Mark 5: 21 …And when Jesus had crossed over again in the boat unto the other side, a great multitude was gathered unto him; and he was by the sea. 22 And there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he falleth at his feet, 23 and beseecheth him much, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death: I pray thee, that thou come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be made whole, and live. 24 And he went with him; and a great multitude followed him, and they thronged him. 25 And a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years....35 While he yet spake, they come from the ruler of the synagogue’s house saying, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Teacher any further? 36 But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken, saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe. 37 And he suffered no man to follow with him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38 And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beholdeth a tumult, and many weeping and wailing greatly. 39 And when he was entered in, he saith unto them, Why make ye a tumult, and weep? the child is not dead, but sleepeth. 40 And they laughed him to scorn. But he, having put them all forth, taketh the father of the child and her mother and them that were with him, and goeth in where the child was. 41 And taking the child by the hand, he saith unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, Arise. 42 And straightway the damsel rose up, and walked; for she was twelve years old. And they were amazed straightway with a great amazement. 43 And he charged them much that no man should know this: and he commanded that something should be given her to eat.
I. The Fact That They Laughed At What Jesus Said Clearly Reflected Their Attitude Of Heart Toward Him!
Proverbs 23:7 …For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: …
Matthew 15:7 …Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men…18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings:
II. Their Attitude Was Also Intended To Cast A Reflection On The Power Of Jesus Christ…and hence, GOD!
Genesis 18:9 …And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And Jehovah said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old? 14 Is anything too hard for Jehovah? At the set time I will return unto thee, when the season cometh round, and Sarah shall have a son. 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
Matthew 12:22 …Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spake and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Can this be the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons. 25 And knowing their thoughts he said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 and if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 31 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
III. Yet, Their Ridicule And Efforts To Deny His Power DID NOT Prove Him To Be False Or Defeat His Purpose!
Romans 3:3 …For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.
John 20:30 …Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.
II Timothy 4:1 …I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.
IV. Sad To Say, We See Many Today Who Have This Same Attitude
Of Ridicule And Rejection Of The Truth – But They Can Never Destroy
The Simple Power Of The Gospel!
Ephesians 4:1 …I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.
V. Only Those With Open And Honest Hearts Toward The Truth Will Believe And Determine To Walk By Faith!
Acts 17:10 …And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed; also of the Greek women of honorable estate, and of men, not a few.
James 1:21 …Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves. 23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: 24 for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.
Proverbs 1:20 …Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice
in the broad places; 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance
of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words: 22 How long, ye simple ones,
will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate
knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon
you; I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye have
refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded; 25 But ye have
set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh
in the day of your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your
fear cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; When distress
and anguish come upon you. 28 Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated
knowledge, And did not choose the fear of Jehovah: 30 They would none of my
counsel; They despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit
of their own way, And be filled with their own devices. 32 For the backsliding
of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy
them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet
without fear of evil.
1. That They Laughed At What Jesus Said Clearly Reflected Their Attitude Of Heart Toward Him!
2. Their Attitude Was Also Intended To Cast A Reflection On The Power Of Jesus Christ…and hence, GOD!
3. Yet, Their Ridicule And Efforts To Deny His Power DID NOT Prove Him To Be
False Or Defeat His Purpose!
4. Sad To Say, We See Many Today Who Have This Same Attitude
Of Ridicule And Rejection Of The Truth – But They Can Never Destroy
The Simple Power Of The Gospel!
5. Only Those With Open And Honest Hearts Toward The Truth Will Believe And Determine To Walk By Faith!
By Ron Lehde
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