The Widow of Nain: Jesus Cares for Women

Week 1, Day 4 of Beautifully Surrendered: A Love God Greatly Study

Today’s Reading: Luke 7:11-17; SOAP verse 13

 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 

Luke 7:13 NLT
My Observations
Setting the Scene

Jesus, His disciples, and a large crowd were entering the town of Nain when they encountered a funeral procession which included the corpse (a young man), the man’s mother, and a large crowd at the city gate.

He Saw Her

Despite the large crowd coming out of the gate and the large crowd with Jesus going in the gate Jesus, not only saw the woman, but He took notice of her. I believe there’s a difference – do you? I have realized that while I may see someone, even speak to them, at church or a store aisle or on the street – but if I’m too inward or “purpose” focused I may not be able to tell you what they were wearing or what their mood was. However, when I am purposefully attentive I don’t just see the person but I notice their demeanor and other pertinent things about them -and respond accordingly. I believe this is the example we see in Jesus concerning the Widow at Nain who had just lost her only son.

He Took Notice

Despite the things that were likely on His mind or the distraction of those He was traveling with, Jesus not only saw the mother, most likely walking near the bier that carried the corpse, but He took notice of her. The fact that He quickly assessed her situation is evident by the compassion He felt for her and even more evident by His outward expression of that compassion with what I imagine were the very tender words, “Don’t cry”.

The Rest of the Story

We could stop with those words but we would miss perhaps the best part. What happened next melts my heart and highlights the fact that He truly cared about the widow. Jesus saw her, took notice of her situation, had compassion for her, spoke words of compassion to her – and then He acted on her behalf. He reached out and touched the movable frame, or bier, used to carry the corpse and then told the young (dead) man to get up. (Stay with me – cause the best is yet to come.) The man sat up and began to speak and ….

Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Luke 7:15b

Then he came up and touched the bier, and those who carried it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 

Luke 7:14-15 NET
How Then Do We Live?

We can rejoice and be confident that Jesus sees us – and confident that He won’t just see us and walk away. We can trust that He will react appropriately to our situation. We can expect and listen for Him to ‘speak’ to us and watch for Him to act on our behalf – because, as we “belong to Him”.

Keep in mind, our confidence in these truths matter because it will affect how we live and react in the world and how we represent Christ to the world.

My Response of Prayer:

Father – Thank You for these reminders and truths that are ours in Christ Jesus. Thank You Jesus for seeing us and caring for us and acting on our behalf – whether we are male or female, Jew or gentile … We belong to You and are safe in Your observant and loving care. Father help us live beautifully surrendered to You – to live and love like Jesus. To be attentive and compassionate toward others, not just inwardly compassionate but expressively – in Jesus’ name – Amen!

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