Here is an example of what I call “midreach” (see last week’s post for more context):
The gospel writer Mark presents Jesus to his audience in a way that hardly distinguishes between believers and non-believers.
Believers can find comfort in a series of healings and exorcisms in the first few chapters:
Ch 1: Simon’s mother-in-law and a leper are healed.
Ch 2: A paralytic is forgiven and healed.
Ch 3: A man with a shriveled hand is healed on the Sabbath.
Ch 5: The Gerasene demoniac is cleansed of his demons.
Ch 5: A bleeding woman is healed and Jairus’s daughter is raised from the dead.
Non-believers learn about Jesus’ power, authority and compassion in these same stories.
So Mark is building up the faith of those who already possess it, and making his case for Jesus to those who don’t.
All at the same time.
In my view, Mark is a master at midreach. What can we learn from his example?