Mark 5:43 (AV)
And he charged¹ them straitly²
that³ no man⁴ should know⁵ it;
and commanded⁶ that something
should be given her to eat.
¹) Commanded them, ordered them.
²) Greek: Many, much, large, great.
³) In order that.
⁴) Nobody, no one.
⁵) Shoud learn to know, should come to know, get a knowledge of.
⁶) Greek: Said.
And He strictly commanded and warned them that no one should know this, and He [expressly] told them to give her [something] to eat. [AMP] And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. [ESV] He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room. Then he said, "Give her something to eat." [MSB] And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat. [KJV] He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. [NIV] Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what had happened, and he told them to give her something to eat. [NLT] But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat. [NKJV]
Some further information:
He charged them straitly, that no man should know it.
Observe that the Christ endeavoured to conceal it.
It was sufficiently known to a competent number, but he would not have it as yet proclaimed any further; because His own resurrection was to be the great instance of His power over death, and therefore the divulging of other instances must be reserved till that great proof was given.
Let one part of the evidence be kept private, till the other part, on which the main stress lies, be made ready.
That no man should know it.
That is, that it should not be published abroad. It was often needful for Jesus to restrain the fame of his miracles for various reasons, one of which was the wrath they excited in the Jewish authorities. It was needful for him to delay exciting them to the point of putting him to death till his time had come.
And commanded that something should be given her to eat
Observe that Christ took care something should be given her to eat.
By this it appeared that she was raised not only to life, but to a good state of health, that she had an appetite to her meat; even the new-born babes in Christ’s house desire the sincere milk (1 Peter 2:1, 2).
And it is observable, that, as Christ, when at first he had made man, presently provided food for him, and food out of the earth of which he was made (Genesis 1:29 ), so now when he had given a new life, he took care that something should be given to eat; for is he has given life, he may be trusted to give livelihood, because the life is more than meat (Matthew 6:25).
Where Christ hath given spiritual life, he will provide food for the support and nourishment of it unto life eternal, for he will never forsake, or be wanting to, the work of his own hands.
There are three cases, besides his own resurrection, of Christ raising the dead.
▪︎ This case is immediately after death;
▪︎ Another, that of the son of the widow of Nain ( Luke 7:11-15 ), at least twenty-four hours after death;
▪︎ And further that of Lazarus ( John 11 ), several days after death, when corruption would naturally have begun;
In one case it happened privately; in the second, publicly; and in the third, before bitter enemies.
Now let us reflect on this
The miracle of the dead girl’s resurrection made a tremendous impression, especially on her parents. There are no words for it. She was just lying there in the cold grip of death. And now there is color on her face again. She can even walk without anyone having to help her.
We can imagine Jairus and his wife hugging their child and kissing her. How happy they are to have her back! But in their joy they could forget the necessary. That’s why the Lord has to arrange a few more things before He can leave their home. What is that?
He gives a very practical advice. They need to feed the child. She may have had little or nothing for a long time during her illness. She will be weakened. Then let them give her something. Let them not forget that in the midst of all the joy.
Do you see that ordinary things also have the Savior’s attention?
He also takes care of food and drink. Nothing is too small for him.
This also proves that He has a tender heart and cares in love.
What a gracious Savior He is. What a caring Savior.
Do you know Him that way too?
Have you ever wondered and rejoiced over Him?
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