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In the Book of Leviticus, God makes known to Moses which animals they may eat and which must not be consumed because they are unclean. These symbols show how God separates what is holy from those things which are profane. He has separated the Holy people of Israel from the ungodly Egyptians and He protects His chosen people from the nations that surround them. He separates them from sin and blesses them with holiness. All they have to do is put their trust and faith in God.

In Mark’s gospel we see people who are separated from God being brought to Him in faith. There is the case of the woman who has constantly bled for twelve years and has therefore been considered unclean. Because of the density of the crowds, she is unable to reach Jesus. However, her faith is so strong that she knows if she can just reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak, she will be healed. Jesus in turn physically feels the healing power drain from Him when she touches his clothing. He calls out to her and though she is fearful, she identifies herself and is healed.

Jairus too has great faith in Jesus and asks Him to heal his sick daughter. But before Jesus can reach the house where the child lies, she dies. Jesus takes with Him Peter, James and john, the same trio who will later witness the transfiguration. They visit the child with her parents. There, Jesus brings the child back to life and to the astonishment of those present she walks around as though nothing had happened.

Cynics will suggest that she was just unconscious but believers will know that the great faith of Jesus in the power of His heavenly Father enabled this miracle to be performed, prefiguring His own resurrection on Easter morning.

Scripture: Leviticus 11:1-12:8; Mark 5:21-43; Psalm 38:1-22; Proverbs 10:8-9

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