Summary: This sermon shows how we should have the determination of a Pit Bull to do God’s will and constantly seeking and encouraging those to find Christ who do not have a relationship with Jesus the Christ.
When I think of pit bulls my mind automatically goes to that dog that has a mind set of not letting go. Once it gets a hold of you it will not let go. It is determined no matter what to hold on to its victim until its victim is dead. A pit bull’s jaws are designed to lock together once they are closed. The only way to open their mouths is to pry their mouths open or to shoot them in the head. I saw this show on HBO about pit bulls and pit bull fights. I was really shocked at how the owners of these dogs train these dogs for the fight. They strap weights on their backs and have them run around a man-made indoor track to strengthen their legs, thighs, and chest muscles which enables them to be stronger and have enormous amounts of stamina.
These dogs are trained to fight to the death. There is no retreat or no surrender with these dogs. They have been trained to have a vicious and determined mentality. Stopping with that thought, that brings me to my first of two points.
Point Number One: Looking For Help From the Helpless
Let’s look at this story with the woman that had an issue of blood. It’s not for certain exactly what type of issue, all we know is that it could have been bleeding from a cancerous tumor, it could have been bleeding from a type of aids, or it even could have been a problem with the female menstrual cycle. All we know for certain is that she had this issue for twelve long years.
Now try to picture this woman hemorrhaging for twelve long years and it could not be controlled. She had seen many doctors and had spent all of her money and her condition got worse. She felt hopeless, ashamed, embarrassed and unworthy.
The woman afflicted with an uncontrollable hemorrhage, which was considered unclean. No one could touch her or anything she touched. She was ostracized and cut off from society and excommunicated from all religious observances. If she was married, she was to be divorced. You can read this in Leviticus 15:25-27.
The fact of this woman’s uncleanness had sunk deeply into her mind, for she had been cut off from society and family. She was left all alone for twelve years. She had gone to every doctor she knew or had ever heard about, and not one was able to help her. You can read this more in detail in Matthew 5:26.
She used all of her finances to pay doctors who thought that they could solve her problem and soon found out that it was beyond their knowledge.
We all have the same problem. We often look to the helpless for help. When all else fails, there is Jesus the Christ. Most people try loddie doddie and everybody before they try Jesus. There is no need to reach the point of helplessness, there is no need to reach the end of our ropes, there is no need to become depressed.
Point Number 2: A Determined Spirit
The woman was at her wits end with this issue of blood and was without any more money. She was broke! This woman still had this issue of blood. She knows that no one wants her around; she knows that she has been excommunicated from the church; she knows that she must divorce her husband if she is married; she knows that she cannot touch anyone or anything; she knows that no one wants her around. She’s embarrassed about her condition. She ashamed about her condition, she’s feeling unworthy about her condition. All of these thoughts are racing through her mind day in and day out for twelve years. She knew in her mind and society that she was considered unclean; therefore, she felt unworthy to meet this man named Jesus the Christ.
She had heard that this man Jesus was able to heal the sick. She heard that this man named Jesus could give sight to the blind. She heard that this man named Jesus could make the lame walk. She heard that this man named Jesus could clam the raging sea. She heard that this man named Jesus could speak things into existence. She heard that this man named Jesus could raise the dead.
This woman had heard all of these things and in her heart she believed that if she could just touch the hem of His garments, she would be made whole. This hopeless woman believed what she had heard about Jesus the Christ. She believed in her thoughts and in her heart. She believed in two things. One, she believed the gospel: all that she had heard about Jesus the Christ. Two, she believed in the power of Jesus the Christ to make her whole.