When Jesus was growing up, there were some rabbis who actually memorized the entire Torah (the first five books of the Bible). They knew every word on every page by heart, because they studied all the time. They could explain to you every one of the religious laws in the Torah… all 613 of them.
There’s a story about a rabbi named Hillel. He lived just before Jesus. One time Hillel was visited by a young man from another country who didn’t believe in God, and he thought the rabbis were foolish to spend so much time studying the Torah, learning about their religion, and memorizing all those rules. So when he came to visit Hillel, he came to mock him. He stood outside Hillel’s door and he said, “Rabbi, teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot.”
Rabbi Hillel could have scolded this young man for making fun of the scriptures. But instead
In this story-within-a-story, in the 5th chapter of Mark’s Gospel, we meet two people who are desperately seeking healing. One is a man named Jairus. The other, a nameless woman. Jairus is a prominent religious leader. She is a social outcast. Jairus appeals publicly to Jesus on behalf of his suddenly sick 12 year old daughter. The woman secretly grasps for help after suffering alone for 12 years.
Jesus gives both of them the healing touch they need…
Normally Jairus would have turned and walked away when he caught sight of Jesus – this young rabbi from the countryside who thumbed his nose at traditional values. But now, as the parent of a deathly sick child, Jairus is compelled by one thing only: saving his daughter’s life. Religious rules and morality codes suddenly don’t matter, as Jairus does what his heart says he must do: he bows down at Jesus’ feet and begs Jesus repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she
SUNDAY JUNE 21 SERMON: "WHENEVER I FEEL AFRAID"
Mark 4:37-41 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
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