I was wondering why the Bible is so specific in telling us that Jairus’s daughter was 12 years old. Why would it matter? The good news was that she was healed, raised from the dead. But it would be just as good if she had been 2, 10, or 20.
Also, while Jairus was talking to Jesus, a woman came up behind Him who had been sick for 12 years. She was also healed. The obvious connection is that she was sick for as long as Jairus’s daughter was alive.
But I had a feeling that there might be something even more that the Lord was telling us. There is a lot in this passage so let’s get to it:
21 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. 22 And 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.
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 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. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say,‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
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. 38 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. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
Jairus is one of the rulers of the synagogue. He finds Jesus and falls down at His feet; this is a symbol of worship. It is not politically correct. While Jairus is explaining that his daughter is sick, and everyone is focused on this scenerio taking place in front of Jesus, a woman comes from behind Jesus to touch the hem of his garment.
First, remember this woman is “unclean” which also meant that according to the Law, she should not be out in public. But when you ain’t got nothin’, you ain’t got nothin’ to lose. (-Bob Dylan) She had the faith to know the scripture from Malachi 4:2
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
“Wings” in the Hebrew (is Strong’s H3671) refers to a corner or end of a garment.
She hoped no one would notice her coming up behind, since there was so much going on in front of Jesus. But He felt her faith place a demand on His healing power, and asked “Who touched me?” There was a whole crowd, everyone bumping into each other, but she touched Him.
She was afraid, but came forward, and Jesus called her daughter. He was not there to punish her, but to bless her.
Jesus then went onto Jairus’s house, and raised his daughter from the dead.
Great story. Absolutely. But I think there is something more for us “End Timers.”
The name Jairus means Israelite, enlightener.
Twelve is the number of tribes of Israel.
A twelve year old girl was raised from the dead, representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
Romans 11 talks about the Jewish people coming to know their Messiah.
I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! –Romans 11:1.
The natural branches are Israel; we are grafted in by Faith.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said.Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,[f] if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved,[g] as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”[h] — Romans 11:19-27
what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Romans 11:15 b
Life from the dead. The Heavenly dimension on earth. The power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, and we will start walking in it in a new reality, because the Jews are being born again into their Messiah.
That’s what I believe Jairus and the Twelves are telling us today–that the Church is going to start walking in the miracles again, like the first century church did.