I was doing some studying yesterday, and what I was reading about cross referenced Matthew 9:18
18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” (New King James Version)
I got totally side tracked, I know it doesn’t look that exciting, but there’s a whole story beneath the surface.
So if you will, I’ll give you glimpse into how I connect the dots.
• first who is this man that comes to Jesus?
• Then what does it mean to be a “ruler”?
The same story is told in Mark 5:22
22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet
so we know it’s Jairus, and he’s one of the rulers of the synagogue
Which leads me to ask
• What does a synagogue ruler do, and how does it effect the way he sees Jesus?
The word for ruler here is Arcon, It’s the same word used in Luke 18:18
18 Now a certain ruler (Arcon) asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
This is the parable of “The Rich Young Ruler”
Now he’s one of the rulers of the synagogue, from my understanding There’s a group of men who would run and oversee the synagogue. The synagogue in the first century was the center of the community, everyone went to the synagogue, to pray, to learn, to celebrate. It was the social, economical, and political center. And the rulers of the synagogue were very wealthy because of the importance the synagogue had in daily life.
So I conclude that Jairus is a wealthy man.
If your co-owner of a business, where would you spend your time? at work
I imagine Jairus spent a lot of time at the synagogue
Imagine what that does to your heart when your in authority, and your success is based on people having needs.
I think it wouldn’t take your ego long, if left unchecked, for you to feel like your better than them.
And remember it wasn’t the people that rejected Jesus, it was the Pharisees and Rulers.
So Jairus is suppose to reject Jesus, Jesus has done nothing but make his job harder, He has threatened his lifestyle by condemning those in authority.
Yet in Jairus‘ time of need he didn’t run to the Pharisees or the other rulers, he ran to the feet of Jesus.
What happened to Jairus that made him believe Jesus was different.
21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes…..28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
Jesus teaches in the synagogue at Capernaum, Jairus‘ synagogue. He teaches and heals a man, and their amazed because their local Rabbi, and Pharisees can’t.
So even though Jairus shouldn’t associate with Jesus, He can’t dismiss what he saw and heard.
When Jairus runs to the feet of Jesus and bows and begins to worship and beg Jesus. It has to be in total repentance, and acknowledgement that your way is better than mine, and I can’t save my daughter, but you can.
There’s a whole shift in power going on beneath the surface
It’s simply beautiful .