New Testament- Lesson 73
Matthew Chapter 9- Part 4
4. Jesus heals a woman with a 12 year affliction and raises Jairus' daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-26)(Mark 5:21-43)(Luke 8:41-56)
Matthew's version of Jairus the synagogue ruler's 12 year old daughter being raised from the dead and the healing of the woman with the 12 year affliction, is shorter than those of Mark and Luke and he also mentions it after the feast in his house while Mark and Luke mention it after the healing of the demoniac at Gadarenes. Jairus begged Jesus to go with him and lay his hands on his dying daughter and Jesus agreed. But as he went, a multitude thronged around him and a woman with a 12 year flow of blood gathered courage and touched his garment saying to herself that she would be healed if she touched his garment and she was instantaneously healed. Despite the crowd thronging, Jesus realized that power had gone from him and wanted to know who it was that touched him. The disciples told him that his question was strange with such a great crowd jostling but Jesus insisted and finally the woman confessed that it was she. Jesus commended her faith and blessed her. While this happened, some from Jairus' house came and told him not to bother Jesus, for his daughter was already dead, but Jesus assured Jairus by saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." Jesus, Peter, James and John, on reaching Jairus' house saw people lamenting for the dead girl, but Jesus told them that the girl was not dead but sleeping. The mourners ridiculed him, but he put them all outside and went with her parents to where the girl lay and took her by the hand saying "Talitha, cumi"(Aramaic language) which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." Immediately the girl arose and walked; her parents were astonished and Jesus told them to give her something to eat. It's notable here that a despairing woman with a 12 year affliction and a despairing father of a 12 year old received comfort the same day from the healer from Nazareth- "Jesus Christ".