Mark 5:23 (ESV) 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.”
- Jesus meets us at the border of our faith.
- Jesus follows the faith.
Mark 5:28 (ESV) 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”
Mark 5:29-30 (ESV) 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
Mark 5:34 (ESV) 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mark 5:35-36 (ESV) 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.”
- The spirit of fear challenges God’s credibility.
Mark 5:37 (ESV) 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
Mark 5:38 (ESV) 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
Mark 5:39-40 (ESV) 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.
Mark 5:41-43 (ESV) 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.
© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2023