She Spoke Her Miracle Into Being

Woman_with_an_issue_of_blood-350-webby Rex Rouis

Let us read about a woman who was able to tap into the power of God and receive healing for a long-term illness, and she did it all on her own.

When Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him while He was by the sea. One of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet and kept begging Him, “My little daughter is at death’s door. Come and lay Your hands on her so she can get well and live.”

So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd was following and pressing against Him. A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His robe. For she said, “If I can just touch His robe, I’ll be made well! ” Instantly her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was cured of her affliction.

At once Jesus realized in Himself that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My robes?” His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing against You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?

So He was looking around to see who had done this. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came with fear and trembling, fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth. “Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be free from your affliction. Mark 5:21-34

This woman was sick for 12 long years and had spent all that she had to get well, but had only gotten worse. Nothing worked. Now she was deathly ill and poor. This illness also carried with it a social stigma, one that kept her from going out in public. She was a lonely poor insignificant woman in a harsh and corrupt religious man’s world.

Alone, sick, and broke, the odds were against her and nobody would have faulted her for giving up, but she did not. She had heard of Jesus. She had heard that He was healing people – people just like her. Could He heal her? Would He heal her?! Something deep inside of her said, “Yes.” And that deep something also told her that all she needed to do was touch the edge of Jesus’ clothing and she would be made whole.

She started to say to herself, “If I am able touch to His clothes, I will be healed of this disease.” At first she probably only thought it in her heart, then spoken as a faint whisper, and finally as a soft yet bold declaration to herself. She said it to herself continually – at her home, on her way to  Jesus, and finally as she pushed her way through the unruly and selfish crowd.

It would not be easy. She was not even supposed to be out in public. She finally spots Jesus walking along, but He is with Jairus, one of the leaders of the local Synagogue. Jairus was the last person she wanted to see today, but she cannot stop, she must go on. She plans to touch Him secretly from behind. Hopefully He will never know.

She does it, and Jesus doesn’t feel it, except that He does feel the power of God leave His body. “Somebody touched Me,” He shouts out. The disciples are amazed. Everybody is touching Him. However, this was no ordinary touch. This was the touch of faith, a touch that pulls the power of God. He just had to know who it was that had that kind of faith, a faith able to pull power from Him without His knowledge. She too knew that power had gone out of Him and into her. She also knew that she had been healed.

Terrified, she comes forward and tells her story to Jesus, in front of Jairus and the whole crowd. Jesus then tells everyone that it was her faith that made here whole, and that she could now go home completely healed of her disease. She may have been secretly healed but she has now been publicly vindicated and honored as a woman of faith. She will carry the healing for the rest of her life, and that badge of honor for all eternity.

This lonely sick forgotten woman moved the hand of God by the sheer force of her personal faith. She is the only person recorded in the Bible to have been healed by Jesus without His even knowing about it. She alone determined the time of her visitation, and in so doing impressed Jesus, the Son of the Living God. For that, she is in the Bible, and no longer forgotten.

Comments

  1. The scripture is fun and inspiring to read, only when done with the light and understanding of the holyghost, i wish to join any team of evangelical mission to take this gospel to the ends of the earth .

  2. This teaching has reminded me of what faith can do,and how to use my faith in Jesus to receive my miracles.

  3. A touch from Jesus can change us forever. This story is so touching and refreshing . May the love of God through Jesus Christ Lord always be our hope. Thanks for this article. We need more articles like this, especially in today’s world. -Mimi-

  4. God’s power flows in the direction of faith .Thanks so much for this article.

  5. Amazing! She drew power without Jesus having a relationship with her prior to the experience.
    How does this translate to the present day believer?
    I Have been trusting God for so long, still standing in confessions and waiting for a bountiful harvest of physical manifestations, and that today is my day of salvation but am still expectantly waiting, am I still missing something vital?
    Please pray with me and respond sir..

  6. Oh my goodness, I had never thought about how Jairus being there would complicate things even more for her! Now I have to meditate on that more. Wow. I have read so much on this site and never commented, thanks for this site, your teaching and sharing and as well as all the other authors!

    1. Author

      Tim – Amazing isn’t it? And just think about Jairus that day. He experienced an unclean woman out in open healed by God and then he had his daughter raised to life again. Jairus initially was in faith (Mark 5:23) but he needed a helping hand from Jesus later on (Mark 5:36). God bless you. Rex

  7. It’s what our faith could do whenever we believe. All you need for God’s intervention is the ability of the faith at work in you.

  8. I always thought of her touching his garment in faith. I never thought of her speaking faith before hand. Very good article. This brought to mind the Scripture, Job 22:28 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.”

  9. In my mind I’m with this woman in the street. I can see her. She is cautiously making her way along in the crowd. She may have known the way this Jesus would walk and concealed herself at some hidden corner of a building where she knew He would have to pass by – all the while with questions of what she was doing racing through her mind. She knew she shouldn’t be there, it was against the religious law for someone in her condition to be there. I believe there could have been fear there, fear of her being found out before she could see Him – touch Him. The press of the crowd is great. So many people. She moves through the crowd and from behind she thrusts her hand gently forward and simply touches his garment. It’s not a grab as if she is trying to stop His forward progress and center His attention to her – it is the touch of someone who in faith believes this is all that is necessary. And God’s love flows out from Himself and heals through her faith. Praise You Father! Thanks Rex for this. I’ve read many of the healing scriptures and related stories from your sight. They (the scriptures and the stories) inspire my faith. Thank you.
    Andy

    1. Author

      Andrew – And thanks to you for your encouragement and faithfulness. It really means a lot to me. We need to talk sometime soon. I will send you a note.

      I really love the story of this woman. She received her healing on her own with the odds fully stacked against her. Actually, that is the way it usually works. I like your image above, especially the line, ‘it is the touch of someone who in faith believes this is all that is necessary.’ Yes, that is the peacefully confident touch of faith. Her touch was materially different from the ones who were pulling on Him in needy doubt. Your heart yearns for the other people but they have no faith to complete the work.

      I was in a similar situation in Pakistan several years ago. We were in a small Christian village and after we ministered we walked around talking and praying for people. They would hold on to you in any they could. When you shook hands with them they did not want to let go because when you were gone their hope was gone. Slightly silly maybe, but I was hoping at any moment to feel something flow out of me for someone. It never did, although we did see some instant miracles. One young woman had some kind of large tumor in her belly. We prayed for her and it went down immediately. I wanted the same thing for everyone of them. Someday it will happen. God bless you Andy. Rex

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