So I (Erick) wanted to share this with you today. I’m reading Matthew 9 ESV Study Bible commentary and I came across this from the passage entitled “A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed” from v. 18-26.
It is the story of a well-to-do ruler who comes to Jesus after his daughter died and asks Christ to lay His hands on her so that she will live. Jesus heads on over, tells the mourners that she is merely sleeping, they all laugh at Him because they believe her to be dead, Christ goes in, takes her by the hand and she arises alive!
It seems pretty self-explanatory, and I’ve read this passage more than a handful of times. I’ve seen the cartoon story of this one. There couldn’t be something new … right?
Reading the commentary I came across this:
“Touching a corpse rendered a person unclean for seven days (according to Numbers 19:11-21 http://cl.ly/082Z1z423W2o1D1X1Q2H), but Jesus brings the girl to life, transforming uncleanness into purity.”
What a beautiful illustration of what Christ will later do for us in our uncleanness in sin, purifying us by His blood.
Keep digging in the scriptures. God is always teaching us. Always. And there is always something new to learn.