Luke said that the child’s spirit returned (καὶ ἐπέστρεψεν τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτῆς). She got up at once (καὶ ἀνέστη παραχρῆμα). Jesus directed them to give her something to eat (καὶ διέταξεν αὐτῇ δοθῆναι φαγεῖν). In Mark, 5:43, Jesus also told them to give the young girl something to eat, so that she would return to a normal life routine. Do you have a normal life routine?
Luke said that they laughed at Jesus (καὶ κατεγέλων αὐτοῦ), because they knew that the young girl was dead (εἰδότες ὅτι ἀπέθανεν). This episode of the crowd laughing at Jesus is similar to what can be found in Matthew, chapter 9:24, and Mark, chapter 5:40. Mark said that they laughed at him or ridiculed Jesus, so that he put the crowd outside. He then took the child’s father and mother, and those who were with him, his 3 trusted apostles, in where the child was. Jesus had gotten rid of the mourners and skeptics, as he now had the true believers with him and the little girl. Matthew also said that mourners laughed at Jesus or ridiculed him. This will not be the only time that people will ridicule Jesus and his disciples. Have you ever laughed or ridiculed someone else’s religious beliefs or practices?
Luke said that all the people were weeping and wailing for the young girl (ἔκλαιον δὲ πάντες καὶ ἐκόπτοντο αὐτήν). However, Jesus told them (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν) not to weep (Μὴ κλαίετε). She was not dead (οὐκ ἀπέθανεν), but sleeping (ἀλλὰ καθεύδει). This episode of the crowd outside the house of Jairus with the dead or sleeping girl is similar to what can be found in Mark, chapter 5:38-39, and Matthew, chapter 9:23-24. Mark said that Jesus came to the house of this synagogue leader, where he saw this crowd commotion. The people were weeping and wailing loudly, definitely mourning for the dead young girl. Jesus then asked them why they were making such a big tumult? Why were they weeping? The girl was not dead, but only sleeping. Matthew said that Jesus arrived at this leader’s house, where he saw the mourning flute players. This is the only time that this word for flute players (αὐλητὰς) is found in the biblical literature. Neither Mark or Luke mentioned anything about flute players. The crowd was agitated. Jesus told them to go away, since the girl was not dead, but only sleeping. How do you handle the death of others?
Luke said that Jesus came to the house (ἐλθὼν δὲ εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν) of Jairus. He did not allow anyone to come with him (οὐκ ἀφῆκεν εἰσελθεῖν τινα σὺν αὐτῷ), except Peter, John, and James (εἰ μὴ Πέτρον καὶ Ἰωάνην καὶ Ἰάκωβον), along with the child’s father and mother (καὶ τὸν πατέρα τῆς παιδὸς καὶ τὴν μητέρα). This was not to be a big scene. Mark, chapter 5:37, was similar to Luke here. Mark said that Jesus did not allow anyone to go with him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. These were Jesus’ 3 favorite trusted apostles. Mark did not mention the girl’s parents like Luke, but that might be presumed. Matthew said nothing about these 3 favorite apostles. The other disciples and apostles were excluded from this excursion to heal the young girl. Do you have favorite people in your life?
The ending to this story is different in Matthew, chapter 9:26 than that of Mark and Luke, chapter 8:55-56, that are similar. Mark indicated that Jesus strictly instructed or ordered them (καὶ διεστείλατο αὐτοῖς πολλὰ) that no one should know about this incident (ἵνα μηδεὶς γνοῖ τοῦτο). That would have been hard because this was such a public event. However, Jesus told them to give the young girl something to eat (καὶ εἶπεν δοθῆναι αὐτῇ φαγεῖν). In Matthew, this event spread all over this land or district without any attempt to keep it quiet.
There is little doubt that this young girl Jerusalem and Yahweh bore children together. Yahweh clearly says that their mutual sons and daughters had been sacrificed to these false gods. This woman Jerusalem had slaughtered their children. Was it not bad enough that she was a prostitute? Did she have to sacrifice their children too? They were delivered to these strange gods as a death offering. In all her abominations and various prostitute ways, she never remembered her youth when she was naked, lying in blood. She was not grateful for all that Yahweh had done for her.
Yahweh said that this young girl Jerusalem took the beautiful silver and gold jewels that he had given her and then made male images, so that she could play the whore with them. She covered them with her embroidered garments. She set Yahweh’s oil and incense before them. She took the bread, the choice flour, the oil, and the honey that Yahweh had given her to put as a pleasing odor before her new gods. Yahweh had spoken clearly.
This young girl Jerusalem trusted in her beauty. She played a whore or became a prostitute. Due to her beautiful fame, she lavished her gifts on any passer-by. In fact, she made colorful shrines for herself, as she played the whore or prostitute at these shrines. Nothing like this had ever been seen. Nothing like it will ever be seen again.
Yahweh gave young Jerusalem all kinds of jewelry. He gave her bracelets for her arms. He put a chain on her neck. He also put a ring in her nose. See, rings in the nose are ornamental. He also put earrings in her ears with a beautiful crown on her head. She was all adorned with gold and silver. This young girl had all this fine jewelry to wear.
Yahweh continued to take care of this young girl Jerusalem. He gave her a bath. He washed off her blood. He anointed her with fine oil. He clothed her with hand crafted clothes. He gave her leather sandals for her feet. He gave her linen and rich fabric clothes to wear. She seemed to get only the best available items and care.