Shalom, and welcome to V’ahavtah Israel. A Hebrew phrase, which means you shall love Israel. We hope you’ll stay with us for the next 30 minutes as our teacher, Dr. Baruch shares his expository teaching from the Bible. Dr. Baruch is the senior lecturer at the Zera Avraham Institute based in Israel. Although all courses are taught in Hebrew at the Institute, Dr. Baruch is pleased to share this weekly address in English.
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Dr. Baruch: One of the things that you and I should focus in on is what is the purpose of Messiah? That is, why did he come into this world? Why did he die upon that cross, and what is his return going to bring about? Now, most of us know it’s for salvation, it’s for the establishment of the kingdom, but in this passage that we’re going to look at, we’re going to see all of that is related to and dependent upon another very important truth. And that is the response of Israel. Israel is very important, and in this lesson, and in next week’s lesson, we’re going to see how two very specific miracles of Messiah, were so connected in revealing the truth of not just who he is, what he’s going to do, but also how important all of that is to the nation of Israel, the land and its people.
Take out your Bible and look with me to the Book of Mark and chapter five. The Book of Mark and chapter five. Now, we’ve seen in the last two lessons how Messiah left the Western shore of the Galilee and he encountered demonic influence and demons in the other side. And now we look at verse 21 of Mark chapter five and he’s returning back to the area of Kfar Nahum Capernaum on the Western shore. Now in one sense that community was more inline with what the scripture. I mean there were synagogues there. They had understandings of what the prophets have taught. They had an anticipation, but still they were not where God wanted them to be.
And we can say with all assurance today that Israel, the Jewish people are not where God would have us to be. And we’re going to see through a miracle, two miracles of Messiah, why he came and how important Israel is to the purposes and the plans of God.
How important it is for Israel to get it right for the kingdom of God to be established. So look with me to verse verse 21 of Mark 5. Now let me say that that miracles are important, not just because we say, wow, look what Messiah can do. Look at his power. Look at what he can accomplish. Another important aspect of miracles is what he’s done. Why that miracle in the way that he did that miracle and to whom he did that miracle. All of that reveals greater revelation concerning the person and the work of Messiah. Verse 21 “And Yeshua he passed over. That is he. He came back in the boat again to the the other side that is the Western side of the sea of Galilee and it says that there was a great crowd gathered to him and he was along the sea.”
Now here again, that expression along the sea appears over and over in the gospels, especially in the Gospel of Mark. And so many of his miracles prior to doing them or some of his greatest teachings, it says he was a long the sea. Why is that important? Well, we mentioned that in the book of Isaiah at the end of chapter eight in the Hebrew texts at the beginning of chapter nine in the English text. It speaks about that along the sea, the sea of Galilee, he would begin to reveal, God would reveal the light of righteousness that is Messiah. So it’s right in the location that we would expect Messiah to be. Verse 22 “And there came unto him a ruler of the synagogue.” And we’re going to hear the name of this man in a few minutes. But before revealing that, let me say something to you.
There is a book, a very small book that was written, oh, probably 30 years ago, called The Real Messiah. It was was written by a rabbi by the name of [inaudible 00:05:09] Kaplan. Unfortunately, he has passed away and in that he spoke really, he took attacks of any possibility that Yeshua would be the Messiah. He rejected that. And he gave reasons for rejecting your show of being the Messiah. And he said, you know, “If he was the Messiah, why is there not one individual from a strong Jewish background, like a rabbi, like a priest or something that received him.” And I remember going to a lecture, this was again after rabbi Kaplan had passed on and someone was teaching that book. And he spoke about how that’s so true. None of the great rabbis, no rabbis at all from from shoe is period or even today had received him.
And that should be proof that Yeshua is not Messiah. Well, there’s a problem with that. One is we meet a man who was a ruler of the synagogue and he came to faith. Secondly, we know that there was was Joseph of Arimathea who was a member of the Sanhedrin. He believed. Nicodemus who was a ruler among the Sanhedrin. He had believed. In the Book Of Acts, it says many of the priests who had believed. So when we look at the witness of the new covenant, it tells us that there were many leaders that had come to faith. People like priests who knew the truth concerning sacrifices and said “He is the sacrifice for sin. He is our Redeemer.” Well, this one look again at the texts we read that “He came to him, a ruler of the synagogue, and his name was Jarius,” or the name Yair meaning to show illumination.
