In the book of Luke, there is an interesting story that takes place as Jesus is going to heal Jairus’ sick daughter. They are interrupted on their way and we pick up this story in the second half of verse 42 in chapter 8:
‘As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”’
Now, I don’t know what part of this encounter sticks out most to you. Is it the fact that she had the faith to be well? The desperation in her heart that she would refuse to be denied? The hunger she had to push through the crowd to get to Jesus? That she spent all of her money on doctors with no success? The fact that Jesus had such an awareness of the presence of God that he knew power had left him? Or is it that her faith and healing brought her the peace that she so long desired? Whatever it is that you see in this story is important, but I would like to pose a different question.
Luke records that she “declared why she had touched him” and we see in Matthew 9:21 exactly what that declaration was: “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” What was it that made her say that? That is my question and I have never heard anyone ask it before. As I began to search out an answer, I noticed that this was not a singular event (bold emphasis is mine):
Luke 6:19 “And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.”
Mark 3:9-10 “And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him.”
Mark 6:56 “And whenever he came in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplace and implored him that they might touch even the hem of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”
Matthew 14:35-36 “And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick and implored him that they might only touch the hem of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”
Jesus didn’t have to pray. He didn’t have to lay hands on all of the people. Many times he had power go out from him when people touched him. People knew that healing was coming from him, but again, how did they know to touch him?
We find a major hint in the book of Numbers. Now, it is important to keep in mind that Jesus was Jew. He was perfect in every aspect. Jesus did not follow the teachings of the Pharisees that added to the scripture, but he did obligate himself fully to the word of God.
It says in Numbers 15:37-41, ‘The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”’
We see here that the hem of the garment was a representation of the word of God. Every one of the people in the above scriptures, including the woman with the issue of blood, was saying, “If I can get ahold of the word of God, then I can be well.” And they were!!!
Psalm 107:20 “He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”
Whatever your problem is today—whatever your struggle is—go to the word of God until you find peace and stay there until you have your answer! It works every time! Perpetual victory belongs to you; it just has to be enforced! Stop talking about “the Old Testament this” and “the New Testament that.” The Bible is the Bible. It’s a one book, book. Take the whole thing and work the instructions. He is a miracle WORKING God!!!
Until next time, continue your journey with joy!