Mark 5:24–34 (ESV)
24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Main Point: The power and peace of God is available for those who believe.
Exposition: Mark 5:25-34
Some Context: Mark 4:35-5:43 In this section Mark is showing his readers that Jesus was saying and displaying that the kingdom of God is here now and the powers on… if anyone is looking (few were). So we are seeing Jesus’ mighty power and acts on display in his power over the sea, demons, uncleanliness and death. The Jewish people (and the rest of the world)are in deep distress, pain, suffering etc… Their faith is misplaced. Jesus the suffering servant king meets them in their distress and delivers them (along with the whole world)
- The Need For Power (25-26)
- Tired:”twelve years” (25)
- Desperate: “suffered much under many physicians”, “Spent all she had”. “Getting worse” (26)
- Determined Faith: (27-28)
- Risk “came up behind him in the crowd” (27)
- Reason “she hear reports” (27), “if i touch his garments i will be made well” (28)
- Power and Peace the result of faith (29-34)
- Power received: bleeding stops (29)
- Jesus’ persons concern: (30-32)
- A humble confession (33)
- Shalom (wholeness, well being, prosperity, security, friendship, and salvation) Jesus gives her this. (Matt 10:13; Acts 10:36)
- Never overlook, stereotype, or generalize the poor, marginalized and needy. Isaiah 61:1-2 or Matthew 26:11
- Jesus restores this woman back into her community to worship God, love God, in the fellowship of friends. Today people are being restored into their local churches and communities by the power of the Gospel all over the world for the Glory of God. As a Church when we say we value worship, service, love, discipleship and our world the end result of these values in action is the restoration of people to God, His church and (for many) their community.
- Faith in Christ is the commodity for wholeness, well being, prosperity, security, friendship, and salvation in Gods Kingdom of shalom/peace.
Weekly Reading and Discussion
- Monday: Mark 5:31 “31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” Q: What does this response from the disciples teach us about the limitations of “Common Sense” when trying to understand what it means to follow Jesus as a disciple? Q: Could the disciples have been insensitive to the fact that “power had gone out of him (Jesus)” because they where blinded by the “sensible way” to look at things? Q: What are the limitations of “common sense” or the “sensible way” to see things in regards to following Jesus, living in community with other people or even living with your immediate family?
- Tuesday: Q: What might some of the causes be when we fail to realize or understand what others are going through? Q: How is the story of Jesus teaching us to be sensitive toward others in a compassionate way? Q: As a church are we called to fix our neighbors or love them? Q: Jesus teaches us what love and grace looks like… what are concrete ways that we can minister with compassion to our neighbors in need without regard to ethnicity or social status.
- Wednesday: From: The IVP BBD 5:27–29. “If this woman touched anyone or anyone’s clothes, she rendered that person ceremonially unclean for the rest of the day (cf. Lev 15:26–27). Some uncleanness was unavoidable, but it was inconvenient to fulfill the required bath, and men avoided uncleanness when they could. Because she rendered unclean anyone she touched, she should not have even been in this heavy crowd. Later Jewish tradition made this danger even more serious than Leviticus had (e.g., Mishnah Toharot 5:8), so many teachers avoided touching women altogether, lest they become accidentally contaminated. Thus she could not touch or be touched, was probably now divorced or had never married, and was marginal to Jewish society.” Q: What does “marginalized” mean? Q: Have you ever been “margenalized”in a community sense? What was it like?Q: What are diseases, conditions or disorders today that cause people to be marginalized in our society? Q: How should we respond as a church and as individuals to this problem?
- Thursday: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” (John Wesley, part of his personal motto) Q: Where are some areas in your life where you can do good for others?
- Friday: Q: How do you see Mark 5:24-34 relating to our churches five core values of Service, Worship, Love, Discipleship and The World?
- Saturday Q: How does Mark 5:24-34 push back against the idea that we can come to our full potential as humans through inner exploration?