Notes Mark 5 B

As we begin this week's lesson I want to remind you how Mark is still astonished with the Ruler that serves and the Servant that Rules. Last week we saw Jesus rule over the wind and the waves to the astonishment of all that were with him. This week we will witness another example of the Servant that rules.

Mark 5:21

And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.

At this point in Jesus’ ministry he could hardly go anywhere without throngs of people following him. If we were to look back over the previous chapter we would see that Jesus had spent the day before teaching what the Bible calls a great multitude of people. Jesus heals their sick and ministers unto them until he is at the point of exhaustion. We read at evening he gets into a boat to pass over the Sea of Galilee to the country of the Gadarenes. He is so tired that a great storm arises and he remains asleep until his disciples’ wake him accusing him of not caring if the perish or not.

They finally make it to the other side at what appears to be the dawn of the day and they meet the man possessed with a legion of devils. Jesus casts out the devils and sends him back as a wittness to the people of Decapolis before getting back into the boat and crossing back over to the other side where the multitude are once again awaiting him.

Verse 22A

And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name;

I want you to see the compassion and mercy of Jesus in this verse. By this time many commentators believe that Jesus had been band for teaching in the synagogue and many of the rulers were plotting how they might put Jesus to death. I am certain that Jairus must have at least heard of some of these plots and maybe was even involved in some of the conversations.

In Mark 3:6

And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

It is funny how when those who oppose Jesus and the things of God; when tragedy strikes their house; they often have a change of heart. And we see that God’s mercy is so great that He does not hold our ignorance against us.

Here is Jairus; a ruler of the synagogue, looking at his daughter dying. Don’t you know all the stories about Jesus healing all that came to him must have been running through his head? Yet in the back of his mind the enemy must have been saying; “He will never help you. What makes you think Jesus would help you? , You’ve heard him, he is radical, he doesn’t act like a rabbi.” Can’t you imagine the battle that must have been going on in this man’s mind?

Verse 22B-23

and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

Now everything we have seen of the rulers of the synagogue up to this point has been proud and arrogant. But Jairus comes and throws himself at Jesus feet.

Maybe Jairus was thinking of Proverbs 29:23

A man’s pride shall bring him low; but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

James 4:10

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Maybe Jairus recognize that it was pride that allowed things to get this bad.

Don’t you know pride keeps many people from coming to Jesus?

What do we see Jesus do? He could have said, What have I to do with you, you did not honor me when I was in your midst, why should I honor your request now.

That is what may religious people would say.

But not Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus went with him. He did not question him, chide him, Jesus simple honored his humility and acted out

Psalms 103:8-11

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide; neither will he keep his anger for ever. He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear (or reverence) him.

But then it happened, Jesus is on the move and the crowds press in. When Jesus is on the move you can count on it SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

Verse 24

And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

Jesus is crowded in on all sides with people. He is on his way to heal the daughter of one of the rulers of the synagogue. If this was many of us we might be thinking; this is my God given opportunity to turn things around with the rulers; maybe this will get me in on their good side.

But Jesus thinks no such things; For there is no respect of person’s with God.

Jesus understands the urgency of the moment with the ruler’s daughters and yet he takes time to stop and acknowledge an outcast woman.

No one is insignificant with God. The enemy likes to tell us that we do not matter; that Jesus does not have time to hear our cry. But that is not the case.

Verses 25

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

I want to stop her and look at what this issue of blood meant in this woman’s life.

It made her unclean. If you look back into the books of the law or in particular Leviticus 16:25 you will see that this issue caused her to be separated. Separated from the presence of God because she would not have been allowed into the temple and Separated from loved ones because if anyone were to sit where she sat or lie where she had would have to wash their clothes, bath themselves and remain unclean until the evening. What a desperate and lonely life this woman must have led for the past 12 years.

What are some of the issues in our lives that make us unclean.

Sin- It is a great one to separate you from the presence of God and from loved ones. Sin causes condemnation and we separate our self.

Hebrews 12:1

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…

I looked up the word beset and it means; to wall around the root word means terminate.

We need to lay aside that sin what would separate us for God and from having the relationship with others that the Lord would have us to have.

Come just as you are…this woman did not allow her issue to keep her from coming to Jesus; she knew He was what she needed; and the same holds true for you…Jesus is the way out of that issue…come to Him and He will make a way.


Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Just forgive; forgiveness is not a feeling it is a choice; feelings will come but at first you choose to forgive without the evidence.


Like sin Guilt also brings condemnation and condemnation drives you from God and from those that love you.


Fear of Failure...what if I stumble...what if I fall.
Fear of People....what are my friends going to think.
Fear of God...seeing God as an angry God instead of who He is,

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…

Refuse to be denied.

Verse 26

And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

Here we see that doctors can not cure our issues. Money can’t wash them away. There is no natural remedy for the basic “issues of life”.

Oh doctors may be able to masks some of the systems such as depression with drugs or what they might call anti-psychotic medication but they can not take them away. If fact we find when we turn to the “worlds” (for lack of a better term) remedies the problems only get worse. Now we are not only depressed but we are addicted to the anti depressants. 

Verse 27

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

Here comes the cure!

