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Summary: This sermon considers the woman with an issue of blood. In her desperation she found delight.

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Title: “Dwelling In the Land of Desperation – Debilitating Disease”

Theme: “She lived in desperation, but she didn’t die there”

Text: “Mark 5: 25 – 34”

Mar 5:25 KJV - And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

Mar 5:26 KJV - And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

Mar 5:27 KJV - When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

Mar 5:28 KJV - For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

Mar 5:29 KJV - And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

Mar 5:30 KJV - 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?

Mar 5:31 KJV - And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Mar 5:32 KJV - And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

Mar 5:33 KJV - But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

Mar 5:34 KJV - And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

I – The Woman and her Strange Sickness “Diseased” (25)

A) The Life of this Woman “She was somebody that was Sick”

a. The Diagnosis - Unclean

b. The Discomfort – Unchanged

B) The Length of her Worries “She was somebody that was suffering”

a. The Duration

b. The Drain

II – The Woman and her Sorrowful Search “Drained” (26)

A) The Damage of her Remedies “Medical Failure”

B) The Depletion of her Resources “Meager Finances”

C) The Demise of her Recovery “Morbid Frailty”

III – The Woman and her Shining Stance “Dared” (27 – 28)

(Touched: to lay hold of, adhere to, fasten one too, and cling too)

A) The Testimonies that Inspired Her “Public Record”

B) The Target that Ignited Her “Pointed Resolve”

IV – The Woman and her Swift Sensation “Delivered” (29)

A) It was a Phenomenal Touch “Immediate Feeling”

B) It was a Personal Touch “Individual Freedom”

V – The Woman and her Sovereign Savior “Detected” (30 – 32)

A) Christ Confronted her Desire

B) Christ Confirmed her Deliverance

VI – The Woman and her Supreme Salvation “Delighted (33 – 34)

A) Her Personal Confession & Courage

B) Her Powerful Change & Cure

Title: “Dwelling In the Land of Desperation – Debilitating Disease”

Theme: “She lived in desperation, but she didn’t die there”

Text: “Mark 5: 25 – 34”

Introduction:

We are now going to look at the 2nd sermon in this series on “Dwelling in the Land of Desperation”. The first sermon dealt with Jairus the religious leader of Capernaum. He was dwelling in desperation due to his “dying daughter”. In this particular passage we find this woman that was also dwelling in desperation due to her “debilitating disease”.

This is like a parenthetical pause in this story; Jesus was on his way to heal the daughter of Jairus, but suddenly pauses to heal this woman. I find this to be a striking portrait of his life, his goal was to get to Calvary; but on his way he was always healing or helping people.

• Jairus daughter was 12 – the woman had her disease 12 years

• Jairus had a daughter – Jesus called the woman daughter

• Jairus desired Jesus to touch his daughter – the woman desired to

touch Jesus

• Jairus desire was public – the woman’s was private

• Jairus daughters condition grew even worse – the woman’s condition could get no worse

I – The Woman and her Strange Sickness “Diseased” (25)

Mar 5:25 KJV - And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

This woman was extremely sick and her sickness seemed to have no ending in sight. The story will unfold around this woman’s horrible disease, but rationally speaking this was a certain woman, that was someone’s daughter, she could have had siblings, she may have been a a wife, she could have even been a mother.

A) The Life of this Woman “She was somebody that was Sick”

The disease that this woman had was some sort of hemorrhaging, bleeding that never ended, over a span of 12 years. I like how Mark introduces here as “a certain woman”. I think way too often we fail to humanize the people we read of in the bible. This woman was somebody; she had previously lived her life just as everyone else lived their lives. Then one day her life was turned upside down by this debilitating disease that now gripped her body. This woman was now propelled maddeningly into the middle of the biggest storm she might ever face. The bible is very clear on how this woman was supposed to be treated as she lived with this disease, it can be found in Leviticus 15.

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