And it’s very significant because in this passage of scripture, Messiah’s truth is good to be illuminated to us. That light is going to shine, that’s what Yair means. To make illuminated. So the ruler of this synagogue is a man by the name of Yair. And when he saw Messiah, what does he do? When he saw him, he falls at his feet. Now there’s two interpretation of this. One is it’s an expression of worship, or we can back down from that a little bit for this moment and say that it was an act of of beseeching of begging because he needed Messiah’s help. Well, Messiah at this time, Yeshua at this time hasn’t said that he was the Messiah the scripture has. But what did Yair believed? Jarius belief. What will, if you have a problem, who do you go to? You go to God.
So I liked the first interpretation more. He had come to the conclusion that Yeshua was indeed Emmanuel God with us. Verse 23 “And he besieged him greatly saying that my daughter…” Now, if you’re taking notes or making little marks in your Bible, make a special note, whether it’s physical or mental of the name daughter. Why is that important? Well, so often than the scripture daughter is seen as daughters of Judah, daughter of Jerusalem, daughters of Zion, and it’s a reference to oftentimes the children of Israel, the Jewish people. And we’re going to see that in an undeniable way, especially when we conclude this fifth chapter next week and we conclude all of this account concerning Yair and his daughter in the week to follow. But look again, verse 23 “And he called to him much sane. My daughter, she has come to literally she has death.”
That’s what it’s trying to say. She has come to the point of death. Now let me ask you, if someone is at a point of death, would you not agree that time is of the utmost importance? So there’s an urgency to this. And so he came, what? He came asking, hoping that Messiah would what? It says “That he should come to lay his hands upon her in order that she’s what? In order, that she is saved and she should live.” Now don’t miss the unique construction here that she should be saved. Usually that word in the scripture has a spiritual connotation to it, that she should be meaning it’s in the passive. Not that she could save herself, but someone had to save her. And that’s why Jarius, Yair, came to Yeshua.
Secondly, it’s very significant that it says that she should be saved so that she would live. See, biblically speaking, life is not what we’re living now unless we’ve been saved. First come salvation and then after that comes life. Verse 24 “And Yeshua says, and he went with him and followed after him a great crowd and they were what they were pressing against him.” That’s important. A large crowd. And remember even today and in some of the trails, you know, older towns, their streets are narrow and this would have been a narrow pathway. There was this large group of people, remember he had departed from the Western side of the Galilee because of the numerous people that were pressing against him. When he would teach, he would have to go out on the boat to do so. He’s been gone for awhile now he comes back, you can imagine a great crowd.
They hear him saying, do a miracle. Come to this little girl’s house and lay your hands upon her so that she would live. A lot of people would like to see that. So great number of people are going to witness this miracle. Verse 25. Now verse 25 is when it gets interesting because we’ve already talked about there’s an urgency. Time is of the essence. And it seems as though there’s another story that kind of interrupts our story, but that’s not the case. It’s one of the same story that is this. You can’t understand the revelation of God in the latter half of chapter five unless you understand the significance of what is interjected here within our story. Look at verse 25 “And a woman.” Now, why a woman? Well usually Israel is also personality personified as a woman remembered the term daughter as well.
“And a woman who was having what? Having a flow of blood for what for 12 years.” Now we’ve talked about 12. 12 has to do with who the 12 tribes of Israel. And the emphasis of this passage is indeed on Israel. This woman is what? She is ceremonially she is spiritually unclean. Why? Well, according to Torah law, in the book of Leviticus and also in the book of Deuteronomy, we see that when a woman has an issue of blood, whether that’s the monthly time or outside, that monthly time she is rendered unclean. There are restrictions placed upon her, both physical and spiritual. And this woman had been in this situation separated from her family for what? For 12 years. Now that is quite an affliction. She was unclean. And it says in verse 26 “Because of this, she suffered much, much suffering, both physical and spiritual and emotional and therefore she spent much of what she had on doctors.”
