Mark 5:30 And immediately Jesus, realizing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, Who touched My garments? 31 And His disciples said to Him, You see the crowd pressing upon You and You say, Who touched Me? 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this. 33 But the woman, frightened and trembling, knew what had happened to her, and she came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be well from your affliction.
[Part 3 of 3] This crowd was a frustration to the Lord's ministry. Many of today's preachers and evangelists like to have a large crowd. However, the crowd is not a help to the real ministry of life. On the contrary, a crowd, a multitude, for the most part may help us to have a movement, but it does not help the ministry in life. In 5:31 two significant words are used with respect to the crowd: press and touch. The crowd's pressing hindered the way for the sincere ones to come to the Lord and touch Him directly. If we are among those who merely press upon the Lord [like just being religious by going to a Christian service regularly] , we shall not receive anything from Him. In order to receive from Him, we need to touch Him. Therefore, in this portion of the Gospel of Mark the word "press" is used in a negative sense, whereas the word "touch" has a positive meaning. According to the record of the Gospels, a number of times people pressed upon the Lord. But only those who touched Him received any benefit. It is through a direct touch with the Lord that life is imparted from Him to us. This impartation of life we call transmission or infusion. Another term is dispensing. When we contact the Lord directly, we receive the divine dispensing. But pressing 99 upon the Lord does not accomplish anything as far as the divine dispensing is concerned. We experience the divine dispensing only by directly touching the Lord. (c) Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 99. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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