Blood In, Blood Out

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

by Paul Marshall, copyright 2003

     In Mark 5, Jarius and his dying daughter represent another image of salvation. He is a true believer who can trust Christ to give life to his dead daughter. He does not hesitate or question the ability of Jesus. The woman in the second parable represents something unclean and unfit to come into the presence of God. To even think about such an atrocity as if to approach the Rabbi and defile Him with her touch, is a grave miscalculation. Salvation is depicted in both parables.

    We can start off mentioning the unfortunate and repulsive matter of the woman with unceasing flow of blood. This is on the scale of the great flood compared to a thunderstorm in the realm of menstrual cycles. But as alien as it may seem to relate to that, this is an image of everyday reality for most of us. Her flow is our sin before salvation.

    The woman’s uncleanliness made her unfit to be in the presence of the temple and would make anyone unclean whom she touched. You can imagine how she would feel pretty rotten when a thorough Ajax cleaning is required by anyone who is touched by her. This was God painting us a canvas to show us how our sin is vile to Him.

   We read on to find out this poor woman sought much help from many physicians but could find no remedies for her ailment. She was going to all the physicians but the right one. In essence, none of thier wisdom was sufficient for her problem. Her last hope was the Great Physician, which is Christ.

    This also came at a great cost to her.  She had spent all she had yet found no satisfaction; but grew worse. Sadly, money could not buy her health. Her condition was actually representing our sinful spiritual health before Christ. And the Great Physician paid the price Himself for His healed patients. Perhaps you’ve noticed a point Mark 5 makes that the Gospel cannot be bought.

    In her fear of scorn and reproach she took a great risk at doing what many others were doing. Simply touching Christ by the garment. All of these people touched Him yet Christ didn’t seem to notice. The bloody woman however definitely caught the attention of Christ. And it say’s in the 30th verse of Mark 5 that Jesus immediately knew that someone had used some of His power. His righteousness had gone out of Him, His power was being emitted on someone.

    During the final verses of this parable, this woman was very frightened of being scorned by Jesus. But her faith allowed her to be healed instantly! We can assume by Mark 5:24,30 that the rest who had touched Jesus did not recieve His righteousness because they were not coming to Jesus out of faith and hope in Him.

      We are also told that she was blessed by His righteousness, chosen to be saved, and became a child of God. We know this because Jesus calls the woman His daughter in verse 34 to avert her fears of scorn in the prior verse. She officially represents a very happy ending for all the true Jews throughout our planets history.

    A saved soul is painted for us throughout the life of Jarius also. So full of faith, Jarius ran to Christ not only to heal his sick daughter but to raise her back to this waking world from her temporal sleep.

     In the eyes of everyone she was clinically dead. So their heathen bellies bounced with laughter at the idea of Jesus raising the dead girl to life. They could not believe because they were unsaved. But his daughter was chosen by God to be saved. Therefore Christ would refer to her death as sleep (Mark 5:39).

    After raising Jarius’ daughter He tells her that she must eat immediately. Feeding the girl was not just a medically sound command to get nourishment for the body. Indeed, after being sick and dead for awhile, one can build up an appetite. But did Jesus not emphasize that He was the Bread of Life (John 6:54) and the Word (John 1:1-12; 6:63)?

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