God’s Peculiar Sense of Timing | Part 1: Give Me A Break
July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020
Mark 5 is one of my very favorite chapters in the Bible. Of course, I love John 3 and John 4 so it’s like Rhonda says, “Kevin, you do have a lot of favorite chapters!”
When Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the sea. (Mark 5:21)
Did you notice the word “again” in Mark 5:21?
Much of the action in Mark 4 and 5 centers around the Sea of Galilee. Jesus used boats on the Sea of Galilee as one of his main forms of transportation. Jesus sailed across the Sea of Galilee to deliver the demon-possessed man, and then he sailed again to another town. He had two appointments that had been set 12 years before.
Notice that the people of the town saw Him coming. “A large crowd gathered around him.” Jesus just can’t get a break. He can’t get away from the action. People are crowding around him. Ministry can be non-stop and exhausting.
Maybe that’s another reason why Jesus used the Sea of Galilee as a means of transportation because at least it afforded him a little bit of time where he could (as we know in Mark 4) take a nap.
Sometimes, when I’m overwhelmed and exhausted in the ministry that the Lord has so graciously graced me with, I remember that my Lord was often exhausted, too.
Do you remember the Nationwide slogan? “Life comes at you fast.” That’s exactly what was happening to Jesus right now. He had just driven out demons in Gergasa. He was probably tired. He needed a break, but the crowd kept following him.
One of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, “My little daughter is dying. Come and lay your hands on her so that she can get well and live.” So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd was following and pressing against him. Now a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years had endured much under many doctors.
She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothing. For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I’ll be made well.” Instantly her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing against you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” But he was looking around to see who had done this. The woman, with fear and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be healed from your affliction.” (Mark 5:22-34)
Keep following as we dive deeper into this passage in our next blog post.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.