What a Daughter Saw in Her Father
“What A Daughter Saw in Her Father”
In Luke 8:41-42 and 49-56, we see a father named Jairus who has a twelve year old daughter. I wonder what she saw in her father: did she think he was old-fashioned? Or out-of-touch?
She Saw A Dad Who Provided for the Family. Her dad was the “ruler of the synagogue”(v.41). This was a paid position in which Jairus conducted meetings, cared for the buildings, and supervised the services. This girl saw her dad get up every morning, go to work, and earn the money that put a roof over their heads, food on the table, and clothing on their bodies. “If a man doesn’t work, he ought not eat” (2 Thes.3:10) and “if a man does not provide for his own household, he has denied the faith” (1 Tim.5:8). We honor the fathers who provide for their families.
She Saw a Dad Who Was Not Ashamed to Seek Jesus. “There came a man” (v.41). When a crisis came, her dad came in broad daylight, not at night like Nicodemus. He did not send his wife or servant, but came himself. He remembered Jesus at another time (Luke 4:31-37) and knew he needed Jesus. We, also, should “seek first the Kingdom of God.” All fathers should seek Jesus.
She Saw a Dad Who Was Not Ashamed to Pray. “Begged Jesus” (v.41). God intends for the father to be the priest of the home—the father should lead the family to God and interpret God to his family. A man should not leave the praying to the wife—he should take the spiritual leadership. Jairus prayed for his daughter. Read what God said about Abraham—Gen. 18:19. Read how Joshua spoke for his family—Joshua 24:15. Prayer is simply talking to God—if we are faithful to talk to God in private every day, we get to know Him and can talk to Him in public. Do our children see us pray?
She Saw a Dad Who Was Not Ashamed to Bring Jesus to His House. “Begged Jesus to come to his house” (v. 41). Even though Jesus was a controversial figure, Jairus knew the benefits of having Jesus come to his house—and stay there forever. See Psalm 127:1. During the Exodus time, to prevent the death angel from coming to your house, you had to kill a lamb and put its blood on the doorposts. This meant a believer in Jehovah God lived in this house. This meant Jehovah God was worshiped in this house and all the residents were under His protection. Surely we are not ashamed to have Jesus live in our house! This is certain: death is going to come to your house one day—you had better have Jesus there to meet him! “Greater is He who lives in us than he who lives in the world.”
She Saw a Dad Who Was Not Ashamed to Express Love for Her. “Fell at Jesus’ feet” (v.41. Pride and love battled in Jairus: pride for his position and love for his sick daughter. Pride keeps a man from reading his Bible, from being committed to worship and God’s House, and from praying. Pride keeps a man from loving his wife and children, saying “I love you” and “I’m sorry.” Jairus was not ashamed to express love for his daughter. Facts indicate the rate of failure of fatherhood is higher than any other occupation. If children have irresponsible fathers, they will have trouble trusting God.
One day Jairus’ daughter could give a testimony: “I’m alive today because my father loved me and went to Jesus for me!”