June 28, 2021 – Monday
Mark 5:36 NIV
36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:36 CJB
36 Ignoring what they had said, Yeshua told the synagogue official, “Don’t be afraid, just keep trusting.”
Sometimes having two versions really helps. As here we know the him Jesus is speaking to is the synagogue official per the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB). But what was Jesus overheard and ignored? To make sense of that we have to go back to verse twenty-two where the Jairus, the synagogue leader approached Jesus and fell at His feet and (v23) He pleaded earnestly with Him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put Your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” Jesus went with him
However, there was a delay where a woman of great faith touched His cloak and was healed of a bleeding disease. Jesus stopped to discover who it was that touched His cloak and was healed. During the delay, while Jesus was still speaking to the woman, (v35) some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” This is what Jesus overheard and ignored and then instructed Jairus, Don’t be afraid; just believe NIV or Don’t be afraid, just keep trusting CJB.
What was Jesus telling the father of the girl who had just received a report his daughter was dead. Perhaps He was saying, Believe in Me, keep trusting in Me, for I have power over death. But first He directed the father not to be afraid. How incredibly difficult that must have been after hearing the report of his daughter’s death. Guzik says, Before Jairus could really trust Jesus, he had to decide to put away fear. Second, Jesus told Jairus to only believe. Don’t try to believe and be afraid at the same time. Don’t try to believe and figure it all out. Don’t try to believe and make sense of the delay. Instead, only believe.
Why would Jairus stop being afraid? Because his only hope for his daughter was Jesus. If not Jesus, then his daughter was dead and would remain dead. He could choose to hope, or he could choose hopelessness. He chose Jesus and hope. Want to know how this worked out? Go here and read how this ends with a miracle.
What are we to make of this? How does this apply to us and our lives almost 2,000 years later? Believe it or not a time will come for us to believe and trust in Jesus or to be afraid. The lesson here is that our best choice is to believe and trust in Jesus no matter what the secular world is telling us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, When the time comes for me to choose, help me to stand firm in trusting and believing in the promises of Jesus and You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.