Here’s the story of a woman with great faith and courage to defy the laws of man, believe in the power of Jesus, proclaim that she would be healed, and to press through a crowd of people to receive her healing by touching Jesus’ garment.
Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV)
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. 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.”
Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter, who was near death. While he was traveling, a woman who experienced a discharge of blood for 12 years was desperate to be healed. Why was she desperate? First, she had experienced her blood problem for 12 years. The emotional and physical effects were probably tremendous. Second, she went to many physicians and “suffered many things”. Third, she had “spent all that she had and was no better”. Fourth, she would have been considered “unclean” (Leviticus 15:19-33) during the entire 12 years, meaning that not only could no one touch her, but she could not touch anyone else, otherwise they would be considered unclean.
She believed that Jesus could heal her. She had an obstacle – a crowd of people surrounding Jesus. Even the disciples exclaimed that there were a multitude of people around Jesus (v31). As a result, her deciding to press through a crowd of people to touch Jesus put her at tremendous risk – a risk she was willing to take because she knew in her heart that Jesus would heal her.
While other people who received healing asked Jesus to be healed, here’s an example of a woman who believed and said that she would be healed if only she could touch his garment. In verse 28, it says that she “said”. The word “said” in this verse means to speak out, to affirm, or to point out with words. The woman said that if she could only touch Jesus’ garment, she would be made well (or whole). This Greek word means to save a suffering one (from perishing), for example one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, or restore to health.
She was speaking from the heart. She experienced 12 years of suffering, and when she heard about Jesus, she not only believed in her heart, she proclaimed that she would be healed by touching his garment. Jesus said that from the mouth the heart speaks (Luke 6:45). She believed that Jesus could heal her and said it over and over. (Matthew 9:20; Mark 5:28)
Jesus, realizing that power had gone out from Him, asked who had touched His clothes (v 30) and looked in the crowd for her (v 32). Then, he had her publically confess what she had done in front of the multitude of people. She dropped down in front of Jesus with “fear and trembling”. And, in front of everyone, Jesus’ displayed compassion and calmed her fears by called her “daughter”. In Matthew’s account of this healing, Jesus said, “Daughter, be of good comfort”. He reassured her that her faith had made her well. And, the confession by the woman to Jesus in front of the crowd and the reassurance by Jesus of her healing more than likely restored her social standing as well (after 12 long years)!
She believed with her heart and said with her mouth that Jesus would heal her, and she received her healing.
Is there a situation in your life today that you need to believe with your heart and proclaim with your mouth that Jesus has taken care of it? Find a verse in the bible in which God’s promise applies to your situation. Jesus will honor your faith. Jesus is approachable. Jesus has compassion on those who come to Him. Go to Jesus in prayer and believe that He answers prayer!
Find scriptures that apply to your life and speak them out loud. Start speaking life over your body, your finances, your family and your children. Stop speaking what you feel. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
PRAYER: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
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