But what happens? Well, she spent much on what she had, but all these things, what didn’t bring about any improvement, rather it tells us that she grew worse. And therefore she what? She decided to come to Yeshua. Why? Look at verse 27 “And hearing concerning Yeshua.” Why is that so important? Hearing? Because faith comes by hearing. And we’re going to see that this woman responds in faith. And remember she personifies who? Well, she had that issue of blood for 12 years. She personifies Israel. So she has this condition and she has a solution. The solution is to respond in faith to Yeshua. And she comes, okay, as she comes to him, what’s happening? Well, there’s this crowd and she comes into the crowded, it tells us and from behind and what she do, she touches his garment. Now. Now Mark’s telling the story much more quickly than Matthew.
Matthew, when he tells the story, he emphasized something, not just that she touched his garment, but it tells us the fringes of his garment. And we’re talking about that garment that had four corners that had a tassel on it. And if you look some time in the book of Numbers, chapter 15 beginning with verse 37 you’ll find that that this tassel was constructed in a way that it spoke about the commandments of God. The scripture says that you would look upon this tassel and remember the commandments of God. So there was a tradition. If one wanted to be healed, he should be healed and want to be healed so that he could obey God. So she was doing something. She was acting very traditional Jewish woman. She came up, she wanted to be healed by him. She didn’t beseech, she came up and gave a sign.
She touched the tassel, signifying to God that she wanted to be healed so that she could keep the word of God. And what happens? Well, she did it very quietly. Why? For a woman who was unclean to come into a crowd, to touch someone and to touch with with intense someone else, that was a sin. It was forbidden to do so. She wanted to do it very quietly without people taking notice. Verse 28 “For she had said to herself, if I should touch his garments, I will what? I will be what? I will be saved.” Now here again, and the Greek language, the same words are being used. Just like Jarius who said, “Come lay your hands upon my daughter. So she will be what? Be saved.” She says the same thing, this woman, if I touch him, same thing, touch him, than I shall be saved.
Verse 29 “And immediately the fountain of blood or the source of her blood dried up and she knew that her body had been killed from her affliction.” Now here again, we talked about this word once before. It’s a word that just doesn’t… Many Bibles may translate a disease, but it’s from the same word that speaks about the instrument if you were going to flog someone. So it’s a term that speaks about a very painful disease, both in this context, spiritually, emotionally, and also physically.
So she had faith. She knew, if I just touched him because it’s Yeshua, if I just touched the hem of his garment, I will be saved. And what happens? That became a reality for her. Verse 30. Now, it didn’t take Messiah long. She didn’t want anyone to know what she was doing. She came up very quietly from behind the text says, in the midst of the crowd. And there were people remember a great crowd pushing against him all the time.
But what happens? Look at verse 30 “And immediately..” You remember how important that word was we talked about last week. The word immediately, oftentimes points out the main part. It happens this is the key. This is what this passage has been brought us to, to understand. “And immediately Yeshua knew within himself that power had gone out from him.” And what happened? “He turned to the crowd. He said, who has touched by garment?” Now if you touch me, I’m going to fill it, but to touch a Garmin, especially a tassel on the garment, she didn’t grab him. Just that. I mean there was no way that he should have been able to discern with all that crowd pressing against him that someone had touched him, especially his garment. But he knew why because she acted in faith and that caused that power to come forth from Yeshua.
She didn’t say anything. She simply acted in faith and there’s always a response to faith. Now, look, if you would to verse 31. Now for for most of this chapter, especially in the last two accounts, the disciples have been non-existent. They are not in the spiritual framework to understand the spiritual laws and what’s taking place in the spiritual domain. And this is a good example. Why? Because Messiah says, “Who’s he? He is the son of God.” He’s the one who is teaching the very truth of, of the living God. He has done miracle after miracle after miracle, and he makes a statement. And the disciples, what do they say? They criticize him. Look at the text. Verse 31 “And his disciples said to him, look, there’s this crowd pressing against you. How is it that you asked who has touched me?”
They didn’t get it, but Messiah. He said it not because he was uncertain of who it was or what had happened. He said it to emphasize what had taken place. Why do I say that? Look, if you would to to verse 32. “And looking around to see..” What did he see? This woman now when he said, you know who touched me, he didn’t look around. And was it you or was it you or was it you? He looked around and he said, who touched me? And he looked directly at that woman. And she knew that there was nothing that she could do, but come clean with everything that had happened. Verse 33 “But the woman…” She did what? She feared, why? Well, she get that healing, but she also knew from a religious standpoint, hatching and another individual, when you’re in this unclean state is forbidden.
