41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. Mark 5:41
As a child, I learnt the prayer, “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Look upon this little child. Pity my simplicity; suffer me to come to Thee, amen”. Some of the words of the prayer I learnt when I became an adult, and some I did not understand, but Jesus understood my heart.
In the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, we read of how Jesus raised Jairus’ Daughter from the dead. Taking the child firmly by the hand, Jesus used the Aramaic expression Talitha Cumi which the KJV of Mark 5:41 translates to mean, “Damsel, I say unto thee arise”.
This Armaic word talitha, like Abba, however, is a term of endearment. It showed Jesus’ compassion for the child. The corresponding Hebrew word for talitha means “lamb”.
As Jesus firmly gripped this child by the hand and called her back to life, He spoke the words He is lovingly speaking to many believers today: “Talitha Cumi” (Little lamb), arise.
When the lamb hears the voice of his Shepherd, he listens and he follows, for he knows that the Shepherd cares for him. The voice of the Shepherd should bring peace and reassurance.
However, here is another interesting fact. The Hebrew corresponding word to the Aramaic cumi not only means to arise, but it also means to stand. It means to arise from inaction, to be made to stand, to establish.
We sometimes feel overwhelmed, weighed down by the numerous situations around us. Some feel smothered with a sense of hopelessness and fear. We, however, are not alone. Jesus is with us, and He is compassionate towards us. His outstretched hands are reaching to pull us out of any situation we may be involved in. He is gently saying, “Little lamb, arise and stand”. Stand on Jesus’ promises which are sure. Stand in His love. Stand against the wiles of the Devil, and to the Church, “stand firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel” – Phil 1:27. God bless you.
Prayer: Father, like little children, we come to Thee. In times of weakness and fear, gentle Jesus, meek and mild, please take our hands Lord and lead us to that place where we can find comfort and peace in your love. Amen