Bible Study Notes on Mark 5:21-43 – 20180328

Bible Study Notes

Mark 5:21  “…a great multitude gathered to Him…”
Other gospels tell where He landed.  Don’t remember offhand.  But He was well known by this time along the western coast of the Sea of Galilee, so it wouldn’t have taken long for news to spread that He was there.

22  “…one of the rulers of the synagogue…”
Probably one in which Jesus had taught at some point.  Wonder if this man was a believer before now.  If he wasn’t, I’m sure he’d exhausted all other means of saving his daughter before coming to Jesus.

23  “…Come and lay Your hands on her…she will live”
Expression of faith.  Perhaps he had seen Jesus heal others.  He had faith Jesus could heal if He laid hands on her, but unaware of all Jesus could do.  Step in the right direction anyway.

28  “…If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well”
Greater expression of faith.  She had decided that Jesus had power beyond having to lay hands.  All she needed to do was touch His clothes.

29  “Immediately…she was healed of the affliction”
So cool.  No hesitancy.  Healed immediately.  Jesus could have continued on, but He’s going to give her a chance to share her faith.

31  “But His disciples said…”
Bless their hearts, they were so clueless.  Still hadn’t gotten to the point of realizing they needed to pay attention to everything Jesus said.  Should have been asking what’s different.  Obviously You felt people touching You, but why is that important.

35  “…Your daughter is dead.  Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
Shows the extent of their faith thus far.  Had probably seen Jesus heal, but nothing beyond.  Faith in Him was based on what they had seen.

36  “…Do not be afraid; only believe.”
You’ve had enough faith to come and ask Me to heal her.  Hold on to that faith.

38  “…a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly”
Lamenters for the dead.  I recall a point about professional mourners being used at different times in the death of prominent people.  Probably not in this case as they were still hoping she would live.  Jairus was a prominent man so there were probably many friends and relatives around due to his daughter’s sickness.  Commentaries didn’t mention anything about it.

39  “…Why make this commotion and weep?  The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
Wonder why Jesus made this statement.  Why not just send everyone away and go raise the girl.  I’m thinking He was seeing if there was more faith among the people.  He had seen Jairus’s belief she could be healed.  Would they take His statement as a reason to regain hope or ignore Him.  Unfortunately, they ridiculed Him.  No belief or hope, just dismissal.

40  “…father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him…”
Those who had at least some faith.

42  “…arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age…”
A note for clarification of the child’s age.  Obviously a baby wouldn’t jump up and walk.  Reminds me this is a story told by Peter to Mark.  He’s inserting remarks as they come to him.

43  “…something should be given her to eat”
Probably further proof of her resurrection.  Astonished parents may have still had problems believing their eyes.  And there seems to be a tendency for the folks then to think they were seeing spirits or hallucinations.  Only real people would eat.  Jesus will do the same for the disciples after His resurrection.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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