Notes Mark 1 B
This week the majority of our lesson could be called “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JESUS”. As we look at these verses we will see that this day began at the end of last week lesson. There we saw Jesus walking around the Sea of Galilee and He called the first 4 of his disciples. We saw in our lesson last week how Simon, Andrew, John and James had long ago been rejected by the religious leads of that day as being found worthy to study or teach the Word of God.
But Jesus sees what man does not see; Jesus saw great potential in these young men and called them to be his disciples. We also saw how it cost Simon, Andrew, James and John something to answer the call.
We ended last week with the question what are you willing to give up for the sake of the call.
Unforgiveness, bitterness, that sin that so easily besets you; what are you will to give up for the sake of the call?
Let me back up into last weeks lesson just a little bit and start reading at verse 16.
I want to begin by re-reading verses 16-20 and than picking up the story at verse 21.
Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
Notice this is the Sabbath day; Andrew, Simon, James and John were mending their nets; they had been out fishing all night and were not at the temple that morning when Jesus found them and called them to be his own.
However I do what you to notice the qualities you do see in them; qualities we all need if we are going to be successful in working for the Lord.
1. The are employed; the fishing trade is a hard trade; they are not lazy men but are diligent to work.
Fishermen take great pains, and expose themselves to great perils, to bring in the catch and remember Jesus called them Fishers of men and this too will take great pains and sometimes great perils to bring in the catch.
Far too often we want the Lord to call us to work for him but we are not industrious to do the work that is before us; why should he want us to work for him.
2. They are able to work together; this shows an ability for unity. These men were not lone wolves but were able to work together. Fisherman had to depend on one another to be able to pull in the catch.
Although we do not find Andrew, Simon, James and John at temple on the Sabbath we do find that Jesus honors the Father on the Sabbath for straightway…he entered into the synagogue and taught.
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
Notice the difference in the teaching and preaching of Jesus as opposed to that of the scribes. The scribes taught the Law of Moses by repetition, often without full attention or comprehension. They could quote the Word of God but knew not the God of the Word.
But along comes Jesus who teaches with authority; as one who has a personal relationship with God Almighty and the people were astonished.
It is one thing to have a knowledge of the Word but it is quite another to Know Him. That is why Paul cried;
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
It is better to Know God and Know Who you are in Him than to have a great memory and memorization of scriptures.
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
1. First I want you to notice that this man was in the synagogue. Not all that sit in churches are filled with the spirit of God and if the church does not have the power and presence of God in them; they are quite comfortable.
But that day was different than other Sabbath days and the unclean spirit began to manifest itself.
You had the question what caused the demon to manifest itself.
1. Truth, the authority of the Word.
Jesus said in John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The demon did not have a problem with the reciting of the Word, or the preaching of the law for it cannot change a heart, in fact it most likely tormented this man more, the devil was having a hay day. But let a heart hear;
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Let a heart hear the heart of God and the heart will be drawn to God.
Whatever Jesus was teaching stirred up in this man a longing for God a longing for righteousness and the demon could not stand it.
Remember the teaching of the law has no power to change a person; if anything it torments them more. This is why the demon was comfo
rtable in the Synagogue.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
The basis of all truth is found in the teachings of Jesus. While studying this lesson I ran across something written by a notable psychiatrist named J. T. Fisher: Now please bare with me and remember that this man in the synagogue was mentally tormented.
If you were to take the sum total of all authoritative articles ever written by the most qualified of psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of mental hygiene, if you were to combine them and refine them and cleave out the excess verbiage, if you were to take the whole of the meat and none of the parsley, and if you were to have these unadulterated bits of pure scientific knowledge concisely expressed by the most capable of living poets, you would have an awkward and an incomplete summary of the Sermon on the Mount. And it would suffer immeasurably through comparison. For nearly two thousand years the Christian world has been holding in its hands the complete answer to its restless and fruitless yearning. Here rests the blueprint for successful human life, with optimum mental health and contentment.
When people come to the knowledge of the truth of Who God is, What He desires for our Life, What constitutes true life and living; people will be set free.
Again Jesus said in John 8:32
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
Free of depression, Free of Fear (remember the word says fear has torment) The fear of what tomorrow hold, the fear of death, fear of God, fear of the devil.
2. The presence of God
There is something else I what you to see. What is the purest form of truth? The purest from of truth is not a concept not a doctrine but a person and his name is Jesus.
I am the way, the truth and the life….John 14:6
Jesus the sum of all truth stood there in that synagogue that morning. Now some 2,000 years later the name of Jesus still evokes fear in demons. It is the name of Jesus used by one who Knows Him, Loves Him and serves Him that sets the captive free.
We must combine the two; the Truth in the Power of the Word with truth in the Power of the Name.
We have many churches that are big on the word; they preach the truth but are afraid to use the Name. There are other that use the Name but never get the people grounded in the truth so they can stand.
