LIFE OF CHRIST
A Harmony of the Gospels
when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command
to depart to the other side.
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat
was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord,
save us! We are perishing!"
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O
you of little faith?"
arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great
So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds
and the sea obey Him?"
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let
us cross over to the other side."
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the
boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so
that it was already filling. (38) But He was in the
stern, asleep on a pillow.
awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace,
be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
But He said to them, "Why are you so
fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can
this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with
His disciples. And He said to them, "Let us
cross over to the other side of the lake."
But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on
the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we
arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they
ceased, and there was a calm.
But He said to them, "Where is your faith?"
were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this
be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey
And the same day
What a day it had been:
||The blasphemous accusation
||The visit of the mother and brothers to
take Him home
||The leaving of the crowded house for
the seaside, the multitudes following
||Into the house again
||Out of the house again, the multitudes
||And now out to the open sea
The designation of the time (when evening had come) is of special note, for
Mark does not usually call attention to this kind of detail.
Jesus and His disciples were
on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, and a trip over to the eastern
shore would be a delightful and refreshing change for the weary Lord
This was His only way to escape the crowds.
There arose a great storm
||- a commotion, i.e. (of
the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake
||- a whirlwind
||- wind; (plural) by implication (the four) quarters (of the
The Greek word (seismós) in Matthew is used of a furious storm or hurricane.
It never refers to
a single gust, nor a steadily blowing wind, however violent, but to a
storm breaking forth from black thunder - clouds in furious gusts, with
floods of rain, and throwing everything topsy-turvy.
According to Aristotle, it is a whirlwind revolving from below upwards. It
is used in the
LXX of the whirlwind out of which God answered Job.
Vincent quotes Dr. Thomson (“Land and Gook”):
“Such winds are not only
violent, but they come down suddenly, and often when the sky is perfectly
clear ... To understand the causes of these sudden and violent tempests we
must remember that the Lake lies low – 680 feet below the sea; that the
mountainous plateau of the Jaulan rises to a considerable height, spreading backward to the wilds of the Hauran, and upward to snowy Hermon;
that the water-courses have worn or washed out profound ravines and wild
gorges, converging to the head of this lake; and that these act like great
funnels to draw down the cold winds from the mountains.”
Robertson suggests that the storm fell suddenly from Mount Hermon down in
into the Jordan Valley and hit the Sea of Galilee violently. He explains
that the hot air at this depth (680’ below sea level) draws the storm down
with a sudden power. Luke says (8:23) “there came down a storm on the
lake,” Matthew describes it as a “seismós,” a
violent upheaval like an earthquake. These sudden storms occur to this day.
Asleep on a pillow
The pillow was no soft luxurious cushion, but either the leathern cushion
of the steersman, or the low bench on which the steersman sometimes sits, and the captain rests his head to sleep.
Luke says “He fell asleep,” showing the state of exhaustion from the toil of the day.
Not only does it show His physical state, but it also shows the exact
opposite in His spiritual state.
Jesus knew that nothing could destroy Him,
|As His exhaustion in the physical allowed Him to
|So His state of confidence and rest in His
Father allowed Him to get what physical rest He could even in
the face of the Satanical fury of the storm
|While He would give up rest and sleep for the love
of the multitudes,
|He would loose no sleep over the rantings and
ravings of a defeated foe
Peace be still
According to Mark 4:39 in the Amplified Bible:
|“And He arose and rebuked
the wind, and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled). And the wind
ceased, (that is, sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there
was (immediately) a great calm – a perfect peacefulness.”
O you of little faith
||He said to them,
Why are you so timid and fearful?
How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?
||And He said to them, Why are you timid
O you of little faith?
||And He said to them,
[Why are you so fearful?]
Where is your faith (your trust, your confidence in Me--in My veracity
and My integrity)?
Who can this be?
|From the Amplified
||“What kind of man is this?”
||“Who then is this?”
||“Who then is this?”
|From the Amplified
||You Who are the confidence and hope of
all the ends of the earth and of those far off on the seas ...Who
still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves,
and the tumult of the peoples
||O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty
one like unto You, O Lord? ... You rule the raging of
the sea; when its waves arise, You still them.
||Then they cry to the Lord in their
trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.
