Jairus, a leader of a synagogue came to Jesus in desperation. His daughter was ill to the point of death. He begged Jesus to come with him, lay His hands on her so that she could live. Jesus responds by going immediately.
In the interim, however, it seems that a delay occurred. A healing took place but it was not the healing that the man had hoped for, in fact... the healing happened to someone other than his daughter. Jesus had been "interrupted" by a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. Because of the nature of her illness, she was "unclean",an outcast and the poorest of the poor because the Bible tells us she had spent everything she had seeking a cure to no avail.She wasn't supposed to do what she did for whoever she touched would be declared unclean as well. This explains her fear when Jesus asked, "Who touched me?"
What Jairus viewed as an interruption, Jesus viewed as an opportunity. In that period of "interuption" a woman was not only healed; she was no longer an outcast, she was fully restored back to "life".There was, in actuality, no "delay" though Jairus viewed it as such. It was, in reality, a part of the story and in fact as a result of this "delay", two not one miracle took place;two rather than only one person was restored back to "life".
While Jesus was still speaking to the woman, word arrived that Jairus' daughter was dead. It was too late. There was no need to "interupt" Jesus any longer. Jesus ignored what they said. The 1996 edition of the New Living Translation renders Mark 5:36 as:
But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just trust me."
While most versions use words like "overheard" rather than "ignore", the word used is "parakouó" (Strong's Greek 3878) which means "I hear carelessly or incidentally, or I pretend not to hear, I refuse to hear; I disobey, disregard." Based on that definition, I think "ignore" is a good word to describe what was happening. Jesus heard the comments but He did not address the speakers. In fact, He did not even reference them by telling Jairus, "Don't listen to what those people say, listen to me instead." In short, Jesus ignored their comments.
We don't like to ignore comments, do we? Positive comments can cause us to swell up with pride (we need to watch out then) or encourage us to persevere. A comment can lift us up from a black pit and up into the clouds in a moment. On the other hand, negative comments can send us crashing to the ground,overcome with discouragement and despair or drive us to lash out and fight. We often receive comments as "truth" but unfortunately it is not always so.
We would do well to follow Jesus' example and learn to ignore such comments. We need to learn to listen to God instead. In the case of Jairus, Jesus had immediately responded to Jairus' request and was on His way to heal his daughter. The problem was, Jairus' expectation was that Jesus would arrive at his house, take his sick daughter by the hand, heal her and all would be well. It was not a part of Jairus' plan for his daughter to rise from the dead... but it was God's plan. On that day, Jesus demonstrated that He is not only our healer, He is the giver of life who transforms the unclean into the clean.
Ignore the comments... and listen to what God says instead.
Scripture quotation takenfrom the Holy Bible,New Living Translation, copyright © 1996 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission ofTyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Beautiful! "We don't like to ignore comments, do we?" Honestly? No. Whether positive or negative we all react to them in some way. That is why spiritual growth and maturity are pivotal in helping us discern the origin and purpose of comments directed at us so that we respond appropriately. I've come a long way, but I am grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to learn that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Thanks Kay, for this encouraging word.