And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
1. Word of the miraculous travels fast and far.
2. I also want you to notice that Jesus is oblivious to the fame. He does not stand around in the temple and wait for great crowds to come to him but he humbly goes on about his day; accepting the invitation to come to dinner at the house of a fisherman.
And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
We have the story of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law. Here they come it is now late afternoon and it has been a busy day. They go to Peter’s house to rest and eat only to find that the mother-in-law who would have been in charge of such things is not feeling well.
Was the fever serious maybe but she could not have had it for long because Peter was obviously not aware of the fact she was not feeling well.
But the fact of the matter is; in this story is Jesus is concerned; if we have a touch of a fever or if we are covered with leprosy. Jesus cares, and that is what we see here.
I love the picture of verse 31
Jesus goes to her and takes her by the hand and lifts her up.
No romping and stomping but a gentle lifting up of one who was afflicted.
Now the effects of a fever always leave a person feeling drained and tired but we see here Peter’s mother-in-law was made every bit whole even the effects were gone because she gets up and ministered unto them.
And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
As you can see this is the same day. It has been a long one but Jesus does not send them away but continues to show compassion and give of himself.
We only see part of the day in Mark's version. First Jesus was most likely up early that morning praying for the will of the Father. If you read Luke's version of the beginning of this day; Jesus finds Andrew and Peter mending their nets; but Jesus wants to teach the multitude that is following him so he asks:
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Then they go into the Synagogue and Jesus teaches again and cast out the demon. Then a lunch time they go to Peters house where Jesus heals his mother-in-law and then the crowd shows up and he heals the sick and casts out many more demons.
This is why Isaiah spoke of the Messiah;
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Jesus had a full day the day before. He had ministered beside the shores of Galilee, he had taught in the synagogue, cast out demons, healed the sick. All of which caused virtue to leave his body. Yet here Jesus is a great while before day spending time in prayer. If Jesus who was filled with the Spirit without measure who was the very Son of God, who had no sin; if he needed to rise a great while before day and pray how much more do we need to do the same.
Also notice it was a solitary place…a place where he would not be distracted…where he could come into the presence of his Father.
And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
The disciples wanted to return to their city, their town. Men and woman were gathering and seeking him.
And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
Jesus did not come to make “a name” for him self or have great fame…He came to seek and save that which was lost.
Now we get into one of the miracles of Jesus that was more than just a healing; it is a sign. It is an outward example of a spiritual truth.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
We will be looking at several of these miracles over the course of this study.
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.
1. The disease itself, made the person Unclean and separated them for the church, family members and loved ones that were clean. The leper was only accepted by those who were also unclean.
The first thing I want you to see is that Leprosy is like sin. It starts out almost unnoticeable. Little nodules or bumps form on the body some almost indictable. Slowly these nodules begin to grow and ulcerate. The disease destroys the sensation of pain.
Yet there it is growing and manifesting itself in the life of the leper. Then this loss of pain causes injury until quite often the leper suffers the loss of toes and fingers simply due to unnoticed wounds that have infected.
The sinner to begins to suffer loss yet can not detect the source. There are also a couple of different forms of leprosy; one form progress rather rapidly and this form normally ends in mental or psychological symptoms, such as profound depression and an unwillingness to fight the disease and the person just gives up and dies.
The other has a very slow progression lasting some 20 to 30 years in a kind of death by inches, chipping away of the self esteem, due to total rejection, touch, and tenderness.
2. The steps to healing
1. He beseeched Jesus which means to “call near or entreat”.
2. The leper worshiped Jesus Mark says: he knelt down but Matthew actually says he worshipped Jesus. He did not just kneel as a servant would knell before a King but he actually worshipped him.
3. The leper trusted Jesus. He laid his life on the line just coming to Jesus. A leper was to have no contact with the population. If they came near people they would have to shout “Unclean, Unclean”, warning all that were in their path to say back. If fact if they did come close to the clean they could be stoned. So to come to Jesus he had to believe he would walk away clean; he bet his life on it. We must trust Jesus and him alone to make us clean.
4. He consigned himself to the will of Jesus…If thou will
5. The leper showed faith and acknowledged his need. The man did not asked to be healed he asked to be made clean. It was believe that leprosy was a judgment of God. So the leper was not just wanting the symptoms to be removed he wanted the root to be removed. How many of us when we come to God want more then the outward effects of sin on our life to be removed? We see this in the life of so many, they want peace, they want joy, they want prosperity but they like themselves; they do not want to change themselves they just want their circumstance to change. However this man wanted the root removed he wanted to be made clean.
6. Finally he believed… thou canst make me clean
What was the response of Jesus?
1. First Jesus was moved with compassion. I think this is so important. Jesus sees more than we see. So often we are repulsed by sin and the sinner. We do not want anything to do with them, they stink, they are dirty, nasty and we find ourselves moving out of their way just the same way the multitudes did with the leper they were repulsed and considered him cursed of God. YET JESUS looked on him with compassion. He saw beyond the exterior and saw the need and was moved with compassion.
