Pressing Issues

Day 10 of Questions for Mark. Here we go.

“What obstacles do Jairus and the woman face as they come to Jesus, and what motivates them to press forward?”

Since I have heard the woman with the issue of blood covered so many times more than Jairus, let me focus on him for this study.

Mark 5:22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

Imagine if you would that you have been with a church for a long time. You are well known, well respected, gained a position and have been used by God to serve there with earnest faith.

Now imagine being asked to leave.

If that doesn’t sound right or fair to you then you just might understand the risk Jairus was taking in this telling. It is not like Jesus was calling Jairus out of the synagogue to worship Him aside from the Jewish faith. Jesus wanted him to worship Him in that faith.

I was talking to my accountability partner just yesterday about some of these issues of worship and what it might look like from both points of view. There is the outsider and then the insider. I’ve been to churches were I was not allowed communion because I wasn’t one of them. An examination of faith is sometimes made to determine acceptability.

Ever been to a church with two doors? One for them and the other door for visitors. Sounds silly but can you imagine a two door church, one for whites and one for “others”? That is offensive to me and according to the scriptures offensive to God.

John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

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