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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Resurrection and the Life Raises Lazarus from the Grave



Lazarus, Come Forth: The Impossible Raising of Lazarus

Note: this is the second time of writing this as all copies have been erased. Near the Jordan, near Bethabara, where John the Baptist baptised in the early days, Jesus and his disciples retreated for a time of prayer and rest. The place near Bethabara was not far from Bethany, where Jesus had before visited his disciples and good friends, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus: this was the same Mary who broke the anointing oil over the head of Jesus, the same from whom the Bible notes that seven devils were cast out. Lazarus, though, about this time, falls sick unto death, and the distraught sisters, have one preoccupation: Jesus of Nazareth. Hearing that Jesus is in the vicinity, the older sister Martha, the one worrisome and fraught with household tasks and care, leaves immediately for the shores of the Jordan, so certain that Jesus can aid and heal Lazarus, that she is willing to leave his bedside. She believes that Jesus can heal her brother.

Healing from Death

We have already seen in other healings, that Jesus of Nazareth never had to proclaim nor make public announcements regarding healing, and that by the time Lazarus grows sick, the healings and miracles of the Savior are already well known in Israel. He has been to Capernaum, Decapolis, Cana, Jerusalem, and has made multiple 'circuits' around the territory of both Judea and northern Israel. Further, and more notable, he has already raised two other people from death: the widow of Nain's son, and Jairus' daughter. This 'Master' in Israel has already shown to utter astonishment, that he has power not only over the elements, but even over life and death, though the raising of Lazarus is to reach new bounds. Jesus' raising of the son and daughter prior to the raising of Lazarus is not the first raising from death in Israel!. Both Elijah and Elisha have raised children from death by this time, recounted in the Old Testament:
  1. ELIJAH:[1Ki 17:21-23 KJV] 21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. 22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
  2. ELISHA[2Ki 4:34-35 KJV] 34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
Further, the healings, as mentioned in the study on the widow's son in Nain, occurred close to where Jesus raised children from the dead, completing a 'circuit' of prophetic healing! (though many years later)
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