The story of Jairus’s daughter and the woman who suffered from a bleeding disorder are told together in all three of the synoptic gospels—the gospels that more or less track with each other, Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
I am going to be teaching out of Mark’s gospel, who has the most detailed account of these two stories. I believe this to be a true story, but it is a story that also reveals startling truths Jesus was teaching his disciples, revealing to the crowds of people who followed him, and driving home to the religious elite.
Through the stories of Jairus’s daughter and the woman with the bleeding disorder, we learn that
Jesus’ response to faith is to release the power of his grace.
When you and I feel we are at the bottom of the barrel, Jesus is saying “I have established a new kingdom without ranking systems. I respond to all who came to me in faith.” For Jesus has proven his mighty power over all evil, over every other power, even the power of death itself. Jesus is showing that no person is beyond his tender compassion and no circumstance is beyond his scope.
Each video is designed to offer background scholarship on the topic, including setting, culture, original language, and archaeology, as well as a theological study.
The “Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful” video series is a companion to the book, available on Amazon, and published by Wipf and Stock.