Jairus and the Bleeding Woman

I always have felt sorry for the woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, but this time I felt sorry for Jairus.  Imagine having Jesus stop on the way to heal your 12-year-old daughter to have a conversation.  the healing was already done, let the woman be healed already rather than delivering a lecture!  Let’s get to Jairus’ house and save a child.  However, Jesus does things in his own sweet way and in his own sweet time.  What was the point in letting Jairus suffer this way?

Luke 8:40-56

 40Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

   As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[a] but no one could heal her. 44She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

 45“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
      When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

 46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

 47Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

 49While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher any more.”

 50Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

 51When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

 53They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Questions

  1. What was Jairus’ position?
  2. What had the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak endured?
  3. How does Jesus test both of their faith?
  4. How does jesus test your patience?
  5. How does jesus make you stand up and speak?

Going Deeper

I delivered a talk about humanity at church.  Should I research something to add here as I usually do, or should I sleep?

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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