“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.” (Matthew 9:20-22, ESV).
God wants to break the chains in your life. He doesn’t bring them; He doesn’t cause trouble for you; He isn’t responsible for bad things that happen. God wants the very best for you, but we must make the decision that He will help us. God isn’t a genie in a lamp, a magic slot machine, or a waiter at Burger King. And make no mistake, bad things simply happen to good people. But when they do, God is there with you to see you through and help you achieve the victory you need.
The story of the woman with the issue of blood is well known to those who regularly read the Bible. There is a lot to the story which you may find applies to you as well. Let’s begin with a little bit of her back-story.
She is a woman of the Old Covenant; born into it and subject to it. This woman appears to be a mature woman – middle-aged, and although chronologically able to have children, her condition has left her infertile. There is no mention of any relative, attendant or a maid who accompanies her. It is safe to assume she is alone in the world.
A woman with the on-going condition of unstoppable menstrual flow would be an enormous burden to her family. Under the covenant of that time, she was considered ceremonially unclean; therefore, anything she touched or sat on would be unclean. She would have to wash her garments several times a day, likely layering her clothes so that her condition didn’t draw any attention to her.
This woman’s life must have been very lonely. Because she was unclean, anyone who touched her was unclean. This would keep her or any loved ones from participating in congregational worship in the synagogue; something that was considered vital to the spiritual life of a Jew.
For twelve years her life was a hopeless existence of loneliness, humiliation and poverty. Her condition would have left her unemployable. But she had heard about Jesus; how He had commanded an evil spirit to leave a man; how He had healed Peter’s mother-in-law; don’t forget the story of Jesus healing a leper, the paralytic, and had sent a legion of demons from a man running around naked, living in a cemetery, too strong to put in chains.
She said to herself… she literally convinced herself that if she touched Jesus, she would be made well. With faith, she crawled through the crowd and touched His garment. Jesus, knowing that power had gone from Him, turned with compassion and spoke to her.
Whatever hopeless situation you find yourself in today, if you will focus your faith on Jesus, you can be made well too.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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