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May 3, 2021 6:00 am
You just said to the woman, your faith is made you well. Now he's taking that as his text. The gyrus anything just belief just have faith. Faith is not positive thinking.
Faith is not wistful it is not mindless. It is not superstitious thinking or selfish thinking is a willful decision to submit to trust in God as the Scripture says and leaving it right there.
This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.
Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching today. Pastor Rick will continue teaching through the gospel of Mark chapter 5 and his message called the solution, the only one without pressure, Jesus Christ asked the question that sounded unrealistic, even selfish, who touched me again. I think I'm reference. You know, riding on a New York City subway and rush-hour and you're going to be smashed into people's does nowhere around Andy to say who touched me know.
Fighting words not realistic and that's what the disciples are saying but they didn't get it yet. They didn't understand that love was in the power of Christ that went out from him. He was fully aware. He felt love go out of him into another the same way the electricity goes through you know a got copper wire that current flying through he discerns a touch on him on his robe not overlooked is not careless about this. In fact, in this little section of Mark in verses 27, 28, 30, 31 we read she touched his garment. She touched his garment who touched my garment who touched me. The disciples said that you say who touched you. Really. She touched his garment close enough that was him all contact with him is instantly notice to this very day. We think our prayers are heard because he doesn't respond.
He doesn't answer. I even write out in my prayers sometime. Why am I writing this or do not going to answer my question why am I asking it, but I am compelled.
I built that way. I have the ability to reason and part of reasoning involves inquiry part of worship involves inquiry to God and I know he doesn't rebuke me for it doesn't have answer me either. He knows that that's an agreement we have with him is it not on my part. I will do what I'm told Lord on your part. You will do what you want.
That's how agreement you be God and I will not try to be God. Verse 32 and he looked around to see her who had done this thing home. Mandel's eyes sweeping your grout is stopped. Everything stops. Blessings from God. They built to be brought to life when he delivered the maniac verse 19.
However, Jesus did not permit him to go with him. That is, was said to him, go home to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on.
There are times when Jesus had to suppress this okay made attempts to because of the reaction of people getting on, you know, we read in one spot. Jesus don't don't go telling anybody that the man went around telling everybody in Jesus couldn't even minister anymore. I just eluded with wasn't good, but in this case. Again, she is not free to conceal what Christ has done for her being a secret disciple of Christ is the same thing as being a weaker disciple of Christ on there are exceptions. There are times of heavy persecution where the church moves underground mission is still to save souls and would've we all just recklessly get ourselves killed is no one left to save souls but as a rule, if your motivation is cowardice your fray what people are going to say something, you have a conversation with the Lord now about that. You tell them right now. I'm afraid I'm afraid you will laugh at me, ridicule me mock me. What can I do so that he can say was not much you can do other than coming to me and telling me, and I can do something on your behalf, so she goes this poor little thing should go for the ride. She has as they should go to if I could just touch him I'll be healed and she's not sure she could but she finally touches her to get healed. Then he calls her out. The drummer of it all.
In front of everybody who touched me a terrifying moment for her. She sees his eyes moving through the crowd, but the woman, verse 33. Fearing and trembling knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. You can look back sees his new him busted and she's trembling she's fearing and trembling.
The Lord's instant reaction to her healing.
She paused and then she comes forward. Was she afraid because she got a blessing without permission. Was your fray because everybody would've known that she had to file the reporting from the way the feeling we were not told, but she comes she falls down before him and she tells the whole truth. Verse 34 and he said to her daughter, your faith is made you well.
Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction. How many times we want to hear him say that and he does not, and how many times how many times Christ say I'm not going to heal you and the one who asked to be healed and their loved ones say okay Lord, your will, not ours. And hell is enraged because of because there is a Christian still serving, still believing still following and does nothing.
How can do about. I mean, that's incredible now I don't want to be the one.
I don't want to be the one with the affliction, but we all are afflicted at some point or another. It is no way around understanding that faith is that deciding factor that leads us into glory how we should treasure our faith because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Because of the suffering and dying of Jesus Christ and he died on multiple levels was, not just the blood coming out of his body it was taking on sin for us in front of the father. It was the public.
Shane knew so many things that went into his death.
That is so far beyond us that we just know enough to accept and be accepted because of it, was not upset at her for touching him.
He applauded her she trusted him.
Trusting Jesus Christ is faith that is the meaning of faith is trusting him. Faith is not in the abstract is concrete. Faith is not in the power of anything. Faith is in the person of Jesus Christ. It's in him who he is and not in some magical force that's out there is power is him.
It is not an additional thing that he has. It is him the kingdom of God's power because that's what God is first Corinthians 420 for the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
Sometimes we have to wait to death to see enough of it, but by faith we begin to see so he speaks tenderly to her.
This is the only place where Jesus addresses someone as in the sense of his daughter. He still talks about the daughters of Jerusalem, the daughters of Abraham.
This is, he says daughter, your faith directly to her. Now he is 31, 32 years old.
