We continue chapter five with another longer, more detailed story. We began in chapter one with an introduction to Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. The stories were short and sharp. Almost as if they were preludes or little introductions to the main story. After Jesus’ identity is established Mark now takes the time for more detailed stories. As in the first introductory stories there is an exorcism, then the healing of a woman.
Now, as we get further into Jesus’ ministry we have a more detailed story of an exorcism and the healing of a woman. The details will reveal much about Jesus and his work as the story unfolds.
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Jairus’s Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage.
21When Jesus had crossed again [in the boat] to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.22One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.Seeing him he fell at his feet23and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”24He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.
25There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.26She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.27She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.28 She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”29Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.30Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”31But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”32And he looked around to see who had done it.33The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”e
35* While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”36Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”37He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.38When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.39* So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.”40And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.41 He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”42The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. [At that] they were utterly astounded.43He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.
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