Read thru the New Testament-February 24

Mark 5:21-43

Jesus performs two miracles of healing…visual proofs of His authority for His verbal proclamation (over the physical realm)

Mk. 5:21-24-Jesus returns to Capernaum (Jairus was an elder in the synagogue, there).  Once again, the crowd is so large that Jesus has to stay along the shore of Galilee.  Jairus, an official from the synagogue tells Him that his daughter is “at the point of death” and requests that He “lay Your hands on her that she may get well and live.”  Jesus goes with him to heal his daughter (12-years old).  The crowd follows.

Mk. 5:25-34-Along the way a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched His robe.  For all these years she had 1.-continued to struggle with a hemorrhage, the constant flow of blood; 2.-endured much treatment by doctors (“endured” is a participle and it suggests that she had been to doctor after doctor trying to find help); 3.-she had spent all of her money; 4.-she had found no help; 5.-she just kept getting worse.  But, “after hearing about Jesus”…she thought that if she could just touch His robe she would get well.  What faith!  And it worked.  “Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.”  Jesus realized what had happened and asked who it was that had touched His clothing.  The crowd was pressing in and the disciples said it was impossible to know which single person it might have been.  But Jesus knew…and He turned and looked at the woman.  She was now afraid that she had done something wrong…and fell at His feet, telling Him her story.  To alleviate her fear,Jesus responds in a most compassionate manner, “Daughter” (a term of affection, endearment).  He tells her that because of her faith in Him, He has healed her.  The word “affliction” speaks of something that is very severe, sometimes being translated as “whip, scourge”.  Her entire life had just been changed.

Mk.5:35-43-Suddenly word arrives from Jairus’ home that his daughter has died and that there is no need to “trouble the Teacher anymore”.  Imagine, they actually thought that they were bothering Jesus.  Jesus tells Jairus, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”  These words are not a request, or a suggestion, but a command.  What father wouldn’t have been afraid in that circumstance. When they arrive at the home there is a commotion…people crying and weeping over the little girl’s death. Jesus says that the little girl “has not died, but is asleep”. People in the crowd laugh at Him. Jesus goes into the room with the little girl…only allowing her parents to come with Him…along with Peter, James, and John (:37,40).  He takes the child by the hand and said, “Talitha kum!”  Mark translates this Aramaic phrase for his Gentile readers, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”  Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around.  Her parents were amazed.  Perhaps Jairus had hoped that while she was still alive that Jesus could heal her…he was well aware that He had done this for other people.  But to raise her from the dead…that was something more that he had not expected.  Jesus told them to give her something to eat.  He then told them to not tell everyone what had happened. However, there was little chance that that was going to happen.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to have compassion on all people…regardless of age, or sex, or status.  Help me to see them through Your eyes.  And Lord, please give me the faith that I need to do Your ministry…and to never quit, no matter how long a problem has lasted (the woman had been sick for many years), no matter how hopeless it may seem (the woman had already tried everything humanly possible, the daughter was already dead), and not matter what other people may say (the people laughing at Jesus).  God, do the unexpected!  Help me to be amazed at You!

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