As we saw in Mark Chapter 3, our Lord confronted the devil on every turn He would make as He went about doing good and healing many on His journey through the surrounding cities. In the last Chapter of Mark we were eye witnesses of His power over the created elements of nature the wind, the body of water, and the storms that produce rain, thunder, and lightning. He without effort spoke to the elements of nature and immediately they obeyed His Word. Our Lord is once again confronted by the works of the devil in three separate cases and each one is a result of the devil having dominion over the earth by the result of Adam’s sin. Again we see in stark contrast to what the religious Jewish hierarchy believed about the Lord Jesus, He was not in league with the devil but in conflict and battle with him at every turn to undue the havoc the enemy went about perpetrating in people’s lives.
In the first case, our Lord confronts a man possessed of many fierce demons that have so wreaked destruction in this man’s life that he no longer is able to control his behavior. The man is forced by the demons to live in a grave yard while inflicting cuts to his body every day. The man’s strength is far above other normal human beings because his body is no longer under his control and when the enemy sees our Lord they are instantly terrified and shriek back from Him as they bow to Him in fearful worship. But our Lord muzzled their speech and commanded them to come out of the man.
James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe --- and tremble! NKJV
The most odd part of this encounter is the demons ask our Lord to not send them out of the country perhaps they already knew of another person (maybe engaged in Baal worship, or astrology, or some other occult worship) they could have opportunity to inhabit. The demons in terror begged our Lord Jesus to send them into a heard of pigs nearby them. One of the other gospel writers said they begged our Lord Jesus to not send them to the abyss. This most strange occurrence for me is our Lord granted their request. He could have instantly zapped them into the torment of the abyss but He chose to leave them in this country but deliver, save, and rescue this man afflicted by them. Perhaps our Lord let the demons stay in that country because after witnessing this awesome miracle healing the people of that country said these words to Christ Jesus, “Then they began to plead with Him (the Lord Jesus) to depart from their region.” How foolish were these carnal people after seeing God at work they wanted nothing to do with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 9:20-21 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. NKJV
Now there was the man his mind and body now healed and he is sitting at our Lord’s feet imploring Him to let him come with Him where ever He is going, but our Lord would not permit him but instead said, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” The man did just that and the people where he lived were amazed at his transformation. Our Lord’s power over the demons solidifies Him as God for they would not cower in fear, dread, and terror at the presence of a mere man.
Deuteronomy 30:3 “That the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you.” NKJV
Psalms 111:4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and full of compassion. NKJV
Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. NKJV
Romans 9:15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” NKJV
Secondly, our Lord while walking through the crowds being pressed on every side from the people trying to get near to Him that they might receive some blessing from the Lord Jesus, but there was one women with a blood disease or illness that caused her to continue to bleed and bleed. This woman was so distraught and dejected from going to doctor after doctor trying to be cured from this disease or illness. Because of the Law she was unable to have communion with her husband or children and she could not worship in the temple at all. She perhaps had heard about the Lord Jesus Christ and knew of His compassion and mercy He showed to many people afflicted with various diseases.
Psalms 41:8 “An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.” NKJV
She knew that she was unclean in the sight of all the Jews and this is why she purposed in her heart to touch our Lord’s garment because she in her mind did not believe Jesus would touch her. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” She pressed her way through the crowd all the while trying to keep herself from being recognized by any of the people in the crowd for they would try and prevent her from getting close enough to our Lord. Alas she touches His garment and the Scripture says, “Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.” Our Lord the moment she touched Him in faith also knew immediately that power went out of Him and there His power that proceeds from Him to cure disease also testifies of Him being God.
Psalms 103:3-5 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. NKJV
Thirdly, just before our Lord’s encounter with the blood diseased woman, a ruler of the Jewish synagogue came rushing to Him pleading for Him to come to his house because his daughter was close to death. Our Lord agreed but while they were on their way to Jairus’ house he received the bad news that she has died. Well, what point is it in troubling Jesus any longer to heal his daughter. Now our Lord will display His power over death. It is only God that can forgive sin as some of the Pharisees said to our Lord on other occasions and now our Lord was ridiculed and laughed to scorn by some of the Jewish people when He said, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead” NKJV
Our Lord put those scorning Jews out of the house as not to give them the privilege of witnessing His power first hand because of their mocking unbelief. It brings to mind His words of “Do not cast your pearls before swine or give that which is holy to dogs.” Our Lord is the Father of all spirits and knows that her spirit was in the presence of God the Father and that He needed only to call her back to her body that appeared to be in the state of sleep. He said, “Little girl, I say to you, arise” and the girl immediately got up by the power our Lord has over man’s final enemy death.
Hebrews 11:35 “Women received their dead raised to life again.” NKJV
Therefore, we see in this 5th Chapter of Marks Gospel that our Lord defeats the enemy who imprisoned a man by demons, bound a woman with a blood disease, and struck down the life of a little precious girl of 12 years old in death. Our Lord demonstrates His Sovereign Power over these 3 things demons, disease, and death because as the Scripture says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Our Lord brought the destruction of the devils work to eternal destruction by His own death, burial, and resurrection from the dead 2,000 years ago.
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight. C. S. Lewis 1898-1963
“Your foes may be numerous as the devils in @#!*% , strong and wily; but He will save.” F. B. Meyer 1847-1929
“I don’t believe there are devils enough in @#!*% to pull a boy out of the arms of a Godly Mother.” Billy Sunday 1862-1935
“We have accounts of the deification of men in pagan mythology. But I do not remember any account of a god becoming a man, to help man. Whoever heard of Jupiter or Mars or Minerva coming down and attempting to bear the burdens of men? The gods were willing enough to receive the gifts of men, but Christianity is unique in the fact that our God became a man with human infirmity and emptied Himself of the glory of Heaven, in order that He might take upon Himself the sins, diseases and weakness of our humanity.” A. C. Dixon 1854-1925
“The high Heaven covereth as well tall mountains as small mole hills, and mercy can cover all. The more desperate thy disease, the greater is the glory of thy physician, who hath perfectly cured thee.” Abraham Wright 1611-1690
“As I go into a cemetery I like to think of the time when the dead shall rise from their graves. ... Thank God, our friends are not buried; they are only sown!” D. L. Moody 1837-1899
“I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ.” Max Lucado
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…