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enough for it, and that he certainly will help it. How
plainly does this speak to us all, and in effect says to
us, be not afraid, only believe in Christ for a cure. But
then let us not fancy that we believe, when we have no
feeling of our disease.

29. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up ;
and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30. And Jesus immediately knowing in himself that virtue had
gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said. Who
touched my clotbes ?

31. And his disciples said unto him. Thou seest the multitude
thronging thee, and sayest thou, Wbo touched me ?

Jesus was not diverted from his purpose of mercy to the

VER. '21 34. J ST. MARK. 45

woman, by this unseasonable interruption of his disciples.
Let us hence learn to possess ourselves in peace and quiet
of mind, in every circumstance of life. — JEd.

32. And he looked round about

What do you think when you hear these words ?
Would not any one of you give the world, that he was
now looking round about for you .''

32. To see her that had done this thing.

This is the sum of Scripture, and the sole end of its
being written, to bring us to this knowledge and belief.
Hear then, and the Lord awaken you. O how happy you
will be in full desire ! O how happy in the full experience
of this power !

33. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was
done in her.

And cannot we know what is done for us, when we
find our hearts turned within us ? When we see our-
selves undone without Christ, when we fly to him in our
distress, thankfully receive him as our Saviour, and cleave
to him in sincerity ?

33. Came and fell down before him, and told him all the

Can not some one of us say, Lord, I have long been
in an evil case, wanted healing, came to thee for it in faith,
and thou hast healed me. Those whom Christ heals, arc
not shy of confessing the truth. Unawakened persons are
all upon shifts and excuses to hide their sins from them-
selves and otliers.

34. And he said unto her. Daughter, thy faith hath made thee
whole ;

It was precisely faith in his power and goodness for her
healing, and nothing else would have made her whole.
And the substance of faith is always the same, namely, " of
things hoped for ;"' but since the death of Christ, and his

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full opening of the gospel by the apostles, witli a peculiar
reference to the remission of sins through blood-shedding,
and acceptance with God for his sake.
34. Go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

This is for all who truly believe. Here are the very
words, just as Christ spake them, and they are written for
our comfort. Know thy plague : believe in Christ ; and
this saying assuredly belongs to thee, this very moment, as
much as it did to her, to whom it was spoken.

Chap. V. ver. 35—43.


35. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the sy-
nagogue's house certain which s;iid. Thy daughter is dead : why
troublest thou the Master any further ?

They did not know with whom they had to do. Let
it be our care to learn from hence, to know Jesus bet-
ter, and never think our case desperate, till Jesus has
lost his power. For here in what follows is another re-
markable instance of it.

36. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith
unto the ruler of the synagogue. Be not afraid, only believe.

Observe, this cannot be said to one who feels no distress,
knows no fear, and has no reason in himself for believing.
To those who are awakened to a sense of their danger,
misery, and helplessness, it is sweet encouragement, and all
little enough to dispel their fears, and to confirm their faith.
But, O thou enemy to thyself, what more wouldest thou
have, and why wilt thou not take tlie Saviour at his
word .''

VER. 35 — 43.] ST. MARK. 47

37. And he siifTered no man to follow him, save Peter, and
James, and .Tohii the brother of James.

The Rock and the two Sons of Thunder, may follow
him : chap, iii. ver. 16, 17. He woidd have a few chosen
witnesses of the miracle, to report it at the proper time,
and no more than these three ; to prevent the noise and
tumult it might have occasioned, as at that time it wouhl
have had no other effect upon the multitude than to put
them upon declaring for his temporal Kingship. And for
the same reason he straitly demanded of those who were pre-
sent at it, not to make him known : ver. 43. He knew his
enemies would be ready to fasten a charge of sedition, and
worldly view upon him ; and as nothing could be more
contrary to his pretensions, his real character, and the
whole design of his religion, he was particularly careful to
avoid it. Com])are Luke xxiii. 5. ; John xviii. 33 ; xix.
12 ; Acts xvii. 7.

38. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue,
and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

39. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make
ye this ado, and weep ? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

Not dead to continue so; but immediately to awake, as
from sleep.

40. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had jiut
them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel,
and them that were with him, and enterelh in where the damsel
was lying.

41. And he took the damsil by the hand, and said unto her, Ta-
litha cumi ; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee,

O my soul, what is Jesus, his birth, his miracles, and
almighty power to thee, if thou dost not hear this voice,
in thy effectual conversion, and rising from thy death in
trespasses and sins !

42. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked ; for she was
of the age of twehe years. And they were astonished with a
crreat astonishment.

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43. And he charged them slvaitly that no man should know it;
and commanded that somethmg should be given her to eat.

The life which Christ gives, he maintains.

Ver. 35 — 43. — Here is another instance of Christ's
mighty power, miracle upon miracle, to raise and assure
our faith in him. The poor trembling sinner, overwhelm-
ed with a sense of his guilt, is apt to say, can Christ save .''
Yes, as sure as he cast out a legion of devils, as sure as the
woman was healed by a touch of his clothes, as sure as he
raised the ruler's daughter from the dead, with a word
speaking. Look at these passages of Scripture, not as the
history of some things done and past, but as the continued
present words of Jesus to the world. Consider them, as
your present call, to make a deep search into yourselves,
and as the earnest of his salvation to all.

Chap. vi. ver. 1 — 13.


1. And he went ont from thence, and came into his own
country ; and his disciples follow him.

2. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in
the synagogue : and many hearing him were astonished, saying.
From whence hath this man these things ? and what wisdom is this
which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought
by his hands ?

They saw what he did, and could not help admiring his
wisdom, and yet were unconvinced and unconverted by
him: — they perished with their eyes open. Belief in tiie
heart is a different thing from wondering at Christ, and, in
a sort, owning him.

VRR. 1 — 13.] ST. MARK. 4J)

3. Is not this the carpenter, tlie son of Afary, the brother of
James, and Joses, and of .Tiuhi, and Simon ? and are not his sis-
ters here with ns ? And they were offended at him.

As all are, for some reason or other, whatever they
may think, who do not truly believe in him. God knows
their hearts, and has that grievous sin to lay to their
charge, that they are offended at Christ.

4. But .]esns said unto them, A pvopliet is not without honour,
but in his own country, and anioug his own kin, and in his own

Christ, though without sin, was a man, and they fixed
their eyes wholly upon the meanness of his birth and kin-
dred, and were blind to tlie prophet. What must his mi-
nisters expect ?

5. And he coukl there do no mighty work, save that ho laid his
hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

Their unbelief hindered him, as it always will. We
tie up his hands, by the hardness of our hearts.

6. And he marvelled because of their unbehef.

And has he not cause to marvel at us of this* place?
Ask yourselves, one by one; does he now see me this mo-
ment in unbelief? and is he wondering at me ? May God
in infinite mercy deliver us from so great a judgment !

6. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

If we knew that Christ was going about preaching in
this neighbourhood, the generality would flock to hear
him. Wc have the words he preached ; and if we do not
hear them, we should not have regarded liim. It is the
Holy Spirit working with our wills, which does all.

V'cr. 1—6. You see, in this passage of Scripture, how
easily men catch at pretences for not believing in Christ.
Notwithstanding his miracles, and the power of God visi-
ble in them, they could see nothing in him, but the car-

* Wintrint^ham, in the county of Lincoln. — Ed.

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penter's son, and tlie poverty of his birth. You may, pos-
sibly, reject Christ for reasons every whit as trifling. You
say, you do no harm, and so never see your sin ; or you
say, that others are worse, — or that you are unlearned, —
or that your daily business will not allow you time to think
of Christ, and your souls. Look into your hearts ; for all
is unsound within us, so long as we stand upon these, or
any other pretences. Whatever keeps us from Christ is
miserable blindness, and self-deceit.

7. And he called unto him the tweU'e, and began to send them

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