Summary of passages: Matthew 9:18-26: While Jesus was still at the feast thrown for him by Matthew, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him to bring his dead daughter back to life. Jesus and his disciples went with the man. A woman came up to Jesus while he was following the ruler and touched his cloak, believing she would be healed of her bleeding problem with just a touch. Her faith healed her. A crowd was around the dead girl. Jesus banished the crowd, took the girl by her hand, and raised her up.
Mark 5:21-43: Mark explains Jesus was by the lake when Jairus, a synagogue ruler, pleaded with Jesus to heal this daughter who was dying. Jesus went along with a large crowd. The woman who touched Jesus cloak had been sick for 12 years and had spent all of her money to get better to no avail. She touched Jesus cloak and without his consent she was healed. Jesus, realizing power had gone out from him, searched the woman out. He told her her faith healed her.
In the meantime, Jairus’ daughter had died. Jesus said to believe in him. Jesus allowed Peter, James, and John to follow him to the man’s house that was full of mourners wailing. Jesus kicked everyone out except the father, the mother, and his 3 disciples. He took the girl by the hand and she stood up. She was 12 years old. He ordered them to not tell anyone.
Luke 8:40-56: Jesus was welcomed by a crowd but almost crushed by them as he followed Jairus. The woman who had touched him was afraid and fell at Jesus’ feet. The child’s spirit returned at Jesus’ touch.
10a) She had been bleeding for 12 years (Matthew 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43). She believed if she but touched Jesus’ cloak she would be healed (Matthew 9:21; Mark 5:28; Luke 8:44). Immediately touching his cloak, she was healed (Matthew 9:21; Mark 5:29; Luke 8:44). Her faith healed her (Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; Luke 8:48).
b) Personal Question. My answer: That her faith healed her. Simple and absolute faith. Immediately upon a touch she was healed. God works immediately. Mark and Luke say Jesus didn’t approve the healing ahead of time. This shows me the power of our faith and that faith alone will answer our prayers since we are all part of God’s people with the indwelt Holy Spirit.
11a) He was a synagogue ruler.
b) Personal Question. My answer: It appears to be so. In Mark and Luke’s account, we are told she was dying when he went to Jesus. It is most likely she was sick beforehand for some time. A healthy 12 year old usually just doesn’t up and die. In ancient times, yes, this scenario is more probable. But because she was a daughter of a wealthy ruler she was probably insulated from a lot of ailments of the time.
Jairus is begging and pleading. These are the actions of a desperate man. Also, Luke says this was his only daughter. He is probably desperate to save her. And Jesus is the only one to do it.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Jesus does not judge or say no. He shows compassion upon the man. Jesus soothed the man, telling him to not be afraid and to just believe (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50), something incredibly hard to do in the midst of a dying loved one. To have faith that God’s will be done. Jesus knows Jairus’ faith is small since he believes Jesus must touch the girl to save her so Jesus heals a woman on the way to strengthen Jairus’ faith.
Jesus loves us despite how our faith in him wavers and our trust wanes and we fall under attack. Jesus and God meet us where we are in our walk. He came when the man asked even though he didn’t have to because Jesus loved the man enough to do so.
Conclusions: As in the case of the paralytic, we see it is faith, simple faith, that heals. The woman was healed instantly with her faith. We can assume Jairus had faith as well since his daughter was raised from the dead.
God isn’t demanding, is He? He could ask anything of us from hard physical labor to tortuous math problems. Instead, He merely demands we believe in Him. And yet belief for man in the unseen is very difficult. So many stumble. Yet, with faith, you will be picked up.
End Notes: The woman was ceremonially unclean and had been for 12 years. She wasn’t allowed to touch another human being; hence, she opted to touch Jesus’ clothes secretly. She touched him in faith–not a casual touch or an accidental bump. She reached out to who he was.
Note the girl was 12 and the woman suffered 12 years. Coincidence? Not when Jesus is involved.
Everything Jesus did was for the benefit of others. Never did he act selfishly.
Fun Facts: Jesus calls no one else “daughter” that is recorded in the Scripture. What an honor!
This is the only healing where power is mentioned as flowing out of Jesus. Elsewhere, he just heals. Would be interesting to see this happen!