Summary: You can see here the contrast of light and darkness. The little girl is twelve years old and the light is passing out of her life. The woman has suffered from an issue of blood for twelve years, but now she is passing from darkness into light.
East Shore of Galilee
Lesson: Jairus’ Daughter Raised and a Woman with a Hemorrhage Healed
18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
When we look at Luke’s account, we will find that the first time this man came to Jesus it was to ask him to heal her. But while the father waited, a servant came and told him that his daughter had died. This man had a lot of faith; he believed that Jesus could heal his daughter, but now that she is dead he believed that He could bring her back to life. Note also that he worshipped Jesus, so this man was a believer.
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
Jesus and His disciples began to follow Jairus, but they were hindered because a large crowd gathered around them.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
You can see here the contrast of light and darkness. The little girl is twelve years old and the light is passing out of her life. The woman has suffered from an issue of blood for twelve years, but now she is passing from darkness into light.
Note that Jesus did not touch the woman as he did with many other miracles, but she touched Him. However, it was not the method that brought her healing, it was her faith.
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
We can see by this woman’s confession and Jesus’ words that she had faith
23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
The girl was already dead and the mourners were expressing their grief. He told them, “The maid is not dead, but sleepeth.” Everyone believed she was dead, so they laughed at Jesus. But Jesus keeps moving toward the child.
25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
This is the first incident of raising the dead that we have in the gospels. Luke will add many more details to the story, such as that He spoke to the child. His method for raising the dead was always the same. He spoke directly to the person.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
23 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.
24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
The man was, “one of the rulers of the synagogue,” so it was more than unusual for him to seek Jesus’ help, much less express a great faith in Him. Such an open display would make him very unpopular with the other religious leaders, and could even cost him his position. The crowd wanted to see another miracle, so they went along with Jesus. It must have been a large crowd, because it says there were, “much people.”
The woman with the issue of blood, “spent all that she had,” on physicians, so we see that the problem that we have with medical care being so expensive is not a new one. She assigned great power to Him, sense she said that she would be healed, “If I may touch but his clothes.”