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LIFE OF CHRIST
A Harmony of the Gospels

LESSON  THIRTEEN

   

THE  TEMPEST  STILLED

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Matthew 8:18,  23-27
(18) And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him,  He gave a command to depart to the other side.
(23)  Now when He got into a boat,  His disciples followed Him. 
(24)  And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 
(25)  Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying,  "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
(26)  But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?"
Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 
(27)  So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"
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Mark 4:35-41
(35)  On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side."
 (36)  Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 
(37)  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.  (38)  But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.
And they awoke Him and said to Him,  "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"
(39)  Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,  "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 
(40)  But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?
(41)  And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
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Luke 8:22-25
(22)  Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake."
And they launched out.
 (23)  But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 
(24)  And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!"
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 
(25)  But He said to them, "Where is your faith?"
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be?  For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!"
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And the same day

What a day it had been:

1. The blasphemous accusation
2. The visit of the mother and brothers to take Him home
3. The leaving of the crowded house for the seaside, the multitudes following
4. Into the house again
5. Out of the house again, the multitudes still following
6. And now out to the open sea

The designation of the time  (when evening had come)  is of special note,  for Mark does not usually call attention to this kind of detail.
Jesus and His disciples were on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee,  and a trip over to the eastern shore would be a delightful and refreshing change for the weary Lord Jesus.
This was His only way to escape the crowds.

There arose a great storm

Matthew great tempest
seismós mégas
tempest great
Mark great windstorm
laílaps megálee anémou
storm great of wind
Luke windstorm
laílaps anémou
storm   of wind
seismós a commotion, i.e. (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake
laílaps -  a whirlwind
anémou -  wind; (plural) by implication (the four) quarters (of the earth)

The Greek word (seismós) in Matthew is used of a furious storm or hurricane.
It never refers to a single gust, nor a steadily blowing wind, however violent, but to a storm breaking forth from black thunder - clouds in furious gusts, with floods of rain, and throwing everything topsy-turvy.

According to Aristotle,  it is a whirlwind revolving from below upwards.  It is used in the LXX of the whirlwind out of which God answered Job.

Vincent quotes Dr. Thomson  (“Land and Gook”):
“Such winds are not only violent,  but they come down suddenly,  and often when the sky is perfectly clear ... To understand the causes of these sudden and violent tempests we must remember that the Lake lies low – 680 feet below the sea;  that the mountainous plateau of the Jaulan rises to a considerable height,  spreading backward to the wilds of the Hauran,  and upward to snowy Hermon;  that the water-courses have worn or washed out profound ravines and wild gorges,  converging to the head of this lake;  and that these act like great funnels to draw down the cold winds from the mountains.”

Robertson suggests that the storm fell suddenly from Mount Hermon down in into the Jordan Valley and hit the Sea of Galilee violently.  He explains that the hot air at this depth  (680’ below sea level)  draws the storm down with a sudden power.  Luke says (8:23)  “there came down a storm on the lake,”  Matthew describes it as a  “seismós,”  a violent upheaval like an earthquake.  These sudden storms occur to this day.

Asleep on a pillow

The pillow was no soft luxurious cushion,  but either the leathern cushion of the steersman,  or the low bench on which the steersman sometimes sits,  and the captain rests his head to sleep.
Luke says  “He fell asleep,”  showing the state of exhaustion from the toil of the day.

Not only does it show His physical state, but it also shows the exact opposite in His spiritual state.

As His exhaustion in the physical allowed Him to sleep
So His state of confidence and rest in His Father allowed Him to get what physical rest He could even in the face of the Satanical fury of the storm
Jesus knew that nothing could destroy Him,
While He would give up rest and sleep for the love of the multitudes,
He would loose no sleep over the rantings and ravings of a defeated foe

Peace be still

According to Mark 4:39 in the Amplified Bible:

“And He arose and rebuked the wind,  and said to the sea,  Hush now!  Be still (muzzled).  And the wind ceased,  (that is,  sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating)  and there was  (immediately)  a great calm – a perfect peacefulness.”

O you of little faith

From the Amplified Bible
Mark 4:40 He said to them,
Why are you so timid and fearful?
How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?
Matthew 8:26 And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid,
O you of little faith?
Luke 8:25 And He said to them,
[Why are you so fearful?]
Where is your faith (your trust, your confidence in Me--in My veracity and My integrity)?

