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Title: The Raising Of The Ruler’s Daughter And The Healing Of The Sick Woman, part 2

Main Scripture: Matthew 9: 18-26

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Matthew 9:18-26
18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live."
19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.
21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.
23 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,
24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.
26 News of this spread through all that region….

 

Themes that hold the miracles together
Theme 1. He will minister to those whom Israel will not…..
Theme 2. Jesus has the authority over all things created
Theme 3. Jesus is the long awaited Messiah

Today is part 2, so let’s begin with a very brief review of part 1

-Jesus is in Capernaum in the region of Galilee
-and in vs.18, Jesus is standing outside Matthew’s house
-but the Pharisees come and crash the party and speak to him…but from the outside of the house
-soon afterwards, John the Baptist’s disciples come and question Jesus
-so, there a lot of verbal jostling going on outside Matthew’s door when vs.18 opens
-suddenly in vs.18, a ruler comes to Jesus
-we learned that this ruler is a ruler of the synagogue in Capernaum
-and that he is the chief ruler there
-in fact, he is the highest ranking religious official in the town
-and most likely a Pharisee
-but in a surprising move, he goes to Jesus when all the other Pharisees remained bitter enemies

-faith enough to come to Jesus and kneel before Him asking for help
            -Matthew does not mention his name, but Mark and Luke tell us that his name was Jairus

So….while Jesus was speaking to John’s disciples outside Matthew’s house
-Jairus…
18…came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died…”
-Luke tells us that the girl was about 12 years old (Luke 8:42)
-in the Jewish culture back then, a girl becomes a woman a day after her 12th birthday
-it would have been the beginning of her womanhood
-but her life is cut short
-the father is devastated and desperate….he says to Jesus…
18…But come and put your hand on her, and she will live."
19 Jesus [just] got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
-no questions….no comments
-I take this as genuine faith in Jairus
            -cause if he was a fake, Jesus would have confronted him, but here….no questions….no comments
20 Just then…
a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.
            -we learned that such a blood condition was physically devastating but most of all…spiritually devastating

-suddenly, she sees Jesus walking by….
            -and in a moment of desperation, she…
20… came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.
21…herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
-many scholars discredit her because she thinks that touching a
His cloak can make her well
-that this is nothing but superstition
-I agree that this is rather superstitious
-as if there is magic is Jesus’ clothing
            -really…there is nothing in Scripture that supports this
-I think we can say with confidence that this woman is really off base
            -that her understanding of how healing works is wrong
-but in a surprising twist, Jesus does not correct her

22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.
-you would think that Jesus being the master teacher that He is…would take the time to correct and teach this woman
-but to our surprise, He does not
-instead, he looks deep within her and sees that somewhere in the midst of all that superstition is genuine faith
            -and so, He confirms in v.22 that her faith has healed her
                        -not her touching of his tassel…but her genuine faith
-faith in Jesus alone

            -but let’s confirm that Jesus…as God…is not obligated by anyone
                        -nor is he obligated by even genuine faith
-there are many with genuine faith…who ask for healing but God in his infinite wisdom and mysterious plan…choose to keep them IN their sickness
-genuine faith….though it is a good thing…does not obligate God
-but in this case, Jesus….in his compassion and mercy chooses to respond
-and so, theme 1 is confirmed that He is willing to minister to those whom Israel will not
-this mercy and compassion is seen in vs.22 as Jesus says…
"Take heart..”
            -the healing of the paralytic….9:1f
*but, it’s the same word He spoke to the paralytic back in 9:2
-the meaning of that word in the original Greek
            * lit.:  take courage
            -in the original Greek, there are a couple of words for courage
                        -there is the word which reflect external courage
                                    -meaning, on the outside, you look brave, courageous
                        -this word here is NOT THAT….
                        -this word here in v.2 is a word which reflects internal courage
-meaning, deep down in her heart, Jesus wanted her – like the paralytic….to be settled…and not be afraid
            -and so, the NIV:  “take heart” is a good translation
            -in other words, it’s OK….
                        -others may reject you, but I don’t
                        -Jesus is receiving her in the most gentle and tender way
                        -even using the term “daughter” to convey His gentleness
-he conveys familial love to her….just like the paralytic whom he called “son” back in 9:2                  
I am reminded of Matthew 11:29
-where Jesus invites us to come to Him for He is gentle and
that we will find rest for our souls

