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Monday, July 13, 2020

Mark 5 - JESUS Says, "Don't Be Afraid; Just Believe"











Mark 5:1-43 NIV







JESUS Restores a Demon-Possessed Man







1They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2When JESUS Got Out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet HIM. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.






6When he saw JESUS from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of HIM. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, 


“What Do You Want with me, JESUS, SON of The 

MOST HIGH GOD? 



In GOD’S Name Don’t Torture me!”



8For JESUS Had Said to him, 


Come out of this man, you impure 

spirit!


9Then JESUS asked him, 


“What is your name?”



My name is Legion,” 

he replied, 


“for we are many. 



10And he begged JESUS again and again not to send them out of the area.


11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 


12The demons begged JESUS


“Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 


13HE Gave them permission, 


and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.


14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When they came to JESUS, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well.

17 Then the people began to plead with JESUS to leave their region.


18As JESUS Was Getting Into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with HIM.


19JESUS Did Not Let him, but Said,



“Go home to your own people and tell them How 

Much The LORD Has Done for you, and How HE Has 

Had Mercy on you.” 


20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis 


How Much JESUS Had Done for him. 


And all the people were amazed.






JESUS Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman





21When JESUS had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around HIM while HE Was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw JESUS, he fell at His Feet. 23He pleaded earnestly with HIM, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 


24So JESUS went with him.


A large crowd followed and pressed around HIM. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about JESUS, she came up behind HIM in the crowd and touched HIM Cloak, 


28because she thought, 


“If I just touch HIS Clothes, I will be healed.”


29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.






30At once JESUS Realized that Power Had Gone Out From HIM. HE Turned Around in the crowd and asked,


“Who touched MY Clothes?”


31“You see the people crowding against you,” HIS disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched ME?’ ”


32But JESUS Kept Looking around to See who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at HIS Feet and, trembling with fear, told HIM the whole truth. 


34HE Said to her,


“Daughter, your faith has healed you. 

Go in peace and be freed from your 

suffering.”


35While JESUS Was Still Speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”


36Overhearingc what they said, JESUS Told him, 


“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”


37HE Did Not Let anyone follow HIM except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, JESUS Saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly.


39HE Went In and Said to them, 


“Why all this commotion and wailing? 

The child is not dead but asleep.” 


40But they laughed at HIM.


After HE Put them all out, HE Took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with HIM, and went in where the child was.  


41HE Took her by the hand and Said to her, 


“Talitha koum!” 



(which means  “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 









42Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43HE Gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and Told them to give her something to eat.







JESUS Is The Great Healer







JESUS Didn’t Fail Jarius, and HE Didn’t Fail the woman who needed healing. But in ministering to both, we see how the Work of JESUS is different, yet the same among each individual. 


If JESUS Can Touch each need this personally, HE Can Touch our needs the same way.




1.      Jarius had twelve years of sunshine that were about to be extinguished. The woman had twelve years of agony that seemed hopeless to heal.

2.      Jarius was an important man, the ruler of the synagogue. The woman was a nobody. We don’t even know her name.

3.      Jarius was probably wealthy, because he was an important man. The woman was poor because she spent all her money on doctors.

4.      Jarius came publicly. The woman came secretly.

5.      Jarius thought JESUS Had To Do a lot to heal his daughter. The woman thought all she needed was to touch JESUS’ Garment.

6.      JESUS Responded to Jarius after a delay. JESUS Responded to the woman immediately.

7.      Jarius’ daughter was healed secretly. The woman was healed publicly.









Mark 4 - JESUS Rebukes The Wind, "Quiet! BE Still"










Mark 4:1-41 NIV








The Parable of the Sower









1Again JESUS Began To Teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around HIM was so large that HE Got Into a boat and Sat In it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 


2HE Taught them many things by parables, and in HIS Teaching Said: 


3“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”


9Then JESUS Said, 


“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”


10When HE Was Alone, the Twelve and the others around HIM asked HIM about the parables. 


11HE Told them, 


“The secret of The KINGDOM of GOD has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 


12so that,



“ ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’ 


13Then JESUS Said to them, 


“Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 



14The farmer sows The WORD. 15Some people are like seed along the path, where The WORD Is Sown. As soon as they hear it, satan comes and takes away The WORD that was sown in them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear The WORD and at once receive it with joy. 17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of The WORD, they quickly fall away. 18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear The WORD; 19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke The WORD, making it unfruitful. 20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear The WORD, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”










A Lamp on a Stand







21HE Said to them, 


“Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 






 22For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 


23If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”


24“Consider carefully what you hear,” 


HE Continued. 



“With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”








The Parable of the Growing Seed







26HE Also Said, 


“This is what The KINGDOM of GOD Is Like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”











The Parable of the Mustard Seed












30Again HE Said, 


“What shall we say The KINGDOM of GOD Is Like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.  






32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”


33With many similar parables JESUS Spoke The WORD to them, as much as they could understand. 34HE Did Not Say anything to them without using a parable. But When HE Was Alone With HIS Own disciples, HE Explained everything.







JESUS Calms the Storm






35That day when evening came, HE Said To HIS disciples, 


“Let Us Go Over to the other side.” 



36Leaving the crowd behind, they took HIM along, Just As HE Was, in the boat. There were also other boats with HIM. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  


38JESUS Was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke HIM and said to HIM, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”


39HE Got Up, Rebuked the wind and Said to the waves, 


 “Quiet! Be Still!”






Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.







40HE Said to HIS disciples, 


“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”



41They were terrified and asked each other, “WHO Is This? Even the wind and the waves obey HIM!”









Mark 4








4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important. There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we do not understand the plain truths of The Gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult!  It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of CHRIST, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges.


In the great field of the CHRIST’S church, The WORD of GOD Is Dispensed to all. Of the many who hear The WORD of The Gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit. Many are much affected with The WORD for the present, yet do receive no abiding benefit. The WORD does not leave abiding impressions upon the minds of men, because their hearts are not prepared to receive it.


The devil is very busy about careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. Many continue in a barren, false profession, and go down to hell. Impressions that are not deep, will not last. Many do not mind heart-work, without which religion is nothing. Others are hindered from profiting by The WORD of GORD, by abundance of the world.


GOD Expects and Requires fruit from those who enjoy The Gospel, a temper of mind and Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. Let us look to The LORD, that by HIS new-creating Grace our hearts may become good ground, and that the good seed of The WORD May Produce in our lives those good words and works which are through JESUS CHRIST, to the Praise and Glory of GOD The FATHER.


LORD JESUS, Just Say, "Quiet! Be Still" when we meet a tempest in our life's journey while sailing toward the safe haven where YOU Are waiting for us.






Amen.