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Matthew 9:18-26 : Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

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18 While He was thus speaking, a Ruler came up and profoundly bowing said, "My daughter is just dead; but come and put your hand upon her and she will return to life."

19 And Jesus rose and followed him, as did also His disciples.

20 But a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with haemorrhage came behind Him and touched the tassel of His cloak;

21 for she said to herself, "If I but touch His cloak, I shall be cured."

22 And Jesus turned and saw her, and said, "Take courage, daughter; your faith has cured you." And the woman was restored to health from that moment.

23 Entering the Ruler's house, Jesus saw the flute-players and the crowd loudly wailing,

24 and He said, "Go out of the room; the little girl is not dead, but asleep." And they laughed at Him.

25 When however the place was cleared of the crowd, Jesus went in, and on His taking the little girl by the hand, she rose up.

26 And the report of this spread throughout all that district.

   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 9917, 10023, 10083

Doctrine of the Lord 41


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 195, 815

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 12

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

ruler
"Rulers" or "governors" in the Bible represent the most basic, most essential true ideas that guide us in life, ideas that spring directly from the...

came
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

bowing
To bow in prayer is common in most religious practices, so it's not surprising that “to bow” in the Bible represents humility and worship in...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

daughter
Marriages among people – both in the Bible and in life – represent spiritual marriage. Women represent the desire to be good and to do...

Just
He is said to be 'just' in a spiritual sense, who lives according to divine laws. They on the right hand being called 'just,' as...

Dead
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

hand
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

upon
Over' or 'upon' in the Word, signifies being within, because the highest part in successive order becomes inmost in simultaneous order. This is why the...

life
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...

rose
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

disciples
When we read the Gospels and see Jesus addressing the disciples, we assume His words are meant for us as well. And indeed they are!...

woman
'Virgin' and 'woman,' in the Word, signify the affection of good.

twelve
'Twelve' and 'twenty-four' signify everything, and refer to truths.

Behind
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

touch
Imagine having your mother touch your cheek. Then imagine having your spouse or someone you love romantically touch your cheek. Then imagine having a baby...

turned
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

faith
It's interesting to note that despite the prominent place of faith in mainstream Christian belief systems, the word itself appears exactly twice in the King...

house
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

Go out
To go out to meet, as in Genesis 14:17, signifies to submit themselves. To go out, as in Genesis 28:10, signifies to live more remotely....

Room
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

girl
In the Word, the words 'virgin' and 'girl' are used, although the word translated 'girl' rarely occurs in the original language. In Exodus 2:8, 'a...

asleep
'To slumber' and 'sleep' denotes the state of a person who is not in truths, as in Jeremiah 51:39, 57, Psalm 8:3 and 76:5, and...

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.


 Being Healed by the Lord
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Daughter Healed
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Healing the Blind Miracles
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Marriage and Family
Lesson and activities looking at how the love of children relates to marriage.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15

 Prayer for the Harvest
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

Commentary

Meditate On What God Says About You

By Rev. Todd Beiswenger


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Our mind is running all the time, thoughts pouring in for good and for bad. We have a choice as to which thoughts we are going to focus on, and if we can focus on what God says about us we can be happy, grateful and blessed.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 2892; Isaiah 26:3, 60:1-2; Joshua 1:8; Luke 8:49-50; Matthew 9:27-30; Psalms 20:7)


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