God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Part FourThursday, September 29, 2005
The next example in this series reflects not a pagan, but a synagogue official of Israel. Why do I include his case? Because his case was as worse, if not worse than a Gentile. As a synagogue official, probably a Pharisee, member of the Sanhedrin or ruler of some sort, he had the word of God but neglected it for the traditions of men. So as one worse than an infidel, if we can imagine that, he comes to Jesus in Matthew 9:18 and, “bowed down before Him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.’”
On His way to the official’s house, a woman was stalking Him. She had some sort of menstrual bleeding problem for twelve years. Another gospel account tells us she had spent every last dime of her money on doctor visits to get well. And this simply added to her misery, for now she was still sick and broke as well. But her faith, her faith in the divine healing power of Jesus, made her well when she managed to grab a hold of the edge of his robe (vv. 21-22). Another Jew, who had probably neglected the true God of Israel, was redeemed through divine healing. (As a side note it is interesting that this method of healing must have traveled far for in Matthew 14:36, Jesus is miles away from the place where this woman was healed and yet there were many sick who sought Him out, “and they began to entreat Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.”)
After this momentary interruption, Jesus arrived at the official’s house, whose name is Jairus according to another gospel account. Verse 25 tells us that after sending the employees of mourning out of the house, “he enter and took her by the hand; and the girl arose. And this news went out into all that land.” Jairus’ faith brought his daughter back to life and undoubtedly created two new disciples for the company of the redeemed. These two joined the two blind men who, in the following verses, were healed of their suffering because of their faith (vv. 28-29).
Tomorrow, we'll look what happened when Jesus came to the town where Elijah once ministered.