In our times of trouble we as Christians need to learn to call upon the name of the Lord…
One of those names is Jehovah Rapha, which means:
“I am the LORD, who heals you.” (see Exodus 15:26)
The story of this woman takes place within a larger story.
Jesus is answering a 911 call, as He’s on his way to a synagogue leader’s house to heal his dying daughter (see Mark 5:21–24), when this unnamed woman causes an interruption to His progress.
What we know about the woman is, first, she had a bleeding condition, and the issue had continued for twelve years. That’s a very long time.
Second, she had spent all her money on treatments from many doctors, and nothing had helped; in fact, the blood issue had only grown worse (see Mark 5:25–26).
We also know that Jewish Law declared her to be ceremonially unclean, due to her bleeding issue (Leviticus 15:25-27).
This meant that it was unlawful for her to be out in public and she would not have been permitted to enter the temple for Jewish religious ceremonies.
According to the Law, anything or anyone she touched became unclean as well.
The fact that she was in the crowd pressing around Jesus means that each person who bumped into her would have become unclean, too—including Jesus.
But, after twelve years of suffering, she was obviously desperate for a miracle.
“When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed’” (Mark 5:27–28).
As soon as the woman touches Jesus, her bleeding stops and she knows she’s been healed.
In an instant, Jesus does what no doctor in twelve years had been able to.
Whatever your problem, whatever you face, Jesus is more than enough… call upon His name!
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