The first miracles
By Markel Yacov
THE TALITH MIRACLEJesus from Nazareth was baptized by John in the Jordan River. After John was imprisoned, Jesus returned to the Galilee and preached the Gospel of God. He was healing people and many started gathering around him and he fled to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
After several days, he returned to Capernaum and when people heard of his
return, they gathered around him once again. He was speaking to the
people, and while he spoke, one of the leaders of the synagogue, named
Yair, came to Jesus, and when Yair saw Him he fell at His feet.: “My
little daughter is at death’s door,” he said. “I beg you please, come to
my house and lay your hands on her, then she will be healed and live.” It
was the man’s only child and she was twelve. Jesus went with him and many
people followed and were crowding Him.
“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she possessed but didn't get any better her condition was even worth.
When she heard about Jesus, she came behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said: “If only I may touch his clothes, I shall be made well”.
Immediately, upon touching His clothes the flow of her blood stopped, and
she felt in her body that she was healed.”
Then Jesus, immediately knowing that power had gone out of Him, turned
around in the crowd and inquired, “Who touched my clothes?”
The disciples denied touching him and Jesus looked around at the vast
crowd of people surrounding him. The woman came forward, fell down before
him and told him the whole truth and why she touched him.
“And he said to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace
and be healed of your affliction.”
While Jesus was still speaking there came from the ruler of the
synagogue’s house certain persons who said to Yair, “Your daughter is
dead. Why bother the teacher any further?”
As soon as Jesus heard those words He said to Yair, “Do not be afraid,
Jesus did not allow anyone to follow Him to Yair’s house, except for Kefaya and the two brothers, Ya’akov and Yochanan. Coming into the house of Yair, He saw the upset and those who wept and wailed loudly.
After coming in He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The
girl is not dead but sleeping.”
The mourners, with mockery, laughed at Him. But when He had ultimately put
them all out, He took the father and mother of the girl and the disciples
that were with Him, and entered the room where she was laying.
Then He took her hand and said to her, “Talitha, cumi.” The translation to
Hebrew is: “Little girl, I say to you: arise.” (Talit in Hebrew is the
traditional Jewish name for the arba knafot, the four-cornered garment
with fringes/tzitzit commanded to be worn under the clothes in the Torah.)
Her spirit returned to her, and she arose immediately and walked. Those
watching were awestruck. Jesus strictly instructed them to tell no one and
commanded that something should be given to her to eat.
(To make things clear: There are 3 keywords in this story: Talitah (the
little girl’s name), Talith (the Hebrew name for the special four-cornered
garment with fringes) and Taleh (the Hebrew word for Lamb) the symbol of
Jesus, all heaving a very similar intonation.)
Now we will go to the second miracle: this was performed by Jesus’ first
student “Kefiah”, who followed him and got the key to heaven. This is the
first miracle he did as a substitute of Jesus on earth. So the name of the
woman will be the same.
36. At Jaffa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha which is
translated Dorcas. (Translated to Hebrew ‘Zviah’ – female deer). This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed
her, they laid her in an upper room.”
Tabitha was one of the Jewish-Christian community in Jaffa who suddenly
passed away. Therefore St. Peter was called to her rescue.
And since LYDDA was near Jaffa and the disciples had heard that Peter was
there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to
them. Then Peter arouse and went with them. When he had come, they brought
him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing
the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
40. But Peter put them all out, and kneeled down and prayed. And turning
to the body he said: “Tabitah arise” and she opened her eyes, and when she
saw Peter she set up. Than he gave her his hand and lifted her up: and
when he had called the saints and widows he presented her alive.
42. And it became known throughout all Jaffa and many believed on the
Lord. So it was that he stayed many days in Jaffa with Simon the tanner.
The significance of Jaffa in this story is that it was the place where
Peter performed his first miracle as Jesus’ successor on earth, thus
justifying his title.
5. I was in the city of JOPPA praying, and in a trance I saw a vision: an
object descending like a great sheet. Let down from heaven by four corners
and it came to me.
6. When I observed it intently and considered I saw four-footed animals of the earth. Wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the sky.
7. And I heard a voice saying to me, rise Peter kill and eat.
8. But I said: not so, LORD! For nothing common or unclean has at any time
entered my mouth.
9. But the voice answered me again from heaven: “what GOD has cleansed you
must not call common”.
10. Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into
After St. Peter performed his first miracle, he went to Simon the Tanner’s
house and lived there for a short while. During his stay over there he had
this vision. This vision ended the dispute between St’ Peter and St’ Paul,
as it made St’ Peter realize St’ Paul was right in arguing that all
gentiles should also be brought under the new religion – Christianity.