Who can this be?

The Question:

From the Amplified
Matthew 8:27 “What kind of man is this?”
Mark 4:41 “Who then is this?”
Luke 8:25 “Who then is this?”

The Answer:

From the Amplified
Psalm 65:5,7 You Who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth and of those far off on the seas ...Who still the roaring of the seas,  the roaring of their waves,  and the tumult of the peoples
Psalm 89:8,9 O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty one like unto You,  O Lord?  ... You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves arise, You still them.
Psalm 107:28,29 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble,  and He brings them out of their distresses.
He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know?

THE  GADARENE  DEMONIACS  HEALED

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Matthew 8:28-34
(28)  When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes,
there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. 
(29)  And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
(30)  Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.  (31)  So the demons begged Him, saying,  "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine."
(32)  And He said to them,  "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
(33)  Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.  (34)  And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus.
And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
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Mark 5:1-20
(1)  Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 
(2)  And when He had come out of the boat,
 immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,  (3)  who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,  (4)  because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. (5)  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
(6)  When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
 (7)  And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I implore You by God that You do not torment me."
(8)  For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!
(9)  Then He asked him, "What is your name?"
And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many." (10)  Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
(11)  Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.  (12)  So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them."  (13)  And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
(14)  So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.  (15)  Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.  (16)  And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. 
(17)  Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.
(18)  And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.  (19)  However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you."  (20)  And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
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Luke 8:26-39
(26)  Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
 (27)  And when He stepped out on the land,
there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 
(28)  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him,
and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!"
 (29)  For He had commanded the  unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
(30)  Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?"
And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. 
(31)  And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.  (32)  Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.  (33)  Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
(34)  When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.  (35)  Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.  (36)  They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. 
(37)  Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear.
And He got into the boat and returned.
(38)  Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,  (39)  "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
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The country of the Gadarenes

Gadara was a member of the Decapolis and is associated with  "the country of the Gadarenes"  in the Gospels.
Its ruins are identified with Um Keis today on a steep hill five miles SE of the Sea of Galilee and three miles South of the Hieromax or Yarmuk River.
At the foot of the hill to the north were hot springs and baths. When Jesus came across the lake from Capernaum, He landed at the southeast corner were the steep bank descends from the eastern highlands into the Jordan valley. In the cliffs around Gadara, or Um Keis,  tombs have been excavated out of the limestone,  some measuring 20 feet square,  with side recesses for bodies.
Like the demoniacs,  people still dwell in them today.  Nearby there is a field of several acres strewn from stone coffins and their lids.  In Roman times Gadara was the best-fortified city in Peraea,  and its remains are impressive still.  A Roman street can be seen with its colonnades prostrate on either side.

A certain man from the city

Mark and Luke speak of only one that met him, while Matthew speaks of two men.
Luke has given us a hint why he recorded only the cure of one of them. He says there met him "out of the city, a man, etc.; or, as it should be rendered, "a man of the city" a citizen. Yet the man did not dwell in the city, for he adds in the same verse, "neither abode he in any house, but in the tombs." The truth of the case was, that he was born and educated in the city. He had probably been a man of wealth and eminence; he was well known, and the people felt a deep interest in the case. Luke was therefore particularly struck with his case; and as his cure fully established the power of Jesus, he recorded it. The other person that Matthew mentions was probably a stranger, or one less notorious as a maniac, and he felt less interest in the cure.

When he saw Jesus

The onrush of the yelling maniac must have tried the newly recovered confidence of the Twelve.  We can imagine their surprise when,  “approaching,  he threw himself on his knees.” 
The approach of the group of people would cause the demoniac to rush out with hostile intentions,  but when he drew near,  the power and grace of the Son of God cause him to fall on his knees in reverence.

Worship” is “proskuneo,”  (to prostrate one’s self – an expression of profound reverence – by kneeling or prostration to do homage or make obeisance, either to express respect or make supplication.).
It is used of  homage shown to men of superior rank, or of homage shown to God.
Here we have a being,  incorrigible in his nature,  destined to be damned for all eternity,  one of the cohorts of Satan,  bending the knee to Jesus.

James 2:19
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe -- and tremble!     (NKJV)

Decapolis

A league of ten cities, in a region east of  Jordan that had been given to the tribe of Manasseh, at this time consisting of Greeks who had come in the wake of Alexander’s conquests.
This league was established after the Romans occupied the area in 65 B.C. 
According to Ptolemy,  the number was later increased to 18. 
They had their own coinage,  courts,  and army. 
Ruins of temples, theaters and other buildings tell of the high degree of culture that developed in these cities.

