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June 27, 2007 / Nic


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

watching people.

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.

Mark 1:21-28

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 .


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  1. tammy / Jun 28 2007 8:15 pm

    You should post “mini teachings” like this more often. I like it.

  2. Anonymous / May 20 2009 2:32 pm

    This is very well thought out! Very nice

  3. Aldrin Roy / Oct 30 2009 6:36 am

    It’s a beautiful presentation of the rich ruler of the Synagogue/Jewish community – falling at the feet of Lord Jesus Christ – pleading to lay His holy hands on his daughter to be healed.

    God bless you and do post your good inspiring revelations from God to you.

  4. ron longino / Apr 13 2010 7:37 pm

    isn’t it amazing the lengths we will go to for our children: self indulgence took second seat

  5. Kelvin / Jun 20 2010 1:51 pm

    I have just read your commentary, beautiful!

  6. Herman / Jul 10 2010 6:54 am

    Actually i make a Sermon with this passage, and I found out that there are three kinds of people mentioned here that we can get some lessons in life as we study it.

    1st people = crowds, they are tend to be superficial in their knowledge about Christ they know that there is Christ but they don’t know what Christ can do.

    2nd people = Jairus helper, he really hopeless person and Don’t bother teacher anymore she’s dead

    3rd people = Jairus, Peter James & John, they accompany Jesus to heal Jairus Daughter.

    Our Faith sometimes is that shallow co’z we see God in our own point of view not in His attribute.

  7. Anonymous / May 17 2012 12:06 pm

    Thx for your post. I’ve been journeying through the Gospel of Mark for a couple months and I am just getting ready to digest the second half of chapter five. Your thoughts were simple but helpful, thanks for sharing what God has shared with you. Even this “Mustard Seed” of a post some five years later is being put to use for his kingdom.

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