She is likely 25 to 45 so when they get 12 years of you know you be factoring 12 years.
The issuing is, come up with an age. Another words, he's not old enough to be her father and yet he speaks to her as a father to a child come along and you read you know your Old Testament you know you New Testament enough you say. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulder and his name will be called wonderful Counselor of the mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of peace. This is one of those many signatures of the deity of Christ that he is God is God the son and God the father is no problem with. So with this word she's no longer an outcast.
Among her people. Meanwhile, the father of the daughter he is helpless to interfere. What can he say sonnet she's waited 12 years. She can wait another euro our house that must've been cooling for him. Verse 35 while he was still speaking some game from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said your daughter is dead.
Why trouble teacher any further. If she only just waited. She just let the Lord get to my house.
This wouldn't happen this way.
Of course he at this point he ECC studies. She's devastated. Why couldn't she wait her turn. John's Gospel chapter 11 we read about again perspective of Christ that he has a different view of things and is trying to let us know what that view was about to run New Testament's John chapter 11 now marker said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Martha didn't yet learn that Jesus has power over death.
Even in this life as he lived. That is, as he walked amongst us. Then John 1132. Her sister not only was Martha the one that said if you had been here, but Mary Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And so, in both cases here with the gyrus and then there with Martha and Mary. They're all saying you know we were that close to the blessing. Where were you if you had only done this God.
How many times have you prayed that if you only did this things would be so much better so much different will come back to that moment. Why trouble. The teacher any further. No earnest needy soul could ever trouble Jesus Christ. No one could ever be a nuisance to him when you come in need. Verse 36. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken. He said to the ruler of the synagogue. Do not be afraid only believe Mark says Jesus reacts instantly to what was going on in the father's heart. Look again at verse 36.
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken instantly. He goes into depth to trust me trust God.
That's his response. He said to the ruler of the synagogue. Do not be afraid only believe his first words were words to strengthen this believer faith could be one of the most difficult things we can be one of the most powerful things also. That's why we seek.
So the psalmist writes yeah yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of devilish shadow means it's there, I will fear no evil for you are with me and I might momentarily be with you. That's how it is. At some point the shadow thinks it gets the last say, but it never does.
Amongst the righteous. He just preached on this to her. He had just said to the woman, your faith is made you well. Now he's taking that as his text to gyrus anything just belief just have faith. Faith is not positive thinking. Faith is not wishful thinking. It is not mindless, thinking it is not superstitious thinking or selfish thinking it is a willful decision to submit to trusting God as the Scripture says and leaving it right there without conditions, without terms. Okay, I'll trust.
Imagine if God said okay you you cannot argue with me about this, you can say okay Lord, I'll trust you if when Abraham was interceding for the sodomites they was in a bargain. He was hoping to just you get a blessing, but he never made it a condition of his own salvation.
His own faith on a deal like that God made the deals of fine you find 10 all spirit so John chapter 7 verse 38 Jesus that he who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. If you believe me according to the Scripture. Now we have these intelligent people to come along and tells them believing everything in Scripture believe what they say about the Scripture we reject them categorically and they are after our youth because they sound they sound so smart to some no cells want to me.
I feel like you know foghorn when I hear them your big dummy little that's not far going to somebody else and never -11, but I do feel like you know who to listen to you, Chuck Smith years ago. He was supposed to be on a radio with this person that was part of this Jesus seminar that decided what verses were truly were versus were not and they were, he would have no part of these are not interested in talking to someone who rejects the Scripture not on these like this. I mean if you're going to lead someone to the cries yes but not it is going to give the other side tell you how bad Scripture is when interested in. I agree with that, under those circumstances, it is the full letter said in his heart that there is no God, and it is the folder thinks God is not able to protect his word, the Bible has discrepancies that are self-correcting and it is complete and it is trustworthy because God is so verse 37 and he permitted no one to follow him, except Peter James and John the brother of James yet set I got this moment.
Of course the Lord's funeral disease is moving warm with what he's doing gyrus is that he just shot a B's go trust is going to trust at this point, but Jesus is saying I need witnesses, not spectators. I want those who are in this and not outside of this in the Bible later portrays Peter as a man of prayer and dedication because he was with Christ and that rubbed off on him. That holiness got into Peter to the Jews. According to for example Psalm 55, or 17 had three times a day that they would pray and when we come to the book of acts we find Peter at each interval praying in acts chapter 2 at 9 AM. He is praying at noon in acts chapter 10 and then in acts chapter 3 there at 3 PM. He's praying again because he had been with Christ because Christ had taken him with him. We learn these things from Scripture because we're supposed to respond like Peter did we get to walk with Christ through the word of the printed Scripture, those Jews got to walk with Yahweh through their Old Testament Scripture is just been further developed in Christ.
Verse 38. Then he came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue and saw a two malt and those who wept and wailed loudly. Now he's going to make a distinction between the genuine tears and the whalers for pay.
