Twelve

What a glorious day today. The sun shone and all across Takeley could be heard the sound of mowers. It was also a delight to see exotic Brimstone butterflies making their spring flights.

Mark 5:21-5:23

Last week we looked at the story sandwich of Jairus’s daughter being healed, and the lady who was healed by reaching out and touching Jesus’ clothes. The lady had been bleeding and therefore unclean for twelve years. There was an expectation around Jesus that he would heal, so much so that Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, broke ranks and approached Jesus to come to his sick daughter.

As he walked to Jairus’s house, the women who was separated because of her uncleanness audaciously entered the crowd and touched Jesus. Again Jesus was not made unclean but made clean and she was healed of the bleeding. Jesus turns to her and commends her faith then sends her away in peace and commands the healing of her disease. Once more Jesus looks beyond the outward bleeding and restores the woman to whole health.

But the little girl has died in the mean time. There is a lot of noise as the mourners bewail her death and Jesus tells them to be quiet. They laugh at his naivety and he leaves them, taking his close friends, friends who trusted him. And the little girl was brought back to life and given some food. She was twelve years old.

Her whole life had spanned the uncleanness of the lady.

In Mark 5:19-20 we see how the man delivered of daemons was to proclaim the work the Lord had done for him. His Gospel to the gentiles was the good work Jesus had done for him. Jesus is the Lord is the plain message here.

In grasping Jesus’ garments the lady was proclaiming her faith that Jesus was the Lord. Her faith was that even Jesus’ garment would heal those who touched it. This was no idle idea, she risked her life going in to the crowd, who would have turned on her had they realised. But she recognised the coming of the day of the Lord in Jesus, pictured as the rising sun with healing wings…

Malachi 4
4 [a] “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

In bringing the girl to life Jesus showed that her faith was well placed.

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