…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
There was an unknown woman whose faith stopped Jesus on his way to save a dying girl.
Mark 5:21, 24-34 (NKJV)
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said,“Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her,“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
(a similar account is found in Luke 8:42-48, Matthew 9:20-22)
In this account, the woman was losing blood,
had a flow of blood for twelve years, had suffered many things from many physicians.
She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
She had tried various cures for 12 years,
she had exhausted her personal resources,
her health was deteriorating,
… she was desperate
Over the years, she probably wrestled with God …
“Why me, Lord?”
“Have mercy on me, Lord”
Thankfully … a glimmer of hope appeared,
she heard about Jesus,
That’s all she knew about Jesus.
she just heard about Jesus,
no great bible knowledge,
no profound theological knowledge,
no seminars on healing, or techniques of prayer, or fasting
she just heard from eye-witnesses
His teaching and healings
Jesus was her last hope.
she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
she decided Jesus was able to heal her,
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
Faith is fanned by hope.
“Hope means believing in spite of the evidence,
then watching the evidence change.”
– Jim Wallis
“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.
It is laying hold of His willingness.”
― Martin Luther
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
i.e. her assurance & conviction was based on the little she knew about Jesus,
simply just on what she heard about Jesus.
Thank God, she did not have to completely understand everything in the Bible
… but simply,
Jesus is the answer to her needs here and forever,
Simple, sincere faith.
… that’s within the reach of all of us, praise God!
she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
She acted on her faith.
She reached out in faith to touch His clothes.
She came directly to Jesus,
not his disciples (not a priest/pastor/elder),
… but right to Jesus,
our great High Priest.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV)
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
She sought after Jesus.
Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up,
and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
An instant healing.
She tangibly felt in her body God’s power healed her.
Her twelve year struggle was over in an instant.
Her prayers answered.
Can you see the great big joyful smile of relief on her face?
… weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning
(Psalm 30:5 NIV)
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him,
Jesus also felt power had gone out of Him.
Pause for a moment, …
her faith caused Jesus to stop!
Power flowed through Jesus,
stopped her flow of blood.
“Who touched My clothes?”
But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
In the commotion of the moving crowd …
suddenly a … sudden hush
“Who touched My clothes?”
The woman came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
Jesus was surrounded by a multitude in close quarters.
the multitude thronging Him
Others probably also touched Jesus.
But … only this woman touched Jesus,
with a touch of faith,
and power had gone out of Him
Simple, sincere faith,
receiving His gift by His grace.
undeserved, … unearned, … unending grace,
all for you and me.
No special prayer technique.
No prayer uttered,
or proclamation by her or Jesus,
only, just her simple touch of faith … was enough.
Faith … sincere, simple, pure,
Jesus heard her heart’s silent cry … her heart’s desire.
Psalm 25:1-3, 5 (ESV)
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; …
5 …. for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Nicole C. Mullen – One Touch
Jesus asked, “Who touched Me?’”
The woman, fearing and trembling, … came and fell down before Him
Jesus said to her,”… Go in peace and be healed …”
For her creative act of faith 🙂 ,
Jesus called her forward,
Jesus affirmed her,
pleased with her faith.
Go in peace and be healed
The woman received a fresh revelation of the Lord,
… not someone to be fearful of …
the Prince of Peace who loves us,
who desires to restore us,
who invites us to be His friend,
who shed His blood, and gave His life for us.
Psalm 25:14 (NLT)
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.
He teaches them his covenant.
Romans 5:1,2 (NIV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
She was justified by faith, and received peace with God.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
Sickness touches everyone, at some point in time.
On that day … Jesus was hurrying along to Jarius’ home to heal his daughter who was dying. Jarius was a synagogue leader, … important, … learned, .. well-versed with the Scriptures, … devout, .. and respected … (excellent spiritual credentials)
Somehow … Jesus’ path crossed where this woman was.
Due to her ilness,
the woman was unclean,
… forgotten, ignored.
Jesus healed her too.
For God does not show favoritism
… God is no respecter of persons
(Romans 2:11 NIV, Acts 10:34 KJV)
Jesus responds to faith … from anyone!
He looks at the heart.
Her status in society, her uncleaness did not matter to Jesus.
Her uncleaness prevented her from entering the temple to worship with everyone else,
…. but not from Jesus.
Jesus came to where she lived.
Her simple touch … touched Jesus heart …
the woman was healed at that moment
Every single person is precious to Jesus.
