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A miracle inside of a miracle! 2 apparently hopelesss situations

THERE ARE NO HOPELESS SITUATIONS FOR THE ONE WHO HAS POWER OVER SICKNESS AND DEATH

Jesus is the Hope of the Hopeless; the Help of the Helpless

He can tackle the most desparate situation and bring restoration and life

When have we been in a hopeless situation?

Cf. Difficulty having kids

a lot of people go thru this emotional roller coaster

cf. Sarah (Abraham’s wife); Hannah (before having Samuel)

Can’t throw money or resources at the problem to make it better

CONTEXT (:21)

"crossed over again in the boat"

not long after their near death experience on the last boat trip

probably gave Jesus a couple of cups of coffee to make sure he stayed awake this time

"the multitude"

4:36 He had left the multitude; now He returns and finds the same crowd waiting for Him;

a different response from the crowd across the Sea of Galilee;

(Luke 8:40 "the multitude welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him")

the crowd showed his superficial popularity

but also somewhat of a hindrance

Mark not presenting events in chronological order (when you compare with the other gospels) some of the events of 2:1-22 took place here)

I. (:22-28) TWO DESPARATE PEOPLE COMING TO JESUS FOR HELP

A. JAIRUS = Synagogue leader whose only daughter was at the point of death

1. The Risk of Faith

Jairus -- not a pig farmer, but a synagogue leader in Capernaum (very prominent position)

had to overcome a lot of pressure and prejudice to come for help

didn’t sneak up to him under cover of darkness like Nicodemus

he knew he needed Jesus’ help; he was desparate

how precious is a little daughter? This girl was 12 (Luke tells us this was an only daughter)

very difficult for father to leave her bedside knowing that she might die before he could return

2. The Fervent, Public Appeal

"entreated Him earnestly"

effectual, fervent prayer

B. WOMAN WITH THE 12 YEAR HEMORRHAGE PROBLEM

- A severe physical problem

12 years is a long time

significance of number 12 in this account:

Messianic fulfillment -- 12 apostles appear in place of the 12 tribes of Israel (12 sons of Jacob)

- A severe cultural and religious problem = "unclean"

This woman had additional problem of being ceremonially unclean (Lev. 15:25ff)

Jesus did not fear ceremonial defilement in the raising of the dead girl also

Futility of Self-Help programs

doctors don’t have ultimate power over sickness

these doctors willing to take her money but would not admit they were powerless to help

just like fishermen don’t have ultimate power over the wind and the waves

1. The Risk of Faith

2. The Attempt at Secrecy

Came up from behind; in the crowd; thought she could escape notice and public attention

Touch of Faith

many people touched His garments; this touch was different-- Why?

She believed she could be healed without the knowledge or consent of Jesus

Her faith was coupled with lack of understanding and superstition

touching only 1 of the 4 wool tassels worn on the bottom corners of His robe (Num. 15:38)

II. (:29-43) JESUS RESPONDS IN POWER TO THOSE WHO APPROACH HIM IN FAITH


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