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                                                                                                        March 6, 2016

The Raising of Jarius’ Daughter and Healing the Woman with the Issue of Blood

During his Galilean ministry, Jesus worked many miracles. Two of those were the raising of the daughter of Jarius and healing the woman with the issue of blood. This is one of three miracles wherein Jesus raised the dead. The others were the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7), and Lazarus (John 11).

All of the synoptics record these miracles (Matthew 9:18-36; Mark 8:22-43; Luke 8:41-56). Each account is independent of the other. They all agree on the main facts. However, the shades of difference suggest that none borrowed from the other. We study these two miracles together because one is sandwiched in the middle of the other miracle. As with all miracles Jesus worked, these prove that his claim (to be the Son of God) is true (John 20:30-31).

The Raising of Jarius’ Daughter

The record. This story is recorded in Matthew 9:18-19; 13-16; Mark 5:22-24; 35-43; and Luke 8:41-42; 49-56.

The story. Five things we want to notice about the story.

1. The people. First there was Jarius who was the ruler of the Synagogue (Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41). His daughter was twelve years old (Mark 4:42) and an only child (Luke 8:42)). The mother is also mentioned (Mark 5:40; Luke 8:51, 56).

2. The request. Jarius’ daughter was sick and at the point of death (Mk 5:32; Luke 8:42). His request was for the Lord to put his hand on her so she would be healed (Mark 5:23). Later a messenger came and reported that the girl had died (Mark 5:35; Luke 8:49). The request changes to raising her from the dead (Matthew 9:18).

3. The setting. There were some who doubted whether Jesus even need to go to the girl since she was dead (Mark 5:35; Luke 5:49). The mourners had gathered (Matthew 9:23; Mark 5:38; Luke 8:52). There is ridicule when Jesus said the girl was sleeping (Matthew 9:24; Mark 5:39-40; Luke 8:53). Only three disciples were present, along with the girl’s parents, when the miracle was performed (Mark 5:37, 50; Luke 8:51).

4. The miracle. Jesus took the girl by the hand (Matthew 9:35) and said, “Talatha Cumi” which means “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5:41; Luke 8:54). Immediately, she arose and walked (Matthew 9:25; Mark 5:42; Luke 8:55).

5. The response. The parents were overcome with amazement (Mark 5: 42; Luke 8:56). The miracles was reported throughout the region (Matthew 9:26). Jesus instructed that the girl should be given something to eat (Mark 5:43; Luke 8:55).

The lessons. There are several practical lessons we learn from this story.

1. We must swallow our pride to come to Jesus. It took humility for this ruler of the synagogue to ask Jesus for help. He had to forsake his dignity to fall down at the feet of Jesus. We too must humble ourselves to come to the Lord (Mark 8:34; 1Peter 5:5-6).

2. Strong faith. Notice that Jarius did not say, “come and see if you can heal her.” Rather, he said “she will live” (Matthew 9:18). We must believe the Lord without question and doubt. Our faith must be strong like Abraham (Romans 4:19). If our faith is not strong, we could be easily shaken (1Thessalonians 3:2-3). We must continue to believe that the Lord’s way works (Luke 18:1).

3. There will always be some who question and doubt what the Lord can do. Some thought there was no need to bother the Lord if the girl was dead. Others laughed when he said she was sleeping. Today some would question whether the Lord will forgiven all their sins since they have so many. Others question whether discipline (for children or church discipline) really works. Some question where the gospel alone will work. Thus, they think we need more. Others question whether the Lord’s plan (on marriage, divorce and remarriage) is fair. Some wonder if the Bible is enough to help them through their problems. Others questions whether preaching really works (cf. Romans 1:16-17).

4. Sorrow is minimized if there is a resurrection (Luke 8:52). Sorrow is natural even knowing that one will be raised (cf. John 11:35). Yet, we should not sorrow as other who have no hope (1Thessalonians 4:13-18).

5. Reaction to the power of Christ. Those who witnessed this miracle were amazed and spread the story. When we see evidence of the resurrection of Christ, we should be amazed. Our hearts should burn within us (Luke 24) as we stand in wonder and awe. We should be so dedicated to telling the story that no one could stop us (cf. Acts 4:20).

The Healing of the Woman with the Issue of Blood

The record. This story is recorded in Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:35-34; and Luke 8:43-48.

The story. Four things we want to notice about this story.

1. The woman’s problem. She had a flow of blood (Matthew 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43). This must have been some kind of hemorrhaging (which would have made her unclean). She had the problem for twelve years (Matthew 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8: 43). Physicians had not healed her (Mark 5:26; Luke 8:43). She had suffered many things because of their treatments. She spent all her living on these doctors. In return, she was no better. In fact, she was worse.

2. The woman’s action. The merely touched the garment of Jesus (Matthew 9:20-21; Mark 5:27-28; Luke 8:44).

3. The woman’s healing. She was made well (Matthew 9:22). The flow of blood was immediately stopped (Mark 5:29; Luke L8:44, 47).

4. The reaction of Jesus. He asked who touched him (Mark 5:30-32; Luke 8:45-46). The woman fell down before him telling him the whole story (Mark 5:33; Luke 8:47). Jesus told the woman that her faith had made her well and instructed her to go in peace (Mark 5:34; Luke 8:48).

The lessons. There are several practical lessons we learn from this miracle as well.

1. Worthless physicians. The physicians had taken her money, done many things for her, yet she was worse. The spiritually sick often seek the help of worthless physicians. Denominational preachers who mislead and misdirect are worthless physicians. Brethren who preach a softer message (not dealing with sin as they ought) are worthless physicians. Brethren who preach error thus misleading and misdirecting, as the denominational preachers do, are worthless physicians. Some of the popular devotional material (that is read with the hope of finding edification) may well prove to be worthless physicians.

2. Miracles involved immediate cure. It didn’t take time for the woman to get better. Rather she was cured immediately. Claims of miracles today often involve someone who gets better over a period of time. That was not the case with the miracles that Jesus performed.

3. Fear demands telling the whole truth. The woman fell before Jesus, fearing and trembling, and told the whole story. If we fear God, we will tell the whole truth and not conceal information in an effort to mislead. When misleading is the intent, such concealing is as dishonest as outright lying. If we fear God, we will tell our real needs (as the woman did) and admit that we are seeking help. If we fear God, we will preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).

4. Strong faith. The woman’s faith had to be strong for her to think that just touching his garment would help her. Our faith needs to be that strong. Just because one has faith doesn’t mean that it is as strong as it should be.

5. Disciples are slow at times to catch on. At first, the disciples did not see the value in Jesus asking, “Who touched me?” (Luke 8:45). On the surface it would seem that he was asking to simply find out who touched him. However, his purpose was to have the woman come forth and tell that she had been healed by a miracle.

We may not always see why the Lord recorded all that he did. Yet, there must be a purpose. We may not see why the Lord demands all that he does. Yet, there must be a reason. We may not see why he didn’t say or reveal more than he did. Yet, there must be an explanation.

6. We received more than we ask. The woman was merely wanting to be healed. However, she received more. She received a blessing of peace. God blesses us far more than we even asks. He is able to give greater than we can ask (Ephesians 3:20).

A study of these two miracles should strengthen our faith.

—Donnie V. Rader

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