Sermon:
When Men Touch God
By W. L. Vincent (Preached at Bethel Community Church, Huntsville AL.)

Luke 8:42-48 As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 "Who touched me ?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Mankind seems to be predisposed to worship. It seems to be inherent in his nature. Whether they make their homes in the dark jungles of South America, or some high rise apartment in New York, where we find men – we find worshipers.

Men worship all kinds of Gods. They worship nature – the sun, moon and stars. They worship Idols, things they have formed from their own hands and from the recesses of their depraved imaginations. Isaiah the Prophet of God brings this indictment against such idolatry (Isa 44:9-20) “A man cuts a tree from the forest, with part he cooks his food and warms himself. But he takes the remainder and fashions a god – bows to it and cries ‘save me you are my god!’” But they cannot hear, they cannot see neither can they be moved with compassion!

The Prophet then raises his voice in the Name of the God of Israel: “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols!” “Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed — I, and not some false god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.” (Isa 43:10-12; Isa 42:8)

What kind of God do we serve? Is he the impersonal god of spiritualism; just some force that mysteriously surrounds everything? Is he the self-made god of humanism and their intellectual idolatry? Who is the God of the Bible? The word teaches us that the God of Israel, that revealed Himself in Christ Jesus, is a God that can be touched. He is a God that can be moved. He is not an empty concept or some mysterious notion. He is not a well told story – an allegory simply to be passed on. He is a loving compassionate Father – that has moved heaven and earth to be involved in the lives of His creation!

Heb 4:15-16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the