Matthew: What could be worse for a parent than the death of his child? Notice that this ruler knelt at Jesus’ feet. His daughter was not ill, she was dead and now the synagogue ruler is here seeking help. He could not have been a Sadducee because death would be the “end”. Probably not a Pharisee either for they only met with Jesus secretly and under the cover of darkness (viz. Nicodemus of John Chapter 3.) This ruler, like Abraham as he was about to sacrifice his son Isaac, actually believed that Jesus could rescue from death.
Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Old Testament: 2 Kings 23:4-25
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