Mark 5: Bible Study Guide


Mark 5, (41-BSG-5Y)/ Devotional Thought corresponding with today’s Bible Reading Program/ Theme: Jesus, Giver of Life! —Key Text (Mark 5:21–43)

Introduction: Everywhere Christ went, He met people with problems. When Christ arrived on the opposite shore, a large crowd was there with various needs (v. 21). Jairus’ daughter was sick, near the point of death. He pleads with Christ to come and heal her. Jairus was the leader of the synagogue (vv. 22-23).

The Persistence Woman: Jesus Christ always had a crowd pressing around Him (v. 24) People followed Him for various reasons — popularity, need, curiosity, etc. In verse 25, we are introduced to the woman who had an issue of blood (hemorrhage) for 12 years. She spent all of her money without getting better. In fact, she continued to grow worse (vv. 26). She pressed through the crowd and touched Jesus. She knew if she only touched Christ’s robe, she would be made completely whole! (vv. 27-29), and so she did! Jesus knew that healing power had gone out of His body. He wonders who touched Him (vv. 30-31). The woman was fearful – She came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth (v. 33). Notice Christ’s response to her: “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored you to health; go in peace and be [permanently] healed from your suffering.” (v. 34)

A Girl Restored to Life: The chapter ends with the miraculous restoration of Life. Earlier, we saw that Jairus’ daughter, a Twelve year girls, was sick, (vv. 22-23) but now she is dead (v. 35). Notice what the Scriptures says – “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (V. 36). This is now a funeral scene! Jesus took with Him only the inner circle — Peter, James, and John the brother of James. The people were filled with sorrow. Jesus said the girl was “only asleep”— not permanently dead! You see, the Bible call death “sleep” (read Ps 90:3-6; Job 7:21; 14:10-12; Ps 13:3; Dan 12:2; Mt 9:24; Mk 5:39; Lk 8:52-53). Jesus commands the girl to come back to life, and her life is restored immediately! (v. 42)

Devotional Implication: The mourners who were gathered there were astonished at the power of Jesus. Perhaps now they would believe that indeed Jesus is the Son of God? Beloved, even today, Jesus has the power to raise the dead, should He choose to do so. But what I want grips me in the story, is Christ’s appeal to Jairus, “Do not be Afraid, Only Believe!” (Mark 5:36). How many of us miss God’s blessings (physical/ spiritual) simply because we don’t believe? Our problem is faithlessness. Jesus told His disciples – “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NKJV). What does God telling me in this message?

DO NOT BE AFRAID — That your problem is too big for God to handle; That your sickness is incurable; That your sins are too many to be forgiven; That God’s love is too partial; That His mercy is too shallow; That your “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20, ESV)

ONLY BELIEVE— That God is able to save; That He is willing to save; That He will save; That He does save; That He has saved! Apostle Paul writes: “Therefore, He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, AMP)

Have a Goodnight! “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23, NKJV)