Good morning! Today is Tuesday, August 22th 2017; I am excited to share this piece of Scripture with you! Continuing to look at passages in which people center on Jesus, I was reminded of an interaction Jesus has with a deeply religious synagogue ruler in the fifth chapter of Mark. This man’s worst fears have become a reality; his daughter is dying and he needs someone to heal her.   -Mike

 

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever felt that you were helpless in a situation and have run out of options?
_ Share one way the Lord is impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage.

DISCOVER  [Mark 5:21-24b, 35-43]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24a And he went with him.

35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “You daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her,  “Talitha cumi,” which means “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
_Where was Jesus crossing from in v.21?
_ Why would the crowds be gathering about him if he only just arrived?
_ Why does the author point out that Jairus is a ruler of the synagogue in v.22?
_ Why does Mark include that Jairus falls at Jesus’ feet? What kind of message does this send the crowd?
_ In v. 23 Jairus tell Jesus that his daughter is dying, but what does he ask of Jesus? What does this say about Jairus?
_ Do you believe that this man knew Jesus would be able to heal his daughter?
_ What is Jesus’ action in vs.24a?
_ In between this story the author, Mark, tells us that a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years that works her way through the crowd, touches the hem of Jesus’ garment and is immediately healed. Jairus was there to see this.
_ What happens in v.35? How do you think this affected Jairus after seeing the bleeding woman healed?
_ What is Jesus’ reaction to the news? What does he say?
_ Jesus chooses three of his followers to come with him in v.37. Who? Why those three?
_ When the arrive at the house of the ruler of the synagogue (Jairus) what do they see and hear?
_ What is Jesus’ response to this?
_What does Jesus say about the little girl in v.39? Why do you think he says she is only sleeping?
_ Jesus enters the room with the father, mother and his three followers, takes the girl by the hand. Why would Jesus touching a dead person be a problem in the Jewish culture? [Leviticus 22:4; Numbers 19:11]
_ What does Jesus say to the little girl?
_ What happens immediately after that?
_ How do the people in attendance of this miracle react?
_ Why does Jesus charge them with secrecy?
_ What does this passage tell you about the social norms and traditions during this time? Does Jesus recognize them? How do people react when he goes against what is “normal”?
_ What does that say about the nature, character, power and authority of Jesus?
 

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple step of action?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Did Jairus come to Jesus in faith or fear? Have you ever found yourself in similar shoes?
_ Jairus had no hope, but knew there was something special about Jesus; that he could be the one to help him in his most dire of needs. Jesus doesn’t reject him because of his position in society, but sees his heart is honest and desperate for answers and healing. Are you opening your heart to God so that he can work within you?
_ Is there an area in your life where you might be “sleeping” and God is telling you “Talitha cumi”?

+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)