There is a story in every one of the 4 gospels, beside one, which has always marked me somehow.
Side note: I highly encourage you to listen to this song while reading this post- Wind, Kari Jobe
Perhaps, growing up and reading about this particular story resonated with me somehow. I cannot explain it, but every time I read it it would stir my heart to tears.
This story begins with a huge crowd (think pre-covid), on the eastern side of the sea of Galilee. Jesus gets out of the boat and stands among the crowd that was waiting for him.
A man, known as Jairus, rushed through the crowd and stopped in front of Jesus. The people closest were probably a little shocked by the man's clothing since he was apart of the synagogue. Jairus bows at the feet of Jesus and begs him to come and heal his daughter.
As this was happening, a woman is pushing her way through the crowd - risking all she has- to do something that completed a prophecy. With a blood issue for 12 years, she has been living in isolation. "UNCLEAN" was her anthem for years. (see in Leviticus 15:19-33 to see why she was labeled as "unclean")
After reading this story in most of the gospels for years, I'm sure you never realized that this woman's actions were not only powerful but redemptive. I didn't, until now.
The crowd is pressing closer to Jesus. The disciples are still trying to get used to the popularity that the Messiah has created, so they might be getting a little frustrated at this point.
The woman of the blood issue is still making her way through the crowd. Just think, this is probably the first time she has ever been this close to other people in years. Imagine never touching. Never hugging people.
It's easy to think that today since we are not familiar with physical contact like before.
I can just imagine the woman literally fighting the crowd to where Jesus is standing as he is talking to a man begging on his knees.
She finally breaks through and reaches her hand out to touch the hem of his garment.
Wow. You're probably saying, "is that it?" If you are like me, for years I always thought she touched the bottom of his tunic because that was probably the only thing that she could reach. Did you ever think that by her actions she was singing to the world that Jesus is the Messiah?
Let me show you how symbolic her actions were. Let's turn to Numbers 15:38-39.
“Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes-"
Remember that the Israelites would have tassels on the corner of their garments. Especially Levitical priests.
"But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings."
Buckle up. Are you ready for this? The word, wings, is the same root word used for the corner/border of a garment in Numbers.
Why is this relevant?
Let me show you what the woman with the bleeding issue says word for word.
"she said, 'If I just touched his clothes, I'll be made well.'"
The sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in HIS wings.
"He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings."
After the woman finally reaches for the edge of Jesus' garment, instantly her bleeding stops. She is healed. Man, writing this is giving me chill bumps.
Jesus says, "who touched me?"
Thinking that they were in trouble, the disciples all deny touching him. Jesus responds with, "Someone did touch me, I know that power has gone out from me."
The woman, knowing that she was discovered came trembling and fell down before him in the presence of everyone and said that it was she. She touched him.
Oh, what faith.
Jesus calls her, "Daughter."
"Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
This woman had an encounter that revealed much more than His healing touch. As she was bowing to her savior, she was admitting to the entire world that Jesus is the High Priest, He is the Healer, He is the Sun of Righteousness that has come to save.
I pray that this short devotional has stirred your heart and opened your eyes to the marvel of His awe-inspiring works. Thank you for reading, friends.
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