Sunday, September 13, 2020
“And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying” (Mark 5:40 KJV).
Why did Jesus throw these people out?
The Lord is conducting His earthly ministry in Galilee, northern Israel, west of the Sea of Galilee. A ruler of a local synagogue—or Jewish place of worship—approaches Him for intervention. The man is Jairus, and his little girl, only 12 years of age, is ill and near death: “ And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,  And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.  And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.”
As Christ walks to Jairus’ house, a sick woman touches the hem of His garment and she is healed of her hemorrhaging. (May may read verses 25-34 in your own personal study. For now, we must skip them.) While the woman being cured is good news, that delay is a sad outcome for Jairus’ daughter. Verse 35 again: “While he [Jesus] yet spake [to the healed woman], there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” Christ is simply “too late” in reaching the child and she has died!
Verses 36-39 once more: “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado [commotion, fuss], and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.” The girl’s mourners scoff at Jesus’ words, so He removes them from the area (today’s Scripture)….
NOTE: Dear saints, concerning our New Testament Survey Project, we have finished Matthew and now started Mark. You can watch those videos here.