Quotes from Sunday’s Message

“In a dramatic volley of Greek participles, v.26 graphs the woman’s condition precipitously: having a blood flow, having suffered from many doctors, having exhausted all her wealth, having not improved, but having gotten worse.  The same verse is equally emphatic and categorical: she suffered much from many physicians, exhausted all her resources, and gained nothing. Clearly, the woman’s prospects are no better than the dying girl’s.” – James Edwards (emphasis author’s)

“The persistence of Jesus in discovering who touched him rivals the persistence of the woman in reaching Jesus.  She wants a cure, however, a something, whereas Jesus desires a personal encounter with someone.  He is not content to dispatch a miracle; he wants to encounter a person.”  – James Edwards (emphasis author’s)

“The woman had believed that she could be healed by touching Jesus – and, indeed, when she touched him, she was healed.  But Jesus had drawn her out of the crowd lest she hopelessly confused her physical touching and what lay behind it – her simple trusting.  So Jesus explains, ‘Your faith has made you well’ (v34).  It was not because she had come near enough to touch him, buy because she had trusted in him that she had been cured.” – Sinclair Ferguson

“It was the grasp of her faith rather than her hand that had secured the healing she sought.  Her touch brought together two elements – faith and Jesus – and that had made it effective.” – William Lane


 “What does Mark accomplish by sandwiching the woman’s story into the story of Jairus?  Jairus and the woman have only one thing in common: both are victims of desperate cricumstances who have no hope apart from Jesus.  Otherwise their stories diverge sharply.  Jairus has a name and a position.  The woman has none of these.  Her name is not given (or remembered), and she has no position.  Her only identification is her shame.  But in typical Markan irony, he does not hold an advantage regarding the one thing that matters.  It is the woman who exemplifies faith, and in this respect their roles are reversed.  Despite her embarrassing circumstances, she pushes through both crowd and disciples to reach Jesus.  Her gender, namelessness, uncleanness, and shame – none of these will stop her from reaching Jesus.  To this undaunted woman comes the healing and liberating word, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you; go in peace.’ When Jesus says, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe,’ how should Jairus understand the command to believe?  The answer is that he must have the kind of faith the woman has (v.34)!  The woman exemplifies and defines faith for Jairus, which means to trust Jesus despite everything to the contrary.” – James Edwards

“We must not be deceived by the current view that invites us to get rid of our troubles and sicknesses and then rejoice… The test of a person’s Christianity is what happens in the storm… When God is sitting as a refiner of gold; wanting to bring out the pure gold of naked trust in Himself… One of the most difficult things to do when the road is rough and the billows are passing over us is to feel that God still loves us.  But we are not called to feel; we are called to believe… God owes us no explanations.  We owe Him implicit trust and obedience… We cry to God for blessings, but… He has to teach us that He is the greatest blessing of all.” – John J. Murray (this is a collection of statements from his booklet Behind a Frowning Providence)


“I write this on the eve of prostate surgery.  I believe in God’s power to heal – by miracle and by medicine.  I believe it is right and good to pray for both kinds of healing.  Cancer is not wasted when it is healed by God.  He gets the glory and that is why cancer exists.  So not to pray for healing may waste your cancer.  But healing is not God’s plan for everyone.  And there may be other ways to waste your cancer… You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.  It will not do to say that God only uses your cancer, but does not design it.  What God permits, he permits for a reason.  And that reason is his design.  If God foresees molecular developments becoming cancer, he can stop it or not.  If he does not, he has a purpose.  Since he is infinitely wise, it is right to call this purpose a design… The aim of God in your cancer (among a thousand other good things) is to knock props out from under our hearts so that we rely utterly on Him… Cancer does not win if you die.  It wins if you fail to cherish Christ… It is meant to help you say and feel, ‘I count everything as loss because of the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.’” – John Piper (from Don’t Waste Your Cancer)

“When we cannot trace God’s hand, we can trust His heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

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