This upcoming Sunday, we will be focusing on Jesus the healer and one of the scripture passages we will be using is Mark 5:25-34:
Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
The context of this passage is also very important as this event takes place in the middle of Jesus going to help a person whose daughter was dying and who actually dies before Jesus can get there, so reading the verses before and after would also be good.
But this is a strange passage. Its not a “normal” healing story. The woman who comes who Jesus does not speak to him, but instead treats him somewhat like a talisman in her thinking that if she just touches his robe, she’ll be healed (which does end up happening). You also have Jesus feel power leave him as she is healed of her bleeding – what’s that about? There’s also some contemporary senses in this in that this woman spent all she had trying to be healed, going to many physicians and she was only getting worse.
What questions come to you as you read this story? What parts speak to you? Confuse you? Encourage you? As I am wrestling with this passage, I would love to be in dialogue with others about what they experience in this passage and also in your overall experience with the healing aspect of Jesus.
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