Mark 5:25-26 Only Worse

Mark 5:25-26 (KJV)
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

The physicians of that day, just as in our day, were limited in skills, knowledge, and practice. Despite the physician’s sincere efforts, a patient may express earnest hope, spend countless hours, and invest all of their resources, only in the end, to grow worse.

But the lesson of the passage is in no way intended to dismiss the value of the medical profession. I think the physicians, in this case, serve to represent, among others:

  • Religion
  • Education and
  • Evolutionary science

In every case mankind has invested, hope, time and resources to their advancement and only found themselves to grow worse.

We have the proliferation of religions
Everything from Christian religions, to non-Christian eastern religions, to cult religions and occult religions exist and influence multitudes of people. But are we the better off for them? No. Humanity grows worse.

We have the most educated people in history
The things mankind has been able to do is a true wonderment. We have put men on the moon, cast our voices and then our images through the airwaves, created machines that compute formulae at lightning speeds. But mankind is not better off. A good look at the world tells us we grow worse.

The evolutionary scientist has nearly won the world to his theory of human existence
Despite the fact that the evolutionist: has no proof, disagrees with other evolutionists and makes claims that are fanciful beyond anything recorded in the Bible, but a few Bible believers still cling to the Biblical description of God’s creating the whole of existence in six literal days (and resting on the seventh). Evolution’s core tenant is that mankind has evolved from a lesser life and is evolving into a higher life. But is mankind better for these sentiments? No. We only grow worse.

This woman, in desperation, pushed her way past the throngs of people to reach out to Jesus. And she was healed. The lesson of the passage is that, only in a desperate reach to Christ, will men – and mankind, grow better. 

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Mark 4:14 Sow The Word

Mark 4:14 (KJV)
The sower soweth the word.

How powerful, these words!

Recently, I read a devotional thought based on the parable of the sower. The devotional thought, posted on LinkedIn, urges from this passage that we must carefully sow our seed only in good ground. The writer’s point has to do with things like investments, interests, and agendas. I suppose a case can be made for being careful where we sow, our money, our friendships, our heart, etc. 

But that is not the point of the parable. The point is specific – it is sowing the word, the Word of God. 

And that sower should be careless with his seed. It must go to everyone and anyone, regardless of the return. Of course, we pray for the very best results. We wish souls to be saved. We wish Christ to dwell in them. We wish for conversion to Christ, commitment to Christ and even the call of Christ that they might sow this same Word. But what we wish for is not the main point. The main point is that every soil receives the Word. 

The parable practically destroys the Calvinist’s doctrines concerning election. God does not choose some to be saved and some to be lost. He graciously chooses that all, regardless of race, creed, background or predilection toward faith, have the very same opportunity to hear the Word of God and be saved. 

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Mark 3:9 Jesus’ Priority

Mark 3:9 (KJV)
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

Twice, in the early verses of this chapter, we read that a great multitude followed Jesus. There were people from everywhere: 

  • Galilee 
  • Judaea
  • Jerusalem 
  • Idumaea 
  • Beyond Jordan
  • Tyre and
  • Sidon 

And no wonder. Jesus had healed many, those who had touched Him had been healed of plagues and unclean spirits had been cast out. Selfishly, the great multitudes came, not seeking Jesus or His pleasure, but seeking solutions to their needs. 

It was impractical to think Jesus would touch every one of them. It was not His purpose to heal every one of them. 

So a ship was engaged and Jesus removed from them. Here we see the priority of Jesus; He was more interested in teaching them the Word of God than of healing their diseases. Healing a disease salves a temporary affliction. Preaching the Word intends to solve an eternal condemnation. 

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Mark 2:27 It’s Meant to Bless

Mark 2:27 (KJV)
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Seems like religion always puts the thing above the person. The sabbath, and I would suggest all the things of God:

  • The Bible
  • Prayer
  • Church attendance
  • Christian service
  • Witnessing 
  • Baptism
  • The Lord’s Supper

You name it and God gave it to bless man. Religion turns it around and makes these things requirements. They turn them from blessings to duties. They go from bringing happiness to being a burden. 

All of these ought to be kept and observed. There is no blessing in them if they are neglected. But neither is there a blessing in them if they are forced upon a soul. 

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Mark 14:1-2 Concerning Satan

Mark 14:1-2 (KJV)
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

Would any deny that the work of the chief priests and scribes to put Jesus to death was of the Devil? I therefore draw three conclusions concerning him:

He is religious 
It was the Devil who motivated and moved in the thoughts and actions of these religious leaders. Satan seeks to be like the Most High. He craves worship and attracts others by tempting them with their own chance at deity. He is far from being irreligious. He is rather pan-religious. He cares not what form the religion takes so long as it is not properly directed at the Living God (and, as Cain learned, is therefore directed toward Satan).

