Luke 8:43-44, 48b NIV 2011
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
A woman was untouchable while having their period. Leviticus 15:19, “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.” In essence this woman had no hope of healing. Matthew 14:36, “and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.” Jesus walked with Jairus to where Jairus’ daughter lay dying. The woman reached out in faith for healing. Reaching for Jesus in faith allows sinners to be healed.
There are many self-help gurus touting their healing ability. After trying every remedy available, some just give up. This woman heard the Truth and reached out to touch Jesus. Reaching out and choosing to believe Jesus Christ died for my sins was the first step in my journey toward healing. My walk includes time spent in conversation with Him even if it’s short. He needs to be the focus of my life. Daily I pray I will continue to reach out in faith to Him for healing.
How does this woman’s faith example encourage us?
Reaching for Jesus together,