Sleeping Beauty

1 Jul

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 5 After Pentecost 01 July 2012

Sleeping Beauty

I was struck again by the EXCLUSION choice of the Lectionary Barons for the Old Testament readings for today.  The lessons begin with 2 Samuel 1:1, then they skip fifteen verses, and then launch into

2 Sam 1:17 David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan.

What were the Lectionary Barons, who were commissioned to present a balanced view of scripture readings for the mainline Churches, saying in the omission of those fifteen verses?  What were they saying by not saying?  The part that was omitted was the story of how King Saul died.  Saul died by a mercy killing inflicted by an Amalekite soldier who saw that Saul could not survive his wounds (v 10), (for Saul had deliberately fallen on his own sword so that he would not die from more wounds and abuses at the hands of the Amalekites.) (1 Sam 31:4)  Saul couldn’t get his own armor-bearer to finish him off (v 4), so he had tried to take his own life, but that failed, although Saul appeared dead for a time and lay slain with three of his sons and all of his men on the same battlefield. (v 6)  The aforementioned Amalekite soldier saw Saul.  Saul called out to him (v 7), verified an identity check (v 8), explained the situation (v 9), and the soldier proceeded to comply with Saul’s wishes and killed him.  The Amalekite then decided to take King Saul’s crown and arm-band to David, the soon-to-be-king of Israel.  David asked the young soldier where he was from.  He was the enemy who had now just strutted into the court of the soon-to-be-Israelite king!  What was he thinking?  He could have kept the crown and arm-band as booty trophies in his own camp, but he brought them to David.  That was the morally right thing to do.  But the man had no fear.  He was a walking advertising slogan of “No Fear!”  He had no fearful respect.  Mercy killing or not, and even though it was at Saul’s own request, still this soldier did not think twice about the Lord’s anointing that comes with the office of king.

2 Samuel 1:14 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”

We can learn to be moral, but being fearfully respectful is a heart issue.  Isn’t it telling that the Lectionary Barons of the mainline Churches chose to leave out this part of the story, this part of the message dividing the meat from the marrow, which God Himself has had a “bone to pick” with the Churches for a very long time over the issue of morality versus being respectfully afraid of the Lord’s anointed?  And the last verse of the omission reads:

2 Samuel 1:16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

The crowds at Jesus’ crucifixion echoed similar words to Pilate:

Mt 27:25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

The Church-as-Institution has testified out of her own mouth by words of omission in the bass-relief portrait of things.  It is nonetheless exposed (cf Rev 16:15.)  The handwriting is on the wall. (ref Daniel 5)  There are consequences to idolizing morals over genuine reverence.  Revelation 22:19 (and 22:10) warns not to take words away from this book of prophecy.  Prophetic words carry God’s message in them.  Not all words are prophetic, but only those which God deems anointed to carry His message.

2 Peter 1:20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.

His messengers carry the message, and they are the Lord’s anointed.  Prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. (1 Cor 14:22)  The Church “kills” the anointed every time they quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thes 5:18) or grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30).  The Church has neglected and ignored the anointed of the Lord; anointed of God, not of man. (2 Pt 1:21)  It is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus. (Rev 19:10)  It is the Holy Spirit Who consecrates the ordinary and makes it holy.  Beth Moore does a beautiful job of explaining this when she described how the Lord’s anointed are people, things, actions, or states which are set aside and reserved exclusively for God.[1]  She shares how we, too, are holy vessels in the house of the Lord.  I join Beth as I piggyback on top of St Paul’s explanation of “holy vessels:”

2 Tim 20: 20-21In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. (The Message Bible)

We are all called “saints” and “holy” and “blameless.” (Eph 1:1, 4)  We are set with His seal of ownership upon us and God put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Cor 1::21-22)  Beth further explains:

“The lexical form of the word translated saints (Eph 1:1) and holy (Eph 1:4) is hagios meaning “holy, sacred, separated from ordinary or common usage and devoted to God.  Something that is holy is that which has been brought into relationship with God…and designed by Him as having a sacred purpose or special significance…marked as holy, classified as belonging to God…sacred, hallowed, consecrated.”[2]

We are common vessels with a holy purpose to serve our Holy God.  We don’t serve Him just by making moral choices but by fearing reverently our life-giving LIVING GOD through our attitudes, motives, hearts, thoughts, actions, and offices, which He has ordained and anointed.

