Jairus and The Bleeding Woman: A Table Of Comparison and Contrasts

Mark 5:21-43 tells the story of two different people seeking Jesus for two very different reasons.

On the one hand we have Jairus with a daughter who has recently died and on the other hand we have a woman who is an outcast because she has been bleeding. Bellow is a table that compares and contrasts these two people and their stories. If you are unfamiliar with the passage, click here for the passage in the NIV translation.

Jairus Bleeding Woman
A man A woman
Fell at Jesus’ feet in front of Him Touched Jesus' cloak from behind
Private Miracle Public Miracle
Religious Leader Outcast
Life for dead daughter(selfish intentions) Healing for herself (Spiritual healing)
Town had no faith Jesus would resurrect Had total faith in Jesus
"Tell no one" "Faith has healed you, go in peace"
Desperate for help Desperate for healing
Jesus revealed power knowingly (Planned) Jesus revealed power without knowing who touched Him (Unplanned)
Daughter was twelve Woman suffering for twelve years (Life of Jairus' daughter)
Jairus humbled Woman exalted
Town calls girl Jairus' daughter Jesus calls woman "daughter"
Jairus had knowledge of who Jesus was and claimed to be Had faith in who Jesus is
Jairus’ pride caused the upfront, public approach Woman showed humility by approaching from behind
Has a whole family Has no one
Interprets and upholds the Old Law Subject to Old Law and outcast as a result. (Jesus frees her)
Named and known Unknown
Interrupts Jesus Jesus chose to stop and address woman
Unsure if saved Salvation confirmed
Bowed while pleading Bowed while trembling
Daughter was dying Woman headed for death
Had to see to believe Belief by faith

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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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