He is crafty
Which simply means that he is:

  • Tricky
  • Cunning
  • Deceptive 

The Devil is a liar and the father of lies. The one predictable character of the Devil is that he lies. So good is he at this that, if we do not watch, he would deceive the people of God. 

He is fearful
Perhaps the thing Satan is most fearful of is that people will turn to God. His craft is therefore designed to prevent people from seeing through his lies. He allows for enough truth that the unsuspecting fail to see what is false. He lures them in with: 

  • Just enough goodness 
  • Just enough light[1]
  • Just enough truth

That they fail to see the path leads away from the True and the Living God.


[1]2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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Mark 13:7 Press On

Mark 13:7 (KJV)
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

Commenting on not being troubled, Gill says it means, “go about your work.” Especially for the preacher, (He was speaking directly to Peter, James, John and Andrew) is this the case. 

“Such things must needs be.” As the plan of God develops those things that are contrary to His plan must be brought to a head. These things may include:

  • The evil of world governments 
  • The rise of false religion 
  • The teaching of false doctrines 
  • The falling away of trusted friends

“Such things must needs be.” Don’t be troubled by it. Yes, it is painful. That is no reason to change the course. Examine yourself. Be sure you are in the faith. Then press on. 

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Mark 12:1-2 Fruit

Mark 12:1-2 (KJV)
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.

Every time I read this parable, I become infuriated with the husbandmen. 

  • How could they treat their master’s servants this way? 
  • How is it that any man can be so cruel to another? 
  • Did they no know this would end badly for them?

And it seems to me that this is the point of the parable. Jesus said in
Mark 12:9
What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 

But there is a second and less obvious lesson. The master of the vineyard has a right to receive of the fruit. He has a reasonable expectation to profit from the production on his property. 

While we get so upset at the wicked husbandmen, do we forget that God has a right to expect fruit from our lives? We may not be guilty of beating, stoning, mistreating or killing the servants of the Lord. It might be we hear them faithfully and encourage them in their duties. Likely we, who would read this, have accepted His Son as our Saviour.  But if we have not born fruit to present to our Master, we have done as wickedly as any of these. 

God has a right to expect fruit from our lives. 

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Mark 11:28-33 Don’t Answer

Mark 11:28-33 (KJV)
And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

There are some conversations it’s just not worth having. Jesus established by His question that He and the chief priests and scribes could have no meaningful conversation concerning the question they asked of Him. Does it seem rude that He answered them with a question and conditioned further conversation upon their answer? Does it bristle your hair that, when they chose not to answer Him, He chose not to answer them?

The lesson is simple and, I think, two-fold

We should not feel obligated to carry on conversations about fables and foolish questions. 
It’s not reasonable to carry on endless conversations with little profit. It is better to offend one because you won’t speak with them than to offend the same because you have said an inappropriate thing. 

There is no basis for conversation unless both parties understand each other
I understand that a principle in debate is that the one who defines the terms wins the debate. If conversing parties disagree on the definition of terms or on the basis of the conversation, the conversation is fruitless. If there is no agreement set forth for instance, on authority- the subject between Jesus and these people – then the best course of action is to refuse their course of action. (Don’t answer their question.)

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Mark 10:25-27 Impossible

Mark 10:25-27 (KJV)
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Here is, it seems to me, the key to successful soul winning. 

When Jesus told the disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” they became astonished, the Bible says, “out of measure.” Soul winning was beyond them. It was 

  • Hopeless, 
  • Useless, 
  • Out of their grasp 

Under these conditions no one could ever be be saved. Except, Jesus reminded them, for God. The salvation of the lost soul is an utter impossibility with men but with God all things are possible. 

God can do all things. And the Christian can have God with him.[1]

  • When man is with us, when it is men upon which we rely, it is hopeless. 
  • But when God is with us, when our hope and help if from Him, all things are possible. 

[1]Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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Mark 9:17-19 Jesus First

Mark 9:17-19 (KJV)
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

The faithlessness displayed in this account is in their taking their trouble to Jesus’ disciples in the first place. Jesus uses His people but His people are not the source of power. 

We ought to learn to run to Jesus, and not to the disciples when we are in any way in need. If we were to do that, He might very well send a disciple to our aide. Going to the disciple first will lead only to frustration and undeserved disappointment in them.

As to the disciple who is pressured by others expecting them to work a miracle they cannot; our duty is simple, fasting and prayer. Our faithlessness is demonstrated when we attempt more than that. We must never allow ourselves to believe we are the answer. We only know the One who is the answer.

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