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Thus many pray, "Torment me not," who have no real love to Christ, or desire after spiritual blessings—

Let us seek a better and more certain evidence of our conversion— Let us obey his commands however dangerous or self-denying—

Let us devote ourselves to his service, and live to his glo

ry—]

CCXC1V. THE WOMAN WITH A BLOODY FLUX

HEALED.

Mark v. 25—29. A certain -woman which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

THE miracles of our Lord afford much useful instruction—

They were not perhaps always intended as types—

But they afford a just occasion for spiritual observations—

To improve the miracle now before us, we observe

I. Sin has introduced many lamentable evils into the world

[Sickness and pain and death are the effects of sin— If our first parents had not sinned, these things had never

existed—

The infirmities of the weaker sex are especially noticed in

this view*—

Deplorable was the condition of the woman mentioned in

the text—

But incomparably worse effects have proceeded from sin—
Our souls are altogether diseased in every part—
The prophet's description of the Jews is applicable to usb
Our own confession is but too just a picture of our statec
And if we should die in this state, we must surely perishd—]

1 Gen. iii. 16. i> Isai. i. 5, 6.

c " There is no health in us." * 1 Cor. vi. 9.

II. We are prone to rest in carnal methods of removing

them [The woman had employed many physicians— And had spent her substance on them without any benefit— We blame her not for using all possible means of relief— But she had looked no higher than to the creature for help— This conduct incensed the Lord against good king Asae— And in every age it provokes the eyes of his glory— In spiritual things we generally act the same part— Under slight convictions of sin we rest in purposes of amendment—

If guilt lie heavy on our souls, we flee to duties— And hope by them to compensate for past neglectsf— Not but that it is right to use the means of salvation— But we should look through the means to the Saviour— And expect mercy, not for our diligence, but for his name's sake*—

Unless we do this, our labour will end in disappointment—]

III. However desperate our disorders be, the Lord Jesus

is able to heal them [The woman's disease had baffled all the art of medicine— But she hoped to find relief from the Lord Jesus— Nor was she disappointed in her application to him— There went virtue out of him and healed her instantly— The same power will he exercise over the diseases of the

soul—

The most heinous sins may be purged away by his blood— The most inveterate lusts may be subdued by his spiritb— A whole cloud of witnesses have testified of this truth'— Nor are there wanting many living monuments of his power

and grace.]

IV. The more we honour Jesus by faith, the more will

he bless and honour us [Greatly did this diseased person honour Jesus by her

faith-
She had heard of his unbounded power and benevolence

towards others—
She trusted that he would exercise them towards herself—
Nor did she at all stagger through unbelief—
Jesus therefore determined to bless and honour her—
His inquiries were made, not for his own information, but

to bring her into notice—

e 2 Chron. xvi. 12. f Mic. vi. 6, 7.

e Rom. ix. 31, 32. i> 1 Cor. vi. 11.

'Manasseh, David, Solomon, Paul, Sec- See 1 Tim. i. 16. Vol. III. Pp

And to propose her as a pattern for the encouragement of others—

He not only conveyed, but expressly confirmed, her cure— And dismissed her with the endearing appellation of "daughter"—

Thus will he testify his love to all who rely upon him— How gloriously did he reward the confidence of the Hebrew youths!k

Nor shall any put their trust in him in vain— Their sins, however numerous, shall surely be forgiveni— Their difficulties, however great, shall surely be overcomem—]

Address

1. To those who are unconcerned about their spiritual maladies

[We all are sensible that we are sinful creatures— And profess an intention to seek forgiveness— Yet for the most part we defer this necessary work— If our bodies were disordered we should apply to the physician—

We should even spend our substance in procuring his aid— And this, with only an uncertain hope of obtaining relief-—

But we account the smallest labour too much for our souls

We will not apply in earnest to our almighty Physician— Notwithstanding we could not fail of success in our application—

And should be sure to obtain healing "without money an8 without price"—

What strange infatuation possesses impenitent sinners!— What extreme folly is it to prefer the transient welfare of a perishable body, before the eternal welfare of an immortal soul!—

Let the conduct of this woman put such persons to shame— And let them instandy avail themselves of the Saviour'? presence—]

2. To those who desire to have their disorders healed [Man is ever prone to seek help in the creaturefirst

The Jews of old did this to their own confusion"—

And God has declared, that all who do so shall fail of success0

Let us then be convinced that the sinner's help is in God alone—

And that all others are " physicians of no value"—

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Let us never question the power or willingness of Christ to save—

Let us make our way to him through all difficulties and obstructions-

Let us stretch out our hands with humble boldness and confidence—

Nor doubt but that virtue shall proceed from him to heal our souls—]

CCXCV. JAIRUS' DAUGHTER HEALED.

Luke viii. 50. When Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

AFFLICTIONS may well be deprecated by us as pain nil to flesh and blood—

But they are often the means of humbling us before Gcd—

Multitudes came as suppliants to our Lord who would never have regarded him if they had not felt the pressure of disease or trouble—

The rich in general were the most backward to acknowledge him—

But they found that in the hour of affliction none other could do them good—

'Hence occasionally we see the opulent presenting their supplications before him—

Nor did he reject the suit of any, whether they were rich or poor—

The answer he gave to a ruler of the synagogue is recorded in the text—

And it will naturally lead us to notice the ruler's faith I. How it was tried

Jairus (such was his name) had much to try his faith [He had an only child (twelve years of age) in dying circumstances—

Having heard much of our Lord's miracles, he applied to him on behalf of his daughter—

And earnestly requested him to come and restore her health—

But while he was returning with Jesus to his house, his servants brought tidings that the child was dead—

This was a dreadful shock to the parent's feelings— And might have utterly destroyed all his hopes—] Thus it is that the faith of God's people is often tried [They are enabled to make application to their God and Saviour—

But the storm in the meantime gathers thick around them— Their difficulties so increase, that their hopes seem almost blasted—

They have cried for pardon, and find only an increasing sense of guilt—

They have prayed for deliverance from corruption or temptation, and experienced the assaults of Satan more violent than ever—

Thus they are almost ready to think that God has cast out their prayer, and shut up his tender mercies from them— It was in this manner that holy Job was tried— Yea, the experience of most, however diversified, is generally found to agree in this»—]

But this accumulated trouble was permitted for the further exercise of the ruler's faith II. How it operated

He was enabled humbly and confidently to depend on Jesus

[It was his faith that first led him to Jesus for help—

Nor, when his case seemed desperate, did he give up his hope—

It is probable that our Lord might perceive some rising apprehensions in his mind—

But he sustained him instantly with that encouraging word, "Fear not"—

Jairus expected now that his child should be raised as from a sleep—

The idea of sleep, however, only called forth the derision of the mourners—

Such was the fruit of their ignorance and unbelief—

But the ruler himself resembled the father of the faithfulb—]

It is in this way that true faith will ever shew itself [It will surely lead us to Jesus for relief—

It will make us humble and importunate in our supplications to him—

We shall not presently turn from him because our difficulties increase—

» Ps. cvii. 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 26,27, 28. b Rom. iv. 18, 20, 21.

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