Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Jesus Heals the Girl
Mark 5:35-43 (ESV) While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."  And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.  They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.  And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."  And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.  Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."  And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.  And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. We understand now, how urgent was the situation with which the ruler came to Jesus. The people had thought that the girl had died. One does wonder why they bother to go and tell the ruler to stop bothering Jesus. They evidently did not think Jesus could do anything for the girl. One can guess that they were not fans of Jesus. Perhaps they didn’t want the ruler to endorse Jesus, were hoping the girl would die before jesus was able to do anything to get the rule to believe him. In anycase Jesus doesn’t pay much attention. One does wonder if the girl was really dead or not as the servants said she was. Jesus says she was just sleeping. Maybe she had not yet died, but was just barely hanging on. It doesn’t make much difference, the servants were ready to burry her. Jesus heals her too. And of course the rest of them, are amazed.