In case you’re thinking God is being a bit harsh saying that these people should be killed, imagine someone coming to your spouse and trying to entice them to run off with someone else. They keep doing what they can to get you to break your commitment to your first love and move on to another. Our God is a jealous god and He takes His commitment to us very seriously.
Something I had never noticed in the tithes section is that God wants to have this meal with His people. He calls Israel to set aside their best and then to join Him in a meal. I’ve spent some time today thinking about the implications of this understanding of the tithe on our time communing together and with God. A phrase I grew up hearing often between the Lord’s Supper and contribution is “…separate and apart…” In the tithe here, God doesn’t just want the best meal we can provide Him. He wants us to join Him in this meal. God has provided us the best meal, the body and blood of His Son, and desires us to dine with Him. He gave us His best and desires a response of the same.
There is quite the contrast of characters in this combined story. You have the women who has been subject to bleeding who has such faith that she simply reaches out and touches the edge of his cloak and is healed. Jesus credits her faith and bids her, “Go in peace.” Then on the other end of the spectrum you have people laughing at Jesus because he claimed that the dead girl was merely sleeping. What kind of person do you want to be? Someone who reaches out for Jesus as your source of healing? Or do you want to be the person who laughs when things seem impossible? Pick one and strive to be like that. God, give us the strength to be people of faith who reach out for healing.