Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, March 15, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF MARK CHAPTERS 1-6

Text: “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 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 5:22, 23.

Comment: After making this request to the Master, he agreed to follow him. But on the way, word came that his daughter had died. This made some to demand that Christ should be allowed to face other things thinking that since she had died nothing could be done. (Mark 5:35 36)  But when Jesus heard this he assured the ruler that if only he had the faith, the girl would come back to life. (Mark 5:35,36)  While people were wailing at the ruler’s house,  Christ told them  “Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth”.  (Mark 5:39) Because they did not believe him, “they laughed him to scorn”. These could afford to laugh because they were paid to cry, a custom the Jews created for themselves at that time. Christ raised the damsel of about 12 years to life and all were astonished. – Mark 5: 40-42.

 

Here again strong faith is required of the individual seeking help from God. “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8) “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” –  Psalm 5:11, 12.

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