Matthew 9:18–26 Mark 5:21–43; Luke 8:40–56
His power over Death
18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” 19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.
Bible Knowledge Commentary – Matthew 9:18-26
In this section two miracles are described. A ruler (of the synagogue [Mark 5:22] probably at Capernaum), called Jairus in Mark and Luke, came to Jesus and requested healing for his daughter who, Luke added, was 12 years old (Luke 8:42). She had just died, Jairus said, but he believed Jesus could give her life. In the parallel Gospel accounts the father said she was “dying,” not is “dead” (Mark 5:23; Luke 8:42). This apparent discrepancy is explained by the fact that while Jesus was speaking to Jairus, someone came from his house to tell him the girl had died. Matthew did not mention that detail, and therefore included the report of the girl’s death in Jairus’ request.
As Jesus … went on the way to deal with Jairus’ daughter, He was interrupted by a woman who was healed as she in faith reached out and touched Jesus’ cloak. Interestingly the duration of her hemorrhaging was the same as Jairus’ daughter’s age—12 years. The woman was ceremonially unclean (Lev. 15:19–30). Jesus stopped and called her Daughter (thygatēr, an affectionate term; cf. “the girl” [Matt. 9:24], korasion, possibly also an affectionate word like the Eng. “maiden”). Jesus said her faith was the reason she was healed. Undoubtedly Jairus’ heart must have been encouraged by this act, for he too had faith in Jesus. On the words “take heart” (from tharseō) see comments on verse 2.
When the party arrived at Jairus’ home, the flute players and the noisy crowd (of mourners, Luke 8:52) had already assembled to weep for the family. They believed the child was dead, for when Jesus said the girl was merely asleep … they laughed. Jesus was not denying that she was actually dead. He was simply comparing her dead condition to sleep. Like sleep, her death was temporary, and she would rise from it. After the crowd was dismissed, Jesus restored the girl to life. Such power truly belongs only to God, and news of the event spread throughout the land (cf. Matt. 9:31).
Life is restored: Jesus had power over death. On His way to the ruler’s daughter a woman touched His outer garment and power flowed thru and healed the woman’s flow of blood. Then upon reaching the ruler’s daughter He took her hand and the girl arose.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time. And always remember to ask the Father for His help and guidance in all things.
Prayer: Father, blessed is your Holy name. We praise you for your Son and the Holy Spirit. Human words cannot describe how grateful we are for Your Son and our risen Christ. We praise You for the opportunity to be able to choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior and to be elect children of Yours. We praise you for the laws You have set down to teach us and keep our life in harmony, safe, how to treat others as well as how to live within you boundaries. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding. I pray these brothers and sisters have or will come to realize that Your existence is a treasure of grace and love that You have for all Your elect children.
May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of The Holy Spirit,