He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the
waves of the sea are still.
||Who has ascended into heaven and
descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the
waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the
earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know?
|(28) When He
had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes,
|there met Him two
demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly
fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You,
Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before
|(30) Now a
good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.
(31) So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast
us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine."
(32) And He said to them, "Go."
So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And
suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep
place into the sea, and perished in the water.
those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and
told everything, including what had happened to the
demon-possessed men. (34) And behold, the whole city
came out to meet Jesus.
when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
|(1) Then they
came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the
And when He had come out of the boat,
there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
(3) who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could
bind him, not even with chains, (4) because he had
often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had
been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces;
neither could anyone tame him. (5) And always, night and
day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and
cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do
with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You
by God that You do not torment me."
|(8) For He
said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean
Then He asked him, "What
is your name?"
And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many."
(10) Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send
them out of the country.
|(11) Now a
large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.
(12) So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the
swine, that we may enter them." (13) And at once
Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out
and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the
herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and
drowned in the sea.
|(14) So those
who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the
country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.
(15) Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been
demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in
his right mind. And they were afraid. (16) And those
who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been
demon-possessed, and about the swine.
they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.
|(18) And when He got into the boat, he who had been
demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. (19)
However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go
home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord
has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you."
(20) And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis
all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite
And when He stepped out on the land,
met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long
time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him,
with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son
of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!"
| (29) For He had
commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had
often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains
and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon
into the wilderness.
Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your
And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him.
And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out
into the abyss. (32) Now a
herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they
begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He
permitted them. (33) Then the demons went out of the
man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the
steep place into the lake and drowned.
those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it
in the city and in the country. (35) Then they went
out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the
man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of
Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
(36) They also who had seen it told them by what means he
who had been demon-possessed was healed.
|(37) Then the
whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked
Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear.
got into the boat and returned.
(38) Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged
Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,
(39) "Return to your own house, and
tell what great things God has done for you." And he went
his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great
things Jesus had done for him.
The country of the Gadarenes
Gadara was a member of the Decapolis and is associated with
of the Gadarenes" in the Gospels.
Its ruins are identified with Um Keis
today on a steep hill five miles SE of the Sea of Galilee and three miles
South of the Hieromax or Yarmuk River.
At the foot of the hill to the north were hot springs and baths. When
Jesus came across the lake from Capernaum, He landed at the southeast
corner were the steep bank descends from the eastern highlands into the
Jordan valley. In the cliffs around Gadara, or Um Keis, tombs have been
excavated out of the limestone, some measuring 20 feet square, with side
recesses for bodies.
Like the demoniacs, people still dwell in them today. Nearby there is a
field of several acres strewn from stone coffins and their lids. In Roman
times Gadara was the best-fortified city in Peraea, and its remains are
impressive still. A Roman street can be seen with its colonnades prostrate
on either side.
A certain man from the city
Mark and Luke speak of only one that met him, while Matthew speaks of
Luke has given us a hint why he recorded only the cure of one of them. He
says there met him "out of the city, a man, etc.; or, as it should be
rendered, "a man of the city" a citizen. Yet the man did not dwell in the
city, for he adds in the same verse, "neither abode he in any house, but
in the tombs." The truth of the case was, that he was born and educated in
the city. He had probably been a man of wealth and eminence; he was well
known, and the people felt a deep interest in the case. Luke was therefore
particularly struck with his case; and as his cure fully established the
power of Jesus, he recorded it. The other person that Matthew mentions was
probably a stranger, or one less notorious as a maniac, and he felt less
interest in the cure.
When he saw Jesus
The onrush of the yelling maniac must have tried the newly recovered
confidence of the Twelve. We can imagine their surprise when, “approaching, he threw himself on his knees.”
The approach of the group of people would cause the demoniac to rush out
with hostile intentions, but when he drew near, the power and grace of the
Son of God cause him to fall on his knees in reverence.
“Worship” is “proskuneo,” (to prostrate one’s self – an expression of
profound reverence – by kneeling or prostration to do homage or make
obeisance, either to express respect or make supplication.).
It is used of homage shown to men of superior rank, or of homage shown to God.
have a being, incorrigible in his nature, destined to be damned for all
eternity, one of the cohorts of Satan, bending the knee to Jesus.
