Exodus chapter 17 offers us, what I consider to be one of the best teachings I have ever had on the need for every believer to strengthen their hands.
Strengthening the weak hands, is about becoming strong in faith, and knowing where the weak link lies in getting us there.
There are so many teachings in the scripture that reinforce the principles we have the opportunity to learn in the Book of Exodus, and the Book of Mark is one of those teachings.
This teaching seeks to connect the dots from a completely different angle that normal.
I trust you will see things all come together when we cover Exodus 17 at a later date. For now, let’s begin with the messages both Job and Isaiah wrote admonishing us to keep our hands strong. Then we will look at a applicable of these principles in the Book of Mark, chapter 5.
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
3 Behold, thou hast instructed many,
and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling,
and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
Some topics are uncomfortable. This one is uncomfortable for me.
This message bothers me a little bit. What bothers me is that I want to add a little honey or sugar to the message, but I have none to offer. So, here are the hard cold facts.
Everybody can’t go with you into the battle to fight for the lives of the saints. You have to know who can go and who can not.
I didn’t want to say it that way, but I’m pressed for time and I need to deliver this message. So, please forgive me if I stated that in an indelicate manner.
Nevertheless, please allow me to repeat that again in another way.
There are times in ministry when you have to discern and separate yourself from those in the ministry, that are not “qualified” to follow with you into certain aspects of your ministry assignments.
So, GOD in His Wisdom, left us this very important message through Paul…
1 Thessalonians 5:12 “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the LORD, and admonish you”
That being said, everyone in the ministry is valuable and serves in their unique purpose and capacity, and we love that about them. However, we need to know who we are working with, in order to make good choices that benefit the souls we are responsible to care for.
In the Book of Mark chapter 5, the teaching we received regarding Jairus’s daughter is an excellent way to illustrate this point, along with many other valuable lessons that we can benefit from in the caring of souls.
I have highlighted in bold, a few key words we can look at that will allow us to pull a little honey out of the rock!
That being said, let’s dive right in!
The Book of Mark 5:21-43
21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. 22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus (One Giving Light, He Enlightens) by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
- Jairus is taken from the Hebrew Word, ‘or’ meaning to be or become light, to give light, to shine. It has the same pronunciation as the English word, ‘or’.
- ‘or’ is written with three letters; aleph( א ) – vav ( ו ) – resh ( ר )
- “one of the rulers of the synagogue”, tells us that he worked in the Temple as an administrator. Jairus is an official appointed to manage the building, it’s contents and/or to make arrangements for the services (Luke 4:20), and were responsible for supervising the worship (Acts 13:15).
- ruler of the synagogue; ‘ar-khee-soon-ag’-o-gos’ (G752) is used only 9x in scripture.
Which of the “rulers of the synagogue” do you think Jairus was?
- Jairus could have been “one of the rulers of the synagogue” who became angry with Jesus in Luke 13:14 because He healed the crippled woman on the Sabbath, or he could have been, just one among the rulers of the synagogue, who believed Jesus and sought his help. You decide.
23 and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
- healed = sozo pronounced: sode-zo (G4982) to heal, save, rescue,
- to rescue from destruction and bring into divine safety
- sozo is the root word for savior, deliverer (G4990)
- appears 108x in scripture
- live = zao pronounced: dzah-o (G2198) I live, am alive, to live , to experience the gift of life
- spoken in connection to living waters, living bread, living in Christ, living GOD, Son of the living GOD, man shall not live by bread alone, those who hear shall live… etc
- appears 141x in scripture
- 1st appearance is in Matt 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone”
- 2nd appearance is Matt 9:18, (Mark 5:23)
- 3rd appearance is in Matt 16:16, “Son of the Living GOD”
- 12th appearance is in Luke 10:28, “Do this and thou shalt live” (Parable of the Good Samaritan)
However, before they can reach his home…
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
The words above that are being translated as garment/clothes is the Greek word haimoni, which is defined in the concordance as outer garment, mantle.
Being that Jesus is a Jewish Rabbi, we must be mindful that he did not wear Roman clothing. The outer garment/mantle referred to as ‘clothes’, is a prayer shawl.
The prayer shawl of the Rabbi is their hiding place, a prayer closet of sorts that is solely dedicated to prayer and contemplation.
The prayer shawl is worn as an outer garment. It has tzit-tzit (fringes/tassels) around the borders/edges that hang below the thigh level. There are 613 tassels on the prayer shawl, one as a reminder for every commandment.
Once we stop reading and processing clothes, we can begin processing the knowledge and significance of tzit-tzit, and the prayer shawl, which contains the WORD, the Commandments and the Name of GOD, weaved in to the very cloth He was wearing.
