The Book of Mark [Lesson 17]

The Book of Mark [Lesson 17]

Last week we read the scripture of the scene when the Lord Jesus Christ encountered a man possessed with an unclean spirit.

Eventually, the power of darkness is no match with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ can still save any sinners tonight if they put their faith in Him.

The death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the good news that we are to have it ready to share with others.

Do you remember a parable of a sower we learned in chapter 4 previously?

This is what God expects saved believers to do.

Keep sowing the seed.

Keep preaching the word.

Keep teaching the Bible.

As for the growth and increase, God knows best how to do it.

Tonight, we will see another miracle performed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we observe this story closely, it pictures the prophetic and biblical theme of the nation of Israel, the church, the rapture of the church, the Great Tribulation, and the restoration of Israel. 

We will begin with verses 21-22.

Mark 5:21  And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.

Mark 5:22  And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

After dealing with the man possessed by an unclean spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ traveled to the other side with a ship.

Again, many people came to see Him.

Verse 22 introduces us to a man named Jairus.

He was a ruler of the synagogue.

He was a Jewish man.

He came to the Lord Jesus Christ, and he was desperate.

What happened to him? 

We will read the next verse.

Mark 5:23  And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

Mark 5:24  And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

Jairus had a daughter.

She was with a severe condition of dying.

Jairus asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come and lay hands on his daughter so that she could live.

The Lord agreed to go with Jairus, and a crowd of people followed Him.

However, the Lord’s journey to the house of Jairus was interrupted.

Someone appeared on the scene, and the Lord Jesus’ ministry to Jairus was paused. 

Let us read verses 25-28.

Mark 5:25  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

Mark 5:26  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

Mark 5:27  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

Mark 5:28  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

A certain woman just appeared to the scene.

She was very ill with the blood issue for 12 years.

She visitted many doctors.

She spent a lot of money to get this disease healed with no success.

Verse 27 tells us clearly that she heard about the Lord Jesus Christ.

This woman also did something by faith.

She believed that touching the clothes of the Lord Jesus Christ could heal her.

Let us read verses 29-30.

Mark 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

Mark 5:31  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Immediately, her blood issue, which she had for 12 years, stopped.

She got healed instantly.

The virtue of the Lord Jesus Christ has gone out, and He knew it.

He would like to know who touched His clothes.

Remember that here we have the Lord Jesus Christ surrounded by a crowd of people.

It seems like everyone there would like to get close to the Lord.

Mark 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

Mark 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

The Lord Jesus Christ looked at the crowd of people to see the woman who touched His clothes.

That woman revealed herself.

She was fearful.

She fell before the Lord Jesus Christ, and she told Him of what she did.

Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

This woman had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Everybody has faith in something.

You must have faith in the right thing.

Our faith is to be anchored by what the Bible says about the Lord Jesus Christ.

After verse 34, we see no mention of this woman.

She just disappeared from the scene.

Then the story switched to the scene with the Lord Jesus Christ arrived at Jairus’s house.

Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

Mark 5:36  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Mark 5:37  And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

By the time the Lord Jesus Christ has arrived, the daughter of this Jewish ruler of the synagogue was dead.

The Lord Jesus Christ told Jairus not to be afraid.

He asked Jairus to believe in what He was about to do.

The Lord Jesus Christ asked Peter, James, and John to follow him.

The rest He did not allow to come.

Mark 5:38  And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

Mark 5:39  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

By the time the Lord Jesus Christ entered the house of Jairus, he saw people were crying.

He said to the people there that Jairus’s daughter was not dead.

She just slept.

Did people in the house of this Jewish ruler of the synagogue believe what the Lord Jesus Christ say?

Let us read the next verse.

Mark 5:40  And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

People there laughed at Him.

They did not believe what He has said.

Those people were then all put out.

Up to this point, who were able to enter the place where Jairus’s dead daughter was?

There were Peter, James, John, the father and mother of the girl.

Mark 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

Mark 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

The Lord Jesus Christ took the hand of the girl and asked her to rise from the dead.

Immediately, the Bible tells us that the girl was alive again.

She was 12 years old, and she could also walk.

People present there were so amazed by the word and the power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 5:43  And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

This chapter ended with the Lord Jesus Christ asking people who witnessed this miracle to not tell anyone about it.

He also asked that food be provided to Jairus’s daughter to eat.

Next week we will look at this story again more closely. 

We will look at it by using the biblical and prophetic theme of the Bible.


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