Healing the Afflicted.
Mark 5:1 And they
came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
After the storm they
came into the country of the Gerasenes.
Mark 5:2 And when
he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a
man with an unclean spirit,
The tombs are still
seen in the cliff near Gersa. For notes on demoniacal possession and this
Matt. 8:28-33. Compare
Mark 5:3 Who had
his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with
The tombs of that
age were both natural and artificial caves in a rocky hillside, and that
could be used for shelter. They are even today sometimes the homes of the
poorest people. No man could bind him. Modern lunatics in their
frenzy often exhibit almost superhuman strength.
Mark 5:4 Because that
he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been
plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any
man tame him.
Mark 5:5 And always,
night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and
cutting himself with stones.
Mark 5:6 But when he
saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Mark 5:7 And cried
with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou
Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
Mark 5:9 And he asked
him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is
Legion: for we are many.
Mark 5:10 And he
besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country
In other words, "Do
not send us back to the place of perdition from whence we came." The demons
confess the power of Christ.
Mark 5:11 Now there
was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding
At Gersa the
mountain rises near the sea. This great herd of swine was either the
property of Gentiles, or of Jews who disobeyed the law of Moses for money.
Mark 5:12 And all
the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter
Mark 5:13 And
forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and
entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into
the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
The cliff at the
base of the mountain at Gersa is almost perpendicular.
Mark 5:14 And they
that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country.
And they went out to see what it was that was done.
Mark 5:15 And they
come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the
legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
Mark 5:16 And they
that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with
the devil, and also concerning the swine.
Mark 5:17 And they
began to pray him to depart out of their coasts
Christ does not stay
where he is not wanted. He never visited the country of the Gadarenes again.
Mark 5:18 And when he
was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him
that he might be with him.
Mark 5:19 Howbeit
Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell
them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion
Mark 5:20 And he
departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done
for him: and all men did marvel.
The Decapolis is a
district so called from its ten cities, of which
was one. The first preacher of Christ there was the demonic one who could
testify of his power.
Mark 5:21 And when
Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people
gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
They sailed back
across the sea to Capernaum.
Mark 5:22 And,
behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and
when he saw him, he fell at his feet
The office of ruler
in the synagogue was somewhat similar to that of elder in a Church of
Mark 5:23 And
besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of
death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be
healed; and she shall live.
Mark 5:24 And Jesus
went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
Mark 5:25 And a
certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
This miracle is also
Matt. 9:20-22 and
Luke 8:41-56. An issue of blood
was a hemorrhage of the womb or bowels.
Mark 5:26 And had
suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and
was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
The medical art in
in that age was in a very crude condition. Professor Lightfoot gives, from
the Rabbinical books, the remedy for a female hemorrhage: "Let them dig
seven ditches, in which let them burn some cuttings of vines under four
years old. Let her take in her hand a cup of wine; let them lead her away
from this ditch and make her sit over that. Let them remove her from that
and sit her over another. At each removal you must say to her, 'Arise for
thy flux.'" This is an illustration of what this woman suffered.
was bled to death because he caught a cold. The first evening the doctor
bled him. The next morning he was worse and the doctor bled him again. By
evening he was worse and the doctor bled him again and said: The blood came
out very slow. The doctors just tried to un-plug brother Al Chapman @ the
VA because he “might have a spell with his heart and it could hurt him if
they did chest compressions on him.”
Mark 5:27 When she had
heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
Mark 5:28 For she
said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Mark 5:29 And
straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her
body that she was healed of that plague.
Mark 5:30 And
Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him,
turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Christ, conscious of
the approach and condition of this woman, voluntarily healed her. His
language that follows is to bring out the moral issue. He cured her, not by
touch or word, as was usual with him, but by act of will. By his question he
called out her public confession. Faith saves. It may not be intelligent
faith, for this woman was not well instructed, but it was a faith strong
enough to lead to action.
Mar 5:31 And his
disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest
thou, Who touched me?
Mar 5:32 And he looked
round about to see her that had done this thing.
Mar 5:33 But the woman
fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down
before him, and told him all the truth.
Mar 5:34 And he said
unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be
whole of thy plague.
Mar 5:35 While he
yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain
which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
Matt. 9:18, 19 and
8:41,42 and 49-56.
Mar 5:36 As soon as
Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the
synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Mar 5:37 And he
suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother
The mourners were
excluded and only the parents and three apostles, the same three that saw
him transfigured, and in the agony of Gethsemane, were allowed to enter.
Mark 5:38 And he
cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and
them that wept and wailed greatly.
At a Jewish funeral
there were professional mourners called by
"minstrels." It is still the funeral fashion in the East.
Mark 5:39 And when he
was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel
is not dead, but sleepeth.
Mark 5:40 And they
laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father
and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in
where the damsel was lying.
Mark 5:41 And he
took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is,
being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
Aramaic words from
the common language of the people of
Israel in that age,
meaning, "Damsel, arise."
Mark 5:42 And
straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of
twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
The restoration was
Mark 5:43 And he
charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that
something should be given her to eat.
That is, it should
not be published to everyone. It was often needful for Jesus to restrain the
fame of his miracles for various reasons, one of which was the wrath they
excited in the Jewish authorities. It was needful for him to delay exciting
them to the point of putting him to death till his time had come.
There are three
cases, besides his own resurrection, of Christ raising the dead. This case
is immediately after death.
The son of the widow
of Nain was at least twenty-four hours after death; cf:
Luke 7:11-16 And it came to pass the
day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples
went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the
city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother,
and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the
Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he
came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he
said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and
began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
The result was:
Luke 7:16 And
there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great
prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
The third example of
Jesus raising the dead was that of Lazarus, several days after his death,
when his body would naturally have begun to rot cf:
John 11:21-27 Then
said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not
died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will
give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection
at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And
whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son
of God, which should come into the world.
John 11:39 Jesus said,
Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto
him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
John 11:43-50 And when
he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he
that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his
face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and
let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the
things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways
to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Then gathered
the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for
this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will
believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and
nation. And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that
same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is
expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole
nation perish not.
Jesus raises the
dead three times:
In one case Jairus’
in the second the
widow of Nain, publicly;
in the third
Lazarus, before bitter enemies.
Lazarus in Hebrew is
Eleazar which means God has helped. In 66AD the Jews rebelled against Rome
and in 70AD when Titus of Rome came and destroyed
he also destroyed Bethany Hebrew Beth Ananiah. In a couple of years the
survivors returned and named the town Lazarium or El Lazareth. Why would
they do such a thing? If something truly remarkable had not happened had not
Bethany how did it become El Lazareth? And it is still El Lazareth today!
resurrection and His power over death means we too will be raised from the
I Cor 15:20-24 But now
is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them
that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall
all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end,
when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:50-55 Now this
I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery;
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where
is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are
asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we
believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in
Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the
Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord
shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are
alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.