317. Whack-A-Fear

whack-a-moleMark 5:36 NKJV  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

(EMTV)  But Jesus immediately when He heard the word being spoken, said to the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

(Darby)  But Jesus immediately , having heard the word spoken, says to the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not; only believe.

When fear or anxiety comes, don’t let it linger.  You must deal with it immediately.

Remember that game Whack-A-Mole.  After you put your token or quarter into the coin slot you’d grab a padded club and then little moles would begin to pop up out of the table in a random pattern and then you’d try to hit them as soon as they came up.  Well, that’s how you want to deal with fear.  As soon as it begins to pop its head up, you pop it on its head.

Jesus was teaching Jairus this principle here in Mark 5.  Jairus had just received a report that his daughter to whom Jesus was on His way to go heal had died.  Jesus, knowing that the terror this news brought was beginning to attack Jairus and destroy the faith he had in Jesus to heal her, immediately addresses the fear.  Instead of using a club like the Whack-A-Mole game Jesus played Whack-A-Fear when He spoke and commanded Jairus, “FEAR NOT; only believe.”  One commentator said the essence of this was Jesus quickly putting His hand over Jairus’ mouth immediately after the report came, before Jairus could even speak one word in the fear that now gripped him.

Don’t let fear linger.  Deal with fear immediately.  As soon as you recognize fear address it.  The moment it rears its ugly head.  Take the Word of God, whack that fear on the head and FEAR NOT; only believe.


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