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe
-- and tremble! (NKJV)
A league of ten cities, in a region east of Jordan that had been given to
the tribe of Manasseh, at this time consisting of Greeks who had come in
the wake of Alexander’s conquests.
This league was established after the
Romans occupied the area in 65 B.C.
According to Ptolemy, the number was
later increased to 18.
They had their own coinage, courts, and army.
of temples, theaters and other buildings tell of the high degree of
culture that developed in these cities.
This dramatic incident is most revealing. It shows:
What Jesus did for these two demoniacs, He will do for anyone else who
|What Satan does for a person
|Robs him of sanity
Robs him of self-control
Fills him with fears
Robs him of the joys of home and friends
Condemns him (if possible) to an eternity of judgment
|What society does for a person
But society is unable to change him
|What Jesus Christ does for a person
|Restores true sanity
Increases self-control with God-control
Fills him with Faith and Hope
Fills him with true joy in the Spirit
Restores him to society
Releases him from the power of the enemy
Completely changes him
There are three prayers in this event:
What they asked for
||Asked to go into the pigs
||Asked Jesus to leave
|The Healed Man
||Asked to go with Jesus
||He instructed the man to go back to his
people and be a witness.
Just because He says "No" does not mean He
has not answered our prayer -
It means He has something better for us.
Matthew 9:18, 19
(18) While He spoke these things to
behold, a ruler came and worshiped
saying, "My daughter has just died,
but come and lay Your hand on her and she will
(19) So Jesus arose and followed him, and
so did His disciples.
Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side,
a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name.
And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet
|(23) and begged Him
earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of
death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed,
and she will live."
| (24) So Jesus went with him, and a great
multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him,
for they were all waiting for Him.
|(41) And behold, there came a
man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he
fell down at Jesus' feet
begged Him to come to his house, (42)
for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she
A ruler of the Synagogue
There were two officers in the synagogue:
in this latter sense, the ruler or governor of one of the synagogues,
probably at Capernaum.
||Overseer of the
|Takes the book of the
Law, and gives it to the ro'sh
||Head or ruler of the
|Appoints who shall read the different
(from Adam Clarke's Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1996 by
This man was religious and obedient to the law, yet when death
came, his religion was powerless to help.
2 Cor 3:6
... for the letter (law) kills, but the Spirit gives life.
It took a great deal of courage for Jairus to come to Jesus, for
many of the religious leaders were bent on destroying Him. But his
love for his dying daughter forced him to lay aside his prejudices and go
The ground is level at the feet of Jesus, for all who have
burdens meet there.
Jesus could have healed the girl from a distance (John 4:46-54;
Matt 8:5-13), but He chose to go with the worried father.
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright (c) 1992 by SP
Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.)
A public address made to Christ by a ruler of the synagogue, whose name
was Jairus, on the behalf of a little daughter of his, that was very ill, and, in the apprehension of all about here, lay a dying.
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition,
Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
|This address was
very humble and reverent.
Jairus, though a ruler, fell down at Jesus'
feet, as owning him to be a ruler above him.
|(20) And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve
from behind and touched the hem of His garment. (21) For
she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall
be made well."
|(22) But Jesus turned around,
when He saw her He said, "Be of good
cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
|(25) Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent
all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and
touched His garment. (28) For she said, "If only I may touch His
clothes, I shall be made well."
|(29) Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she
felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone
out of Him,
around in the crowd and said, "Who touched
|(31) But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude
thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"
And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened
to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole
|(34) And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you
well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. (43) Now a woman,
having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her
livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,
from behind and touched the border of His garment.
immediately her flow of blood stopped.
|(45) And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?"
|When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the
multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"
|(46) But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power
going out from Me."
| (47) Now when the woman saw that she was not
hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she
declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she
had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
|(48) And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith
has made you well. Go in peace."
An issue of blood
In its severe form, it is commonly due to fibroid tumor in the womb
encroaching upon the lining of the womb. Flooding flow of blood with large
clots occurs, depleting the body of blood so as to cause severe
anemia, and when left untreated can cause death.
The modern remedy is a fairly simple medical procedure.
This knowledge obviously was not available in New Testament times so that it
is quite understandable that all of this woman’s living was spent on
unavailing medical care.
