Mark 5:25-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, 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. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague". While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's [house certain] which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 5:41-43 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, "Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise". And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was [of the age] of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straightly that no man should know it; and commanded that *something should be given her to eat.
Every time I read this account of the woman and young girl both being touched by Jesus, I am in awe of the precision of God. This account is full of the manifold characteristics of who God is.
The Omniscient God: The Woman began her issue about the same time the girl was born God knew the journey each would have on their way to their miracle. The OmnipotentGod: The power to take two situations where men could neither prevent nor assist in either being made whole. There are things in our lives that no matter who we know, how much money we have, or what we do; only the Power of God can change it. The Omnipresent God: He was with the woman during the years of her issue and with the girl from birth up until this day and scheduled a Divine appointment with them both. The woman heard about Jesus and in spite of her condition (which according to the Law of Moses, she was not to be around anyone as her condition was deemed “unclean”.) Her very presence among anyone who may have recognized her was a death sentence.
Imagine for a moment, this was a time when feminine hygiene products didn’t exist. As much as there were things that they could do to somewhat “keep” themselves, it was a reason why a woman with an issue had to be separated from others unlike herself. What fear would you have to overcome if you knew that getting to your miracle could cost you your life? Yet, she had been loosing her life for the past twelve years. But something arose on the inside and she said within herself “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” This kind of faith can only come from God. Rom 12:3 ¶ … According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. We don’t know how old the woman was the scriptures does not supply us this information. But we know that she was at least old enough to have begun her cycle when her issue began.
For some women the time comes as she approaches her teen years and for many, the average age is twelve. We know that she had to have had some financial resources to have been twelve years in this condition and finally coming to a place where her resources were depleted. Because our God is a strategic God, and numbers (especially when they are purposefully mentioned in the context of scripture) also have significance. I would be willing to submit she may have been at least 24 years old. (The number 12 in the Bible often represents government or foundation ex: The twelve sons of Jacob, The Twelve tribes of Israel, The Twelve Apostles, etc. )
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: …
Isa 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: …
Exd 24:4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Can you imagine for a moment having your whole life before you? You have a loving family and you are the apple of your daddy’s eye. Being young and vibrant with your hopes and dreams ahead of you. Custom was she may have even been betrothed to marry. However the unexpected occurs and you begin your cycle of womanhood. First, you have the celebration that you have transitioned from childhood into womanhood. But the elation only lasts for a short while.
After one week, it’s new so you don’t think too much about the issue you are having. You chalk it up as normal. Everybody goes through this so it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Week two, you inquire with your mother or those who have been through this before as they come to check on you so see if maybe you just need a little assistance in this “new” experience. A month later, your family is really concerned and now seeks to find out if there is something that can be done to help their daughter, their sister etc.
As the months and years pass, the visits become less frequent. Every now and then a new strategy or procedure is introduced but nothing seems to work. You have had your hopes dashed so many times you become used to disappointments. You are left with the memory of being picked up in daddy’s arms and swung around with the giggles and the memories of the glow in his eyes as he beheld his little girl. And you recall mommy’s embrace and helping her with preparing meals and the womanly duties you’d be responsible for when you have a husband and family of your own some day. You have the body of a woman but the memories of a child. Neither can be lived out as your life has been condensed into one perpetual event. As you are constantly reminded how your life was and could’ve been if you didn’t have this “issue”.
Simultaneously, a baby girl was born twelve years earlier. She is the daughter of a man of importance. He is the ruler of the Synagogue. She would be considered a “Preacher’s kid” today. Daddy’s little girl! She too was young and vibrant, and her daddy’s delight. Her hugs around his neck and her smile and laughter made the weariness of the day worth it all to him. She is the evidence that God has smiled upon him.
But one day she becomes ill. No one knows what this is and what can be done. Day after day, he watches helplessly as his precious princess slips deeper and deeper into a lifeless state. She struggles to smile when daddy comes into the room, but the pain of her effort is apparent as she slips in and out of moments of unconsciousness. His heart aches as he watches his precious daughter yet trying to make daddy smile in the midst of her pain. Twelve is an age where there should be joy and laughter, and yet for this family, nothing but despair from seeing their little girl ill.
Her father, who hears of a man who can heal and has performed great miracles, is nearby. At the risk of being rejected by his Synagogue and the other Priest who believe Jesus is a heretic, he seeks the mercy of the one he too had taught against. But for his baby girl, he is willing to risk it all.
