Jesus returned from the region inhabited by Gentiles; a crowd awaited His arrival. He was approached by, of all people, a synagogue leader whose daughter was near death. The man begged Jesus to come quickly. Jesus headed for the man’s house but the crowd was very large; His progress was slowed considerably. Suddenly, Jesus felt power drain from Him and stopped.
He wanted to know who had touched Him, but as Peter pointed out, the crowd was large and pressing… it could have been anyone, and everyone denied touching Him. Then, a woman came forward and told Him that she had been the one. It seems that she had a chronic bleeding problem, and none of the doctors could cure it; this had gone on for some 12 years, but the moment she had touched His robes, she had been healed.
Did Jesus heal the woman?
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (8:48)
Just after that, the word came that the man’s daughter had died, but Jesus pressed on. When He arrived at the man’s house, mourners had already gathered; Jesus told them that the girl was only sleeping, but they all knew that she was dead. Along with Peter, John, James and the girl’s parents, Jesus entered the house, took the girl’s hand and told her to get up; “her spirit returned to her” and she got up from her deathbed (8:55).
In the previous story, Jesus drove many demons from a Gentile man, and He told the man to tell everyone what God had done for Him, now, after raising a Jewish girl from death, He advised everyone to keep quiet about what had really happened.
Our working theory from last time is looking pretty good right about now.