Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Mark chapter 5 has a lot of good stories but I want to focus on verses 25-34 where Jesus heals a woman who has had a sort of bleeding for twelve years. Now at first glance this could seem inconsequential, as Jesus healed many people. What stood out to me is the fact that she had it for twelve years! That’s over four thousand days and over three hundred million seconds. It’s a hard amount of time to imagine. I’m sure that it was a fact of life for her, like living in the same place for a long time.
The chapter also says, “She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse” Mark 5:26. So, over the course of twelve years she tried everything, but it only got worse. I don’t know about anyone else but at this point I would have lost hope in finding a remedy of some kind. But she didn’t. In fact, she had so much faith, that when she touched his cloak, she was healed. That to me is amazing!
It really isn’t inconsequential as she lived this way for over a decade. You see a lot of people being healed by Jesus but not as many who were healed by their own faith.
I feel oftentimes this little story is overshadowed by his raising of a young girl from the dead a few verses later, and his casting out of the demons into pigs, but there is so much you can take away from these few short verses. She endured twelve years and still had so much faith that deserves to not be forgotten.
- Would your faith have been enough to be healed after twelve years?
- What do you believe Jesus can do for you? How will you show him that you really believe?
- Are there small stories that you skip to get to the big ones?