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Jairus' Daughter

When Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.

The city has no need for the sun or moon to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Behold, a man named Jairus came. He was a ruler of the synagogue.

The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

He fell down at Jesus’ feet, and begged him to come into his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

Its gates will in no way be shut by day (for there will be no night there),

But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him.

and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it so that they may enter.

A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians and could not be healed by any came behind him, and touched the fringe of his cloak.

There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie,

Immediately the flow of her blood stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, ‘Who touched me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me.”

but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street.

Jairus’ Daughter


Jairus’ Daughter

The Story of Jairus: Uncovering its Design

City of LightJairus' DaughterA very good friend told me she was studying the story of Jairus’ daughter in Luke. Jairus comes to Jesus because his daughter is dying. A woman who’s been bleeding a long time interrupts the story, touches Jesus’ cloak and is healed. In the meantime, Jairus’ daughter dies. Jesus resurrects her.

My friend wondered how to explore this passage on I told her I hadn’t studied this passage, and it was not yet published as a Thread. That means you could read the passage, the old way, but not align it with other passages. Yet.

So, I set out to analyze this passage, uncover its design, and connect it all on I’d like to share the steps I took. This will give you a better sense of how scripture works and the process I use.


The first thing I noticed was the meaning of the name Jairus. He is also a ruler of the synagogue.

In Revelations’ City of Light, the nations walk in its light, like Jairus, who “diffuses light.” And, the Kings of the earth bring glory into the city, like Jairus, who is a ruler. I saw a possible connection.

Inner Gate

Jairus falls at Jesus’ feet and begs him to come into his house. I recognized a possible connection, either to the inner gate of the city or the main entrance.


Then, even more subtly, I noticed Jairus’ daughter was twelve years old. A woman approaches Jesus who had been bleeding a long time: twelve years. At first glance, this tiny detail seems insignificant. As far as the design of scripture goes, it’s really important. This is a mirror.

The design of scripture has a symmetry. One part is a reflection of another. Here, the daughter who is twelve mirrors the woman who’s been bleeding twelve years.

Main Entrance

Between the two twelves, it readfs, “But as he (Jesus) went, the multitudes pressed against him.” Uncovering scripture’s design is nearly impossible without looking at the original language.

The word, “went” is “hypagō,” which means to, “go” or “go away.” Its root is “agō,” which means to “lead or bring.” As in, “they will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.” Another connection found.

The design of the Jairus’ daughter passage starts to fall into place using the City of Light revelation as a model.

Place Profane

The woman touches Jesus’ cloak, and her bleeding stops. I recognized the “cloak” may be the same symbol as the Christmas scene where the newborn Jesus is wrapped in cloths. Or, where Joseph of Arimathea takes Jesus’ body, wraps it in cloths and lays it in a tomb. Another Revelation mentions they’ve “washed their robes in the blood of Christ.” The 23rd Psalm says, he, “restores my soul.”

All these points connect and have a deeper meaning. Robes are like souls. The woman touches Jesus’ robe — she touches his soul — healing her. Her sickness is removed, her sin forgiven. Design-wise, this all happens in the place where nothing “profane” can enter the city. Another connection is revealed.

Place of Multitudes

Jesus asks who touched him, and all deny it. Peter, whose name mean a “stone” or “bedrock” answers Jesus, and talks about the “multitudes.” As I mentioned in the City of Light story, the church surrounds the middle.

Peter (bedrock) symbolizes the church. The multitudes are those Jesus leads out of this world and into his. Their names are written in his Book of Life. Another connection falls into place.

In the Middle

The last thing I noticed was a revelation reference. The healed woman tries to remain inconspicuous. She soon sees that’s impossible and that she is “not hidden.” Something is revealed, in this case, the woman. The story returns to the source, a place of revelation — like a river of life, shining like crystal.

I forgot to mention the beginning of this passage, which reads, “When Jesus returned, the multitude welcome him, for they were all waiting for him.” That’s us. We are the multitude. We are the city.

Design Techniques

To summarize, I’ve discovered several techniques to find the underlying design of scripture. I look for:

  • Symbols, like the ruler of the synagogue, or Jesus’ cloak
  • Names, like Jairus, and their meaning, which play an important role
  • Mirrors, like the daughter who’s twelve and the woman bleeding twelve years
  • Original language, like “went” which means “to bring” like the revelation
  • Anchor points, like the place profane, the surrounding church and the middle, the source of revelation

Next Steps

Once I find the design, I publish the passage as a thread. You don’t have to worry about uncovering the design, because that’s already done. Instead, you can explore the parallels with ease. (I hope others who study scripture will join me in searching for designs, which I believe is a crucial step in studying the bible.)

Once published, you can compare the Jairus Thread to anything you wish. Like, for example, the 10 Commandments. Or, the Lord’s prayer. Noah’s ark. The Fall from Eden. Whatever you like.

Some Guidance

You may wonder how to get to the Threads on the site. Here’s a few tips: Use the Index to look something up. Go to the index, type the name “Jairus” and wait a few seconds. It will list a matching thread. Drag the tile “Jairus’ Daughter” onto the target, and click Build. Once done, that thread will load. This is the fastest way to look something up.

You can then compare other threads in parallel. I suggest using the tray, found at the bottom of the screen, to add other famous passages. Watch this video to see show to use the tray.

I’ve just shared how I uncovered the design of the Jairus passage, using the City of Light as a model. Let’s compare another passage: the Christmas angel. Click the link below, or the right arrow, to take a look:

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