Daniel 9:24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

It is right that the Lectionary Barons would pick up the lamentation intoned over Saul and his son Jonathan. (1 Sam 1:17)  Jonathan and David were “soul mates.”  They loved each other at the soul level. (v 18)  David loved Saul because God had anointed him.  God grieves over the loss of one.  He rejoices over one who “wakes up.” (cf Lk 15:10) 

Rev 22:“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

Can you imagine how happy God will be when the whole Church remembers we are His Bride and that worshiping Him is not just about moral choices but about fearfully reverencing Him like an adoring wife does of her Man?  So far the Church just keeps bleeding like the un-dead Saul dying on his sword.  She’s like the hemorrhaging woman in today’s Gospel lesson.  In the lesson Jesus crosses the lake.  A great crowd gathers around Him by the sea. (Mk 5:21)  One of the leaders of the synagogue (Jairus) falls at Jesus’ feet (v 22) and begs Him repeatedly to save his little girl who is dying and he implores Jesus to come and lay hands on her to make her well and to live. (v 23)  Jesus goes with the man.  The crowds follow and press in on Him. (v 24)  A woman who has spent her life-savings (v 26) trying to correct a hemorrhaging problem which she’s been afflicted with for twelve years (v 25) comes up behind Him in the crowd and touches His cloak. (v 27)

Mk 5:30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

The generalized Church just crowds around Christ and even now she paws at Him.  But there are a few who sincerely and reverently follow behind Him so closely that they keep their noses in His back and touch His robes.  I, too, put my own nose in His back as I follow close behind Him.  I adhere to my commitment directives at the time of my calling to “Worship God” and “Share the Journey.”  I share it in writing.  At this stage of the collective journey with the Church, I, in turn, respectfully ask: Who’s touched my writings? I have no sanctuary so how would I know?  Where and with whom are they personal?  Sometimes I have moments of feeling “heard” but the Twelve Shepherds of the Seven Churches have not (or cannot?) personally connect with me by God’s design.  I mean, would you? when a little mystic waif shows up at your proverbial glass church doors crying “Repent! Christ is coming!”?  At best I was treated with fondness but nothing remotely akin to “hagios meaning “holy, sacred, separated from ordinary or common usage and devoted to God.”  So far “I just keep bleeding love” like the song by Leona Lewis.  From my perspective, etiquette says the girl is not supposed to go to the guys to beg for love, respect, and friendship.  In my feminine world, it must be offered like the hand of Prince Charming to Sleeping Beauty.  And yet God has sent me (cf Rev 22:16) to the Twelve “Brothers” in the Brotherhood of the Seven Churches.  It’s a sticky wicket.  Ah, gee, it’s nothin’ personal.  I have been viewed (and judged) as nuts, or a pest, or dismissed with the flick of a hand as a non-entity like a fly on a mule.  I am not saying this to give voice to a pity party of one.  My Husband was either nuts or the real deal, too.  I’m in good company!  It just is what it is.

I notice that the New Revised Standard Version translation which the Lectionary Barons use says that ‘the power goes forth from Him.’ (Mk 5:30)  It doesn’t say (like other translations) that the power ‘drained out of Him’ when the faith-filled hemorrhaging woman touched him.  The woman touched Him with her own powerful faith, meeting Him from behind. (v 27)  Submission comes behind Christ because He leads.  Christ has the power.  He’s the Source.  He’s the voltage.  He’s the Lamp.  The crowds just want to vamp Him for His power.  The faith-filled woman contributes and adds to Christ’s own faith, and therefore it becomes even more noticeable.  His faith and assurance met hers to reassure her.  Her faith made her well to go in peace, and to be healed (v 34) after she had told Him the whole truth on her knees in fear and trembling (v 33).  There’s a correlation here to the Old Testament portion omitted from today’s lesson about David, the Amalekite killing Saul, and this man not fearing the Lord’s anointed even though he acted morally right.  The Church, too, will be made well to go in peace and to be healed after she tells Christ the whole truth on her knees in fear and trembling and she acknowledges that she did not fear the Lord’s anointed even though the Church acted morally right.  

While Jesus is blessing the now-healed, faith-filled woman, the people from the synagogue leader’s home arrive on the scene to tell them his daughter is dead and not to trouble the Teacher. (v 35)  Jesus tells the man, “Do not fear, only believe.” (v 36)  He allows no one to follow Him but Peter, James, and John. (v 37)  They arrive at Jairus’ house and Jesus still cannot get away from more crowds.  He meets a commotion of loudly weeping and wailing people. (v 38)  The world will continue to weep and wail loudly until they have their fears calmed.  Jesus “sees” through their commotion because He’s got His eyes on His Father’s glory.  He “knows” in His deep heart-knowing place that the girl is just sleeping; she’s not dead.  People who are “awake” can also sense life-force.  It’s not a mystery that takes voodoo to discern.  Jesus asks, “Why do you make a commotion and weep?  The child is not dead but sleeping.” (v 39)  Since the Church is the Bride and the Bride has been “sleeping” like Sleeping Beauty, then it is true when God said in Rev 12:5 that He snatched the child up to His throne!  Today’s present conglomerate of Church is not the authentic Church.  She’s not dead but sleeping.  This is not new information that I have shared.  The Churches have responded to me the way they did to Jesus:  They laugh at Him.  In the Gospel story He puts them all outside and takes the child’s father and mother and the three disciples to where the girl was. (v 40) 