This dramatic incident is most revealing. It shows:

What Satan does for a person
Robs him of sanity
Robs him of self-control
Fills him with fears
Robs him of the joys of home and friends
Condemns him (if possible) to an eternity of judgment
What society does for a person
Restrains him
Isolates him
Threatens him
But society is unable to change him
What Jesus Christ does for a person
Restores true sanity
Increases self-control with God-control
Fills him with Faith and Hope
Fills him with true joy in the Spirit
Restores him to society
Releases him from the power of the enemy
Completely changes him
What Jesus did for these two demoniacs, He will do for anyone else who needs Him.

There are three prayers in this event:

Who Prayed What they asked for Jesus' Answer
The Demons Asked to go into the pigs Yes "Go"
The Citizens Asked Jesus to leave Yes He departed
The Healed Man Asked to go with Jesus No He instructed the man to go back to his people and be a witness.

Just because He says  "No"  does not mean He has not answered our prayer -
It means He has something better for us.

JAIRUS'  DAUGHTER  & THE  WOMAN  WITH  THE  ISSUE  OF  BLOOD

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Jairus Comes To Jesus

Matthew 9:18, 19
(18) While He spoke these things to them,
behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him,
saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live." 
(19)  So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
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Mark 5:21-24
(21)  Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 
(22)  And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet  
(23)  and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live."
 (24)  So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
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Luke 8:40-42
(40)  So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. 
(41)  And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet
and begged Him to come to his house,  (42)  for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
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A ruler of the Synagogue

There were two officers in the synagogue:

chazan ha-kenecet Overseer of the congregation
Takes the book of the Law, and gives it to the ro'sh
ro'sh ha-kenecet Head or ruler of the congregation
Appoints who shall read the different sections
Jairus was, in this latter sense, the ruler or governor of one of the synagogues, probably at Capernaum.
(from Adam Clarke's Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1996 by Biblesoft)

This man was religious and obedient to the law,  yet when death came,  his religion was powerless to help.
2 Cor 3:6
... for the letter (law) kills, but the Spirit gives life.

It took a great deal of courage for Jairus to come to Jesus,  for many of the religious leaders were bent on destroying Him.  But his love for his dying daughter forced him to lay aside his prejudices and go to Jesus.
The ground is level at the feet of Jesus,  for all who have burdens meet there.
Jesus could have healed the girl from a distance  (John 4:46-54;  Matt 8:5-13),  but He chose to go with the worried father.
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright (c) 1992 by SP Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.)

A public address made to Christ by a ruler of the synagogue, whose name was Jairus, on the behalf of a little daughter of his,  that was very ill,  and,  in the apprehension of all about here,  lay a dying.

This address was very humble and reverent.
Jairus, though a ruler, fell down at Jesus' feet, as owning him to be a ruler above him.
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
The Woman with the Issue of  Blood

Matthew 9:20-22
(20)   And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years
came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.  (21)  For she said to herself,  "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." 
(22)  But Jesus turned around,
and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well."  And the woman was made well from that hour.
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Mark 5:25-34
(25)  Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,  (26)  and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 
(27)  When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.  (28)  For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well."
(29)  Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 
(30)  And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him,
turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?"
(31)  But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say,  'Who touched Me?'"
(32)  And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
 (33)  But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 
(34)  And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
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Luke 8:42-48
(42)  But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.  (43)  Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 
(44)  came from behind and touched the border of His garment.
And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
(45)  And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?"
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"
(46)  But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me."
 (47)  Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
(48)  And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
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An issue of blood

In its severe form,  it is commonly due to fibroid tumor in the womb encroaching upon the lining of the womb. Flooding flow of blood with large clots occurs,  depleting the body of blood so as to cause severe anemia, and when left untreated can cause death.
The modern remedy is a fairly simple medical procedure.
This knowledge obviously was not available in New Testament times so that it is quite understandable that all of this woman’s living was spent on unavailing medical care.

