09 Deceased son of Widow

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THE WIDOW'S DECEASED SON

 

Luke 7:11-17 (NIV)           
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out – the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry." 14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!" 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

 

 

BASIC QUESTIONS

1.     Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).

 

2. What was the immediate, obvious need?

 

3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?

      The person in need?                            Others?                         Jesus?                  .

      How was it expressed?

4.     Describe the actions or process leading to the healing that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, com­mands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?

 

5. Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith? ~. Non-verbally?                                                 Describe how
      and by whom faith was involved in this healing.

 

6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?

 

7. What were the reactions to the healing?

 

8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?

 

DIGGING DEEPER

 

Note: In this story it is important to remember and appreciate the nearly hopeless social and economic condition of a widow without a son in Israel at that time.

1. Where did this healing take place?

2.     Contemporary wisdom instructs us never to tell a grieving person not to cry because tears are necessary and cleansing. Is something more than advice involved here when Jesus says, "Don't cry," to the woman and, if so, what? Do you see any similarity between "don't cry" and "don't be afraid" which Jesus often says in other circumstances?

3. When Jesus approached and touched the coffin, Luke says that the pall bearers stopped and "stood still."

Does this suggest anything we should do when we are in a group praying for someone's healing?

4. The exclamations of the people in verse 16 recall the Old Testament prophets who disappeared from the scene in Israel 400 years earlier. Perhaps John the Baptist and Jesus were heralding another age of prophecy. Of what healings by the prophets does Jesus' restoration of the widow's son remind the people? (see 1 Kings 17:7-24 and 2 Kings 4:8-37) What does this suggest to you about God's power to heal in the Old Testament, in the New Testament and in the present-day church? 5. How did Jesus demonstrate his love?

6. What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?