But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.Mark 5:33
Dear Church and Friends,
The lady of faith who interrupts Jairus’ story is the subject of today’s Letter. She was resolved, sneaky, strong, and focused. Jesus was stopped in his tracks by the interposition of her hand.
Jesus was on the way to Jairus’ house to lay His hands on a sick little girl. The anxious father couldn’t get home fast enough. Unbeknownst to all was the presence of this sick lady in the crowd. She had designs on Jesus, motivated by her faith in Him.
Mark’s gospel gives us a listing of all her trouble (Mark 5:25-26).
- And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood
- twelve years,
- And had suffered many things of many physicians,
- and had spent all that she had,
- and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse
We understand these complaints because we either have experienced something like this or we know someone who has. This kind of trouble could sap all hope from a person’s heart. Our anonymous lady found a remedy for hopelessness. Mark tells us that “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:27-28).
This is the effect that the “hearing” of Jesus has on the heart. Just as the crowds cried out, “. . . He hath done all things well” (Mark 7:37). Notice how similar her confession is to Jairus’. He said, “and she shall live,” she said, “I shall be whole.” Both were positive that Jesus was able to transform their trouble into his glory.
The difference in their two stories is their worship. For Jairus it came before his request. For the lady it came after the touch. Notice that she was the only “touch-er” to worship him that day. All the crowd was pressing on him, but only she bowed before him.
Reach out to him today and lay hold on his promise. He promises to hear and answer your cry. Jesus is passing by, worship the Son today.
Music: Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.
Prayer Request: Please pray for Drs. Willy and Jessee Bustinza.
Craig’s Catechism: How the Church is to be Known
- Question 304: Then we depart from the Universal Church? Answer: No, but we depart from the corruption of men and remain in the holy Universal Church.
- Question 305: Yet they will call themselves the Church? Answer: We should look for the true marks of the Church.
- Question 306: May we leave the particular Church where the Word is retained? Answer: No, even although many other vices abound there.
- Question 307: But the multitude are wicked and profane? Answer: Yet there is a true Church, where the Word truly remains.
All my best,
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.Mark 5:34
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