Lev 15:25-27
If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days,  other than at the time of her customary impurity,  or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity,  all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity.  She shall be unclean. Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of her impurity;  and whatever she sits on shall be unclean,  as the uncleanness of her impurity.     (NKJV)

Suffered may things from many physicians

No person will wonder at this account, when he considers the  “therapeutics”  of the ancient physicians in reference to hemorrhages,  especially of the kind with which this woman was afflicted.
Rabbi Jochanan says:

Take of gum Alexandria, of alum, and of crocus hortensis, the weight of a zuzee each; let them be bruised together, and given in wine to the woman that hath an issue of blood.
But should this fail,
Take of Persian onions nine logs, boil them in wine, and give it to her to drink: and say, Arise from thy flux.
But should this fail
Set her in a place where two ways meet, and let her hold a cup of wine in her hand; and let somebody come behind and affright her, and say, Arise from thy flux.
But should this do no good
Take a handful of cummin and a handful of crocus, and a handful of faenu-greek; let these be boiled, and given her to drink, and say, Arise from thy flux.
But should this also fail
Dig seven trenches,  and burn in them some cuttings of vines not yet circumcised (vines not 4 years old); and let her take in her hand a cup of wine,  and let her be led from this trench and set down over that;  and let her be removed from that,  and set down over another:  and in each removal say unto her,  Arise from thy flux.
(Dr. Lightfoot gives these as a sample, out of many others, extracted brom Bab. Shabb. Fol. 110 Talmud).

What a beautiful and refreshing contrast are the words of Jesus: “Thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace”

The border of his garment

kraspédou -  fringe or tassel

According to the Mosaic law every Jew was obliged to wear a fringe or tassel at each of the four corners of the outer garment, one thread of each tassel to be deep blue. These tassels were to be to them a perpetual reminder of the law of God, and of their duty to keep it  (Numbers 15:38,39;   Deuteronomy 22:12).
This was the  “hem”  or  "border"  which the poor woman touched,  possible supposing there to be some peculiar virtue in it,  or maybe she was too timid to actually approach Him.  The Pharisees prided themselves greatly on these tassels,  considering them as marks of special sanctity in the wearers,  and therefore sought to enlarge their size  (as in Matthew 23:5,  where the same word is translated  “borders”).

Matt 23:5
But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments

She had spent all upon physicians,  for the cure of her distemper,

yet was never the better
She had been full,
but was now empty
She had impoverished herself for the recovery of her health,
yet had not her health

This woman was diseased with a constant issue of blood twelve years (v. 20); a disease, which was not only weakening and wasting, and under which the body must needs languish

but which also rendered her ceremonially unclean,
and shut her out from the courts of the Lord's house

But it did not cut her off from approaching to Christ
She applied herself to Christ

and received mercy from him
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

I perceived power going out from me

Power = dunamis (doo'-nam-is)  force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power

The Lord could discern the difference between the casual accidental bodily contacts,  and the outreach of faith. You can be a part of the crowd and never get any blessing from being near Jesus!
It is one thing to  "press Him"  and another thing to  "touch Him" by faith.
We have a strong Savior, and He responds even to a touch at the hem of His garment.

Of the many that touched him, this woman and none else received this divine virtue;  and why?
Because she came in faith. Faith alone attracts and receives the energetic influence of God at all times.

The unbeatable combination:  WHEN  FAITH  TOUCHES  GOD'S  POWER  -  ALL  THINGS  ARE POSSIBLE

Jairus' Daughter Healed

Matthew 9:23-26
 
(23)  When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,  (24)  He said to them, "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping."
And they ridiculed Him.  (25)  But when the crowd was put outside,
He went in and took her by the hand,
and the girl arose. 
(26)  And the report of this went out into all that land.
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Mark 5:35-43
(35)  While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
(36)  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe."
  (37)  And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 
(38)  Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.  (39)  When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."
(40)  And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 
(41)  Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise.
(42)  Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 
(43)  But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
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Luke 8:49-56
(49)  While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher."
(50)  But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.
(51)  When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl.
(52)  Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.
(53)  And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
(54)  But He put them all outside,
 took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise.
(55)  Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately.
And He commanded that she be given something to eat.  (56)  And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
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Do not be afraid, only believe

Three statements that Jesus made

(v. 36) The Word of  Faith Stop being afraid,  keep on believing
(v. 39) The Word of  Hope The child is not dead but sleeps!
(v. 41) The Word of  Power Little girl, get up!

2 Tim 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.     (NKJV)

Question:

How can I replace fear with faith?

