Jesus Heals the Woman with Blood Issue

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Bible Study Passages:

  • Mark 5: 24-34
  • Luke 8: 42-48

What can we know about this woman from these passages?

  • She was suffering from menstruating bleeding issue for 12 years.
  • She had spent all she had to get cured. (Luke 8: 43 (KJV) – “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any.”)
  • She did not give up in spite of suffering from 12 years. In Jesus, she saw hope of being healed.
  • She was instantly healed. She felt and knew that she was healed.
  • She made a public confession of her healing and faith in Jesus Christ.

Why did she not go directly to Jesus for healing?

  • According to the Jewish law, man who touches a menstruating woman becomes ceremonially unclean. (Levi 15: 19-28) In that regard, she would have been ‘untouchable’ for 12 years.
  • She might have feared that Jesus would avoid healing her.
  • She did not doubt that Jesus had a power to heal her.
  • The nature of her disease may also be the reason. In an eastern culture, women issues are never spoken of in public.
  • Perhaps, past failures were in her mind. So, she decided to take more secretive way. If she did not get healed, no one would have known that she even tried.
  • She thought to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

Did Jesus know who touched him?

  • It is unclear whether Jesus knew who touched him or not.  There are two opinions about it.
  • First one says that Jesus knew who touched him. But he wanted her to come forward and profess her faith and healing. Jesus being God must know who touched him.
  • The second opinion is that he really did not know who touched him. From his conversation with Peter, it seems likely that he knew that power had gone out from him, but not sure how. I believe that Jesus was not pretending there, He really did not know, and that does not affect him being God. There were other things, he did not know. (Mark 13:32 Jesus’ second coming).

Lost in the Crowd:

  • Even when she was healed, she did not come forward immediately. She thought that she could go unnoticed, get lost in the crowd.
  • But Jesus noticed, he felt that the power had gone out of him. And he was persistent to know who that person was.
  • We all have a tendency to act in a way that we can go unnoticed; we can slip in the crowd. We do not want to profess it publicly. Often we hear that our faith is personal. Yes, it is a personal decision, but we also need to acknowledge it to others.
  • In case of this woman, she came trembling at Jesus’ feet, but then she went on to tell everyone, ‘why’ she touched him and how she was instantly healed. (Notice that Jesus only asked ‘who’ touched him and not ‘why’!)

What was so significant about her action? What makes her faith so special?

  • Unshakable: She had a single focus that if she touches his cloak, she will be healed. She did not let the circumstances or doubts shake her faith.
  • Unbelievable: Her faith was truly unbelievable. She believed what was not there. But that is the very definition of faith. (Hebrew 11:1)
  • Unreasonable: In some ways, it was unreasonable. One cannot reason it in itself. Only in the light of the object of faith, it makes sense.
  • Faith at its core is a simple trust and belief in a person. It is a childlike faith that moves the mountain.
  • Jesus wanted to instill this kind of faith in his disciples (who often failed to exercise such faith). He often rebuked them for being “of little faith”.
  • Even after receiving the healing, she showed extraordinary courage to come forward and share everything in presence of all people.
  • Jesus praised her for her amazing faith and blessed her; it was a powerful testimony of God’s power and faith of a person at work.
  • Testimony of healing can have powerful impact on people, especially those who do not know Jesus.
  • “One miracle is equivalent to one thousand sermons.” – Angus Buchan (Faith like Potatoes).

Life Applications and Reflections:

  • Jesus knows us; he knows our personal struggles, weakness, sickness. We can hide it from others, but He notices us and seeks out for us.
  • We need to respond to him, we must be willing to acknowledge Him in the presence of others. We must be willing to share with others.
  • The extraordinary faith is a simple, unwavering, childlike faith in Him.
  • Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
  • Are you willing to put your trust in Him? You may be going through any physical, emotional, spiritual pain or sickness; He can heal you if you just believe in Him.
  • “Where is your faith?”


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  1. Daniel Kioko says

    No one knows what he can do until he tries. Am blessed by this Bible lesson context, its all about our life with Christ Jesus.We should say our weakness and try His Power in our daily struggle with life.
    My God bless you all.

  2. Jonathan Yamba says

    I thank the Almighty GOD who knows what it means to have faith. I wish I could display to Him this unshakable, unreasonable and unbelievable faith which this woman showed to the entire world. At the time I am writing, I have an emotional pain and surely I need this type of faith.

  3. Pastor Casmire Ibezim says

    Yes without faith it will be imposible to recive any thing from God. When one has a need he must trust God to enuogh to recive what he is experting from God. That woman faith is such a faith that can move monthins.

  4. Dianne says

    I really have got alot already in just a few lessons this is really what i need everyday to help me cope with everyday life promblems that we face

  5. Emile Gwe says

    AM happy with this inside in the word of God, only he who call you will replenish you million time

  6. david says

    I thank God that knows us every by passing micro second,also I have develop that faith in my life.

  7. Jo says

    Thank you very much. I am so blessed and this help me too with my Bible study groups. Stay blessed!


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