The Book of Mark [Lesson 18]

The Book of Mark [Lesson 18]

Following last week, we will look closely at the story of Jesus’s healing a woman and Jairus’s daughter, from a prophetic and biblical perspective.

Suppose you carefully observe the scripture starting from Genesis 12, which is the call of Abraham up until the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. In that case, God was dealing primarily with the nation of Israel.

God promised them with a piece of land from the Nile river to the Euphrates river, long life, and prosperity in the kingdom.

Genesis 15:18  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

However, this nation has sinned against their God badly throughout history, especially their sin of idolatry. 

The country worshipped Baal and Ashtoreth. 

Baal is the name of a Phoenician god.

Ashtoreth is the name of a Sidonian god.

Let us look at [Judges 2:12-13].

Judges 2:12  And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

Judges 2:13  And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

The nation also engaged in burning their sons and daughters to Molech, which is the god of the Ammonites [Jeremiah 32:35].

Jeremiah 32:35  And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

The sin of idolatry of the country has provoked the Lord to anger.

When it comes to the New Testament time, the nation of Israel also rejected their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ [Matthew 27:24-25, John 1:11, John 19:15] to have Him crucified. 

Matthew 27:24  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Matthew 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 19:15  But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

As a result, the judgment from God awaits the nation of Israel at the time called the Great Tribulation.

The prophet Daniel saw this coming when he wrote [Daniel 9:24].

This verse tells us the purpose of the Great Tribulation judgment to the nation of Israel. 

Daniel 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

I will not expound this verse in detail tonight, but a sincere reader to this verse with some Bible knowledge would know that the word “thy people” here refers to the nation of Israel while “thy holy city” refers to Jerusalem. 

Even though the nation of Israel has sinned greatly against the Lord, God does not put away His people.

God does not disannul the promises He made with this nation.

What He does at the end of the 69 weeks, from the decree of King Cyrus to Jesus cut off at Calvary, God puts His dealing with the nation of Israel on hold, and He begins to build His church [Matthew 16:18].

Matthew 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

He saves men and women by grace through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the church is finished and complete, He will come and catch away His church to be with Himself [1 Thessalonians 4:14-17].

1 Thessalonians 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1 Thessalonians 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Thessalonians 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Then, God picks up His dealing with the nation of Israel through 7 years of the Great Tribulation, also known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble [Jeremiah 30:7].

Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

After that, it is the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth, according to Ezekiel 37. 

During the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will try to exterminate all the Jews.

However, there will be the remnant of the Jews who physically survived.

When the Great Tribulation time has run its course, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth.

He will raise the nation of Israel, just like what He has said before.

They will enjoy the kingdom and promises that God has made to them.

God’s dealing would simply be explained like this.

Israel, Israel, and Israel. 

Then His dealing with the nation of Israel stops. 

Then it is with the church. 

The church disappears.

Then the Lord resumes His dealing with the nation of Israel. 

We will now use this prophetic and biblical lens to look at the story of Jesus’s healing of a woman and Jairus’s daughter.

According to [Mark 5: 22-24], the Lord Jesus Christ was to deal with the synagogue ruler who was Jewish.

His daughter was about to die.

This shows us the picture of how God deals with the nation of Israel.

Before the Lord could visit Jairus’s house, the story in Mark 5 then showed an interrupted scene by a certain woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years [Mark 5:25-34].

She came out of nowhere all the sudden.

She was desperate.

She tried everything to get healed but without any success.

By faith, she just touched the Lord’s clothes. 

She got healed immediately.

She then disappeared from the scene. 

This story shows us how God is right now building His church [Matthew 16:18] and when it is complete and finished, the church will be gone [1 Thessalonians 4:14-17] at the time of the rapture.

In the story we read, even the Lord Jesus’ virtue had gone out of Him [Mark 5:30] when that woman touched His clothes.

This is a perfect picture to show the doctrine of the imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

People were not good enough to go to heaven.

People are not good enough to go to heaven.

People will never be good enough to go to heaven.

When we honestly compare our daily life with the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must admit that we are sinners.

We have no hope to go to heaven by any of our good works.

Our righteousness is useless. 

But by faith, when you believe the gospel, God credits to you immediately the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

That is the basis by which God can save the souls of men.

Then from [Mark 5:35-43], we see the scene back to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ with His dealing with the Jewish ruler of the synagogue concerning his daughter, who eventually was raised from the dead.

Prophetically, this brings us to the future event when God will be dealing back with the nation of Israel. At that time, its condition will be much worse during the Great Tribulation.

It will be the time of death, sorrow, suffering, and grief.

The Antichrist will try to kill all the Jews.

There will be a small remnant of the believing Jews left.

There will also be some people who physically survived during that time.

However, not all will be able to enter the earthly and physical kingdom set up by the Lord Jesus Christ at His second coming [Matthew 25].

Unlike the woman with blood issues we just read, Jairus’s daughter did not do anything, but the Lord came to raise her from the dead.

These days, people may not believe that the Lord Jesus Christ would come back and reestablish the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Nevertheless, the Bible is still true.

The Lord Jesus Christ will come back and do what He said. He would do it no matter how bad the situation looks.

God does not reestablish Israel and give them the kingdom because they have been faithful people.

He does it because He is faithful to the promise He made to them. 

Our God is faithful.

He keeps His word, and we can be sure about that.

We have covered quite a prophetic material tonight. 

My last class with you next week will be on a necessary and biblical foundation on the three groups of people in the Bible, including the nation of Israel, the Church, and the Gentiles.

When you have this foundational knowledge, you can enjoy and understand your King James Bible much better.


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