Please pause for a moment, Dear Reader, before the announcement of the miracle.  God is on His throne.  The thrones ARE set in place and the Ancient of Days has taken His seat! (Dan 7:9)  There is an overlay in the story drama that applies to us today.  The cast of characters are representational, archetypes if you will.  We have:

  • The dead/sleeping daughter, ie Sleeping Beauty, aka the Church-as-Bride
  • Peter, aka the Church-as-Institution
  • James, aka the Church-as-Watchers-and-Followers
  • John, aka the Church-as-Soul-Friends-of-Jesus
  • Jairus, the girl’s father and leader of the synagogue, aka Israel
  • The mother of the girl, aka the Holy Spirit

The main players are in the room just as the main players are on the world stage today right here and now.  Jesus takes the girl [Church-as-Bride] by the hand and says, “Talitha cum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”  Granted, the Church is not a twelve-year-old girl. (v 42)  She’s had a good twelve centuries to mature from her rocky beginnings.  The Jews have had a thousand years leading up to Christ since King David’s reign.  Paul talks (twice) about “fair balance” in the Epistle Lesson for today. (2 Cor 8:13-14)  Paul used the phrase “fair balance” in regards to equal distribution.  He laid out the sides in two camps: those who had genuine love and those who had earnestness. (2 Cor 8:8)  Both sides go unfulfilled with their needs unmet if they don’t share.  The lovers want to be generous out of love and the earnest believers want to share out of their eagerness.  It is appropriate not only to do something, but even to DESIRE to do something!

2 Cor 8:10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year [!] not only to do something but even to desire to do something–

I sense that this has also been the case with the Churches for about the last year as she floundered and splashed about in her watery, unclear, ethereal, murky, silent, non-relationship with me.  So Paul says,

2 Cor 8:11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.

Paul further explains that if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable to what one has—not according to what one does not have. (v 12)  He is describing sharing.  Sharing is about “fair balance,” not just pressure and relief. (v 13)  In our Babylon-like culture many have excess and many are impoverished.  Sharing creates fair balance not entitlements (v 14) because in all honesty, no one (not even a country!) has all things to provide to everyone, even those entitlements which we’ve deluded ourselves into thinking that we assume we are entitled to!  We each have our gift, our piece of the puzzle, to contribute to the greater whole while we focus on God.  Others see Christ in us when we share.  We don’t have to share until it hurts and our skin is peeled off as we ‘suffer for Christ.’ (2 Cor 1:5) Just share as is reasonable.  Share respectfully.  Share in reverence.  The Church-as-Institution’s sin of omission will not be appeased by more silent hissing via the venting of pressure to create relief as she wails, weeps, and laments some more.  Rise Sleeping Beauty!  Believe!  Look at Christ’s beautiful Face!  Christ gave His life to atone for sin for the whole world.  This is reason to share the Good News with the whole world.  The News is Good!  It’s not more Ziklag (2 Sam 1:1) like the Stalag.

Now in the gospel story Mark does one of those annoying things he does so very often: he makes a point of telling us that Jesus strictly orders them that no one should know “this.” Does “this” refer to the amazing, life-touching experience of raising Sleeping Beauty?  Does “this” refer to Christ’s power which much be experienced for oneself to be real?  Does “this” refer to that which is hidden in plain sight, the sacred in the ordinary?  Does “this” refer to that which has such deep meaning that we couldn’t talk about it anyway even if we had words?  Or does “this” refer to the fact that the girl immediately got up like any normal twelve-year-old and that they should feed her, because she was a normal twelve-year-old so there was nothing to say?  Jesus had told the leader of the synagogue: “Do not fear, only believe.” (Mk 5:36)

Mk 5:43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Feed the girl and tell no one.  The theme of ‘Tell No One’ is absolutely hounded in the Gospel of Mark (cf Mark 1:34, 44; 3:12; 5:43; 7:36-37; 8:26, 30; 9:9.)  Personally speaking, I really do get “it” that we ALL need time to digest the Truth of God’s miracles and integrate the truth of them into ourselves.  This I understand.  I have had to go through it myself.  What I don’t understand is why the Church-as-Bride continues to REMAIN silent.  God really IS on His holy seat:

Daniel 7:“As I looked,

thrones were set in place, [as they ARE!]
    and the Ancient of Days took his seat. [Which He HAS!]
His clothing was as white as snow;
    the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
    and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of [spiritual] fire was flowing,
    coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
    ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
    and the books were opened.

