Mark’s story about the healing of a woman and a girl raises a question. I get that the number 12 represents the old and new reign of God. I get that the woman was likely poor and the girl was likely rich, but why is this story about females? I didn’t find any commentator that answered it. (Though if anyone knows of one, I’d be more than happy to learn of that and read it. I read 11 but that is not exactly exhaustive.) The best anyone could do for me is that it turns out the Gospel is for girls too. Somehow that just doesn’t get there for me, though I would deny it is for women :-).
Why a Woman and a Girl?
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Sam Alexander works as a Preaching Coach and as a Persistent Pain Coach - and yes, I sometimes wonder if the two are integrally related :-). He is the former pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His website, www.gracecomesfirst.net describes the breadth of the work he does. Sam is the author of Evolving Christianity; Life After Faith Crisis which is available on Amazon or through his website.