They ridiculed Jesus

Matthew Bible Background

02.24.2017 – New Testament: Mark 5.38–40a

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 5.21–43 on February 24, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

A ruler of a synagogue approached Jesus, imploring Him to help his daughter who was at the point of death. Jesus went,

Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying (Mark 5.38–40). 

Evidently they, except the ruler, did not realize who had entered the house, but the Creator of life Himself. Therefore, when He revealed that the child was not dead, but sleeping, they ridiculed Him, believing that He did not know of what He was talking. He would shortly raise her from the dead, hence, Jesus just referred to her as sleeping.


  • Have you ridiculed the Lord?
  • Have you ridiculed a believer in the Lord?

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