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Mark 5:21-43

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Two Miracles of Our Lord: Healing Sickness and Raising the Dead

Mark 5:21-43

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Lesson Number 22

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The touch of faith is different than the touch of curiosity.
  2. Man is dead and dying apart from Christ.

Practical Application

  1. Don't let trembling stop you from testifying.
  2. Don't forget the follow-up food.

Questions

  1. Had the woman with the bleeding problem sought medical attention?
  2. Did the woman touch Jesus out of curiosity, superstition or faith?
  3. Why did the woman tremble? Did the Lord Jesus rebuke her?
  4. Who was Jairus? How were Jesus' miracles personalized in Jairus' life?
  5. How do you think Jairus felt when Jesus stopped to heal the woman? How would you have felt under these circumstances?
  6. Who were the mourners, and what did they do concerning Jesus?
  7. Had the girl really died?
  8. What does it mean, "Man is dead and dying apart from Christ?"

Answers

  1. She had paid out much to the medical profession during her twelve years of suffering. See Mark 5:25-26 and Luke 8:43-44.
  2. The crowd was touching out of curiosity, but the woman out of faith.
  3. Because she thought she had made Jesus uncomfortable, fear of being found out, or the even the miraculous healing itself. See Mark 5:34 for Jesus' response to her.
  4. One of the Synagogue officials, an important man in the community. Jairus likely saw healings and miracles of the Lord, but now it was his only daughter who needed a miracle.
  5. Probably there was anxiety, but trust. What would be your response in such a situation?
  6. They were professional mourners, who mocked Jesus when He said that the girl was asleep.
  7. Yes. This was to show that the Lord had power over death.
  8. This little girl pictures spiritual death; the woman pictures physical death, with her life ebbing away. Because of sin, we are spiritually dead.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Why does God allow tragedy to come into our lives? When tragedy comes, can you respond according to Mark 5:36?
  2. What is the reality of Christ in your life? What has He done for you? Do you find it difficult to share this with others? If so, why?

Challenge

  1. Tell someone this week what Christ has done for you.

Key Verses

  • "Jesus said to her, 'Your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.' Jesus said to him, 'Do not be afraid; only believe." (Mark 5:34, 36)

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