She doesn’t have a name but she was very brave and full of faith. This women mentioned in both Matthew and Luke Gospels overcame unbelievable odds to be healed by Jesus. The story begins when Jarius a synagogue official approaches Jesus and askes him to come to his home and heal his dying daughter, (Luke chapter 8:40-49) Jesus agrees to go with him. Luke describes a crowd of people followed Jesus and in the crowd a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his outer robe. Jesus, feeling his power of healing leave him, said “Who touched Me?” While the crowd was denying it Peter said, “Master the people are crowding and pushing against you!” When the woman saw she had not escaped Jesus noticing her she came before him trembling and told him why she touched him. Jesus replied “Daughter, your faith (your personal trust and confidence in me) has made you well. Go in peace (untroubled, undisturbed well-being.)” (Luke 8:48AMP).
It isn’t as simple as it sounds. She didn’t just happen to be in the crowd. This women was suffering and she had a plan. First of all it says in both accounts that she had been hemorrhaging for 12 years. There are many things that could have caused this but Luke said she had spent all her money on physicians and could not be healed. This was bad in the Jewish culture. As long as she was hemorrhaging she was considered unclean. That meant according to the laws found in Leviticus chapter 12 she had to stay outside the “camp” could not enter the synagogue to worship. She should yell unclean when anyone approached her because if they touched her they would become unclean and would have to perform other rituals to be “clean” again. She definitely was not supposed to be in a crowd. So we have to assume she was there intentionally to see Jesus and be healed.
Its also interesting where she touched him. She touched the tassel on his outer robe. Jewish men wore outer robes with tassels on each corner and there was a blue thread that ran through the tassel. This thread was there to remind the wearer of the commandments of God and represent the wearer’s “Holiness.” (Numbers 15:38-40) Being unclean the woman could not be holy. She touched the “Holiness” of Jesus and became clean. Now don’t mistake me Jesus healed her not the tassel. But I think the tassel is a good representation of how Jesus heals.
This woman bravely broke the Jewish cultural rules in order to get to Jesus to receive her healing. Jesus instead of reprimanding her for not following the old laws instead rewarded her not only with healing but also by praising the faith she had in him.
He had many reasons to be upset at her, to reprimand her. She had broken old testament law and social laws. She had surprised him. She had interrupted him on his way to heal Jarius’s daughter. But Jesus showed her love. He wasn’t upset or angry or frustrated that it was taking longer to get to his destination. He just loved on her.
I have personally struggled a lot with healing. The healing of my back and nerve damage has been a slow painful process. It will be 3 years next month since I ruptured my S5 disk. A week ago I fell and broke my right kneecap. Same leg as the nerve damage in my foot. I feel like I just took a huge step backwards in my healing process. My back is sore from the fall, my nerve pain is a little more intense than normal, its been deflating to say the least. There have been many times on this journey I’ve told myself. If I knew Jesus was walking around a city in USA I’d spend any amount of money to get to him to touch the tassel on his outer robe. And its only been 3 years, I can’t imagine how I’ll feel in 12. But Jesus continues to show me his love, he continues to heal me, slowly. I know he is always with me and is more familiar with pain than I am.
If you need healed of something today, don’t give up on your healing. Have faith. Press into that faith. Whether your sick with Covid 19, cancer, parkinsons, depression, anxiety or a broken knee cap Jesus can and will heal you. If you’re in need of healing I’d like to pray for you today.
Dear Sweet Jesus,
I pray for your divine touch on the life of my friend. I pray for your healing over their body, mind and spirit. I believe that you died on the cross to save me from my sins. I confess that you are Lord of all. I believe that I am healed by your stripes and covered in your blood. Thank you for your healing, your touch and your wisdom. Please lead my friend into my next steps to receive healing whether that be divinely though you or though the capable hands of many medical friends and their wisdom. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
5 thoughts on “Brave Women in the Bible, The Woman With the Hemorrhage for 12 years”
Good evening 2BB. My goodness! Thank you for your continued devotion to Holy Spirit’s leading. I love the story of this woman. God says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Can you imagine I read this at one time praying He’d give me “peace with God”? Holy smokes! Then I began to realize I had competing desires that needed a boot. Thank God He didnt grant them!!
As i read your message I find myself desiring her faith. Or is it Jesus’ kudos?
So sorry for your knee. Praying you’ll avoid surgery. I was recently talking about “thankful in all circumstances” and how its one thing, for me to “suck it up”, smile and say, “Thank you, Lord” out the side of my mouth. I realized it really is another to thank God, in Spirit and Truth, for the affliction of someone I care about. Truly, (I think) I’d rather take the afliction myself than even thank God they have it, even knowing He works in all things for good.
It occurred to me, perhaps you dont need a particular healing in this time because Jesus is using it to be glorified. Would you give up your affliction if glorifying Jesus had to go with it? Thank you so much for the question you just placed in my own heart. I dont think Jesus desires our suffering. And sin and brokeness are in the world. So how about we take what the enemy intended for our evil and allow our Lord to turn it into the good of many? I am praying for your strength. Yes! You can do all thats requred of you, plus some, thru Christ who strengthens you! Yes! And Amen!! His joy is your strength. Holy smokes!!!
Thank you for your prayers Keith. And I do think we need to endure if His glory comes from our suffering. It’s easy to say but hard to do sometimes.
I’ve just found you through the Abide App: I listened to Rhythms of Grace this morning, and searched for you on Google, as I need to know more about this.
The story of the the woman touching Jesus’ garment is one of my favourites. I’ve been ill, with fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression for 40 years, (I’ve also had breast cancer). And I’m getting worse. I totally relate to you, as I have sciatica and nerve pain.
It’s difficult when we don’t see the healing we so desire. But God is doing a greater healing within us, leading us into fellowship with his suffering, and leading us to trust him more fully.
I pray you will experience Jesus’ grace and strength, and healing where you most need it.
May God bless you,
Thank you Helen. I pray you have healing too. and your right. God does use these periods of suffering to draw us closer to him. I pray you have a turn around today, that you are no longer “getting worse” but instead begin to improve, especially with your depression. Although I have had a glimpse of how devastating it feels when your body doesn’t do what you want it to I believe you can have relief from your anxiety and depression. I pray for that for you in Jesus Name.
Thank you so much for your prayers. The depression and anxiety have lifted, and I’m feeling more positive. Thanks again!!