But what we need to see is that it’s for that purpose that Messiah came into the world. In order to turn away the impurities that unclean state of who? The children of Israel. Look, if you would to verse 32 And turning and looking and seeing this one, this woman, and what had been done. The woman she feared and she trembled and she knew what had happened in her. So she came and she fell.” What? Well, she fell towards him. Now it’s the same idea of what Yair had done, falling. You don’t think that she came having heard the account and had come to the conclusion that this one is our savior, this one is God among us. And therefore when he confronted her saying, who had touched me, she was fearful and trembling, but what did she do? She fell at his feet and she said to him all the truth.
Now what does that well, confession. And we see many important characteristics of healing from a spiritual standpoint. We see a very important transition from her going to what? From her going to that of an impure state for 12 years to now being healed. And what I want you to see is this. This is all going on when what? Well, there’s a rush. There’s a rush for what? To get to this house, to get to this house, to save this little girl. Time is of the essence. Now, if I was the father, if I was Yair, in this passage of scripture, when Yeshua us stop and said, who touched me? I would say what difference does it make? I would be pushing him. I would be dragging him. Time is of the essence to get there so my little girl wouldn’t die.
But Yair. Remember what that name means to manifest, to illuminate, to reveal truth in one sense. And Yair just that. I mean, after we give Messiah our requests, we don’t have to hurry him along. We don’t have to tell them what to do, how to do it. We just stay close to him and trust that in the end through faith God’s will is going to be established. So look at the texts. Verse 33 what happens? “And she says to him all the truth.” Verse 34 “And he responded,” what? Daughter? Now that links this woman who had been in this state having this issue of blood for 12 years having to do with Israel, that number 12 it links this woman to that little girl. They’re both called what daughter? This is not two accounts, but it’s the same story with which focuses upon Israel and how Messiah was set into this world to bring about a great change to Israel to save them so that they might what? Live.
And this idea of live is to live for Hashem. So look at the text. And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.” Now the point I want you to see is here is that once again, faith is at the essence of this whole discussion. Earlier on in another lesson that I taught this week, we talked about the covenant with Abraham. And we said, how Abraham is a man of faith. Everything that’s related to the covenant of Abraham, which in the end will establish the kingdom of God, is all conditional upon what? Faith. And what this woman who represents Israel is having to demonstrate is faith. Why verse 34 “And he says to her daughter, your faith has saved you. Go…” In what? Peace. Now that word peace just doesn’t mean… No, go take it easy. Now you’ve been through a lot. You don’t have to do anything.
The word peace comes from word Shalom. And if you say [foreign language 00:00:24:59], same word, just in a different form. It means to, to make a completion to finish up or to make fulfilled. So when he says to her, “Go in peace, he is saying basically go and fulfill.” Why would he say that? Remember her confession, she came and touched what? She touched the fringes of his garment and that had to do with what? The commandments, so go fulfill the word of God. That’s what Israel is called to do.
Verse 34 “And he said to her daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be…” What? Healed. Now you would’ve thought, well wait, hasn’t she already been healed? Well, physically, but there’s another aspect of healing and that’s the spiritual one. And that’s not seen in some doctor’s report. That is not seen and how we feel physically or how we look.
This healing that he was speaking of, the spiritual one is when we are manifesting God’s truth in our life. Our actions manifest the glory of God. And what we see in this passage is the truth that is going to bring that about for Israel. Go in peace and be healed from your what? From your affliction. Now here again, that word is a very intense word. It’s a word that has to do with a great suffering and Messiah can heal it all.
Well, before we close, let me state one more thing, and that is Yair. He was silent in this. He what? He didn’t allow his needs, his prayer requests to think that it was more pressing or important of this woman’s condition. He was respectful of her situation. And now we’re going to see next week that Yeshua is going to go to that house and we’re going to see the conclusion of what God wants to do, not just with that little girl, but with that girl who’s 12 years old who represents as well just this woman Israel, what he’s going to bring about for Israel to establish what? The kingdom of God. This fifth chapter is so important to us understanding the purposes of God, and how they all relate to Israel and the inherent relationship between Israel and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Well, until next week when we conclude our study of chapter five, may God richly bless you.
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