Mark 5:41-43

Mark 5:41 (KJB)
And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

As soon as all the mockers had left the room, Jesus then entered in and all He had to do was to take her by the hand and she rose up from the dead. The three disciples that witnessed this was Peter, James, and John and the girl’s parents. Jesus also spoke to the girl in Aramaic. Once He commanded her to arise, she was alive again. I wonder how all those who were mocking Jesus felt at that time. There should have been a time of repentance on the part of these mockers but nothing is recorded.

Mark 5:42 (KJB)
And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

Once the girl was raised from the dead, she immediately got out of bed and began to walk. The fact that her age is given as being 12 years old is significant because this means that she was able to get out of bed and walk capably on her own without anyone helping her as if she was a baby or very young toddler. It is like many of the paralytics that Jesus and the apostles healed all got up on their own strength after their bodies were healed. (John 5:8-9 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. {9} And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. Then the parents as well as the three disciples were in absolute amazement when the girl lived again. It may also have amazed them how death was a such a trivial thing in the hands of the Lord. Death seems to us humans as an unconquerable foe but to the Lord it has no hindering abilities whatsoever.

Mark 5:43 (KJB)
And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

Once again the timing for Jesus to make Himself known was not at hand and He had a specific time table that He needed to adhere to and this is why He had told them that no one was to know what happened. The words “no man” is one word in the Greek and it is in the cardinal form which means a specific number. Jesus is telling them that not even one person is to know about this. Now it would be impossible to hide the girl because they had all thought she was dead, which she was, but what was to be kept secret was the way that she was raised from the dead. As far as the crowds knew, she may have been sleeping so soundly that it seemed like she was dead and the ones who pronounced her dead were sorely mistaken. It is also important that she be given something to eat which proves she was alive and was not a spirit but human. Many cults deny the physical resurrection and claim that people are raised spiritually and that is why it was necessary for her to have something to eat, to nullify that false teaching.