As we read the account, we see the woman overcome her fear and convinces herself, she has nothing to loose by seeking the One she believes can change her situation and restore her life. He’s worth loosing her life in pursuit of the abundant life he can give her. She rises from her bed of despair, makes her way to where Jesus is, presses through the crowd with every ounce of strength she has left and reaches through the very ones who had the right to condemn her and touches his garment.
Immediately, Jesus feels life leave his body and knows that he has been touched by something greater than the crowd of them thronging him, Faith! “Who touched my clothes?” At this question, the initiator of the question, who had heard of him coming, arose from her lifeless existence and made her way to him in faith, falls down at his feet and confesses her deed. She proceeds to tell Jesus ALL of what she had been through over the past twelve years. As Jairus saw and listened, surely with each passing moment his dying daughter is the only thing he can think about.
He does not comprehend that a touch of Jesus clothes possessed such power that he himself didn’t have to do a thing. He didn’t hear how this woman had been dealing with this issue for as long as his daughter was alive and was at the point of death herself by even being in the crowd. He missed how Jesus told her it was her faith that made her hold and she could now begin her life anew.
As she told her story, Jairus’ was approached with word that his daughter had died. Imagine the grief and the thoughts that may have gone through his mind: “If this woman hadn’t stopped him, my daughter may have lived. Now, I’ll never have a chance to hold my baby girl again. It’s too late, my daughter is dead” But Jesus, being the wonderful counselor he is, turns to him and says “Be not afraid, only believe”.
Jesus takes along with him to Jairus’ home, only three of his disciples: Peter, James & John. There are places in life you cannot take everyone. This was apparent as they arrived at the home and is met by another type of crowd. All of these are the weeping neighbors and family members who have come to give condolences to the family.
Some of you are weeping over where you are in your life right now because the situation you are in looks “dead”. The bleak Dr’s report, the absence of a job, the Foreclosure of a home, the strain on that marriage, the court case you face, the child that you raised is now living destitute, on drugs and a life where the fear of the phone ringing in the middle of the night is ever present. There is the financial debt you’ve incurred or that unforeseen break-up , all of these could viewed as dead situations. There are those around you who weep along side you and encourage you to “just move on. Face it, it’s over.”
These people mean well, they have just come to accept the fact that it is what it is and what it “looks” like, is just that, “Dead”! Don’t hold it against them, just seek the presence of the one who not only can resurrect dead things, but is “The Resurrection” of dead things. When you seek His presence, he will give you a word regarding your situation whether or not it is dead. He has the final say. But Jesus says something that showed exactly where there hearts were, “Why are you weeping, the Damsel is not dead, she is only asleep”. They laughed him to scorn. Not the chuckle under your breath type of laughter, but the kind that comes with heckling and name calling. This kind of laughter causes mob mentality and turns people against you. How can a crowd go from weeping and wailing to laughing and mocking? Sometimes it’s easier for others to believe that your situation is dead and move on, than to believe you can make it out & sticks it out with you.
You’re speaking of your situation as only a temporary setback will let you know who is with you and who isn’t. They won’t say it, but they can understand you being sick, but just not for to long. It requires more of them to commit to you becoming well than it is to a prolonged illness. But once again, Jesus only takes a few: the father, the mother and those three disciples who were with him into the room where the girl lay. He takes her by the hand and says to her “Talitha, cumi” which means Damsel I say unto you arise! And immediately, she sat up and walked.
I will by pass the latter command “that something should be given to her to eat”and to expound upon the fact that after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ there was also this same action with him eating with his Disciples (And Peter, James and John where now present to witness it) and that this was a foreshadowing of how in spite of the miracle of being raised from the dead, the evidence to those looking on that neither were a ghosts or some figment of their imagination, but that both were indeed alive. It was the Word that caused her to live. And the bread that caused those looking on to believe.
Two women, two different types of death, two different types of crowds and two very different paths and yet both led them to an encounter with Jesus. The remedy was the same for them both. And they both were given back the life they’d each lost by having done one thing, and that was to “Arise”. What issue have you been carrying? Have you gone through an event that has defined you? What dead situation do you face? Well, the voice of the one who was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, bore the chastisement of our peace and by whose stripes we were healed, is speaking to you today one command “Talitha, cumi! Damsel, I say unto you”ARISE”!