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PART " that were with him; and entereth in where
“ the damsel was lying, and took the damsel " by the hand, and faid unto her, Tabitha “ Cumi, which is being interpreted, Damsel I say
unto thee, arise. And straightway the dam« fel arose and walked, for she was of the
age " of twelve years.
And they were astonished " with a great astonishment. And he charged “ them straightly that no man Thould know
it, and commanded that something should “ be given her to eat.”
These two miracles (one of which is preparatory to the other) are * in such a manner connected together, that they cannot be separated, and they have both something very singular, and infallible marks of truth. Í begin with the first. Was it natural that Chrift in the midst of a crowd pressed on every side, should discern the particular touch of the hem of his garment, and that this touch should instantly heal an incurable disease ? was the disposition of the woman, bashful on account of her disease, yet positive of her cure, who thought herself unworthy of asking it publicly, but excusable if she secretly stole it; was this, I say, a common disposition, or does it easily enter ones mind ? did the manner in which Christ seemed to be uneasy about knowing who touched him, and to condemn that liberty, at a time when the throng greatly pressed him ; did it agree with the idea, which the evangelists have given in other
Jesus arose and followed him, and behold a woman " which had an issue of blood &c." Matth. ix. 19.
places of his goodness and knowledge, which CHÀP. could have easily conjectured it? As this.wo II. man was cured, was it neceffary to distinguish her from the crowd, in order to tell her, it was she? How comes it that he was so attentive to publish a secret miracle ; he, who a little while after fo explicitly prohibits the miracle of a resurrection to be divulged, tho' it was of greater concern and more divine than the cure of a single infirmity? In short, why was Christ desirous of thewing that they could come very near him, and even press him, without touching him? was it easy to make such a distinction ? and is Christ's design in making it, or instructing his disciples to do the same, even now within the compass of all capacities? This is in part what puts this miracle above all suspicion, and establishes the truth of it.
With regard to the second, every thing contributes to render it indubitable. Jairus, who is mentioned, is ruler of a synagogue of one of the towns of Galilee, and confequently well known. He lays himself proftrate at the feet of Jesus Christ, before a crowd of people who attended him, and requests the cure of his only daughter of, who was at the point of death. Whilft Chrift went with him, hę had notice that his daughter was dead, and that it was needless for Christ to go any farther. All this is simple, natural and public; and the miracle wrought by the way,
is a proof.
+ He had one only daughter, Luke viii, 42.
PART a proof that it was performed before a crowd IV. of witnesses.
It is not Jairus that demands the resurrection of his daughter; on the contrary, he acquiesces in the advice of his people, and entreats Christ not to give himself a needless trouble. He was not therefore in confederacy with them, in order to counterfeit a seeming death. Christ (who exhorts him to believe and hope for her resurrection, as he wished for her health) could be grounded only on a power which he was assured of, and of which he was master, since he offered it without being asked, and demanded an absolute reliance. During the rest of the way the death appeared not only certain, but was public, though neither Christ nor Jairus forwarded its publication. Christ,instead of exaggerating the truth thereof, treated it as a simple sleep: his expression admitting a double meaning, became the subject of raillery to those who understood it literally, and who looked upon it as extravagant with relation to a death, which was unquestionable. The house was in tears, every part was filled with lamentations. The people hired for the sake of heightening the mournful scene by their folemn music, were actually bufied in that lugubrious office. Christ is obliged to command filence, and to put them out. Yet he was so little desirous of acquiring any ho, nour from a resurrection, the necessity of which he endeavoured to conceal, by saying that the girl was not dead but slept, that he kept only his three disciples with him; and on the other
fide he desired only the parents of the girl to CHAP: attest the fact, being unwilling that the mi II. racle should be doubtful, yet was satisfied with confirming the truth by a precise number of witnesses ordained by the law, two on the side of Jairus, and three on his own.
He subjoins to this moderation a positive prohibition to publish the miracle, which in of astonishing a manner manifested his
power over death, a miracle which cost him but fingle word, and was so efficacious, that in an instant she walked, and was as formerly in a condition of taking sustenance. Such a prohibition must convey to us how much superior he was to the action he came to perform, how he despised the admiration of men, and insinuates a lesson of humility to his disciples, to whom a little while before he manifested with complacency the holy dispositions of a woman bashful and trembling, yet replete with faith, and from whom * he concealed his own glory, or commanded them to conceal it ; in order that they might discern between the edification and utility of their brethren, and their personal honour.
* He concealed it from those whom he had not taken with him, and he ordered the reft to conceal it by stopping their mouths.
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CH A P. III.
Continuation of the same subject : the miracles of
and convincing proofs of his divinity. 1. Resurrection of the widow's only fon at Naim, proved by circumstances which can admit of no suspicion. 2. Resurrection of Lazarus : certain proofs of his death. 3. Manifest proofs of bis resurrection. 4. Lawful and necessary consequences of such a miracle, which confirm the whole, by demonstrating that Christ is the Resurrection and the Life. Answer to an objection.
ART I C L E I.
Refurre&tion of the widow's only fon at
Naim, proved by circumstances which can admit of no suspicion.
THE resurrection, I am going to fpeak
of, is not the first miracle which Christ wrought of this kind, for - he had already raised from the dead a young man hard by Naim, a town of Galilee, with circumstances still more astonishing and public. t." Now “ when he came nigh the gate of the city,
behold, there was a dead man carried out, “ the only son of his mother, and she was a “ widow : and much people of the city was
+ Luke vii. 12.