When the certain woman touched the hem (fringes) of His prayer shawl, she had the faith to believe that she would connect with the anointing in His garments… she would be saturated in every prayer, every ounce of worship, and every Word of GOD.
She could connect with the power of GOD, like touching a piece of Heaven.
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Imagine the level of sensitivity that Jesus had, to notice a touch to that degree. Haptomai (G680), means a touch that has the power to influence.
Haptomai is used 36x in scripture. It is specific to what happens when one touches, or is touched by GOD, by any means, i.e., hand, cloth or spittle, and the anointing is transferred.
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
Jairus arrives with Jesus and the disciples, but instead of giving GOD the praise and being in high expectation of a miracle, “there came certain ones of them” that behave like “those” that spied out the land and brought a reproach upon the land by their unbelief.
If we see GOD coming, shouldn’t our first thought be, “Thank You Jesus!”, knowing that help has arrived and I don’t have to wait on one more thing!
I honestly believe that I would be so ecstatic, knowing that everything is going to be alright!
But that is not the response some of the people had.
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
In addition, before we can conclude with this verse, we need to see something else. There are 7 different words for ‘dead’ in the Greek New Testament. They do not have the same level of meaning.
- Your daughter is a-poth-nace-ko (G599) is like saying that her spirit is separating from her body; I am dying, I am about to die. I AM NOT DEAD YET!
- A few things are happening here. Jesus says she is sleeping (verse 39). Yet, here in verse 35, we have someone(s) eager to pronounce her dead.
- Have you met that person? Always ready to pronounce doom and destruction? In some cases they say they are walking with Christ, but at the same time, they agree with every evil report? That’s Not Good.
So, here is the hard thing that we all have to know, understand and live with…
Note to Self: When it is time for serious intercession by which we intervene on a high spiritual level, there are some people that do not have the faith to believe. They are expecting death, when you are praying for life, and life abundantly.
When the crisis comes, you need people standing with you that are full of faith, not the ones waiting to run and tell you more bad news, or worse, misinformation.
- These are not the people qualified to go into the room to pray for Talitha.
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
- pisteuo = pist-yoo-o (G4100) faith in the Word, that is grounded in trust,
- There are 2 different words for ‘faith’ in the New Testament. pisteuo (faith) and oligopistos (little faith, or of no confidence).
- As soon as Jesus heard his ‘faithless’ words…
- Jesus reassures the ruler of the synagogue...so that his faith does not fail. Jesus wants him to listen to Him, not to the ones that have no faith.
- Keep your eyes and your ears, on the Word of GOD.
Faith… You either have it or you don’t. There is no middle way here.
- pisteuo: to believe, entrust. some people have a form of faith, but do not completely trust GOD. With pisteuo, faith and trust are two sides of the same coin. There is not one without the other. We can’t just believe GOD, we have to trust Him.
Heb 4:2 “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
- Some teach that this level of faith is a gift, that has to be given by GOD. I don’t disagree, because I know it to be very unique. But, I also believe that this is a level faith that you can elevate to by placing a demand on Heaven, as well as yourself.
- The WORD has to be mixed with faith…the emet kind of faith.
Who Can You Take Into The Battle?
In the natural, some of us know what it is to have a friend that would go with you into the gates of hell, no questions asked. The friend who will fight your battle likes it’s theirs. Some of us have never known that kind of friend. That type of friend is a ‘gift‘.
GOD operates with His servants in ‘pisteou’, this higher level of faith. He believes in us more than we believe in ourselves. He will not only go out to war for us, He will go out ahead of us.
I am speaking of going beyond what I call, The Webster’s Dictionary Kind of Faith, and into pisteuo, is a supernatural kind of faith. Let’s call it the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew, emet (ee-met), which is faith and trust interwoven.
I hope that each of you can relate to the kind of friend I spoke of earlier. The one who is, “closer than a brother?” The friend that has your back, even when you don’t have your own back.
They are extremely rare… God Bless them all.
Pisteuo, is what GOD offers us.
It’s also what He is looking for… in us.
Pisteuo, is greater than what our friends can even offer us. I know our friends are great, but as awesome as they are, there is a supernatural level of faith, that exist between the believer and GOD.
Do you remember when a great storm cam up when Jesus and the disciples were aboard the ship? Reference: Matthew 8:23-27.
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”
The phrase, “O ye of little faith”… in Greek is said, “o-lee-go- peice-stoes.”
The first time we hear words of this nature is in the Hebrew Scriptures, Deut 32:20
“And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.” (low ay-moon)
Faith must be in our mouth (Psalms 5:9, 40:10, Habukkuk 2:4, Matt 8:9-10 )
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say… Matt 17:20
You Cannot take the Faithless in to the Fight, or even into the next room where you need the miracle to happen.
