Day 27 (Wed, Sept 3, 2014)

Jairus’s Daughter

67 total verses: Matthew 9:18-34; 13:54-59; Mark 5:22-43; 6:1-6; Luke 8:41-56

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

80. Jairus asks Jesus to heal his daughter in Matthew 9:18-19; Mark 5:22-23; Luke 8:41-42
81. Ill woman is healed by touching Jesus in Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:24-34; Luke 8:42-48
82. Daughter’s death is reported to Jairus in Mark 5:35-36; Luke 8:49-50
83. Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter to life in Matthew 9:23-26; Mark 5:37-43; Luke 8:51-56
84. Jesus heals two blind men in Matthew 9:27-31
85. Jesus heals a mute demoniac in Matthew 9:32-34
86. The 2nd rejection in Nazareth in Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 9:18-19; Mark 5:22-23; Luke 8:41-42. Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, came to Jesus, and asked Jesus to come with him, because his 12-year-old daughter was dying (in Matthew, it says she just died).

Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:24-34; Luke 8:42-48. While Jesus was heading to Jairus’s house, the crowds were following him and pressing in upon him. A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years believed that if she touched Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. And so she managed to do just that. But Jesus felt power go out from him knew that something happened, so he paused and searched for who it was. The woman was afraid to confess, but she did. Jesus told her that her faith had made her well, and she was free to go.

Mark 5:35-36; Luke 8:49-50. Someone came to Jairus from his house to tell him that his daughter had died. But Jesus assured him that he should not listen to that person. “Do not fear, only believe.”

Matthew 9:23-26; Mark 5:37-43; Luke 8:51-56. When Jesus arrived at Jairus’s house, he put out all the mourners, and only allowed Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents to come with him. He took her hand, then commanded her with “Child, arise”. And she got up and began walking around. Jesus told the parents to give her food, but not to tell anyone what happened.

Matthew 9:27-31. After healing the girl, two blind men followed Jesus, shouting for him to heal them. Jesus did, according to their faith. He told them not to tell anyone, but they did tell people.

Matthew 9:32-34. A man oppressed by a demon was brought to Jesus. The demon kept the man from being able to speak. But Jesus cast out the demon, and the man spoke.

Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6. Jesus came to Nazareth, where he was raised. And he taught in the synagogue, and astonished people. Yet they people did not believe in him, because they knew him and his family, and could not believe he had special abilities. And the passage says that he couldn’t do any mighty work there, because of their unbelief.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

The theme woven throughout these verses is faith for miracles. The woman who was bleeding believed, and Jesus said it was her faith that made her well. When Jairus was tempted to doubt after he heard that his daughter had died, Jesus reminded him, “Do not fear, only believe” (Mark 5:36, ESV) — and Jesus healed her. (I imagine that fear is a major obstacle to believing for miracles.) When Jesus healed the two blind man, he said that “according to your faith” (Matthew 8:29, ESV) it would be done to them. And in Nazareth, no major miracles were done, due to their lack of faith. I am certainly challenged by these readings to believe that Jesus is still healing, and that I should see more people healed, as long as I don’t cultivate doubt or fear, but believe.

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