Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 7 Study # 7
August 9, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<548> Thesis: The words of Jesus only make sense when our perception of Him is legitimate. Introduction: As we have looked into Luke's record of Jesus' dealings with the ruler of the synagogue and the woman with the issue of blood, we have seen that his major point is that those who wish to live must come to grips with what it means to believe in the grace of God. This morning, as we come to the end of our studies in this part of Luke's record, we are going to look at two connected facts. First, we are going to consider Jesus' words to those who were expressing grief over what they considered to be the "death" of Jairus' daughter. Second, we are going to consider Jesus' command to the parents to give the girl something to eat. Both issues are problematical to some degree: the words of Jesus to those who were weeping and smiting themselves appear to deny reality (we generally call this "lying"); and, the instruction to feed the girl seems, at least on the surface, to focus upon something so insignificant that we wonder why it is in the record. In order to consider what I have called "two connected facts", I want to set the stage by looking at what Luke tells us in the material between them. Then we shall look at the connected facts to see what they tell us.