Mark 5:25-29 – A Medical Miracle
|| Matthew 9:18-26
MK5:25 Now [in the crowd] there was a certain woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. MK5:26 She had suffered many things at the hands of numerous physicians. She had spent all of her money and was no better but actually worse. MK5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, she approached him from behind in the crowd and touched his garment. MK5:28 For she had told herself: “If I just touch his garment I will be cured.” MK5:29 And instantly her constant bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible affliction.
 Matthew 9:18-26: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Physicians: Or, healers, doctors.
 Spent all of her money and was no better but actually worse: One can read this and marvel that 2000 years later matters have no changed.
 Touch his garment: This was against the Law of Moses and would have rendered Jesus ceremonially unclean. [Leviticus 6:27; 15:25]
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Matthew 9:18-26 – What others say about Jesus knowing how to care for people
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Our King combatting formalists
1. THEN came to, Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hand, when they eat bread.
When our Lord was busiest his enemies assailed him. These ecclesiastics “of Jerusalem” were probably the cream of the set, and from their great reputation they reckoned upon an easy victory over the rustic preacher.
Perhaps they were a deputation from headquarters, sent to confound the new Teacher. They had a question to raise, which to them may have seemed important, or possibly they pretended to think it so to answer their own purposes. Traditions of the elders were great things with them: to transgress these must be a crime indeed. Washing of the hands is a thing proper enough, one could wish it were oftener practiced, but to exalt it into a religious rite is a folly and a sin.
These “scribes and Pharisee” washed their hands, whether they needed washing or not, out of a supposed zeal to be rid of any particle that might render them ceremonially unclean. Our Lord’s disciples had so far entered into Christian liberty that they did not observe the rabbinical tradition: “they wash not their hands when they eat bread.” Why should they wash if their hands were clean? Tradition had no power over their consciences. No man has any more right to institute a new duty than to neglect an old one.
The issuing of commands is for the King alone. Yet these religionists enquire why the Lord’s disciples break a law which was no law. It will be well if our opponents are unable to bring against us any worse charge than this.
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Matthew 15 An argument with the Scribes – Teachers and traditions
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