If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the
time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time
of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the
days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean. Every bed on
which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of
her impurity; and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as
the uncleanness of her impurity. (NKJV)
Suffered may things from many physicians
No person will wonder at this account, when he considers the “therapeutics”
of the ancient physicians in reference to hemorrhages, especially of
the kind with which this woman was afflicted.
Rabbi Jochanan says:
(Dr. Lightfoot gives these as a sample, out of many others, extracted brom
Bab. Shabb. Fol. 110 Talmud).
|Take of gum Alexandria, of alum, and of crocus hortensis, the
weight of a zuzee each; let them be bruised together, and given in wine to
the woman that hath an issue of blood.
|But should this fail,
|Take of Persian onions nine logs, boil them in
wine, and give it to her to drink: and say, Arise from thy flux.
|But should this fail
|Set her in a place where two ways meet, and let
her hold a cup of wine in her hand; and let somebody come behind
and affright her, and say, Arise from thy flux.
|But should this do no good
|Take a handful of cummin and a handful of crocus, and a handful of
faenu-greek; let these be boiled, and given her to drink, and say, Arise
from thy flux.
|But should this also fail
|Dig seven trenches, and burn in them some
cuttings of vines not yet circumcised (vines not 4 years old);
and let her take in her hand a cup of wine, and let her be
led from this trench and set down over that; and let her
be removed from that, and set down over another: and
in each removal say unto her, Arise from thy flux.
What a beautiful and refreshing contrast are the words of Jesus: “Thy
faith hath made thee whole; go in peace”
The border of his garment
kraspédou - fringe or tassel
According to the Mosaic law every Jew was obliged to wear a fringe or
tassel at each of the four corners of the outer garment, one thread of
each tassel to be deep blue. These tassels were to be to them a perpetual
reminder of the law of God, and of their duty to keep it (Numbers
15:38,39; Deuteronomy 22:12).
This was the “hem” or "border" which the poor woman touched,
possible supposing there to be some peculiar virtue in it, or maybe she was too timid to
actually approach Him. The Pharisees prided themselves greatly on these
tassels, considering them as marks of special sanctity in the wearers, and
therefore sought to enlarge their size (as in Matthew 23:5, where the same
word is translated “borders”).
But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their
phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments
She had spent all upon physicians, for the cure of her distemper,
had been full,
She had impoverished herself for the recovery of her health,
This woman was diseased with a constant issue of blood twelve years (v.
20); a disease, which was not only weakening and wasting, and under which
the body must needs languish
|but which also rendered her ceremonially unclean,
and shut her out from the courts of the Lord's house
But it did not cut her off from approaching to Christ
She applied herself to Christ
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition,
Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
|and received mercy from him
I perceived power going out from me
Power = dunamis (doo'-nam-is)
force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power
The Lord could discern the difference between the casual accidental
bodily contacts, and the outreach of faith. You can be a part
of the crowd and never get any blessing from being near Jesus!
It is one thing to "press Him" and another thing to
"touch Him" by faith.
We have a strong Savior, and He responds even to a touch at the hem of His
Of the many that touched him, this woman and none else received this
divine virtue; and why?
Because she came in faith. Faith alone attracts and receives the
energetic influence of God at all times.
The unbeatable combination: WHEN FAITH
TOUCHES GOD'S POWER - ALL THINGS ARE
|(23) When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute
players and the noisy crowd wailing, (24) He said to them, "Make
room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping."
they ridiculed Him. (25) But when the crowd was put
in and took her by the hand,
And the report of this went out into all that land.
|(35) While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the
synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble
the Teacher any further?"
|(36) As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to
the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe."
(37) And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter,
James, and John the brother of James.
Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw
a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. (39)
When He came in, He said to them, "Why make
this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."
|(40) And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside,
He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who
were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi,"
which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."
Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years
of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and
said that something should be given her to eat.
|(49) While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of
the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do
not trouble the Teacher."
|(50) But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be
afraid; only believe, and she will be made well."
|(51) When He came
into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter,
James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl.
all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is
not dead, but sleeping."
|(53) And they ridiculed Him, knowing that
she was dead.
(54) But He put them all outside,
her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise."
|(55) Then her spirit returned, and
she arose immediately.
commanded that she be given something to eat. (56) And her parents were astonished, but He
charged them to tell no one what had happened.
