On one occasion when Jesus showed that he values people who society thinks are worthless, the gospel writers recorded what happened but they didn’t include the name of the woman involved. Whilst it may be that the names weren’t available to the writers, it is also possible that it shows that the writers didn’t completely get what Jesus was trying to show them.
The only person apart from Jesus who is named in this episode that is recorded in Mark 5.21-43 is Jairus who was an important person in town. Jesus turned aside from him to talk with an outcast whose name we don’t even know. The Bible says that she had spent a lot of money on doctors to find a cure for her illness but without any success. As Jesus came past she reached out to touch him believing she would be healed and she was.
As a person who had money, but who had lost everything over 12 years I’m sure that people would have known her name, it’s just that no one thought it was worth recording. In contrast, Jesus demonstrates her worth by giving her his time. He turned away from the important dignitary to talk with someone who had no value in that society.
If her name was known but no one remembered or wrote it down, then those who were there really did miss an important part of what Jesus was demonstrating. The same thing happened again when Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead, she is just ‘the daughter’.
Perhaps you feel like very few people know your name or value you. If that is true, I hope that you can come to accept the love of Jesus and realize that he knows your name and that he values you.
You are loved.
You are unique.
You are precious.
If these first disciples possibly didn’t get this important point, it makes you wonder what we are missing?
Discipleship really is an ongoing journey and even if you have been a Christian for the past 1000 years, you still have so much growing and learning to do as a disciple.
What does Jesus want to show and teach us today?
You can read more about this story of Jesus an the woman whose name we should know in Who does Jesus value most, the community leader or the outcast? Mark 5.21-43