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Reading Mark 17 – Two Girls

22 April 2020 | by Emyr James | Mark 5

17 – Two Girls

Mark 5:21-43

  And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 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.” And he went with him.

And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

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?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 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. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Difficult Words

  • Discharge of blood: An illness where you bleed without stopping


How do you feel when you have to go to see the doctor? Have you ever worried that they might not be able to help you?

Question 2

What were the similarities and differences between the two girls?

  Previously we have seen that King Jesus has authority over the natural world, over the spirit world and over illnesses. Now we are going to see that he also has authority even over life and death.

  We have here the story of two different women. The first woman had been suffering for twelve years, and the nature of her illness made the experience even worse. The fact that she was losing blood meant that she was considered to be dirty. She could not go to the temple and people would not want to touch her because she would make them unclean as well. But this woman had heard about everything that Jesus had done, and she knew that just touching him would heal her.  And that is what happened. Just as touching the woman made other people unclean, touching Jesus Christ with faith made her clean. From now on her life was completely changed.

  The second girl is in a totally different situation. We don’t get the impression that she has been ill for a long time. Really, during the twelve years of her life she was in a very privileged position as the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue – she was able to be a part of the religious world. But then she was separated from society and unclean because she was dead. But this was not a problem for Jesus. He comes to the girl and he treats her as if she is only sleeping. He tells her that it is time to get up, and the girl has to listen. The touch of Jesus brings life. Truly, this King is so powerful that raising someone from the dead is as easy as waking them up.

Question 3

Why do you think that Jesus delayed before going to heal the girl?

Question 4

If Jesus is the king, what do you think that his works show us about the kingdom of God?


for healing for the sick people that you know.​