“And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.” Mark 5:21-43

It’s a long passage on this study but I’m wondering if we may be seeing a living parable.

We know Jesus told parables to explain, and even hide, things from people but these were stories, not real events. This event in Mark is a real event, not a story told by Christ. Yet, there’s some things that stand out that seem to tell a living parable of who Christ is, what was, and what’s intended.

In studying Scripture notice things that are repeated and you may find some gold nuggets in the story. Here we have two women and the number twelve. The girl was twelve years old and the woman had an issue of blood for twelve years.

As Jesus was going to the young girl, an older woman comes behind Him and touches His garments. This stops the blood; thus, Christ stopped the flow.

Jesus continues to the girl and brings the girl to life. Mark makes sure to tell us two things. One, she was twelve years old. Two, Jesus said to feed her.

Does it matter what the girls age was? If it was just about the power of God in Christ then it would not but the author was trying to show us something in the story. Also, wouldn’t it be a given to feed the girl? She’s alive and food is needed. This makes this statement stand out.

So, when we see all these signs we need to take a closer look.

Below the temple were drainage systems built under the temple called Shithin (pronounced “sheetheen” or “sheeseen” depending on dialect). These drainage systems was where the blood was poured at the base of the alter as required in the law. While these pits are not mentioned in Scripture they are discussed in the Talmud, Sukkah, 49a.

Under the old covenant, the people of God were to sacrifice an animal for sin. The fact that an innocent animal died by the hands of the head of the house was supposed to move God’s people to repentance but sin continued. This caused a constant flow of blood to flow through the Shithin’s.

In the Bible a woman and the number twelve represent God’s people and the church. This is where the living parable comes to life.

Christ was heading toward the young girl, twelve years old, who had died (a church not yet risen) and on His way a woman with an constant flow of blood for twelve years came behind Him. Christ stopped the flow of blood and soon raised up the young girl and instructs her to be fed.

This appears to be a living parable of Christ, the Messiah, who would stop the sacrifices of the old and raise up a new church with Himself as the sacrifice.