Today's verses are Mark 5:40,41: "And they laughed at him.  But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.  Taking her by the hand he said to her, 'Talitha cumi," which means, 'Little girt, I say to you , arise.'" When Jesus hears the news that the little girl is already dead, he tells Jairus and the crowd that this is not true, she is only sleeping (see yesterday's blog).  The crowd laughs at him, probably suggesting they think Jesus can't accept the reality of death.  The child was actually dead.  But from Jesus' viewpoint, she was actually sleeping.  God is able to raise the dead to new life!  For him, death is only sleeping.

Jesus put all the crowd outside.  He did not want their unbelief present.  The only people who were allowed to witness this miracle were the little girl's family and Peter, James and John, his disciples' "inner circle."

He speaks the the girl and says, "Talitha cumi."  This statement is in Aramaic.  Why is this insight important?  The Gospel of Mark was written in Greek.  However, Aramaic was the language/vernacular in which Jesus and all others spoke in that day.  The fact that Mark quotes this phrase in Aramaic gives credence to the fact that this is an eyewitness account.  It reinforces an eyewitness credibility.

More and more scholars agree that the Gospel of Mark is the eyewitness account of Peter.  It appears that Peter, at the end of his life, gave to Mark verbatim his eyewitness of account of everything he saw and heardJesus say and do.  Therefore, when we read these words in this Gospel, we are hearing the clarion voice of Peter, a member of Jesus' inner circle, the disciple who first made the confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God.

An eyewitness account must be reliable.  In a court of law, the testimony of an eyewitness recollecting an event, is essential for the prosecution and the defense.  Peter was a committed Jew who took seriously following God's Law daily.  He would have committed himself, for example, to following one of the commandments that said, "You shall not bear false witness."  His eyewitness is essential for believing who Jesus is and his authority upon our lives.

Therefore, we can trust these words.  They are the words of Peter, the Word of God.  They accurately tell us of God's Son, his life and mission.  Whenever we read them, we should do so humbly while also asking, "Lord Jesus, speak to me again your will for my life.  I will obey whatever you tell me to do."

Why?  Because we have the trustworthiness of an eyewitness telling us this story.

Speak to us today, Lord Jesus, through your servant Peter, in your Word.

Today's verses are Mark 5:40,41: "And they laughed at him.  But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.  Taking her by the hand he said to her, 'Talitha cumi," which means, 'Little girt, I say to you , arise.'"

When Jesus hears the news that the little girl is already dead, he tells Jairus and the crowd that this is not true, she is only sleeping (see yesterday's blog).  The crowd laughs at him, probably suggesting they think Jesus can't accept the reality of death.  The child was actually dead.  But from Jesus' viewpoint, she was actually sleeping.  God is able to raise the dead to new life!  For him, death is only sleeping.

Jesus put all the crowd outside.  He did not want their unbelief present.  The only people who were allowed to witness this miracle were the little girl's family and Peter, James and John, his disciples' "inner circle."

He speaks the the girl and says, "Talitha cumi."  This statement is in Aramaic.  Why is this insight important?  The Gospel of Mark was written in Greek.  However, Aramaic was the language/vernacular in which Jesus and all others spoke in that day.  The fact that Mark quotes this phrase in Aramaic gives credence to the fact that this is an eyewitness account.  It reinforces an eyewitness credibility.

More and more scholars agree that the Gospel of Mark is the eyewitness account of Peter.  It appears that Peter, at the end of his life, gave to Mark verbatim his eyewitness of account of everything he saw and heardJesus say and do.  Therefore, when we read these words in this Gospel, we are hearing the clarion voice of Peter, a member of Jesus' inner circle, the disciple who first made the confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God.

An eyewitness account must be reliable.  In a court of law, the testimony of an eyewitness recollecting an event, is essential for the prosecution and the defense.  Peter was a committed Jew who took seriously following God's Law daily.  He would have committed himself, for example, to following one of the commandments that said, "You shall not bear false witness."  His eyewitness is essential for believing who Jesus is and his authority upon our lives.

Therefore, we can trust these words.  They are the words of Peter, the Word of God.  They accurately tell us of God's Son, his life and mission.  Whenever we read them, we should do so humbly while also asking, "Lord Jesus, speak to me again your will for my life.  I will obey whatever you tell me to do."

Why?  Because we have the trustworthiness of an eyewitness telling us this story.

Speak to us today, Lord Jesus, through your servant Peter, in your Word.

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