I’m introducing the Greek word ‘pisteuo’ to you as the kind of faith equivalent to ‘aman’ Certain people (verse 35) are not operating with pisteuo. They are focused on the natural. Even though they are praying (verse 38-39) they have not broken through to the supernatural level of faith.
Jesus had to look Jairus straight in the eye, and refocus his attention on faith.
It’s the kind of faith that knows understanding will come. Pisteuo says, “I don’t have to have all the facts before I can stand with you in complete agreement.” It’s the kind of believer that says, “I have GOD’s back”
Who is Able to Stand with GOD for the Miracle…
37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
When the crisis comes... only those operating with“pisteuo” can come with you, and you need to know who that is beforehand.
CAN YOU FLOW WITH THE ANOINTING?
Peter, James and John were equally yoked, in the sense that they could flow in the anointing with Jesus… they could fight the wars of GOD and not miss one beat. They could flow with the anointing!
Everybody is not qualified for the Mission Field.
- When you have a work to do for GOD, leave the weak in faith behind…Do Not
Take Them With You, leave them in the outer court… for now
- Do you remember when Paul and Barnabas had a slight little ‘falling out’. Paul did not want to take John Mark with him on the mission field, because John Mark could not take the pressure. (a lesson for another day, Acts 15:22-41).
- They could mess up the miracle… He took only the 3 disciples and her parents; those that have the strength to believe, invested in the outcome.
- Don’t mess up the miracle…
- Jesus did not call them out on their weak faith, He did not make a spectacle or make anyone feel bad, (The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman) He just knew who to take with Him for the miracle. The Spirit of GOD operates with love at all times.
- pride, unkindness, ego, a haughty spirit… they can mess up the miracle. Because GOD rejects the proud (James 4:6).
Everybody is not qualified for the Mission Field.
There is a great deal of opinions about the reasons why Paul refused to take John Mark onto another mission field. You have to decide what you think about the matter.
Is it possible that some people are just not ready for the kind of mission you are assigned to?
38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
How did they switch up so fast from weaping and wailing to laughter? Were they really praying in the fist place? Are they there, just curious to see what happens?
The Crisis Will Come… Who Can Stand with You in Prayer?
Jesus is showing us something very important here. Do Not Take That Kind of Spirit with you into pray for someone, when the crisis comes.
41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
- hand(s) are very important in scripture. In this verse we tend to think about how precious it was that Jesus took her hand into his. There is more that we need to understand from this verse than, “Jesus held her hand, how sweet!”
- Hand (G5495) in scripture means, the instrument a person uses to accomplish their purpose (intention, plan).
- Could it be that Jesus is strengthening the weak hands? (Ref: Exodus 17)
- Talitha cumi; Young girl or Little girl, arise
- kum in Hebrew means to ‘arise’, to come up to a higher level.
- talitha has more of a connotation of little lamb, a term of endearment. (taleh in Hebrew means lamb).
- the priest wore fringes around their ends of their garments (prayer shawl), called tallith. a cloth/covering of light.
Strengthening the Weak Hands…
Jesus was calling her into her purpose! The hands are a symbol of strength in the torah. Look at the 1st appearance of ‘hand’ in the Book of Matthew (3:2,12).
- 2 and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- 12 whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
- the 1st appearance is a signal of time
- the 2nd appearance is for purpose, to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Genesis 3: 22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
In Hebrew ‘yad’ means hand. spelled yod ( י ) dalet ( ד )
- Humanity ‘took’ what they ‘saw’ once before. It wasn’t theirs to ‘take’. What they took was set aside for GOD, meaning that it belonged to GOD. GOD only asked that 1 thing remained His, out of all of creation.
- Not being satisfied with the abundance of everything else, they took what they saw, knowing it was not theirs for the taking.
- This is a completely different lesson, and we will come back around to it…for now understand that the 1st use of hand in the scripture is revealing to us, that “In the beginning” man put forth his hand to take from GOD.
However, When Messiach came, He put forth His hand to restore.
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
- The Supernatural Significance of 12 in the Scripture:
- Note the connection to the 12 years infirmity of the woman with the issue of blood.
- Talitha is 12 years old, 1 year before being at the age of maturity. Technically, to die before the age of 13 is to die, free of sin. It is at 13+ that one is now accountable for their sins.
- Both their lives are being perfected in this moment, they shall live and not die.
