Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – July 26, 2015
Theme: Responses to the Word
Main Text: Mark 5:21-43
Key Verse: Mark 5:36 – “… Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36 NIV)
Last Sunday, under the topic Admirers and Agreers, we looked at two characters who admired and agreed with what Jesus preached, but apparently did not go beyond that. We noted that:
- Mental agreement, and even commendation of the words of Jesus Christ do not amount to salvation.
- Commendation by public dignitaries of Jesus Christ especially during Christian festive periods have little value to the salvation of the people
- Taking the definite step of making a personal commitment to Christ and the Scriptures is the only way to benefit from His word
This Sunday we will look at the story of a man by name Jairus. This man had a daughter who was ill and who eventually died before Jesus got to his house and raised her back to life. We will see the kind of person Jairus was, the challenges he faced (considering his position in the Establishment) as he stepped out to act his faith in Jesus Christ, and the implications of that exceptional faith for us.
The man Jairus was a synagogue leader and would be expected to uphold the official position of the synagogue leadership in all matters of faith and doctrine. This included repudiation of the claims of Jesus Christ. But Jairus had observed Jesus and listened to him. He had apparently witnessed how Jesus delivered the man with a legion of demons. He had listened to Jesus preach, and what he heard struck a chord in him – that Jesus must be capable of healing his sick daughter.He related what he had seen and heard from Jesus to his personal situation. Have you ever been in a situation where evidences before you convinced you that the collective position of a group (or even a church) to which you belonged could be wrong and you were tempted to act contrary to the collective position?
Jairus summoned courage and pleaded with Jesus: “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” (Mark 5:23 NIV). Jesus obliged and started to follow him to his house. But then Jesus got distracted by a woman who had touched his garment and received her healing. While He was attending to this woman, news came that Jairus’ daughter had died. The three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) record this story. Matthew records that on hearing this, Jairus said to Jesus: “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” (Matthew 9:18). Jesus eventually got to Jairus’ house and raised the girl back to life. Why is it that those who were strongly antagonistic to the Gospel but become born again, tend to exhibit exceptional faith in God’s word? What does this tell us about sharing the Gospel with unbelievers?
It is innate in us to expect God to address our situation in a certain way, and within a time frame we deem critical. Few of us would still retain hope after a loved one whose healing we have been praying for eventually dies. Jairus expected that Jesus would heal his daughter while she was still alive, but it did not work out that way. What informs our expectation of how God would intervene in our situation, and our definition of a “critical time frame” for such intervention, and how might God respond to our expectation? When Jesus delayed to the point of that the girl died, people told Jairus “Your daughter is dead … why bother the teacher anymore?” (Mark 5:35 NIV). How do we manage the voices around us –especially of those we respect – that may be discouraging our taking God at His word?
1. Jairus apparently broke ranks with the synagogue leaders by acknowledging Jesus Christ and seeking Jesus’ intervention in his family. Discuss why one might want to break ranks with his or her church’s denominational beliefs.
2. Why do faithful Christians, despite confessions of faith and claims to what they understand to be God’s promises, still sometimes face the embarrassment of not receiving what they desire from God?
Father, help me walk with you more closely so that as you revealed your ways to Moses, I will also know your ways and exercise faith in that knowledge. In Jesus’ name, Amen