Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Talitha koumi": the resurrection of a young girl

                                                    Matthew 9:18-25
                                                    Luke 8:41-56

The synoptic Gospels report the dramatic story of a father (who happens to be one of the synagogue's responsibles), whose daughter is dying. His name, Jairus (translated in Greek, probably corresponds to the Hebrew Uri, which comes from the Hebrew word, ohr, light),
This story is intertwined with the story of a woman suffering from a blood flood. One could justifiably ask: "Why was this story inserted in the middle of another dramatic story?"
Matter of fact, the haemorrhage woman is delaying Yeshua in His healing mission because she is in a desperate need of healing too.
Like in the story of Eleazar's (Lazarus') resurrection, Yeshua seems to show up when everything seems lost; yet our Lord's timing is perfect at all times.

The young girl had to die for Hashem's glory to be manifested.
Rather than relying on traditional interpretations of these biblical episodes, I asked Yeshua to give me some insights about the resurrection of this little, 12 year old girl.

I will share with you what I received from Him, what I understood and how I am perceiving this story.
Be ready for a non-conventional interpretation, also based on my (very little) comprehension of the Hebrew language. However, before we begin, I will post the story for you to re-read it, once again, possibly, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The story in the Gospel of Mark (Tree of Life version)

"Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, comes. Seeing Him, he falls at His feet. He begs Him a great deal, saying, "My little daughter is near death! Come and lay hands on her so she may be healed and live! 

So Yeshua went off with him and a big crowd was following Him and pressing upon Him. And there was a woman with a blood flow for twelve years, who had suffered much under many doctors. She had spent all she had without benefit; instead, she grew worse.
When she heard about Yeshua, she came through th crowd from behind and touched His garment. For she kept saying, "If I touch even His clothes, I shall be healed." Right away the blood flow stopped and she felt in her body that she was healed from her disease. At once, Yeshua, knowing in Himself that power had gone out from Him, turned around in the crowd and said: "Who touched me? But He kept looking around to see who had done this. But the woman, scared and shaking, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her: "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in shalom and be healed from your disease.

While Yeshua was still speaking, messengers come from the house of the synagogue leader, saying, "Your daughter is dead. Why do you still trouble the Teacher? But ignoring what they said, Yeshua tells the synagogue leader: "Do not be afraid; only believe." He did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, Jacob and John, the brother of Jacob.
They come to the house of the synagogue leader. He sees a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
After entering, He said to them: "Why make such a fuss and weep. The child didn't die, but is sleeping." They start jeering at Him. But after sending them all out, He takes the child's father and mother, and those with Him, and enters where the child was.
Then, taking hold of the child's hand, He tells her: "Talitha koum", which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up." Immediately, the girl stood up and began to walk around! (She was twelve years old). And they were overcome with astonishment. But He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said something to eat should be given to her. 

Jairus' request

Jairus, as a responsible of the synagogue, represents a certain spiritual authority. Yet the man humbles himself before Yeshua, as he begs Him to lay hands on his daughter, so she may live.
He believes that Yeshua has the power to heal his daughter, no matter how desperate his daughter's condition might look like. Mark's report also gives us some precious hints, after telling the story of the haemorrhage woman, that Jairus believes in the resurrection. His daughter is dead, but he hasn't given up any hope and keeps "bothering" the Master.

A delayed request

There is a display of two personal dramas: Jairus banging for his daughter and the sick woman who is in a desperate need of healing.

The story of the haemorrhage woman, when put into a correct Hebrew context, teaches us that she touched the tsitsit of Yeshua's tallit, which has a full meaning in Jewish customs. I won't expand on the details, that are very well explained in the link I gave you.
However, I'd like to point out that I discovered another astonishing correlation with Yeshua's tallit in the second part of the story.

The symbolic of the number 12

There is a common point between Jairus' daughter, who is 12 years old, and the sick woman who suffered for 12 years.
Number 12 is not just any number in Jewish culture. Among other meaningful symbols, it also represents the sons of Jacob, the tribes of Israel, and traditionally, the age of Bar Mitsvah.

When a child reaches the age of 12, the young person enters adulthood, spiritually speaking.

The dismissal of the whiners

We all should take note that Yeshua will never ever perform a miracle for us if we are negatively minded and completely lack faith. All miracles happen with our participation.

Yeshua only takes with Him the ones who truly walk by faith. 

The final story: Aramaic words, tallit, rising up , Holy Spirit

I spent a few days on this biblical episode. I sought its deep meaning, I even sought it in tears.
I asked Yeshua to give me more insights, did some research in Aramaic and Hebrew, and finally let the whole story resonate into my spirit.

I will share with all of you what I received from our Lord Yeshua.

Mark is the only evangelist who reports Yeshua's words in His native language, Aramaic. There is a translation available, but I wanted to go beyond words, so I did some research. 

Yeshua calls the young girl "Talitha". Apparently "Talitha" does not refer to any name. The word "Talia" in Aramaic is linked with the general meaning of "youthful".
I do think, that Aramaic and Hebrew are intimately linked, and that Yeshua mastered both languages in the 1st Century. The etymology of Talitha is just fascinating and you will find plenty of precious info about the words that are linked with it in Aramaic and Hebrew.

Why did I dig so deep into research? It is because I want to understand the work of the Holy Spirit.
From all the secondary strand of words mentioned in the precious article, "tallit" and "talay" with the meaning of "lifting up" are strongly speaking to my soul.

I begged Yeshua again for more insights and this is what I saw.
As our Lord pronounced "Talitha koumi" (in a loud voice, as stated in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 8, verse 54), He also said (even if this second meaning appeared to be hidden when He pronounced it) "i lift you up", then "koumi", "rise up".
A Jewish believer named David, whose video I shared recently made this very insightful comment : "Yeshua called the young girl "Talitha" as a feminine form of "tallit" as He wrapped her into His tallit". I do believe too that His prayer shawl played a major role, as the tallit collects daily the prayers of Israel that glorify Hashem's Name."

Being wrapped into Yeshua's tallit is like being wrapped into His Spirit, this is what He also showed me. In the resurrection of Jairus' daughter, we contemplate the Holy Spirit's force at work.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

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