These are not oceangoing whalers. They are professional. Jeremiah talks about them in his and in my chapter. I think it is of Jeremiah. He also mentions that the I don't know who came up with this idea. You know there's been a death we need.
This is not enough sorrow we would got the drama that ramp this up. We got a really like we miss the person like were all miserable. That is a bad idea. I'm glad we don't do it anyway. Verse 39 and he came in and he said to them, why make this commotion and we, the child is not dead, but sleeping there it is again.
This perspective of God that doesn't match my perspective that I've got a learn or suffer the confusion, yet the child is not dead yeah, but only he could awaken her if she is sleeping. This kind of asleep. Nobody else can wake her up but him without him.
It would've been death again. John chapter 11 verses 11 and 14 these things he said and after he said them, our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him, because nobody else could. Four days later he gets there. Of course 40s after the death of Lazarus. Then Jesus said to them plainly, Lazarus is dead because they similarly sleeping is not really going to get better and any snow.
He's dead. It's a euphemism from my perspective he's not dead.
He is coming back even to come back because of me because that's who I am. I can do this here where he says the child is not dead, but sleeping that had impacted was never forgotten who can never forget that if you live through this moment. I remember when he said it. I don't know what to think.
Some have said no way ridicules others were just anticipating what could happen next. For the rest of their lives. It will recall this is his view is superior. If he says she's not dead they're not dead and if he says you're not gonna die either. If your mind you're not dying you rather believe it or you don't. John 11 verse 26 again. Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Then he asked this question right on the heels of that same verse do you believe this, do you believe do you live like you believe it well sometimes I do something to do pretty good job. You know I could you help me do it. But then there's all the other times. But in the end is still there in the end, you may have been very clumsy about your faith what is faith nonetheless.
And that counts.
It means something with God.
Lord, I believe, help my unbelief in the Lord granted him his request.
Verse 40 now and they ridiculed him. But when he had put them all outside. He took the father and the mother of the child and those who are with him and entered where the child was lying. Now again they at this this point they had not seen anything like this and they ridiculed him, not the ones going with him, but the whalers and some of the other people and they still ridicule him, but ultimately, every knee shall bow every tongue shall confess verse 41, and he took the child by the hand and said to her to lather Kumi which is translated little girl, I say to you arrives I speaking in the Aramaic door. He spoke in the Aramaic, which is believed to have been his principal language amongst the people.
It means literally girl get up and that is just what happened. Verse 42. Immediately the girl arose and walked. She was 12 years of age and they were overcome with great amazement that they were what happened when he was 12.
I mean you got the woman with the 12 years of disease you've got this little girl was 12 years old 12 years of joy and light in the home and then snuffed out and when he was 12 he came into knowledge of fuller knowledge of his identity of who he was to the father who the father was damn we read about in Luke chapter 2 and when he was 12 years old, they went up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast and we know the rest of the story how did you not know I be about my father's business. I don't think it's kind of scolding a retro result, I get this I did you not know this is a cute moment because it was no malice. And as we know it just did this innocent child of this deep into faith what we believe reseller perplexed.
We don't have an answer.
Dewey they don't say well love was there answer. They had no answer and it is a wonderful part of Scripture so about the time that this child was born. This woman began suffering and this is life. The Christian has to come face-to-face with suffering in this life and deal with it from the perspective of faith continues in verse 43, but he commanded them strictly that no one should know it and said that something should be given to her to eat fun of her life goes on. Thing will would get ticket from the bottom up and when he says she's hungry, give us of the need child was deep that life goes on what he looked to keep us a low profile.
You knew what would happen if it got out of hand, but Matthew adds this report. Matthew 926 and the report of this went out into all the land. These things would speed up his execution because those his executioners. Of course, detested these kinds of things but buckles with this I would've future do we want for our children what what future would my mom and dad. Loving the Lord and what with what they want from me. The Jews put it in ink the Holy Spirit in Psalm 144 that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth that our daughters may be as pillars sculptured in palace style of question relation to God. That's with all the Psalms are about not humanistic Psalms that my son would be potted plants. That's not the idea that they would try that they would grow stronger and grow upward pillars holding up truths resists seduction of rebels you young Christians you are going to face seducers they're coming for you. This should not terrify you, this should argue, you should be saying and may the Lord use me through it. Acts chapter 2 when Peter is preaching that Pentecost he leads you just lays out all these truths before them.
He says about the coming of the spirit. He says for the promise is to you and to your children and to all who are afar off the us as many as the Lord will call. Of course the implications responding to the call continues this way. Look at this and with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, be saved from this perverse generation, and you live in a perverse generation and so it is if they're going to be perverse if they will not adhere to Scripture in defiance. We defy back with adherence to the word love leaving the Lord preach the word and let the light wises her arms as the take about crosses many things that belong to the Christian faith and we are supposed to master all of them.
So the solution to life's Jesus Christ and that's it. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference radio.com once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast. When you subscribe will be notified of each new edition of cross reference radio you could search for cross reference radio on your favorite podcast app that's all we have time for today, but we hope you'll join us next time.
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