Raising of Jairus Daughter, 1871 painting by Vasily Polenov

Daily Bible Reading Devotional [Luke 8:40-56]-October 13, 2017

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 3And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Observations & Reflections

This passage in Luke is taking two stories with the same lesson and combining them into a single logical unit. The message is clear. We must have faith.

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:47)

“Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” (Luke 8:50)

 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up! (Luke 8:53-54)

What is also interesting is that this story is identical to Mark’s telling.Matthew’s version is also quite similar with just slight variations. It would seem as though this story must have been sourced only from Mark and not in the proposed Q document. For those who are not familiar with the 2, 3, or 4 source theory; the gospels are believed to have different sources rather than Mark being the only original source. This can best be explained by the following diagram.

Relationship between synoptic gospels

By Alecmconroy (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The source labeled “Double Tradition” is what would be called “Q” in the 2 source theory. The 3 and 4 sources would be the teal and green sections that are unique to Luke and Matthew. However, many scholars correctly point out that the unique portions could easily be part of the Q source but the gospel writers did not copy ALL of the Q source directly; just as they did not copy ALL of Mark directly.

Either way, in all sources this gospel story is a powerful reminder that we must have faith in Jesus and believe that He is able to handle any problem we have. The lady who touched His cloak was unclean and would have made Jesus ritually impure according to the Jewish law but Jesus is not concerned about that. If someone has faith, Jesus gives His approval without regard for dogma or legalism.

 [Featured image titled “Raising of Jairus Daughter”, painting by Vasily Polenov in 1871.]

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