The stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee (4:35-41) dramatically inaugurates Jesus' teaching in this collection of miracle stories. When his disciples cry out, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" (4:38), he responds by calling to the waves and wind, and there is a great calm. The second story, the healing of the Gerasene demoniac who identifies Jesus as the "Son of the Most High God" (5:7), is likewise dramatic in its impact as the healed man proclaims Jesus in the Decapolis and the people of the Gerasenes urge Jesus to leave (5:1-20). The third and fourth miracles are dramatically interwoven. The account of the raising of Jairus's twelve-year-old daughter (5:21-24, 35-43) encloses the healing of the woman with a twelve-year issue of blood (5:25-34). In these two miracles, two people called "daughter" are healed.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us go across to the other side. 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace! Be still! Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
5They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes.* 2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. 3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; 4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; 7and he shouted at the top of his voice, What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me. 8For he had said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit! 9Then Jesus* asked him, What is your name? He replied, My name is Legion; for we are many. 10He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; 12and the unclean spirits* begged him, Send us into the swine; let us enter them. 13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.
14 The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. 17Then they began to beg Jesus* to leave their neighbourhood. 18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. 19But Jesus* refused, and said to him, Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you. 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat* to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, 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. 24So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well. 29Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, Who touched my clothes? 31And his disciples said to him, You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, Who touched me? 32He looked all round to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leaders house to say, Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further? 36But overhearing* what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, Do not fear, only believe. 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping. 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the childs father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, Talitha cum, which means, Little girl, get up! 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
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10 February 2011