Mk.5:41,42- He tenderly clasped the child’s hand in his and said to her in Aramaic, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, wake up from the sleep of death.” Instantly the twelve-year-old girl sat up, stood to her feet, and started walking around the room! Everyone was overcome with astonishment in seeing this miracle!

Brian Simmons says Jesus called her “Sweetheart”. People use all sorts of terms of endearment went it comes to those we love. Words like sweetie, honey, darling, or baby come to my mind. Jesus was displaying not only supernatural love for the twelve year old daughter of Jairus, He was pouring out human love as well. That is what makes Jesus so amazing and irresistible. He captures us with His love as the Son of man and He overwhelms us with rivers of the love of God as the only begotten Son of God. Peter (Mark is written from Peter’s oral tradition) could never forget those precious words that awakened the little girl, Talitha Koum, dripping with love that brought that little one back from the dead. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.

“There is a very lovely thing here. In the gospel itself, “Maid! Arise” is “Talitha Koum”, which is Aramaic. How did this little bit of Aramaic get itself embedded in the Greek of the gospels? There can be only one reason. Mark got his information from Peter. For the most part, outside of Palestine at least, Peter, too, would have to speak in Greek. But Peter had been there; he was one of the chosen three, the inner circle, who had seen this happen. And he could never forget Jesus’ voice. In his mind and memory he could hear that “Talitha Koum” all his life. The love, the gentleness, the caress of it lingered with him forever, so much so that he was unable to think of it in Greek at all, because his memory could hear it only in the voice of Jesus and in the very words that Jesus spoke.”

We can all relate to the various characters in this story. There is Jairus, the desperate father. Then we see the thee disciples that accompanied Jesus into the room. And of course, there is the little girl. Today we may be that little girl. As far as our future goes, we are as good as dead. The only thing that can awaken us from that dead place are the love words of Jesus, “Talitha Koum. Wake up sweetheart, I have a future for you”.

3 Replies to “TALITHA KOUM”

  1. I love this…so sweet and touching! Sometime, we tend to mold Jesus as so being so much “above us” taking away his human compassion and relatibility to us.
    What a friend we have in Jesus❣

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