Lesson 24: Jarius Wife and Daughter, The Syro-Phoenician, Mary and Martha, The Widow and her mite
JAIRUS’S WIFE AND DAUGHTER
Scripture references: Matthew 9:18, 23–25; Mark 5:22-23, 35–42 Luke 8:41-42, 49–55 Bible Search Tool
We know little about Jairus’s wife and her daughter. We know that the two women, one an adult and one a child, were members of a privileged class. Jairus’s position as an important official in the synagogue indicates that the family possessed both wealth and a good reputation. Yet none of this protected them from tragedy. The daughter fell deathly ill and died. All the mother could do was to look on, helpless and heartbroken.
Then Jesus came, in response to Jairus’s desperate request. Jesus brought the twelve-year-old back to life. In so doing, Jesus healed the mother’s broken heart. Continue Reading Here
Scripture reference: John 8:3–11 Bible Search Tool
The situation. One day some scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery, “in the very act” (John 8:4). They quoted Moses’ Law, which called for stoning, and asked Jesus, “ ‘But what do You say?’ ”
Several things make this approach to Jesus unusual:
• The woman was caught “in the very act.” Where was the man who was also subject to stoning?
• Where would a person go to catch someone “in the very act”? How would the Pharisees, noted for their claim to holiness, have known where to go?
• While Mosaic Law prescribed stoning for adultery, this penalty was not imposed in the first century. Rabbinic courts rigorously avoided imposing the death penalty.
• A panel of rabbis, not an individual, would deal with such a case. Besides, the scribes and Pharisees did not recognize Jesus’ authority. Continue Reading Here