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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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