THREE-FOLD RESURRECTION (Continued)
Now we shall return to the raising of the young man in Luke’s Gospel and see what Jesus showed us concerning this spiritual level of development. Our emphasis will be drawn from verse fourteen.
Luke 7:11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
7:12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare [him] stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
7:17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
Jesus touched the bier and not the body as He did with Jairus’ daughter. Noah Webster’s (1828) American Dictionary of the English Language, defines a bier as a carriage or frame for conveying dead human bodies to the grave. Jesus touched the frame instead of the young man’s corpse. Psalm 103:13-14 states, “Like as father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Underline added for emphasis). The Hebrew word for frame is yetser which figuratively means purpose. It also means imagination, mind and work. The prophet Isaiah used this same word in Chapter 29 and verse 16 when he wrote, “...shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?” A New Translation of the Bible (James Moffatt) of this same passage reads, “Dare anything deny its maker? Dare a pot hold the potter has no mind.”
At the spiritual stage of development personified by the young man, the believer puts on the Mind of Christ. Paul quoted Isaiah to the church at Corinth when he wrote: “For who hath known the mind of the LORD, that he April instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” Notice Paul added, But we have the mind of Christ! When Jesus touches what represents our minds, change comes! His touch of Resurrection Life causes us to re-frame and live through the Mind and Thoughts of our Maker. In the Old Testament, God put His Spirit in Bezaleel to wrought the work of the Tabernacle with cunning work. Cunning work is the Hebrew word chashab and is akin to yester. Chashab also carries the meaning to think, conceive, and imagine. This spiritual house is being fitly framed and joined together into the Tabernacle that Christ is along with His Body. As pictured in Solomon’s Temple (First Kings 6:7), the young men are being made ready before being brought thither as living stones and are then set for in this Spiritual House where there is no sound of a hammer or axe or any tool of iron heard in the house while it is in building. The Work is finished! It is all a walk of faith in the Spirit at this point. Continued