The Lord keeps bringing me back to this same story about Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood…

Good morning Jeanette,

I’m reading in Luke 8 this morning, in my daily devotions, about Jairus – the ruler of the local synagogue, who’s 12-year-old daughter was at death’s door, and also about the woman with the issue of blood.

The Lord seems to be drawing me back to these two accounts and I’m pretty sure the reason is because He has a message for you.

It says that Jairus urgently begged Jesus to come with him quickly to his house, but that the multitudes thronged Him, hindering His progress.

It goes on to say that in the crowd there was a timid, yet desperate woman, who had been afflicted with a flow of blood for twelve years.

Luke, himself a physician, admits that she had spent ALL of her life-savings and her income on physicians without getting any help; and in Mark’s Gospel he adds that she actually had gotten worse under the doctor’s care (Mark 5:26)!

She sensed that there was power in Jesus to heal her, so she eased her way through the crowd to where He was.

Stooping down, she touched the border of His garment, the hem or fringe that formed the lower border of a Jew’s robe.

This woman was very alone. No one would have wanted to be around her. She couldn’t go out in public. She couldn’t be hugged by her family. Twelve years is a long time to be quarantined from all people!

Not only was she considered unclean, but she probably felt it as well, having to deal with the logistics of trying to have clean clothes and linens for twelve years.

She was desperate for healing. So much so that she didn’t worry about what other people would think or at least she didn’t let her worries stop her.

She also had great hope that Jesus’ power could heal her.

Faith and determination are of great worth in the Lord’s sight. For without faith, it is impossible to please God.

The Bible admonishes us to know who He is and to come BOLDLY with any request we have!

Jesus isn’t afraid of the supposed uncleanliness that disease may bring.

People with physical ailments need help and mercy, not isolation and condemnation.

Jesus didn’t have to acknowledge the woman. Her faith to touch the hem of his garment was enough to heal her.

It seems that He wanted to look her in the eye, not to yell at her for bothering Him, but to see the beautiful, genuine faith emanating from her heart.

He wanted to acknowledge that she didn’t have to suffer anymore.

She was free!

We’re told in the Bible to ask and keep on asking with the same faith and determination of this dear woman in this story.

What was she basing this act of faith about touching the Hem of His garment on?

Numbers 15:38-39

38 “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners.

39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined,

Deuteronomy 22:12

12 “You shall make tassels on the four corners of the clothing with which you cover yourself.
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Summing up her courage, born of desperation after 12 years of seeking and finding no relief, she went to find Him—an act of faith and hope.

But what she came upon was a cluster of men thronged around Him all heading to Jairus’s house along a tight, earthen street.

What to do? We all know what she did.

She squeezed through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment, and instantaneously, “her issue of blood dried up and stopped,” something that she sensed (Mark 5:29), “she felt in her body that she had been healed of that plague”

I think God wants you to have that same resolve, that you will NOT REST until you receive your healing, something for which the Bible clearly states that Jesus has already paid for in full (1 Peter 2:24).

I’m also praying with you, standing with you and believing with you every step of the way along this path.

Skip 🙏♥️🙏

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