by Randy White Ministries Sunday, Apr 10, 2022

All The Resurrections of the Bible


  • This sermon will not be about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • This sermon will not be about the resurrections of the saints of Jerusalem at the death of Jesus.

  • This sermon will not be about the future resurrections from the dead.

    The Son Of A Widow

  • 1 Kings 17:17-24 -- The widow who cared for Elijah, by God's instruction, lost her only son to sickness. The age of the boy is unknown. Her morning caused her to question Elijah as a man of God. Elijah raised him from the dead.

  • Luke 7:11-17 -- The unknown widow at Nain lost her only son, who was likely a young adult providing for his mother's financial needs.

  • The conclusion of each:

    • A living son!

    • A recognized Prophet -- 1 Kings 17:24, Luke 7:16.

      The Reward of a Faithful Servant

  • 2 Kings 4:8-37 -- A Shunamite woman is faithful to take care of Elisha. In turn, Elisha promises her a child, that child later dies, and is resurrected by God through Elisha.

  • Acts 9:36-42 - Dorcas was a woman of good works (v. 36). When she died, they sent for Peter, whose prayer was answered with resurrection.

  • Similarities in each:

    • The man of God is sent for.

    • The testimony of good deeds for the mother and for Dorcas.

      A Grown Man Solidly Dead

  • 2 Kings 13:20-21 -- After the death of Elisha, Moabite invaders brought havoc into the land. When the grave-diggers saw a band of Moabites, they were frightened and threw the body into the grave of Elisha, and the man immediately revived.

  • John 11:11-46 -- Jesus at first spoke in euphemism, then very plainly that Lazarus was dead. With the call of the Lord, Lazarus came forth.

  • Similarities in each:

    • The miracle worker was absent when the crisis came.

    • Both men were dead and in a grave.

      …What About The Others?

  • Jairus' daughter - Mark 5:35-42

    • A textual argument always beats an interpretive argument. In this case, the words of Jesus give the textual argument: the damsel is not dead (v. 39).

    • Other textual clues:

      • There are two Greek words for sleeping. The one used here is never used of anything other than physical sleep. The other one is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 (and on several other occasions as a euphemism to death).

      • The word arise is sometimes used of resurrection (Mt. 27:36), but“get up" (Mt. 2:13).

  • Eutychus -- Acts 20:8-12

    • The young man was taken up dead.

      • “he was dead."

      • John 10:24 uses the same term as a figure of speech (make us to doubt).

    • Paul believed his life is in him (v. 10).

  • Paul Stoned in Iconium -- Acts 14:19-20

    • The words supposing he had been dead are the key.

    • Verse 20 doesn't give any indication he was actually dead.

      Some Closing Lessons

  • Contrary to what some may believe, resurrection has never been common among God's faithful.

  • Because we were designed with eternity in mind, all of us will someday be raised again. Daniel 12:1-2.

  • The concept of resurrection has been the hope of the ages and the continual trust of the faithful.

    • Genesis 22:5 with Hebrews 11:19

    • Job 19:25-26

    • Isaiah 26:19

    • Hosea 13:14

    • Psalm 16:9-10

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