It is not a good idea to ridicule Jesus

Matthew Bible Background

02.24.2018 – New Testament: Mark 5.40–41

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 5.21–43 on February 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The daughter of a synagogue ruler had died and when Jesus arrived at her house, He was told that she had died and that He need not bother. However, He told those mourning her that she was not dead, but sleeping, for He knew that He would raise her from the dead,

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. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5.40–41).

They ridiculed Him, because they did not know Him, for had they known, they would have rejoiced at His words, anticipating that He was about to raise the child from the dead. Be slow to criticize what you hear, for you may end up looking ridiculous.


  • Have you ridiculed anything in the Bible?
  • What did you do when you learned that you were the one who looked ridiculous?

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