all who think they can somehow elude Your constant surveillance and final judgment.

They shall not stand the judgment test
Who live for self today,
For God sees all and He will judge
The evildoer's way! —Bosch

Live today as you will wish you had lived when you stand before God.


In Christ,
Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Saturday, October 22, 2016



EZRA 9:1-15

Two things set this prayer apart from the prayers of many modern Christians in the Western world. The first, and easier to understand, is the frequency of words like our and we and us; as opposed to words like I and me. Clearly, Ezra's chief identity is his Jewishness. He is a "we" before he is an "I".  Scholars call this way of thinking "corporate solidary." The individualism of Western culture has a hard time getting its mind around this point of view. There is far too much "me and Jesus" in our thinking and praying. There should be a lot more "we and Jesus."

The second thing that sets this prayer apart is the really hard part: Ezra repents of the sins of others as though they were his own This act takes his "corporate solidarity" to an even deeper level. But this isn't something peculiar to Ezra. It is the view of Scripture God’s people are members of a body, not an organization. A member of an organization can exist outside the organization; a member of a body is dead outside the body. And the body stretches out not only in space, but in time.

Read the end of Hebrews 11 and the beginning of Hebrews 12:1 says that a great cloud of witnesses – the heroes of the faith who came before us, mentioned in chapter – are waiting for us to finish the race. "God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:40).

We are linked to one another in ways we must understand if we are to give to intercessory prayer the urgency it deserves. What I do for another, or fail to do for another, has profound implications for that person’s well-being. Ezra is stricken over the effect other’s sins have had on the whole people – so much so that he repents as one of them. In the final analysis, this kind of praying is not about "corporate solidarity", it is about love. Ask God to expand your sense of your self, so you can pray for others as you would for yourself. In this way, you love your neighbor as yourself.


In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Friday, October 21, 2016


Luke 21:19 (KJV)

16And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 18But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19In your patience possess ye your souls. 20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

 21:19 You may or shall possess your souls.  It is our duty and interest at all times, especially in dangerous trying times, to secure the possession of our own souls; not only that they be not destroyed and lost forever, but that they be not distempered now, nor our possession of them disturbed and interrupted. "Possess your souls, be your own men, keep up the authority and dominion of reason, and keep under the tumults of passion, that neither grief nor fear may tyrannize over you, nor turn you out of the possession and enjoyment of yourselves."

In difficult times, when we can keep possession of nothing else, then let us make that sure which may be made sure, and keep possession of our souls. Secondly, it is by patience, Christian patience, that we keep possession of our own souls. "In suffering times, set patience upon the guard for the preserving of your souls; by it keep your souls composed and in a good frame, and keep out all those impressions which would ruffle you and put you out of temper."

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Luke 8:26-40
New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[a] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

8:36 The Healing of Spirit, Soul, and Body, DIVINE HEALING. A full range of encounters appears, manifesting Jesus' healing power:

      1)      The Gadarene, delivered from the demonic powers dominating him, is "healed," freed of evil powers that countermanded his own rational mind and physical actions.

2)      The woman with the issue of blood (vv. 43-48) touches the hem of Jesus' garment, and Jesus says, "Thy faith hath made thee whole."

3)      In v.50, after being told the little girl is dead, Jesus declares: "believe only, and she shall be made whole."

4)      In v. 12, as Jesus explains the parable of the Sower, the word "saved" is used of one’s restored relationship with God through faith.

Luke’s precise account offers a complete picture of the Savior’s concern to restore every part of man’s life: (a) our relationship with God the Father, (b) our broken personalities and bondages, (c) our physical health, and (d) ultimately our rescue from death itself at the Resurrection. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole man.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts