There are a few references we need to give before we tell the story, of the healing of the women with the issue of blood. The following addresses will take you to the Jewish encyclopedia. They will explain what is and what is not unclean according to the Jewish Law. This law was in place in the day and time when Jesus walked on the face of the earth. The healing of the women with the issue of blood took place during that time. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=3&letter=Z&search=blood%20and%20uncleanness
Jesus returned from the other side of the lake. The area of the ten cities, where Jesus cast the demons out of a man and sent the demons into a heard of pigs. We will teach at this on another time.
Jesus has been depicted as a mild mannered guy. One may even envision that he was always walking around with a halo on his head. Jesus is holy but he is very much a man who knew who he was and what he was here to do. The status of Jesus grew with each passing day for many reasons. Some times it was merely because of those who wanted to be seen with him. This group, this mob of groupies followed him around consistently because they wanted to be where he was and be a part of the action.
We have all kinds of mobs, we have patronize flash mobs we have crazy fans, stalkers crowds that just want to be seen with the right people at the right time. All of this took place with out texting or any cell phones. Word of mouth is and always has been a powerful tool
When Jesus returned to the other side of the lake there was a throng, a mob of people waiting for him. The book of Mark and the book of Luke match in this part of the story. In the book of Matthew it states that Jesus was teaching on fasting.
In the middle of this teaching the ruler of the synagogue came to Jesus and said that his daughter was dying and he ask Jesus to come immediately. (Matthew Mark and Luke all three of these books agree on this point.) As soon as Jairus ask Jesus to come to his home to minister to his dying daughter Jesus immediately turned and followed Jairus. Matthew states the disciples also went with him. In the books of Mark and Luke it indicates that the crowds were crushing them as they walked.
From here we pick up this story, in the book of Luke and will add Mark and Matthew as we go along.
40Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.41Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[d] but no one could heal her. 44She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
Matthew 9:20-2120Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Mark 5:27 -28 27She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment, 28For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.
These two verses tell us that Jesus did not know that the woman with the issue of blood was behind him. In Matthew 9: 21 we see that she “said to herself” if I only touch his cloak, I will be healed. The people in the faith movement of today would say she was making a “faith confession” to herself. The psychology of today would say that she was involved in “self talk”.
In Mark 5:28 we see that not only did she say this to herself once but she was continually saying it to herself. Reguardless of weather she was making “faith confessions” or she was involved in “self talk” the fact remains that she was saying this sentence to herself and to no one else. Obviously others heard her talking to herself and they heard what she was saying to herself, because it is recorded in the scriptures. It is also obvious that she did not get agreement from anyone else on the street concerning this statement. She knew that Jesus could heal her. She did not want any one to have the opportunity to talk her out of receiving her healing. This was her one chance to receive a healing and have a normal life restored. She was not about to let any one stop her chance for a healing.
She was building her faith by speaking to herself. She knew she was considered by every one in the Jewish community as an “unclean woman”. The reason for that was because she had been bleeding for twelve years. Being considered as an unclean woman by the entire Jewish community is a part of the Jewish law mentioned above.
Matthew 5:26 26And who had endured much [i]suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.
Her entire lifestyle was controlled by this physical ailment. She was not permitted to go out in public and be around people. Even the time of day she went to the market place and to the well for water was controlled by this ailment. The Jewish law commanded it.
She was treated as an outcast from her society. This ailment caused her to spend all of her money in an attempt to get well. So not only was she an out cast from her community she was now penniless and perhaps even single by this time. Her life was very sad and seamed hopeless at best.
The Bible does not tell us the reason for her bleeding. We don’t know if she was a hemophiliac or if she had fibroid tumors or if she had been ripped during child birth twelve years prior. This was during the day and age when they did not have much medical knowledge or medications. Her ailment could have been caused by many different physical problems.
Luck 8:45- 45“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
No doubt she had heard of the healings performed by Jesus for others along the way. She must have thought that if He can heal a blind man he can heal me to. She took a huge step of faith by going out in public and reaching out to touch Jesus. She knew that if she were caught in public attempting to touch the Rabi, as an unclean woman she could be stoned to death, according to the Jewish law. This also shows desperation on her part. She realized that this may be her only hope to receive healing and to have a normal life returned to her. This may have been her only opportunity to receive a healing and she was willing to take that risk and go for it.
27She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment, 28For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health. 29And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [[j]suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [[k]distressing] ailment. 30And Jesus, recognizing in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around immediately in the crowd and said, Who touched My clothes? 31And the disciples kept saying to Him, You see the crowd pressing hard around You [l]from all sides, and You ask, Who touched Me? 32Still He kept looking around to see her who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had been done for her, though alarmed and frightened and trembling, fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your [m]trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in [n](into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [[o]distressing bodily] disease.
She was among the immense crowd that was pressing in to Jesus. This was a large crowd similar to a crowd that may be waiting for a rock star to come out of a building. Every one wanted to see and be near him and touch him. It must have been the in thing to do.
When Jesus passed by her she reached out and touched a string from his teleite. That is when the healing anointing poured out of Him and into her. She had made an intentional demand upon the healing virtue of Jesus. She was the only one in the crowd with that kind of faith and determination to be healed. At that point Jesus stopped and ask the question “Who touched Me”? Every one denied touching him at that point. They may have thought they were in trouble with the Rabi. At that point Peter said “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you”. But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out of me.”
Jesus was aware that some one had touched Him and made a demand on the healing power that was with in Him. He was willing to take the time to stop and talk to the person who made that demand upon the healing virtue with in him. He knew he needed to say some things to that person who had just received their healing.
Then the woman seeing that she could not go unnoticed came trembling and fell at this feet. No doubt she must have thought she was going to be stoned to death at that moment. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
This was a life changing and liberating moment for this woman. No longer did she have to an outcast from her peers. No longer did she have to buy things in the market from those who were not Jewish or possibly those who worshiped idols or who were perhaps considered unclean themselves.
Her healing meant that she could work once again and be around her family and she could attend the Synagogue again. She could once again have a normal life, for the first time in twelve years.
When she received her healing her standing in the community was returned. She literally had her life given back to her through a miraculous healing. A miracle healing is one that occurs instantly. Her healing happened exactly that way. Jesus did not even reach out and touch her or pray for her. The healing happened when his back was turned to her.
22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.
34And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your [m]trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in [n](into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [[o]distressing bodily] disease.
Mark 5:34 Tells us that not only did she receive an instantaneous miracle healing she also received a continuous healing. Jesus addressed the woman and said to her “Go in peace and be continually healed and freed from your distressing bodily disease”. As a result of his words to her I am sure she never had this physical ailment again. She remained in her community as a living testimony of the miraculous healing power of Jesus which is available for any one who is willing to reach out and take it.