Yeshua raised Lazarus to show the people that He is the resurrection and also the salvation.
(1) And a certain one was sick, Elazar from Beyth Anyah, the village of Miryam and her sister Martha.
(2) (Now it was Miryam who anointed the Master with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Elazar was sick).
(3) Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Master, see, he whom You love is sick.”
(4) But when Yeshua heard, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the esteem of Elohim, so that the Son of Elohim might be esteemed by it.”
(5) Now Yeshua loved Martha and her sister and Elazar .
(6) Therefore, when He heard that he was sick, then indeed He stayed at the place where He was, two more days.
We will start jotting down the times frames when we have a fixed starting point.
(7) Then after this He said to the taught ones, “Let us go back to Yehudah.”
(8) The taught ones said to Him, “Rabbi, the Yehudim were but now seeking to stone You, and are You going back there?”
(9) Yeshua answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
(10) “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
(11) He said this, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Elazar has fallen asleep, but I am going there, to wake him up.”
(12) Therefore the taught ones said to Him, “Master, if he has fallen asleep he shall recover.”
(13) But Yeshua had spoken about his death, whereas they thought that He spoke of taking rest in sleep.
(14) So then Yeshua said to them plainly, “Elazar has died.
(15) “And for your sake I am glad I was not there, in order for you to believe. But let us go to him.”
(16) T’oma, who is called the Twin, then said to his fellow taught ones, “Let us also go, so that we die with Him.”
Lazarus died 2 days after Yeshua was informed about him being sick.
(17) Therefore, when Yeshua arrived, He found that he had already been four days in the tomb.
I am uncertain where Yeshua was when He received the news about Lazarus but it seems as if it took them 4 days journey to Lazarus.
(18) Now Beyth Anyah was near Yerushalayim, about three kilometres away.
(19) And many of the Yehudim had come to Martha and Miryam, to comfort them concerning their brother.
(20) Martha, then, when she heard that Yeshua was coming, met Him, but Miryam was sitting in the house.
(21) Martha, then, said to Yeshua, “Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
(22) “But even now I know that whatever You might ask of Elohim, Elohim shall give You.”
(23) Yeshua said to her, “Your brother shall rise again.”
(24) Martha said to Him, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
(25) Yeshua said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he dies, he shall live.
(26) “And everyone that is living and believing in Me shall never die at all. Do you believe this?”
(27) She said to Him, “Yea, Master, I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of Elohim, who is coming into the world.”
(28) And having said this she went away and called her sister Miryam secretly, saying, “The Teacher is here and calls you.”
(29) When she heard, she rose up quickly and came to Him.
(30) And Yeshua had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met Him.
(31) Therefore the Yehudim who were with her in the house, and were comforting her, when they saw that Miryam rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
(32) Miryam, therefore, when she came where Yeshua was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
(33) Yeshua, therefore, when He saw her weeping, and the Yehudim who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled,
(34) and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Master, come and see.”
(35) Yeshua wept.
(36) The Yehudim therefore said, “See how He loved him!”
(37) And some of them said, “Was this One, who opened the eyes of the blind, not also able to prevent this one from dying?”
(38) Yeshua, therefore, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
(39) Yeshua said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who had died, said to Him, “Master, already he smells, for it is four days.”
(40) Yeshua said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you shall see the esteem of Elohim?”
(41) So they took away the stone where the dead man was laid. And Yeshua lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
(42) “And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the crowd standing by I said this, in order that they believe that You sent Me.”
(43) And when He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, “Elazar, come out!”
(44) And he who died came out bound feet and hands with wrappings, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Yeshua said to them, “Loosen him, and let him go.”
Let us jot down the times here starting with the following verse.
(1) Accordingly Yeshua, six days before the Passover, came to Beyth Anyah, where Elazar was, who had died, whom He raised from the dead.
We know that Passover is on the 14th day of the 1st month. If we work our way backwards using the the pink highlighted areas.
- 14th of the 1st month – Passover
- 8th of the 1st month – Lazarus raised (Joh 12:1) / 6 days before Passover
- 4th of the 1st month – Lazarus died and buried (Joh 11:17) / Lazarus in tomb 4 days
- 2nd of the 1st month – Information received that Lazarus is sick (Joh 11:6) / Yeshua waited 2 days
(2) So they made Him a supper there, and Martha served, while El‛azar was one of those who sat at the table with Him.
In the next two studies we will look deeper into the situation surrounding this supper.
Until next time.