2. Jesus touched him. Here is a man who would not have had anyone touch him for years. He was banished from society; people would not get within a stone’s throw from him if fact they would throw stones at him if he tried. Here is a man who obviously snuck up to Jesus, head down, hand under his robe, not looking at anyone trying to make his way to Jesus and not really knowing what to expect. He kneels at the feet of Jesus, worshipping him, he asked to be made clean and before Jesus ever speaks a word, Jesus does the unthinkable, He touches Him. Jesus touched him, reached out to him before he was cleansed.
Jesus did not cleans him first and then touch him which is what we want to do with the unclean. “I’m not hugging that person, give them a bath, brush their teeth clean them up and I might touch them but not now not just as they are.” However Jesus knows the man’s deepest need is to be wanted, to be accepted. The longing of his soul was more then physical healing it was acceptance which is what touch expresses so much better than words. You can say “Oh I’m glad you came”, as you step back leaving distance between you and the unclean or you can reach out and touch them and they will speak volumes.
3. Jesus not only spoke but he expressed his will. He said I will, this is my will for you life is that you will find acceptance in me, cleansing in me, wholeness in me. I will be thou clean.
4. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Jesus gives several commands here which are closely connected.
He straitly charged him…NIV Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning
The Greek words here mean to greatly or sternly enjoin. Why
1. Not to tell any man. Jesus did not want the knowledge of this kind of miracle to get spread abroad this early in his ministry. Look at the results that took place because the man did not follow Jesus' orders.
2. Shew thyself Jesus wanted the man to show himself to the "priests" as a testimony to them of who He was.
3. Offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded.
This is found in Leviticus 14 and is very important.
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "This shall be the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest. And the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall examine him; and indeed, if the leprosy is healed in the leper, then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop.
The priest is to go outside the camp to examine him.
And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water.
This seems to be a picture of Jesus’ death; a “heavenly” being (as a bird is “of the heavens”) dies in an earthen vessel;
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground
The running water signifies the power and authority of the Holy Spirit in the death of Christ. Running water also represents life, those streams of living water flowing over the sacrifice.
And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
As for the living bird, he shall take it, the cedar wood and the scarlet and the hyssop, and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water. And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose in the open field.
The living bird, the cedar wood and the scarlet and hyssop all are to be dipped in the blood of the bird that was killed over running water.
So the living bird is to be dipped into the blood. It was not just the death of Christ that cleanses us from sin but it is the resurrected Christ the living Christ with the power of the running water that removes our sin. It is both the death and living Christ that cleanses us. Jesus died for all sin but it is only those who except the sprinkling of the blood from the living Christ that are made whole.
Then we have the wood which most commentators believe represents the cross itself.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Next is the scarlet.
Not just the blood but the entire sacrifice of Jesus. Isaiah said he poured out his life unto death...he gave his all not just his blood. He totally invested himself not just his blood. He loved those who betrayed him, he gave himself to those who abused him. Remember
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Next we have the hyssop I have not seen where anyone else has written about the significance of hyssop but it believe it speaks of the removal of the “Shame of sin”.
At the Passover hyssop was used to put the blood on the door posts.
In Psalms 51:7 after David had been exposed by Nathan the prophet over his sin with Bathsheba cried out;
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.
But hyssop was also used to offer up the vinegar (sour wine) on the cross but Jesus refused it.
I believe that hyssop which is a sweet smelling herb represents the removal of the shame of sin. Not just the sin itself but the shame it brings.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, ( Jesus refused not only the vinegar, the bitterness of sin, placed on the hyssop; because Jesus had to suffer shame before man so we could stand before the Lord without shame) and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Next we have the washing of clothes,
He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes,
He has removed our garments stained in sin and clothed us in garments pure and white.
Shaving of all hair.
shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean.
They started all over again, as if they were a brand new baby.
Represents newness of life. Born again.
Washed with water.
Not only washed in the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit but also washed in the water of his word.
...even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
On the eighth day.
And on the eighth day he shall take two male lambs without blemish.
These were sacrificed as a trespass offering and a sin offering. The trespass offering is for those sins done in ignorance while the sin offering is those sin we choose to do knowing they are wrong.
These offering were to be accompanied with the grain offering which is a fellowship offering and the oil.
Once these offering were made
the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
This ritual was also preformed on a Levite when he entered the priesthood and it signifies sanctification or being set apart for God's intended purpose. It is through the sacrifice of the Lamb, fellowship with God and the Oil of the Spirit that we too are set apart for God's intended purpose.
Listen to how Leviticus ends the law on leprosy.
This is the law for any leprous sore and scale, for the leprosy of a garment and of a house, for a swelling and a scab and a bright spot, to teach when it is unclean and when it is clean. This is the law of leprosy."
How are we cleansed, through the sacrifice, when are we clean when we accept the sacrifice and no other way!
We are called by God, Drawn by His Spirit, Cleansed by His Blood, Washed by His Word, Sanctified and set apart by the Blood of the Lamb.
Remember last week's lesson
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
When Jesus said "I Will" he not only willed that we be cleansed but made the way him self.