When she heard of Jesus…. Somebody told her of a healer. Somebody told her of a deliver.



She had a made up mind she was getting to Jesus.

Matthew adds something that the other accounts do not..

Matthew 9:20-21

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment; For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

1.Her determination. This woman was determined to get to Jesus. The crowd would not stop her. Her disease which said she should not go; would not stop her. The old law (religion) would not stop her. This woman was getting herself to Jesus.

2. Matthew tells us she grabbed the “hem of His garment.” If you were to read this in the original text the word translated “hem” is actually fringes or tassels. This woman was not crawling on the ground grabbing at the bottom of Jesus’ robe. In fact Mark 33 tell us when Jesus asked who touched Him and she knew she was healed it was then that she fell down before him. If she were already crawling on the ground she could not fall down. So what was she doing; what did she grab. This is very significant. The Jewish rabbi’s wore what is called a “Teliet” or more commonly known as a “Prayer Shawl”. On the boarders of these shawls were fringes.

Jewish tradition maintains that

the threads of the tassels were to symbolize righteousness,

Matthew 23:5

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders (same word as hem) of their garments,

Jesus also said in Matthew 5:20

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

the knots that are tied into the tassels symbolize the law

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Now listen to Galatians 3:13-14

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

the blue thread among them to symbolize that the commandments were of heavenly origin.

God made the law and it is God that will fulfill it!

Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

Jesus did what we could not do..He walked out the law and if  you are In Him you too have fulfilled the law.

Colossians 2:9-10

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

This woman had heard that the Redeemer, the Messiah had come.

When she grabbed those tassels she was grabbing hold of the promise of a redeemer.

She was grabbing hold of the promises of God.

Issues of sin: Past or present…

2 Corinthians 5:21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Issue of Unforgiveness

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

The Issue of Guilt

Romans 8:31-34

What shall we then say to these things: If God be for us, who can be against us? He that speared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ hat died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

The Issue of Fear

1 John 4:18-19

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear; because fear has torment. He that fears in not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

…while we were yet sinner Christ died for us.

If you have issues today…be determined to get to Jesus, grab hold of the promises of God that are found in Him.

Verse 29

And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

She was healed of her plague.

Galatians 3:13

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ….

Verse 30

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

Jesus is saying the same thing today. Who is grabbing a hold of me, who is latching onto my promises?

Who is pressing in; who is pressing on….stop sitting around feeling sorry for yourself and press in and grab hold of the promises of God fulfilled in Christ Jesus!

Jeremiah 1:12 For he hastens to perform His word. 

Verse 31-32

And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

There are many that come to Jesus but when you come in faith believing He is going to know you are there.

Verse 33

But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

Don’t you know that when you receive something from Jesus the enemy is right there to try to steal it? The old enemy wants to tell you, Oh you don’t deserve this. Who do you think you are reaching out in faith?

Verse 34

And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Jesus nipped that right in the bud. He called her Daughter, Are you a child of faith?

Verse 35

While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

We have now returned to the story of Jairus and it looks like the delay caused by the woman with issue of blood has cost him his daughter’s life.

Have you every felt like someone else has stolen your blessing? Have you ever felt like Jesus just has not had time for you?

Verse 36

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Afraid…Greek Phobeo it is where we get our English word phobia

1.a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

2.persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational.


Look at how quickly Jesus swing into action to save this man's faith. AS SOON AS JESUS HEARD THE WORD THAT WAS SPOKEN.

Look at how quickly Jesus swing into action to save this man's faith. AS SOON AS JESUS HEARD THE WORD THAT WAS SPOKEN.

Jesus heard to word of doubt, the word that destroys faith. Remember Jesus told us: Beware what you hear!

These words would strike fear in the heart of any parent but Jesus says; don't receive the evil report; don't allow fear to take over...keep believing....ONLY BELIEVE!

Verse 37

And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

Look how Jesus separates Jarius for the doubters! When you are believing God for the impossible, when you are believing him to bring life to a situation that everyone else feels is dead and gone. You must separate yourself for those who will bring doubt into your life.

You may not be able to physically separate yourself but you can separate yourself by not speaking to them about the problem!

Verse 38-39

And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

Jesus see beyond the natural into what is really true; the child was not dead but lived on in spirit.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Verse 40

And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

The word says; they laughed him to scorn....their reaction to Jesus statement gives us proof that the child was dead even if it came in the form of ridicule.

Once again we see that Jesus removes the unbelievers and allows only the girls parents and the three disciples in the room.

Verse 41

And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

It was the power of the spoken word and love of Christ and the power of the Spirit that caused the girl to arise because the girl had now power of her own to rise up. She could not help by her own will but was totally helpless. Just as it is impossible for us to arise out of spiritual death apart from the price is which Jesus paid and the power of the word in our life.

Verse 42

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them strictly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

Once the damsel arose from the dead it said she walked. We too once we have been risen from spiritual death must walk out this great salvation. Or as Paul put it Walk to the Praise of His glory.

Once again we see the astonishment of those who see the love of Christ and the power of His word.

Finally the girl is given something to eat which attests to her health; that she was able to sustain food.

We too once risen from fhe dead must break and eat of the bread of life...the word of the Living God.