The Woman with the issue of blood…

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)

Mark 5:25-34

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.

She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’

32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

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!

Come join the Adventure!

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Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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