Tonight’s section is about Jesus resurrecting the son of a widow.
Some things I notice about this story:
- Jesus has a consistently strong reaction to mourners in each encounter with them. Mostly I see that He kicks them out and raises the one who died! I have yet to be able to verbalize why this strikes me so much, but I know it will one day.
- Here again – there is strong meaning in the words Jesus said in v.13: “Weep not” – not means = absolute denial, weep = mourn. He’s got an outright rejection toward mourning.
- The mother of the boy is called a Widow, rather than by her name, or even referring to her as just his mother – she’s experienced much loss already in losing her husband is why I feel it’s called to light.
Interesting facts: the city name Nain means = Beauty (G3484) and a bier is like a platform which they carried their dead out-of-town for burial on, also called a funeral couch.
- The word touched in v.14 is a deep well worth pursuing if you get a hankering. You can check it out here: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G680&t=KJV
Touched = (680) to fasten one’s self to, adhere to, cling to
I say this word is a deep well, because of how it was used in other verses. The woman with the issue of blood saying “If can but touch the hem of his garment I will be made whole”, also when Jesus touched the leper at the beginning of Matthew 8 it was the same meaning. To fasten one’s self to, adhere to, cling to…
Jesus fastens himself to us, adhere’s to us, and clings to us. He loves us so much more than we can every understand. His desire is that we respond in kind.
He steps in with His Touch and helps us in our life, but true intimacy, healing, and wholeness come in their fullness when we fasten ourselves to Him, adhere to Him, and Cling to Him.