February 6, 2015
“…a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years…” Luke 8:43
This woman had begun a discharge of blood. It was nothing to be too concerned about at first. It was normal. Then it wouldn’t stop. The blood continued to flow to the point where she began to be concerned.
Her first concern, of course, was her health. So, she did what any normal person would do. She went to the physicians. The problem? None could heal her even though she had spent her entire livelihood on them. Years went by. Each year she became more and more desperate. After twelve years, she had all but given up hope. Then she heard of a man that people were calling the Messiah. Matthew and Mark both record her thoughts. She thought that if she could only touch his clothes, or the outer garment, His prayer shawl, then she would be made well.
In Malachi 4:2 it says, “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings…” A Jewish friend told me once that the prayer shawl was considered their “wings”. If this is the case, the woman could very well have been thinking of this verse as she touched Jesus’ clothes.
After she was made well, Jesus asked who touched Him. The woman became terrified and hid herself. Why? Because In the book of Leviticus, chapter 15, verse 25 it says, “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean.” Not only this but everything she touched would be unclean. Everyone she touched. This woman had probably not been touched, nor had she touched anyone in years. She was afraid. She should have been ostracized, but there she was, in the crowd, touching Jesus in faith.
When she could not hide any longer, she confessed that it was her and I am sure told her story. Jesus, instead of being angry, was the complete opposite. He said, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:48)
Perhaps there is something in your life that you are afraid to go to Jesus about. Don’t be afraid. Be of good cheer! Remember, there is healing in His wings. Don’t be afraid to reach out and touch Jesus.