Summary: Jesus' miracles and ministry reveal Him to be the promised Messiah and the "Word Incarnate.

“The Hand and Hem of Jesus”

Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56

Jesus continues to demonstrate the awesome Power of the Living God in His Life and Ministry, so that the evidence would leave NO doubt in anyone’s mind that HE IS THE PERFECT SAVIOR, promised from God from all eternity, sent to die for the sins of anyone who would believe in His righteousness by FAITH.

Three gospel books tell us of the miracles of healing two females in a single day. Remember that women were second-rate citizens in society during Jesus’ time, but they are not second-rate in the Kingdom of Heaven. I have blended the three accounts into one story in order to reveal all of the details from Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Luke 8 and Mark 5 tell us that Jairus, a synagogue ruler, came to Jesus first to tell Him that His daughter was dying, and later comes again to basically tell Jesus that it was too late, she had died:

Luke 8:40: “Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.

Matthew 9:18: “While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live." 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him…”

Mark 5: 26: “She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.) and touched the edge (the tassel) of his cloak."

Matthew 9:21: "She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." 22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.”

Mark 5:29: “and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”

Luke 8:45: "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." 47 Then 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.”

Mark 5: 34: He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

Luke 8: 49: “While 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." 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

Mark 5:38 “When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, "Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep." 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.”

Matthew 9:23 “When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, 24 he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.”

Mark 5: 41: “He took her by the hand and said to her, ""Talitha koum!"" (which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!"). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.”)

Luke 8: 56: “Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.”)

Matthew 9: 26: “News of this spread through all that region.”


It is curious that the number “12” is used two times in this story, and immediately following this story in Mark 6:9 and Luke 9:1, and Matthew 10:1, Jesus calls together His 12 disciples and sends them out. I am not a Biblical numerologist, but I do recognize that God’s Word is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and there is an overall significance to certain “numbers” in scripture. Many times a number in the Bible is just that: A number. But certain numbers are repeated often and SEEM to have a repetitive meaning or inference.

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