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin?
But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.
So don’t be afraid;
you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
(Matthew 10:29-31 NLT)
Listen, my beloved brethren:
did not God choose the poor of this world
rich in faith
and heirs of the kingdom
which He promised to those who love Him?
James 2:5 (NASB)
Though this woman was poor in the eyes of the world,
her only hope, strength & provider was Jesus,
by her simple faith, … act of believing,
she was rich in faith.
She received from the Lord. Praise God!
(see previous post … Blessed are the poor in spirit (click here) )
In those days in Israel, … for the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years,
the Mosaic law states,
Leviticus 15:25-30 (NIV)
25 “‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
28 “‘When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the Lord for the uncleanness of her discharge.
( this also helps to control the spread of infection in the community)
She was classified as unclean, and
Anyone who touches her will be unclean;
… and they will be unclean till evening.
She was unable to approach Jesus directly, especially with a multitude thronging around Him.
Due to her sickness,
… she had to quarantine herself.
In society, she’s classified unclean … an outcast.
Ostracised, … avoided, … alone.
As one’s health deteriorates, one gradually lose a grip of life’s purpose and aspirations … casting a dark shadow on the soul … hungry for a touch of compassion, … hope.
Hoping for buds of spring life blooms, thaw winter gloom.
She had an embarrassing unknown illness; .. suffering in silence.
In those days, … people believed in a link between illness and retribution for some wrongdoing or the disfavor of God.
Her illness brought controversy,
and at times, … condemnation,
… blame … guilt … shame … (perplexed, confused?)
Hence, besides her physical condition
… she also carried an emotional burden.
Psalm 25:6,7, 16-18 (ESV)
6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
Psalm 102:7 (NIV)
He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
he will not despise their plea.
Praise God! Jesus passed by her way,
Jesus said to her, ““Daughter, your faith has made you well (sōzō).”
σῴζω(sōzō) (Strong G4982) – This greek word is translated in English as well, whole and saved in the New Testament.
(see previous post Save, sōzō (click here))
She was saved, restored & healed physically and emotionally by faith in Jesus. (the full package gift from God 🙂 )
As she approached Jesus … with the crowd thronging around Jesus, …she had to be very careful not to touch anyone. She also could not touch Jesus directly.
So she inched forward discreetly and delicately, from behind Jesus, … & only touched the the edge of his cloak, the fringe of his cloak (Matthew 9:20, Luke 8:44 NIV, NASB).
What is the fringe of His cloak?
You shall make tassels on the four corners of the clothing with which you cover yourself. (Deuteronomy 22:12 NKJV)
Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. 39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. (Numbers 15:38-40 NKJV)
She probably touched the blue thread … for minimal contact.
A thread … that was all it took for her to receive her healing, Praise God!
A blue thread to remind one to remember and do all God’s commandments, and be holy for your God … was the lifeline of healing for her.
The tassel is at the bottom of the cloak garment, near the ground.
So when she crept to touch the hem/fringe of His garment … she may have crawled.
In this healing account, Jesus had not met the woman prior to her healing
… by her simple faith in who Jesus is,
she received His healing.
(i.e. no analysis conversations of possible causes, or her history/ancestry)
The main thing was … she’s healed, whole & saved!
Simple, sincere faith,
receiving His gift by His grace.
undeserved, … unearned, … unending grace,
all for you and me.
He is Lord!
On a further note,
there were also others who received physical healing by simply touching Jesus.
Luke 6:17-19 (NIV)
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
… power was coming from Him, Jesus, healing them all
a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem,
and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon
Both Jews and Gentiles
received healing by His grace.
(see also Matthew 15:21-28)
In the healing of th woman, God’s healing power flowed through Jesus’ clothing .. through a piece of cloth, through a thread.
Similarly, this was recorded of Paul’s ministry,
Acts 19:11,12 (NIV)
11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
Jesus is never too busy to hear our heart’s cry
So, reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by
All along a dusty roadside, on His way to raise the dead.
Mighty was the crowd that followed, hungry for that Living Bread.
“I must touch Him”, cried a woman, “I must touch Him or I’ll die.”
So, she reached and touched His garment as he passed by.
Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.
You will find He’s not too busy to hear your heart’s cry.
He’s passing by this moment, your needs He’ll supply,
So, reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.
— An excerpt of a hymn crafted by Bill Harmon
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
June 25, 2015
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