Components of Faith and Unbelief

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 7

What do a synagogue ruler with a dying 12-year-old daughter and woman with a 12-year chronic bleeding problem have in common? They each exhibit four characteristics:

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Jairus and the woman differ from the citizens of Jesus’ hometown, who reject Christ and are “offended at Him” (Mk. 6:3). Jesus “could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief” (Mk. 6:5-6; Mt. 13:57). His hometown and relatives reveal the components of unbelief:

  • Limited vision – Jesus’ relatives cannot see beyond His humanity—His familial relationships.
  • Self-sufficiency – His family does not see themselves as needy.
  • Small view of God – God cannot come in this way to their village.
  • Religious righteousness – their narrow-mindedness convinces them of the rightness of their beliefs and the rejection of the very hope for which they have longed.

Few things amazed our Lord. He knew what was in man and knew what to expect; however the lack of faith or the outright unbelief amazed Him.

People who realize their need have access to Christ, persist in their quest, and face the fears experience Christ.

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Mk. 5:1-43; Mt. 8:28-34; 9:18-26; Lk. 8:26-29, 40-46):
Describe the before and after lives of the man/men with the unclean spirit. What does this reveal about people under demonic dominion and the change that liberation brings? What parallels may be made between their before and after stories, and the stories of Jairus and the woman with the blood disorder?