Mark Chapter Five part 5, A study of Mark 5:37 & 38, Mark 5:39 & 40a, Mark 5:40b & 41, Mark 5:42, and Mark 5:43 featuring our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Mark 5:37 & 38

"He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly." NIV translation

Why did Jesus only allow these three to follow Him to the house? We can assume that He wanted them to see and learn more about His authority. When they arrived there was great mourning as it seems that we all cry a little more for the children that pass away.

Mark 5:39 & 40a

"He went in and said to them, 'Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.' But they laughed at him." NIV translation

Jesus often taught by asking questions and, here, we see the method again. They laughed at Him when He said that she was sleeping because they did not realize that His authority even extends to life and death. Its not over until Jesus says its over.

Mark 5:40b & 41

"After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, 'Talitha koum!' (which means, 'Little girl, I say to you, get up!')." NIV translation

Jesus sent all of the mourners outside and went to the little girl. We notice that Jesus did not put on a big show but simply ordered death to depart and the girl to get up.

God is using many signs and wonders in these last days but we must remember that the display of God's power is not to be a big show. That is not how Jesus worked and it is not what He wants from us. 

Mark 5:42

"Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished." NIV translation

This third miracle displays Jesus' complete authority as He can even reverse the effects of death. When we realize this fact, we can walk in confidence as we know that Jesus has control of all of our days.

We also notice that the girl was twelve years old and we might ask ourselves what the significance of this is. We noticed that Jesus called her a little girl and not a woman and, in Matthew 19:14, He said that the kingdom belonged to them. This is what is commonly called the age of accountability and answers the question of where do little children go who could not confess the name of Jesus.

Mark 5:43

"He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat." NIV translation

Jesus was already being swamped by crowds looking for physical healing so we can only imagine what the crowds would have been like if this miracle was announced. Jesus knew what would happen and so He told them to keep it to themselves.

We also see that Jesus told them to feed her and are reminded of the fact that Jesus gives life but tells us to take care of it. When we are given new life through Him, He expects us to feed ourselves too so that we will be healthy. This speaks of taking care of our physical body until He calls us home as well as taking care of our spiritual health by feeding on God's Word.

Mark Chapter Five Study Quiz