Animals, Colors, Metals, Numbers and Signs in Scripture.
The first one to be raised from the dead was a young lad raised from the dead at the hands of the prophet Elijah: 1 Kings 17:17 "And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? 19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. 22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. 24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth."
There are several points we make from the above lesson:
1. The prophet
did not know that the Lord would raise up the child at the first, but he
trusted that the Lord was able and prayed that the Lord would raise up
The second occasion of an Old Testament prophet raising someone from the dead, involved the Prophet Elisha: In the book of 2 Kings we read of a Shunemite woman, whom the scriptures describe as a "great woman." This woman saw that the man of God passed by her house on a regular basis and she had her husband build a little chamber with a bed, stool, table, and candlestick so that the man of God could rest and study when he passed by. Subsequently, the man of God (Elisha) told the Shunemite that she and her husband would have a child in their old age: 2 Kings 4:16 "And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life."
Later when the child was grown, it fell and subsequently died. The dead child was laid upon his bed and the mother fetched the man of God who came to the house where the dead child lay. 2 Kings 4:32 "And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out."
We make the following points from this lesson:
1. Both the
birth of this child and the raising up of this child were miraculous.
This child was born of parents that were past the age of childbearing.
God restored them to the time of life and gave them a son at God's
appointed time. This is similar to the spiritual birth of a child of
God. We are born spiritually contrary to nature and at God's appointed
time. Within the experiences of God's children they will be born of the
Spirit of God at God's appointed time and their mortal bodies will be
raised up in the resurrection and changed like unto Jesus' glorious
Next, the Lord
raised three persons from the dead while he walked on the earth:
several lessons taught us in this account of the raising up of the
daughter of Jairus:
In Luke chapter seven we read of the raising up of the son of the widow woman of Nain: 12 "Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people."
several lessons taught us about the raising up of the son of the widow
We read of the resurrection of Lazarus in John chapter 11. While the quote of this entire chapter is too long for this writing, the reader is encouraged to go and read this chapter. We make the following observations from John chapter 11 concerning the resurrection of Lazarus:
1. Lazarus died
while the Lord tarried behind. The Lord had something greater to
manifest than the healing of the sick.
The manner in which one is born of the Spirit as set forth in Eph. 2:1-3: "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." It is only after one is born of the Spirit that the gospel ministers can loose him and let him go.
After the Lord's ascension back into heaven we have two apostles who were blessed of God to raise individuals from the dead. These two were Peter and Paul. Peter was called the apostle to the Jews and Paul was called the apostle to the Gentiles. Through the miracles of the resurrection of the dead, the work of these two apostles was manifest to be of God.
Peter was blessed of God in the raising of a certain disciple named Tabitha from the dead. We read of Tabitha in Acts 9:36 "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber."
Next, we read where the disciples called for Peter who came and was blessed of God in the raising up of Tabitha from the dead: 38 "And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive."
We make the
following observations concerning Tabitha being raised from the dead:
Paul was preaching at Troas in a barn where there were many lights and a young man named Eutychus who because Paul was long preaching fell asleep and fell out of the third loft unto his death. Acts 20:10 "And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. 11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. 12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted." Again, the power of God was present for this miracle of raising the dead to take place.
All seven of the above miracles of raising the dead had one characteristic in common. The seven were raised back up unto mortal lives on earth to later die again. We look for a better resurrection based on the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the dead. He arose from the dead through his own power. (The seven were not raised by their own power but by the power of God). He arose never to die again. Both the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was by his own power as we read the words of Jesus in John 10:14 "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
Because Jesus raised up from the dead by his own power never to die again, so we look forward to rising up from the dead never to die again as we read in 1 Cor. 15:51 "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."