Wednesday we looked at the big picture of Mark 5:21-43. Today, we are going to look at the specifics of the text:
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Ok, so we see two individuals healed. First, we see the daughter of Jarius healed. Notice, we don’t know her name. She’s a child and in that culture, children are considered little more than property. So, notice that’s why the people said, she’s dead now, don’t bother Jesus anymore. In this story, Jesus not only brings her back to life, but He inconveniences Himself to do that. That’s something that would not happen in that culture.
She is worth something to Jesus. She is worth being healed, she is worth being brought back to life. No matter what others think, she is worth Jesus’ time and efforts.
Look at Jesus words to the father in verse 36 – do not fear, only believe. What great words for us today. No matter what we are going through today, there is a choice that we have to make, fear or belief. Sometimes (most times) we have a combination of the two. We are afraid, but we believe. Jesus says, trust. I have this. Trust.
Today, no matter what it is that you are going through, don’t be afraid. Trust. Jesus has this. Trust.
The second healing (technically the first, as she was healed on the way) was the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. Ok, Jesus told Jarius not to fear, only believe. That’s exactly what we see in this woman who was healed. She was bleeding. That made her unclean. And here’s thing about being unclean, that was transferable. So, if you’re unclean and you touch someone, you make them unclean.
So, this woman touches Jesus making Him unclean. But here’s the thing, you can’t make Jesus unclean. He’s the Son of God, second person of the Trinity, God Himself. He’s unstainable. So, He doesn’t become unclean. But she didn’t know that. All that she knew was this. She had faith that if she touched Him, she would be made whole. So she does it.
In that culture, you simply didn’t do that. An unclean person didn’t touch a clean person. A woman never touched a man, much less a rabbi like Jesus. You just didn’t do that. You didn’t.
Compare her faith to the people who were there at Jarius’ house. She KNEW Jesus could heal her. She KNEW it. They laughed.
Do not fear, only believe. Yeah, that’s a good word for us today. Do not fear. Only believe.
Monday we’ll look at Mark 6:1-6.
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