Class Notes: 9/22/2013
Mark 5:6-34; The miracles revealing the Deity of Jesus continued...
In our study of Mark we are in Mark 5:6-7; where Jesus is conversing with the demon possessed man who confronted Him when he got of the boat on the east side of the lake in the area of the Gerasenes.
In verse 7 we have an idiom "what to me and to you" that in the Net is translated "leave me alone" Net note 9
We see that the demon possessing the man was fully aware of Jesus' identity and power: he knelt before Him (in respect, not worship); he used Jesus' name "Most High God" in an attempt to manipulate Him; and he appeals to Jesus not to punish him.
In the Old Testament the gentiles often referred to the superiority of the true God of Israel over their man-made "gods" with the phrase, "Most High God".
The plea, "I implore you" or "I appeal to God." Net note 10 indicates that the demon knew he was going to be cast out but did not want Jesus to immediately cast him into Tartarus. Jude 6; He knew he was at risk for this because he was violating of the rules of the angelic conflict by indwelling the man.
Mark 5:8; Net note 12
Mark 5:9-10; We see here that what we actually, we have a dialogue between our Lord and the demon who refer to themselves as "Legion" Net note 14 indicating that there are many of them possessing the man under the leadership of one demon who was their spokesman. This is why the dialog alternates between singular and plural pronouns.
The Latin word "Legion," referred to a Roman army regiment of about 6,000 soldiers, though it probably also meant a very large number. To people under Roman domination the word no doubt suggested great power and oppression.
The Legion of demons kept on begging Jesus not to send them out of the area.
Mark 5:11; According to the Mosaic Law pigs were unclean animals and could not be eaten. (Lev. 11:7-8;). But there was enough of a market in the area for the farmers on the east side of the Sea of Galilee to raise them.
In addition to feeding the gentiles who lived there such a large operation was also likely involved in smuggling into the Jewish areas because anytime there is prohibition there are generally large profits to be made.
Mark 5:12-13; In order to avoid being disembodied the demons requested that they be permitted to go into the pigs. Jesus permitted it but the pigs reacted by stampeding into the lake and drowning. We see here that there were at least 2000 demons because about 2000 pigs were drowned.
Mark 5:14-17; So the man was healed and now in his right mind and clothed but the pigs were lost so the people who lived there asked Jesus to leave probably fearing additional losses.
Mark 5:18-20; But before He left the man who was healed in contrast with the local people who asked him to leave asked to go with Him but Jesus refused and told him to go witness of the events to his own people and he did. Net note 27
Mark 5:21; So Jesus crosses back over to Capernaum where a large crowd of people quickly gathers around Him on the lake shore just like they had before.
Mark 5:22-23; Jairus is one of the few religious leaders who recognized who Jesus was and because of the pressure he was under with his daughter's poor health he was willing risk going against the Pharisees and go to Jesus for help.
He may have already been a believer but if he isn't he will be very shortly. Remember Jesus didn't heal people simply to restore their health. He performed acts of healing and the miracles to focus attention on His unique identity.
The important thing in this life is eternal life, not how healthy you are while you living on the earth in time. This is a religious man who is the ruler of the synagogue and he is about to get out of religion.
It however took the pressure of a dying daughter and the credentials of Jesus Christ to wake him up. When he said: " Come lay your hands on her so that she may be healed and live," he knew that Jesus was God, he knew that Jesus could heal his daughter, he knew that Jesus could perform miracles, he recognized Jesus' credentials and he believed that Jesus was the Son of God.
Matt 5:24; so Jesus kept on following him along with His disciples and a large crowd that followed and pressed in on Him.
Mark 5:25-26; This woman had a problem that the doctors at the time could not deal with but she had spent all of her money, just like often happens with health care today, but she kept getting worse.
Her condition made her ritually unclean, (Lev 15:25-27;) excluding her from normal social functions since any who came in contact with her would also become ritually unclean.
Mark 5:27; The word translated "touched" is the aorist tense of the Greek verb "hapto" that means at in a moment of time when she saw an opportunity to touch Jesus' coat in the crowd without being noticed she touched them. Net note 39
This woman is expressing a lot of faith. She knows that the Lord can help her and recognizing that there is no human solution to her problem she looks for the divine solution. Her touching of the garment is very definitely connected with the faith-rest principle so we must assume that she is a believer.
Mark 5:28; Net notes 40 and 41 This explains her thinking. For she said." This phrase is in the imperfect tense that means she kept on saying this within herself: "If I may but touch his garment I will be healed."
The word that is translated "be healed" is not the word to be healed. It is the passive voice of the Greek word "sozo" that means to be saved or delivered. In this case it has to do with being delivered from her problem by healing. Net note 41
It is a future passive indicative so the future tense indicates that being delivered or healed is her logical conclusion. Here is another person who has seen Jesus' credit card miracles and believes in Him. The passive voice means that she will receive unmerited deliverance by the grace of God.
Mark 5:29-30; She was healed the moment she touched His clothing and she could feel it but Jesus also senses it and the aorist tense indicates that He swung around immediately and asks who touched my clothes.
God had honored her faith even though the humanity of Christ was unaware of the situation for the moment His deity was always aware and she was healed.
Mark 5:31; The question seemed absurd to his disciples because of the pressing of the crowd but they were unaware of what had happened.
This verse emphasizes Jesus' ability to distinguish the touch of someone who in faith expected deliverance from their touch from the inadvertent touch of those crowding against Him.
Mark 5:32; but He kept on looking around to see who had touched him like this. The word translated " kept looking around" is the Greek word "perieblepeto" the imperfect tense indicates the he kept on looking around intently to figure out who it was.
Mark 5:33-34; When the woman saw that what she had done had been noticed because she was the only one who understood Jesus' question she came in humility and fell down before Him and told him what had happened.
Jesus then refers to her with the affectionate term "daughter" the only time He is recorded as using this term to indicate her family relationship with Him indicating that she is a believer.
Jesus then attributes her cure to her faith (the faith rest drill) rather than her touching His clothing. "your faith has saved or delivered you" (healed you). Net note 44
She was delivered because she had put her problems in the Lord's hands, (Psa 55:22; 1Pet 5:7;) When you put a problem in the Lord's hands and leave it there He is going to take care of it.
"Go in peace and be delivered (healed) of your disease" This assured her that her healing was complete and permanent. In her extreme need of the incurable illness and socio-religious isolation for 12 years she was a living "dead" person.
Her restoration to wholeness of life anticipated the dramatic the raising of Jairus' daughter who died after living for 12 years.
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