- 12 is the number of governmental perfection/governmental foundation, governmental rule. 12 Patriarchs, 12 Sons of Jacob, 12 Tribes, 12 Judges,
- 12 Anointings; 5 Priests and 7 Kings
- 12 disciples, 12 Gates of the New Jerusalem, 12 Months in the Year, Jesus is 12 when he taught in the Temple during Passover, 12 spies sent to spy out the land, etc.
- 12 symbolizes GOD’s power and authority.
- 12 has to do with the Rule and Authority of GOD in all of its uses in scripture.
GOD’s Power, Rule and Authority over life and death is being demonstrated here. In Matt 4:17, He announces that, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” We are seeing just that in Mark’s message. !
43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Who Will Hazard their Lives with You for the Anointing?
When You’re on assignment for GOD, is everyone on the same page? Are their those who are troubling the Pastor with words?, troubling the mission with words? contentious, argumentative, laughing when they should be praying? unfocused, worried? operating in fear and doubt?
Are they all over the place?
When it’s time to fight the Wars of GOD, who can you walk into that hospital room with, that has the same supernatural form of faith that you have?
Who can you call and say, a tornado is down the block and around the corner, and the next sound you hear out of their mouth is prayer?
When you need immediate help in a situation that you can not control, all you have to do is send a text saying, “pray” and they will not waste time trying to call you back, or five other people, to see what’s going on…they just stop, drop and pray?
Connecting the Dots:
Notice that Jairus name is symbolic of Light, He Enlightens. His name identifies him as a man of faith.
He has a daughter whose name is synonymous with the tallith, the prayer shawl. Our hands are our weapons of war. Lack of Prayer = Weak Hands.
The LORD has a tendancy to identify people in scripture, by their destiny and not by their difficulty. Could it be Jesus is telling us more than her name here? Couldn’t it be that He is identifying her spiritual condition?
Is He simply saying, “Little One Arise?” or is He saying, “Arise, Little One, like the lamb of GOD you are!, “Arise, and put your prayer shawl on!”
Kum, (arise) does not merely mean, stand up. It means to arise into a higher place, spiritually. Talitha is tallith with a hei at the end. You will recall I taught you earlier that the letter hei (h) at the end of a Hebrew word communicates arising into a higher level.
Before Jesus even arrives at her house, a woman touches the hem of his garment…His tallith, His prayer shawl.
We have always heard that the virtue ran through Him and healed the woman who was plagued with the issue of blood, for 12 years. Now He comes to the house of Light (Jairus’ house), whose 12 year old daughter is near death.
Jesus covers he with all of the virtue in His tallith.
Jesus is covering her in prayer and calling her to arise, by the power of His tallith.
Jesus is calling her into her purpose, not just holding her hand through the crisis. Talitha Arise!
She does not get to die today, she has a purpose and a destiny connected to the power of prophetic prayer.
STRENGTHEN THE WEAK HANDS…
Let’s be Strong in Faith! We can hold someone’s hand in a crisis, or… we can take their hand and call them into their destiny!
Not only can you not take the wrong person with you on your spiritual assignment, but ask yourself, “Am I up to the task?”
“How strong is my faith?” “Where does my faith end, and GOD begin?”
At the end of our faith, we should find the salvation of souls, especially our own!
“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9
AGREEMENT is one of the most powerful weapons you could eve have in prayer. Jesus took 3 proven disciples and the parents only, because these were all of the same spirit.
Who are you equally yoked with in prayer?
If no one, Ask GOD to send you someone, whose faith is even greater than yours!
Who will get up and pray with you at 3AM, because you need prayer? If you can’t think of anyone, ask GOD for a prayer partner.
Is there a higher level than this? YES. This is when you learn that you can ask GOD to wake someone up to pray, and He does.
If we operate as Kings and Priests in the earth, then we will call those things that be not as though they were!
We do not need the scorners and the mockers to agree, or those standing around faking like they are in prayer, while they pronounce death over the entire situation, as if there is no hope for us in GOD.
We leave every John Mark behind us, and go forth and speak life.
Arise Talitha, put on your prayer shawl and arise….we have work to do!
I am introducing a lot of concepts in this message. Please re-read it numerous times, until you can read the verses under study and consider all of this material as you read this portion of scripture.
There is a great deal of cultural, historical, and contextual language information that I am giving you, and I hope you go over it, search out each verse and embrace what the Word is teaching us here in this segment of scripture.
It is vital that we learn to discern who we are laboring with, and what to do in such critical situations as the one that Jairus was facing.
Jairus was fighting for the life of his daughter. I believe that this teaching applies to the way in which we have to learn to fight for our dreams as well. There are times when our dreams are near unto death as well.
Posts Included in This Series on Prayer:
Strengthening the Weak Hands is a Priority: Zeph 3:16, Heb 12:12
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