Yesterday, Taproot Church worked her way through the final half of Mark 5. The passage tells the story about a man named Jairus whose daughter is dying. This man comes to Jesus and asks for him to heal his daughter, but his daughter dies. Sandwiched in this story is the story of Jesus healing the woman with a chronic bleeding issue. The story ends with Jesus raising this little girl from death.
One of the main takeaways for me from yesterday's sermon was not even a point from the sermon itself, but simply a realtiy from the text. It was highlighted by my pastor.
The reality is this: the scriptures have emotions.
It's easy to do and we often do it; we read the scriptures outside of their emotional context. We read them as if the characters are fictional and the events made up. But this isn't the case. The story is one with real people and real events and these people felt real emotion in the midst of the real events they were experiencing.
Think for a moment about this man Jairus. His daughter is sick to the point of death. He comes to Jesus (who was quite busy and surrounded by thousands of people vying for his healing touch) and asks him to, if he can, heal his daughter. Jesus can and he begins to make his trek to where the girl is. But in the midst of all this turmoil, Jairus' servants come to him and inform him that his daughter has died.
I don't know how many times I've read this story without even blinking an eye. But stop for a moment and think about. This man's daughter has died. She is dead. This is a moment filled with heart-wrenching, tear-soaked emotion. Imagine your child being to the point of death. You are searching for someone to heal her. Your last hope. You finally find that someone who can help, only to receive a message moments later that says your child has died. It would be an emotional roller coaster of a situation.
This man's situation was one of desperation and Jesus was the only one who could possibly do anything about it.
When we read scripture, we need to read it in light of not only its historical grammatical context, but also in light of its emotional context. Place yourself in the shoes (or sandals) of the people in the story. How would you react if your daughter died? How would you be moved if you were healed of an illness you had been suffering from for 12 years? How would you react if your once dead child was revived back to life?
When you read the bible, don't just read the words on the page like they are simply words on a page. Read them as they are. Real stories that happened in real time to real people. If you do this, the way you receive from God's word will be radically transformed.