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073017 Seeing the Ministering Gospel’s Miracles Mark 4:45-5:43

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Calming the wind and the sea - 4:35-41

What is the worst storm you've ever been through?
What are the different types of storms we can go through?
Emotional Storm
How did you get through?
What is it about a storm that causes fear?
What emotions go through you during a storm?

A. The crisis (4:35–38a)

1. The stormy sea (): Jesus and the disciples suddenly encounter a furious squall while crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat.
Mark 4:35–37 ESV
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
2. The sleeping Savior (): Jesus is asleep at the back of the boat.
Mark 4:38a ESV
38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

B. The cry (): Filled with fear, they shout to him: “Don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”

Mark 4:38 ESV
38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

Calming the wind and the sea - 4:35-41

C. The calm (4:39–41)

1. The rebuke () : He rebukes the wind and sea, saying, “Quiet down!”
Mark 4:39 ESV
39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
2. The reproof () : Jesus chides the disciples for their lack of faith.
Mark 4:40 ESV
40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
3. The reaction () : They are filled with awe at his power!
Mark 4:41 ESV
41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


How did the disciples react to this storm? And what did many of them do for a living?
Are you ever annoyed when it looks like God is sleeping and ignoring the situation that has "swamped" you and threatens to drown you?
Why do you think the disciples wake Jesus up?
Did they want Him to calm the storm or to take cover?
Why are the disciples still "terrified" even after Jesus calms the storm?
What did the disciples ask each other in verse 41?


:40. After their brush with death, Jesus doesn't comfort, but rather scolds His disciples. Why is He so hard on them?
As soon as Jesus boards he sleeps. It is possible that Jesus meant to enter this storm as a test of the disciples' faith?
How would they have responded if they had had faith?
In what areas of your life are you tempted to respond with fear rather than faith?

Casting out a legion of demons - 5:1-20

If you could time travel to see Jesus as He ministered in Galilee, what is the one personal need you would ask Him to meet?
Jesus will meet the following needs:
Jesus will meet the following needs: MAN, ; WOMAN, ; CHILD, ,
Spiritual need — MAN, ;
Emotional & physical need — WOMAN, ;
Physical & spiritual — CHILD, ,

A. The despair (5:1–5): This man is continuously tormented by many demons.

1. The man lives among the tombs ().
Mark 5:1–3 ESV
1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain,
2. No one can keep him chained ().
Mark 5:3–4 ESV
3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him.
3. He constantly screams out and hits himself with stones () .
Mark 5:5 ESV
5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.

B. The deliverance (5:6–13): Jesus speaks to the evil spirits within the man.

1. The panic of these demons (): In great fear they beg Jesus not to torment them before their time.
Mark 5:6–7 ESV
6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”
2. The plea of these demons (5:8–13)
a. The request (): The demons ask for permission to enter a large herd of pigs nearby.
Mark 5:9–12 ESV
9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.”
b. The results (): Jesus allows it, and the possessed pigs run into the lake and drown.
Mark 5:13 ESV
13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.
c. The release (): The man is set free!
Mark 5:8 ESV
8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”

C. The disbelief (5:14–17): The pig owners and townspeople come running out to see what has happened.

1. What they see (): They see the former madman now sitting, clothed, and in his right mind!
Mark 5:14–16 ESV
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.
2. What they say () : They all urge Jesus to go away and leave them alone!
Mark 5:17 ESV
17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.

D. The desire (5:18–20)

1. The request by the man () : He begs to be allowed to go with Jesus.
Mark 5:18 ESV
18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
2. The reply by the Messiah (): The Savior declines, asking the man to share his testimony with others.
Mark 5:19–20 ESV
19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
How did the demon possessed man respond to Jesus?
2. How did the demon possessed man respond to Jesus?
Why do you think Jesus allowed the demons to enter the pigs?
Why did the people beg him to leave? What can we learn from their response?
What do we learn from this passage about the Lord Jesus Christ ?
How do you apply this knowledge to your life today?

Healing the woman with a flow of blood and raising up a dead girl - 5:21-43

The woman

What is the worst pain you have experienced?

A. Her disease (5:25–26)

1. The description (): For twelve years she has suffered from internal bleeding.
Mark 5:25 ESV
25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,
2. The deterioration (): Her condition is worsening.
Mark 5:26 ESV
26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.

B. Her determination (): She fights her way through a crowd and touches Jesus’ cloak, believing this will heal her!

Mark 5:27–28 ESV
27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”

C. Her deliverance (5:29–34)

1. The cure (): Immediately her bleeding stops.
Mark 5:29 ESV
29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
2. The concern (): Turning around, Jesus wants to know who has touched him.
Mark 5:30–32 ESV
30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
3. The confession (): The woman acknowledges to Jesus that she touched him.
Mark 5:33 ESV
33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.

4. The commendation (): Jesus reassures the woman that her faith has brought about her healing!

Mark 5:34 ESV
34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
What kinds of doubts or feelings toward God may have arisen in those 12 years?
What lessons from God could she have learned during these 12 years?
Who alone could heal her?
Have you ever gone from pride, to hopelessness, to humility, to complete reliance on God?
What is the bad news? What is the good news?
Does God care more about our character or our comfort?

The Girl

What questions would Jairus have had when his daughter died because Jesus tarried?
Will your trust Jesus, even if you never get your answers this side of heaven?

A. The request (5:21–24)

1. The person (): A synagogue leader named Jairus approaches Jesus.
Mark 5:21–22 ESV
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet
2. The problem (): He begs the Savior to come and heal his dying daughter.
Mark 5:23–24 ESV
23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.

B. The report (): Jairus receives word that his daughter has just died.

Mark 5:35 ESV
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

C. The reassurance (): Jesus says to Jairus: “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.”

Mark 5:36 ESV
36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

D. The restriction (): Jesus allows only Peter, James, and John to accompany him to Jairus’s home.

Mark 5:37 ESV
37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.

E. The ridicule (5:38–40a)

1. The confusion (): Jesus encounters uncontrolled weeping and wailing upon entering Jairus’s home.
Mark 5:38 ESV
38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
2. The contempt (): The Savior is ridiculed when he says the child is simply asleep.
Mark 5:39–40 ESV
39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.

F. The resurrection (5:40b–43)

1. His order (): “Get up, little girl!”
Mark 5:40–41 ESV
40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
2. Her obedience (): She does, to the amazement of her parents!
Mark 5:42 ESV
42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.

G. The restraint (): Jesus commands the girl’s parents not to tell anyone what has happened and to give their daughter something to eat.

Mark 5:43 ESV
43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Lessons on Prayer from Jairus

Boldness – don’t hint or beat and ask for big things in faith.
Humility – don’t be impertinent or demanding. We don’t deserve anything. So rely on His grace.
Politeness – Remember who you are coming before. Don’t tell. God is not our buddy or peer. Jairus was a fairly important person, but he didn’t come to Jesus as a peer.
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