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May 5, 2022

A Picture of Today's Society

Mark 4:39 And having awoken, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Be silent! Be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 5:13 And He gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered into the hogs, and the herd, about two thousand, rushed down the steep slope into the sea, and they were drowned in the sea. 28 For she said, If I touch even His garments, I will be healed. 29 And immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she knew in her body that she was cured of the affliction. 41 And He took hold of the child's hand and said to her, Talitha koum! which being interpreted is, Little girl, to you I say, Arise! 42 And immediately the little girl rose up [from the dead] and walked about, for she was twelve years old. And immediately, they were amazed with great amazement.

In Mark 4:35--5:43 we have three things: the subduing of rebellion, the casting out of the demons and the clearing up of the unclean industry of hog raising, and the healing of the woman with the flow of blood. These three matters portray the situation of human society. First, among human beings there is the "stormy sea" of rebellion. In society there is not a peaceful environment. Instead, there is one storm after another. Furthermore, in society the real situation is one of demon possession and "hog raising." In every country people are engaged in some form of unclean industry for the purpose of making a living. In addition, all fallen people are dying; that is, they are suffering from the leaking out of the life essence. These certainly are characteristics of today's human society: rebellion, demon possession with hog raising, and the leaking out of life. This is the reason that we are burdened to go out to preach the gospel. This is also the situation of every human being. We all were born in a death-sickness; we all were born to die. According to the record here, when this death-sickness reaches its peak, we die, just as the girl died. The girl was born in the woman's sickness and died in that sickness. But the Slave- Savior came to heal that death-sickness. When the sickness was healed, the girl was revived. This indicates that the woman's healing was the girl's reviving. The healing of the woman and the raising up of the girl are a picture of our experience in receiving the gospel. When the gospel came to us, we heard it, we received it, and we were healed of the disease of the leaking out of the life essence. Then after we were healed, we were revived and enlivened. We were born in a death-sickness, but through receiving the gospel we have been healed and made alive. (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. 158-159. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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