As my Sunday School class continues to study stories in the Bible of different ladies who met Jesus, I am learning so much from passages that only are a few verses long.
This past week, we studied the lady who had the bleeding issue for twelve years. She heard Jesus was coming to town, and she made sure that she was able to get through the crowd and touch the fringe of His robe because she had faith that He could heal her.
When I study to teach, I usually first read all the passages that talk about the topic I am going to teach on. Then I go and look at some commentaries. My husband studies at least 8 commentaries every time he preaches. I do not have the time to do that. So I always look at The Believer’s Commentary by William MacDonald, and then I look at the commentary notes that are on Blue Letter Bible’s website.
I really liked David Guzik’s notes on Mark’s rendering of this miracle. (Mark 5:25-34) He mentions how the lady acted a little in superstition as Jesus had never healed a person this way. Yet she had faith. She believed Jesus’ power could heal her disease. I love this quote:
Nevertheless, her faith was in Jesus, and the object of faith is much more important than the quality of faith.
Jesus recognized the quality of her faith when He asked, “Who touched my clothes?” The disciples answered in disbelief, “Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” But this touch wasn’t an accidental bump. This was a purposeful touch of faith. David Guzik applies that to our lives by saying,
But there is a huge difference between bumping into Jesus here and there and reaching out to touch Him in faith. You can come to church week after week and “bump into” Jesus. That isn’t the same as reaching out to touch Him in faith.
Spurgeon said about this purposeful touch of faith by this woman:
It is not every contact with Christ that saves men; it is the arousing of yourself to come near to him, the determinate, the personal, resolute, believing touch of Jesus Christ which saves.
What I love is how Jesus stops and talks directly to this woman. He could’ve been in a rush — like I would have probably been, as He was on the way to see the ruler of the synagogue’s sick daughter. But no, He stops! He talks to her! And He gives her a unique title: Daughter. No other woman did He call daughter. Only her.
I learned from this miracle that God values us coming to Him in faith, even when we are afraid to come. This lady was scared! She was an outcast. She knew she was considered unclean. Yet she came anyway. She touched Him believing He could heal, yet not wanting to draw attention to herself. Jesus honored her faith and calls her daughter.
He will stop and heal my needs, He will take notice of me, He will claim me as His daughter; I just need to come to him with the touch of true faith!
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