Do not be afraid, only believe
Three statements that Jesus made
||The Word of Faith
||Stop being afraid, keep on
||The Word of Hope
||The child is not dead but sleeps!
||The Word of Power
||Little girl, get up!
2 Tim 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and
of a sound mind. (NKJV)
|How can I replace fear with faith?
||We have the choice to listen to human reasoning and
logic (don't bother him - your daughter is dead)
Or to listen to the Word of God (she is not dead, but
...whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is
honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind
and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and
excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think
on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on
them] ... and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed
well-being) will be with you. (AMP)
A tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly
The ancient Hebrews placed a great emphasis on external symbolic
acts. Ceremonies for
expressing grief at the death of a relative or upon any unhappy occasion
are referred to frequently in the Bible.
One reared in the modern western culture must be cautioned not to view
these public expressions as hypocritical; they were a natural valid
manifestation of grief in that culture. A death in the household set in
motion an elaborate ceremony of mourning that lasted a week or more. The
members of the family and their friends gathered around the corpse and
indulged in lamentations bordering on hysteria.
William M. Thomson saw a
ceremony of mourning carried out by the Arabs of Palestine a century ago.
He described the three concentric circles of mourners, slowly marching,
clapping their hands and chanting a funeral dirge. At times they stopped,
and flinging their arms and handkerchiefs about in a wild frenzy, screamed
and wailed like maniacs.
Professional mourners were often called in for a funeral. These were
probably in earliest times to protect the living from the spirits of the
departed, who were greatly feared. By Bible times, however, the mourning
women were used merely as another manifestation of grief for the departed.
Little girl, arise!
Talitha cumi - young girl, damsel, maiden
This is the language which our Savior commonly spoke.
It is a mixture of Syriac and Chaldee, called Syro-Chaldaic.
Mark loves to give such wonderful words just as they were spoken. (See
Mark 7:34; 14:36)
In this series of miracles we find
The changes were
Jesus is conqueror over
||The tempest stilled
||The Gadarene demoniacs
||The Woman with the Issue of Blood
||The Daughter of Jairus
(27) When Jesus departed from there, two blind men
followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David,
have mercy on us!"
(28) And when He had come into the house, the blind
men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do
you believe that I am able to do this?"
They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."
(29) Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According
to your faith let it be to you." (30) And
their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying,
"See that no one knows it."
(31) But when they had departed, they spread the news
about Him in all that country.
(32) As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man,
mute and demon-possessed. (33) And when the demon
was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled,
saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!"
(34) But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by
the ruler of the demons."
(35) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the
kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the
people. (36) But when He saw the multitudes, He was
moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and
scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. (37) Then
He said to His disciples, "The
harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (38)
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into
Two blind men
Here again we find the same pattern set first at the marriage feast in
Cana when the wine ran out.
||”Thou son of David, have mercy
||“When he was come into
||- He ignored them
|| “The blind men
came to him”
||- They followed
|Triumph of Faith
||“Their eyes were opened.”
Four steps to their healing
|Acknowledged Him as
||"Son of David"
|Acknowledged Him as
||"Have mercy on us"
|Acknowledged Him as
||They followed Him
|Acknowledged Him as
Doubtless our Lord's design was not only to put their faith to the test
by this question (do you believe?), but
|to deepen it
to raise their expectation of a cure
to prepare them to receive it
The dumb man
Notice also, that in most of the cases of healing, Jesus in some way tried
their faith; but where there was a case of demon possession, He made no
delay, but dealt with the demon itself immediately.
He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons
We find that this is the second time the Pharisees made this type of
The first time was in Matt. 12:22-25; Mark 3:22-27; Luke.
In both cases:
||The statement was made that He was the
son of David,
which was directly designating Him as the Messiah.
||A demon was cast out of a man
in the first instance he was both blind and dumb,
in this he was dumb.
||It was the Pharisees who accused Him of
being in league with Satan,
if not calling Him Satan himself.
||In the first case Jesus launches into a
lecture on the unpardonable sin,
and now He merely ignores them.
When He saw the multitudes
|They were weary
They were scattered
The Harvest is plentiful but The Laborers are few
1 Kings 22:17
Then he said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that
have no shepherd.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
|Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send Laborers
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
"Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?"
Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."