I have a four year-old daughter named Moriah. Without sounding too spiritual freaky, her name came from the Lord. I was in a seminar one evening when my wife was pregnant, and the teacher was sharing about the story of Isaac. What stood out to me in that story is that it took place on Mt Moriah. The speaker finished the telling of the story by saying, “Abraham called the name of that place, The Lord will provide. In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” (Gen 22:14) As that section of teaching came to a close I heard from the Lord, “This is to be your daughter’s name.” You can imagine the scene at home later that night with my wife. First off, Moriah wasn’t on the short list if names to be considered. Second of all, how was I supposed to tell Anna that the Lord told me our daughter’s name? I went home, gave Anna the play-by-play and she responded very graciously, “If that is what the Lord told you then Moriah it is.”
When I read Mark 5 about Jairus and his daughter, I at least have a point of reference for how he must have felt. We learn from the story that she is young and the Jairus is desperate. His level of belief is overwhelming to me! “(To Jesus) Please come and lay your hands on her so that she will get well and live.” (Mark 5:23). By the time Jesus got around to going to heal his daughter, Jairus’ friends came and said, ”Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher anymore? But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken said to Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Just before Jesus honored the belief of Jairus and healed his daughter he did one other significant thing, he got belief out of the room. (v.40) He literally made sure everyone who didn’t believe that he could raise this girl from the dead out of the room. Once the environment was right Jesus took the hand of the girl and she got up!
Wow! If he have a second read this encounter for yourself (Mark 5:22-43). This is an unbelievable story of the impact on belief. In fact, there is even more belief in this story for tomorrow’s post….