Mark 5:21-40This pericope contains two combined healings stories in one unified narrative. The literacy style of Mark (or earlier eyewitnesses) is evident is seeing the structure of these stories (A.B.A) and in the similarities between the two characters who are healed.
|Woman with Hemorrhage||Jairus’ Daughter|
|Called ‘daughter’ (v34)||Called Daughter (v35)|
|Woman ill for 12 years (v25)||Girl 12 years old (v42)|
|Jesus asks question (v31)||Jesus asks a question (v39)|
|Jesus in contact with uncleanness (menstrual bleeding)||Jesus in contact with uncleanness (corpse)|
In this story we see that Jesus becomes unclean according to the Jewish ceremonial law, but in the process he offers healing and restoration.
I only want to pick up one verse in my posting today.
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Jesus heals this lady, but this healing is more than just physical restoration as it restores her relationship to her society, family and worshipping community.
The commentaries offer the following explanation.
The OT formula of reassurance and blessing, ὕπαγε εἰς εἰρήνην (cf. Jdg. 18:6; 1 Sa. 1:17; 2 Sa. 15:9), confirms that she may now enjoy at last the šalôm which she has long needed, and the further assurance ἴσθι ὑγιὴς ἀπὸ τῆς μάστιγός σου makes it clear that her cure is not a merely temporary remission. ὑγιής, despite its English derivatives, relates to physical health, not to ‘cleanness’; the effect of the cure will be, however, to remove her impurity and restore her to a normal place in society.
“Go in peace” expresses a common Semitic farewell. But it represents more than simply a dismissal formula here. Together with the following imperative, it sets forth the full meaning of the previous declaration, “Your faith has made you well!” Going in peace means to go as one “restored to a proper relationship with God” (Schweizer, 118). Her healing, though certainly including her physical illness as the next statement indicates, involved more than simply the physical dimension of her existence (cf. 2:5–11).
Jesus interaction with a person is holistic.It brings shalom to more than one sphere. Human beings, when touched by Jesus, see results which exceed physical or spiritual needs due to the interconnected of the various spheres of our existence. The soul (mind, body, spirit) experience a restoration to wholeness. The kingdom of God is not just physical healing, nor is it simply ‘gospel proclamation’, it is the restoration of the whole of creation to how God wanted it to be. This lady would one day die for the fullness of the Kingdom has not yet arrived, but it is here and is having an effect on all areas of life.
IN our lives do we see that conversion (a touch by the saviour) impacts more than just the spiritual sphere of our lives. The church also needs a holistic mission which seeks to bring Christ’s lordship into all areas of life.
A quote from Tom Wright seems appropriate. It is taken from his book ‘Surprised by Hope’ which could well be his best book yet. It is taken from Chapter 12 entitled ‘Rethinkign salvation: heaven, earth and the kingdom of God’.
‘Heaven’s rule, God’s rule is thus to be put into practise in the world, resulting in salvation in both the present and the future, a salvation which is both for humans and, through saved humans, for the wider world. This is the solid basis for the mission of the Church.’