Who are they? Who are we? Let us read what Jesus said we are. All Bible verses are quoted from New King James Version (NKJV)/ Note how Jesus treated different types of ‘daughter’ – all with mercy and compassion!
During the time of Jesus, His ministry on earth was focused around the land of Israel where the population was mainly of Jewish origin. But He also met and healed other nationalities who came to Him for healing and deliverance. Multitudes came to Him from all over and consisted of different classes and all walks of lives. His last commission to His disciples was to go into all the world, regardless of nation or race.
Mark 16:15-18 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Matthew 9:18 A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
Jesus answered the request of a Jewish synagogue man and resurrected his dead daughter. He came humbling himself. He asked. He received as he proclaimed.
18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” … 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
Jesus responded kindly and with compassion, giving public recognition to the faith in action of a Jewish woman who had suffered an issue of blood for twelve years and was ostracized by her society due to their law. She took the courage to come into the public and touch His hem to receive the power of Jesus for her healing. She believed. She took action to receive. Jesus responded.
Matthew 9:20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when H e saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. Mark 5 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Jesus also gave public recognition of the worth of a Jewish woman bound and bent over for eighteen years. Jesus immediately set her free even though the woman was in the women section of the synagogue, segregated from men.
Luke 13:10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God…16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
Jesus publicly gave recognition of the faith in action of a foreign woman and responded to her request and healed her daughter from a distance! Note what Jesus said to her. She spoke faith, She desired mercy. Jesus responded.
Matthew 15:22 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Mark 7:29-30 Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.
Jesus spoke to other ‘daughter’ too. On more serious matters. Indeed He spoke to the whole nation of Israel and called them daughter. Some heard but others ignored and shut their ears just as the prophets had prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus came into this world.
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”[a]
Luke 23:28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
The Bible recorded a number of women who ministered to Jesus. They heard the word of God and did it, for that was the will of God. Jesus publicly gave recognition, commended and alleviated their positions in relationship to Him as follows. What an honor!
Luke 8:1-3 Many Women Minister to Jesus
Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, 2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him[a] from their substance. daughters of the Kingdom of God