Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Desperate Times…Desperate Measures
Background & Setting
v Jesus is back in the area that He was teaching in Chapter 4.
v It is possible that both Jairus and the Unnamed Woman were in that first crowd.
Cast of Characters
v Jesus- the most famous Jewish Rabbi of the time living in a Jewish world
v Jairus- a synagogue ruler, very prominent man in society (Basically, he’s a big shot!) 1 of only 2 people to whom Mark gives a name.
v Unnamed Woman- probably late teens or early 20s. Has suffered with bleeding for the last 12 years.
o She’s an outcast with more than just a medical condition, social, emotional & religious implications as well.
o Because of this persistent problem, she is continually “ceremonially unclean”
o Never allowed to touch or be touched by anyone or they would be “unclean” (Lev. 15:34-35)
v. 27- Knowing that Jesus is her last hope, at great risk, she puts her plan into motion
v He stops- he placed this no-named woman’s needs above that of Jairus!
v He draws attention to the fact that he had physical contact with her!
v He listens…to her whole story!