What do you think Mark 5:21-24; 35–43 is saying?

I value any (constructive) pertinent insights, questions, thoughts or opinions that you might have regarding the main point or core message of the passage I am working on for this coming Sunday. Thanks your involvement is appreciated!

Mark 5:21-24; 35–43 (ESV)

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him…
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
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)

Question: How do you see the passage (Mark 5:21-24; 35–43) fitting into what this section seems to be focusing on?

Question: Does this passages application feed into one or more of our churches core values of love, service, worship, discipleship and our world? If so how?

Question: In your opinion does this passage push back against any of these current ways of seeing, understanding and living in this world?

  • “I” am the center of the universe

  • I am what I own

  • My nation is God’s nation

  • We can’t know what is universally good

  • All that matters is matter (Verse 2)

  • We are gods

  • All that matters is what my small group thinks

  • I can come to my full human potential through inner exploration

  • The Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior

  • The extreme adherence to tradition, especially in cultural or religious practice for salvation. Example: Holding faith in ONLY a system where all knowledge is derived from an original divine revelation and is transmitted by tradition.

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2 comments on “What do you think Mark 5:21-24; 35–43 is saying?

  1. F T says:

    I’m struck that you ask how a portion of scripture “feeds into” your church’s core values. As if the value are the constant or the focus and Jesus’ work is evaluated in terms of those values. That feels upside down.

    I’m also struck by the daughter dying and Jesus’ calm. Why is this significant, that God would include this true story in scripture. Perhaps it is a simple but amazing truth: that not only does Jesus give us life out of death when he gives us faith and regenerates us, but also that there is no sin so deep and dark that would keep Jesus from saving a dead soul. No requirement on our end. No hint of life. No participation in our salvation.
    There is no sheep too lost. (“There is no pit so deep but Christ is deeper still.” – Corrie Ten Boom)

  2. disableme says:

    I asked how a portions of scriptures APPLICATION feeds or (in other words)RELATES to our churches values.
    Thank you for your thoughts concerning the passage and the quote by Corrie Ten Boom.

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