Summary: Jesus heals the Woman with the issue of blood
The Old Testament has many aspects of God’s law that we don’t understand. One of these is found in
19 “‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.
25 “‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.
27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
Why am I talking about such an unpleasant thing at the Church? I just want you to understand one of the most amazing miracles performed by Jesus and we need to read this Scripture first to fully understand what the Lord did for a woman that had an issue of blood.
24b ... A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM WITH THIS WOMAN?
She had continuing problems. "If the issue stops, she must wait seven days to be declared cleansed" (Lev. 15:28 ELT). "An issue of blood twelve years" (Mk. 5:25). She has not been ceremonially clean for 12 years.
She was financially draining. "Spent all that she had" (Mk. 5:26).
She was in pain "She . . . was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse" (Mk. 5:26).
She was a social outcast. "Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness" (Lev. 15:31).
But imagine having that issue of blood every day of your life for 12 years.
Thats 4,383 days.
For 12 years, she bore the emotional and psychological baggage of being unclean and untouchable
* No hugs, kisses, or any type of intimacy with a husband (if she had one)
* She could not prepare her family’s food (if she even had one)
* She could not do housework;
* She couldn’t be a wife;
* She couldn’t be a mommy;
* She had sat in an isolated house for 12 years staring at the walls.
* For all intents and purpose, she was as good as dead.
But then she hears about Jesus. He comes to her town. He’s healed others.
HE CAN HEAL HER!!!
Jesus should not touch her. She thought Jesus might become unclean if He healed her with a touch. "Whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean" (Lev. 15:19).
She rushes to the center of town breathlessly hoping she can still catch Him. But then she stops short when she sees that Jesus is surrounded by a crowd of people making their way away from her and toward the center of town.
But she’s desperate.
She must get to Jesus.
And in a moment of inspiration it occurs to her: this man, this Jesus, is a great healer.
Maybe if she could just TOUCH HIM
Maybe if she could quietly make her way through the crowd and touch (pause) yes if she could just touch the hem of his garment then she might be healed.
You see, in those days, Jews wore cloaks with tassels on their four corners. The tassels had a blue cord woven into it which reminded them of Gods law and their duty to keep the law. Many people had an almost superstitious belief that these tassels as sacred objects. Its the only thing that seems explain the fact that she sought to touch the hem of His garment.
So she slowly and methodically makes her way thru the crowd. Nobody pays much attention to her. Perhaps her shawl pulled down close to her face to avoid being recognized as the "unclean woman". Some are probably annoyed by being pushed aside by one more woman in the crowd.
And at last, she’s close.
She hears Jesus and Jairus talking.
Quickly she kneels down and brushes her hand against the tassel and immediately she feels the change in her body. Its like a tingling sensation a warmth that courses thru her body.
And she knows she’s been healed.