‘Do not fear!
She will be saved!’”
ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἀκούσας ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ Μὴ φοβοῦ· μόνον πίστευσον, καὶ σωθήσεται.
Luke said that when Jesus heard this (ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἀκούσας), he replied to the synagogue leader (ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ) that he should not fear (Μὴ φοβοῦ), but only believe (μόνον πίστευσον), because she would be saved (καὶ σωθήσεται). Mark chapter 5:36, was similar to Luke here, almost word for word. However, Matthew did not have this conversation, since the child was dead from the beginning. Mark said that Jesus overheard what they were talking about. He then turned to this synagogue leader and told him not to fear, but only believe. Belief was a key element in many of these healing cases with Jesus. Would you believe in Jesus at a time of death?
“Now Mordecai took his rest in the courtyard with Gabatha and Tharra, the two eunuchs of the king who kept watch in the courtyard. He overheard their conversation. He inquired into their purposes. He learned that they were preparing to lay hands upon King Artaxerxes. He informed the king concerning them. Then the king examined the two eunuchs. After they had confessed it, they were led away to execution. The king made a permanent record of these things. Mordecai also wrote an account of them. The king ordered Mordecai to serve in the court. He rewarded him for these things. However, Haman, son of Hammedatha, a Bougaean, was in great honor with the king. He sought to injure Mordecai and his people because of the two eunuchs of the king.”
Once again, a eunuch was a castrated man who personally served the king. It is not clear why Mordecai was sleeping with these 2 men in the courtyard. Nevertheless, Mordecai heard their conversation where they were plotting to overthrow and kill the king. He turned on the 2 eunuchs and told the Persian King Artaxerxes what he had heard. The king examined the situation, as the 2 eunuchs confessed their plot. Then the king had them executed. He ordered Mordecai to write an account of the affair, and serve in his court. All looks well for Mordecai. However, Haman comes on the scene. He may have been behind the plot of the 2 eunuchs because he does not seem happy that Mordecai uncovered it. He was a man of high honor but he was also against Mordecai’s people, the Jews.
“When they had bathed and washed themselves, they reclined to dine with large servings of food before them. Then Tobias said to Raphael.
Ask Raguel to give me my kinswoman Sarah.’
However, Raguel overhead it. He said to the lad.
‘Eat and drink!
Be merry tonight!
No one except you, brother,
Has the right to marry my daughter Sarah.
Likewise, I am not at liberty to give her to any other man than you Because you are my nearest relative.
But let me explain to you the true situation more fully, my child.
I have given her to seven of our kinsmen.
They all died on the night when they went in to her.
But now, my child, eat and drink.
The Lord shall act on behalf of you both.’”
Clearly the father had complete control of the marriage. Tobias wanted Raphael to make the proposal to Raguel, the father of Sarah. However, Raguel overheard them talking. He told them to eat, drink, and be merry. There was no problem since Tobit was the only one available to marry her. Raguel then recounted that all 7 kinsmen before him had all died on the wedding night. That is why they should enjoy tonight. Everything will be all right in time.