Answer:

1. We have the choice to listen to human reasoning and logic  (don't bother him - your daughter is dead)
Or to listen to the Word of God   (she is not dead, but sleeping)
2. Phil 4:8-9
...whatever is true,  whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly,  whatever is just,  whatever is pure,  whatever is lovely and lovable,  whatever is kind and winsome and gracious,  if there is any virtue and excellence,  if there is anything worthy of praise,  think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them] ... and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.     (AMP)

A tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly

The ancient Hebrews placed a great emphasis on external symbolic acts.  Ceremonies for expressing grief at the death of a relative or upon any unhappy occasion are referred to frequently in the Bible.
One reared in the modern western culture must be cautioned not to view these public expressions as hypocritical; they were a natural valid manifestation of grief in that culture.  A death in the household set in motion an elaborate ceremony of mourning that lasted a week or more.  The members of the family and their friends gathered around the corpse and indulged in lamentations bordering on hysteria.
William M. Thomson saw a ceremony of mourning carried out by the Arabs of Palestine a century ago. He described the three concentric circles of mourners, slowly marching, clapping their hands and chanting a funeral dirge.  At times they stopped,  and flinging their arms and handkerchiefs about in a wild frenzy,  screamed and wailed like maniacs.
Professional mourners were often called in for a funeral.  These were probably in earliest times to protect the living from the spirits of the departed,  who were greatly feared.  By Bible times,  however,  the mourning women were used merely as another manifestation of grief for the departed.

Little girl, arise!

Talitha cumi  -  young girl, damsel, maiden
This is the language which our Savior commonly spoke.
It is a mixture of Syriac and Chaldee, called Syro-Chaldaic.
Mark loves to give such wonderful words just as they were spoken. (See Mark 7:34; 14:36)

In this series of miracles we find

The changes were
Great
Sudden
Certain
Jesus is conqueror over
Danger The tempest stilled
Demons The Gadarene demoniacs
Disease The Woman with the Issue of Blood
Death The Daughter of Jairus

TWO  BLIND  MEN  and  ONE  DUMB  MAN  HEALED

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Matthew 9:27-38
(27)  When Jesus departed from there,  two blind men followed Him,  crying out and saying,  "Son of David, have mercy on us!"
(28)   And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."
(29)  Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."  (30)  And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying,  "See that no one knows it."  (31)  But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.
(32)  As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.  (33)  And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying,  "It was never seen like this in Israel!"
(34)  But the Pharisees said,  "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons."
(35)  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  (36)  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  (37)  Then He said to His disciples,  "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  (38)  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
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Two blind men

Here again we find the same pattern set first at the marriage feast in Cana when the wine ran out.

The Request ”Thou son of David, have mercy on us.”
Apparent Denial “When he was come into the house.”  -  He ignored them
Persistence of  Trust  “The blind men came to him” -  They followed him anyway
Triumph of  Faith “Their eyes were opened.”

Four steps to their healing

Acknowledged Him as Messiah "Son of David"
Acknowledged Him as Savior "Have mercy on us"
Acknowledged Him as Master They followed Him
Acknowledged Him as Healer "Yes Lord"

Doubtless our Lord's design was not only to put their faith to the test by this question (do you believe?), but

to deepen it
to raise their expectation of a cure
to prepare them to receive it

The dumb man

Notice also, that in most of the cases of healing,  Jesus in some way tried their faith;  but where there was a case of demon possession,  He made no delay,  but dealt with the demon itself immediately.

He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons

We find that this is the second time the Pharisees made this type of statement.
The first time was in Matt. 12:22-25; Mark 3:22-27; Luke. 11:14-23.
In both cases:

1. The statement was made that He was the son of David,
which was directly designating Him as the Messiah.
2. A demon was cast out of a man
in the first instance he was both blind and dumb,
in this he was dumb.
3. It was the Pharisees who accused Him of being in league with Satan,
if not calling Him Satan himself.
4. In the first case Jesus launches into a lecture on the unpardonable sin,
and now He merely ignores them.

When He saw the multitudes

The Problem

They were weary
They were scattered
The Harvest is plentiful but The Laborers are few
1 Kings 22:17
Then he said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd.
Isaiah 53:6
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;

The Solution

Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send Laborers
  Isaiah 6:8
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
"Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?"
Then I said, "Here am I!  Send me."

 

(End of Lesson Thirteen)

END OF BOOK ONE

   

 


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