Amazing Truths

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Who touched me?

Something happened and prompted a very interesting question in Luke 8:42-48. There was a woman who suffered from what the Bible (New King James version) termed as “a flow of blood” or “an issue of blood” in other versions. She had this illness or malady for twelve years! Mark 5:26 says, “she suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all she had and was no better but rather grew worse.” She moved from place to place, physician to physician, underwent all kinds of treatment, lost her entire livelihood in the process but the condition only grew worse. Society didn’t want to associate with her because of the nature of her condition.

One day, Jesus was on His way to the home of Jairus, a ruler of the Synagogue, to heal his [Jairus’] daughter who was seriously ill and was dying. As Jesus went, a crowd followed Him. The woman with the flow of blood heard about His whereabouts and decided to go there.

Luke 8:42 – 45 (emphasis supplied) says:

For he [Jairus] had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

But as He [Jesus] went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livlihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”

When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'”

So, the woman touches Jesus, gets healed. Jesus, being pressed by the crowd, notices a particular touch from a particular individual and His desciples are amazed at his asking, “Who touched Me?” Please note, the woman didn’t push or touch Jesus’s body, she only touched the hem or hem of His garment and He noticed it! we’ll get back to that in a while.

The story continues (Verses 46 to 48):

But Jesus said “Somebody touched Me, for I perceive power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Jesus distiguished that one touch from the many in the crowd for one reason, it was a touch of faith. What can we learn from this? Yes, many people find themselves in church every week, even offering prayers; but its not automatic that all will attract Jesus’ ‘attention.’ Its only those with faith who will receive benefits from the worship service, only those who exercise their faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ will have their prayers answered. The rest will just be like the multitudes that thronged Jesus. Some probably even spent the whole day with Him, walked long distances with Him but went back home the same. Faith is key and I will continue to emphasise its importance in my articles. Hebrews 11: 6 says “But without faith it is imposible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Anything we would want from God, including salvation cannot be received without faith. Lets take God at His word. He is who He says He is.

The woman believed that if touched the border of His garment, she would be healed (Mark 5:28). When we come to God in prayer, lets not doubt, for God is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think” (Eph 3:20). Fellow human beings can not solve all our problems. The woman spent all her money on human physicians but the condition only worsened. Human beings have limitations but God is omnipotent. Lets take our burdens both spiritual and otherwise to Him.

Also, society couldn’t associate with this woman because of the nature of her condition. She was considered unclean yet Jesus accepted her. No matter how huge or deep your guilt may be, public or private, Jesus will by no means cast you away if you come to Him in prayer. 1john 1:9 says “If we cofess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Isaiah 1:18 says, “‘Come now and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord , ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'” What an assurance. But I must make it clear, we can only receive this through faith.

So take God at His word, exercise your faith and be among those whose ‘touch’ can be distinguished from the pressing crowd.

God bless you as you exercise your faith today and in all days to come.

All Bible quotations in this article are from the New King James version (NKJV).

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March 29, 2009 - Posted by | Today's Word

2 Comments »

  1. Lovemore

    Powerful teaching. May the Lord continue to use you mightily and anoint you to share his word with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Few people are willing and obedient to God’s call to preach the gospel. Well done. I declare in the name of Jesus that you shall walk mightily in your calling.

    Yahweh’s Maiden

    Comment by Yahweh's Maiden | April 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you for the encouragement and the blessing. I’m glad you were blessed through the post. May the good Lord continue to bless you in all areas of your life.

      Lovemore.

      Comment by lovemoren | April 18, 2009 | Reply


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