138. THE DOUBLE MIRACLES
MARK 5:22; AND LUKE 8:41.
Discrepancies, so called, are manufactured when similar miracles are
regarded as identical. One such example is seen in the case of the
two demoniacs of Matt. 8:28 and the one demoniac of Mark 5:1-20.
(See note on Matt. 8:28).
Another is that of the two storms on the lake of Matt. 8:24 (Mark 4:37-41)
and Luke 8:22-25.
Another is that of the lepers of Matt. 8:2 (Mark 1:40) and Luke 5:12.
See the notes, and cp. Ap. 152.
Why should not words be repeated at different times and under other
circumstances? And as there were many people suffering in various
places from similar diseases, why should we not expect to find similar
Why assume that two miracles, which are apparently alike in general
character, are identical, and then talk about the two accounts being contradictory?
Two examples are furnished, not only in the case of two separate miracles,
but in the case of pairs of double miracles.
- There were two females raised from the dead.
The first (Matt. 9:18) was to korasion (a little girl), whose
father was probably a civil magistrate (archon).
She died before her father started to see the Lord, and so no messengers
were dispatched with the news.
The second (Mark 5:22. Luke 8:41) was to paidion, a girl
of about twelve years (see Ap. 108. v), whose father was one of the rulers
of the Synagogue (archisunagogos), by name Jairus. She was
not dead. No mourning had commenced, but as the Lord approaches news
of her death was brought.
Other antecedents and consequents of time and place and circumstances
are all different.
- There were two women suffering from the same disease.
And why not? It is not surprising that there were two, but surprising
there were not more -- as probably there were among the many unrecorded.
(Matt. 14:36. Mark 3:10; 6:56. Luke 6:19).
The first (Matt. 9:20) was evidently watching her opportunity, and had
probably heard the report of the Lord's "touch". She came behind
Him; and there is no mention of a crowd as in the case of the other woman.
The first spoke "within herself" of what she would do; the second had
spoken to her friends.
The Lord saw the first woman, and spoke before the healing was effected.
He did not see the second, and inquired after the healing was accomplished.
In the first the disciples said nothing, but in the second, they reasoned
with the Lord as to the crowds.
In the first there is no mention of physicians or of spiritual blessing
received. In the second case, both are mentioned.
It appears, therefore, that in these cases we have two pairs of double
miracles, with differences so great that they cannot be combined and treated
as being identical.
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