-theme #1 continues to shine in the streets of Capernaum
-Jesus is on his way to a nice part of town
            -a ritzy area for the privileged…..
-walking quickly to the home of a highest ranking official, Jesus is interrupted by a low ranking individual
-this is a story of 2 different parts of town
-a tale of 2 different woman
            -one is born into a home of wealth and prestige
            -the other is born on…the other side of the tracks
            -one lived 12 years of good fortune
            -the other lived 12 years of misfortune
-one lived with special access to the synagogue as her father was the ruler of that place of worship
-the other was banned from public worship
-one was viewed as blessed by God because of her situation
-the other was viewed as cursed by God because of her condition
-one is viewed as Undeserving of her suffering and death
-the other is viewed as deserving of her suffering…for surely it is some sin in her life that caused her condition
-one was accepted by society
-the other was rejected by society
-and Jesus is now on his way….to the home of a high class woman…but is interrupted by the touch of a low class woman
-the crowd would have no problem with Jesus….en route to Jairus’ daughter….but this same crowd would shudder at the thought of approaching this woman and calling her “daughter”
-but the drama of this moment would shine a bright light on theme #1 as Jesus does not discriminate but ministers to everyone….no matter what rank or status or image
           * 2 different woman….but, the same Jesus…
            In Jesus’ ministry, there is no favoritism
           
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

-back to the story….
-the scene quickly shifts to the home of Jairus…
            -this is the other woman…

23…Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd…

-flute players and the noisy crowd ?
            -I’m sure you are aware that different cultures express themselves in different ways
-ancient Jewish funerals were noisy events
-unlike today where funerals are quiet and solemn events, back then it was a noisy affair with hired professionals who wailed out loud and flutes playing loud wailing music
-hired professionals (who were women, by the way) were to cry out loud the name of the deceased over and over again
-and would also mix in names of other family members who passed away long ago
-so, they are wailing out the whole family tree
-the idea that this new sorrow is now added to their old sorrow
-the law states that even the poorest of Israel must hire at least 2 flutes and one wailing woman  (Ketub. 4:4)
-Jairus being the highest ranking official probably had lots of money probably had a whole orchestra there along with a tabernacle choir of wailing women !
* so, Matthew calls it a crowd in 9:23
-they are wailing and getting ready to bury the dead….
-check it out, they don’t even wait until Jairus, the father, comes
home….the funeral has already begun

-Jesus arrives with His disciples and Jairus and says to the crowd….
24…"Go away….
            -Jesus does not want them there
            -clearly, Jesus did not come to participate in the funeral
                        -clearly, he did not come to wail along with the people
            -I’m sure the tension is building as Jesus breaking funeral etiquette
            -but Jesus adds to the tension by saying
….The girl is not dead but asleep."
            -to this, the crowd laughed at him.
                        -lit.:  laughing him down
            -the idea of looking down on him as they laughed
            -trying to ridicule him…humiliate him
-consider this….the tradition of flute playing and wailing women is a long standing tradition enforced by the spiritual leaders of Israel
                        -for hundreds of years, this is the way you do funerals
                        -this is what the Pharisees have taught the people to do
                        -and how dare this Jesus….come in the home of the highest ranking Pharisee and disrespect his own daughter’s funeral
-Jesus did not even see the girl yet and he is claiming that the girl is sleeping
-these people are professional wailers…they know death when they see it
-but Jesus describes it as sleep
            -does this mean that she is not really dead?
            -she has to be dead, otherwise it’s not a miracle and the whole things is a scam
-this is not a story of a girl taking a nap and fooling everyone into
thinking she is dead
            -or a girl in a deep coma and Jesus somehow snaps her out of it
-no, she is dead
-but, Jesus uses the word “sleep” to describe how death is not permanent
            -yes, she is dead, but she is not dead-dead….she will rise again
            -he used the same expression in the raising of Lazarus
                        -yes, Lazarus was dead
-but his death is temporary…and so, it is described as a sleep
           -see John 11:11 – 12
                    -there Jesus uses the word “sleep” figuratively and not literally
                    -literally he is dead…but it looks like sleep because he will rise again !

-I’m sure the crowd left the house laughing at Jesus, but…
25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

-and so, another verse here that hammers home….theme 2… that Jesus has authority over all things….even life and death
            Rev. 1:18
18 [Jesus said] I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death…

-but this savior who is so powerful and full of authority…holding the very keys of death….He is the gentile savior as well as He takes the hand of the young woman
-and to all who has the ears to hear, this is the great gospel message that Jesus brings life
-that the raising of a young woman from the dead is a great foreshadow
of Jesus Himself being raised from the dead
-for Matthew will record only 2 stories of such resurrections ….this woman’s and then Jesus Himself
            -and if Jesus is raised from the dead, we know that we TOO will be raised to new life in Him

-before the raising of Lazarus, Jesus makes that clear saying:
* John 11:25
25…"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

 

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