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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