Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 – The 8th Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, July 19, 2015
“Everyone who touched him was healed.” (Mark 6:56)
And so is my disbelief.
The Gospels’ healing passages are arguably the most difficult (for me) to preach, teach, or, well . . . believe.
I’ve read enough about the history of Jesus’ first century world to know he was not the only one identified as a miracle worker or healer of illnesses. There were others, from reputable to repugnant. I’m also confident that Jesus’ era had people who—like today—suffered with cancers, heart diseases and other serious ailments. But we can’t tell from any of the Biblical accounts what kinds of illnesses were healed when a crowd gathered around Jesus. No high-tech tests could be implemented to separate the “fake” illnesses from the “real” ones, or a potentially fatal head trauma from a trivial head cold.
Frankly, whether in the Bible or not, I’m suspicious when “everyone” is used to describe the results.
Everyone was healed? Hmmm? Continue reading →