Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by SarnDuro, Jun 23, 2006.
I think you missed the point of Mark's story here. First, you need to take the entire chapter in context. The story of the woman bleeding for 12 years and the little girl that was thought dead are connected. To more fully understand the significance of this you need to look back to Leviticus -
"Say to the Israelites: 'A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period.
" 'When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.
" 'When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.
Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening.
He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,
As you can see, back in these days it was against religous text to even come in contact with a women that was bleeding. This woman that was bleeding for twelve (12) years was an untouchable. It means she had absolutely no human contact for that entire time. For if anyone touches her they become unclean. This must of been a terrible ordeal for her both physically and emotionally. Yet when she touches Jesus, he is does not become unclean. Rather, she becomes purified, all because she believed Jesus could.
In the case of the twelve (12) year old girl, they all think she is dead. No one should touch her because they will become unclean. Yet Jesus comes in and touches her immediately.
The point of these stories is not so much to show us the miracles that Jesus could perform, but the fact that he is so willing to reach out and touch us as human beings, no matter how unworthy, or unclean we are. He, is not afraid. And he is there for any of us to touch if we believe in him, through communion.
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