[cf Revelation 20:12]

In Daniel the books are opened BEFORE the coming of the Son of Man. (Dan 7:13-14)  (And they were.)  In Revelation, the books are opened BEFORE the New Jerusalem comes.  (And they have not yet been opened.)  The Church-as-Bride is, herself, part of God’s plan of redemption.  How is the rest of the Church and the world (both Church and world) to know and hear the Good News when the Church herself remains silent?  These Reflections are put on a blog that scrolls.  I also took the “scroll” and “ate” it just like Ezekiel (3:2) and John (Rev 10:10) both did.  This, too, was “fair balance” in the Kingdom on both sides of the timeline.

—Remember the Rock who hit Nebuchadnezzar’s statue? (Dan 2:44-45), the Rock uncut by human hands and fills the whole earth?

That Rock created “fair balance.”  I’m really trying to be soft and gentle about this as I come to you, Church, out of my convicted heart over the issue of my Tone.  I don’t want to do my typical Samson thing of proverbially swinging an ass’ jawbone (Jdg 15:16) in the Temple to wake up the “Club Church.”  But really to whom do I go?  I’ve gone to the Twelve Pastors of the Seven Churches and even put all my Reflections on a blog.  The Reflections themselves reflect the relationship journey between the Church and me when read from the bottom (Ash Wednesday 2009) to the top (today’s on 1 July 2012) like a scroll.  It’s all there.  We humans have the capacity to click and share the Good News with the whole earth via Internet.  One click to recommend the link and forward it to a friend; each one to reach one, is all it would take.  Just a small personal effort, but the problem has not been one of effort but of faith on the part of the Church.  And still this relationship has never acknowledged by the Church.  Unilaterally the Church literally and spiritually complied with “feed the girl and tell no one.”  The Great Nothing in the Grand Silence has “killed” the Lord’s anointed.  The Church-as-Sleeping-Beauty will rise and give the rest of the world something to “eat” when she shifts her position from being morally correct to being fearfully respectful of the Lord’s anointed, the messenger whom God sent to you; one “Sleeping Beauty” to another “Sleeping Beauty.“

Rev 22: 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Christ is Christ.  I’m just the messenger.

Prayer: Lord, please forgive us for idolizing morals over being fearfully respectful of the ones whom You have anointed.  Please take us by the hand from our sleeping states and by Your own kiss awaken us to Your Presence like Prince Charming with Sleeping Beauty.  Draw the Seven Churches together in the unity of Yourself; into a community of friendship which creates a Temple for You, Christ, as You connect us all by Your love, grace, and tools to a spiritually hungry and thirsty world.  Amen.

5 After Pentecost                    01 July 2012                                       Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
1:1 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag.

1:17 David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan.

1:18 (He ordered that The Song of the Bow be taught to the people of Judah; it is written in the Book of Jashar.) He said:

1:19 Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen!

1:20 Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, the daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.

1:21 You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor bounteous fields! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, anointed with oil no more.

1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, nor the sword of Saul return empty.

1:23 Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

1:24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

1:25 How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain upon your high places.

1:26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

1:27 How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

Psalm 130
130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.

130:2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

130:3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

130:4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

130:6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

130:7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.

130:8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24
1:13 God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.

1:14 For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.

1:15 For righteousness is immortal.

2:23 For God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of his own eternity,

2:24 but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.

Lamentations 3:22-33
3:22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

3:23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

3:24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

3:26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

3:27 It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth,

3:28 to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it,

3:29 to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope),

3:30 to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults.

3:31 For the Lord will not reject forever.

3:32 Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

3:33 for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

Psalm 30
30:1 I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.

30:2 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

30:3 O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

30:4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.

30:5 For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

30:6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

30:7 By your favor, O LORD, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

30:8 To you, O LORD, I cried, and to the LORD I made supplication:

30:9 “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

30:10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my helper!”

30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

30:12 so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15
8:7 Now as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you–so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

8:8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.

8:9 For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

8:10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something–

8:11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.

8:12 For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has–not according to what one does not have.

8:13 I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between

8:14 your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.

8:15 As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.”

Mark 5:21-43
5:21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.

5:22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet

5:23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

5:24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.

5:25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.

5:26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.

5:27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,

5:28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”

5:29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

5:30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

5:31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'”

5:32 He looked all around to see who had done it.

5:33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.

5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

5:35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”

5:36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

5:37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.

5:38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.

5:39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”

5:40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.

5:41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!”

5:42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.

5:43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


[1] Beth Moore, Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy.  (Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press, 2006), p 90

[2] Citing Beth Moore’s reference on pg 91 of the Daniel study workbook: Spiros Zodhiates, Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible, New International Version, New Testament Lexical Aids, (Chattanooga: TN:AMG Publishers, 1996), #41, 1572.

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