I am in a bible study with a group of men who are putting the bible under a microscope. Each week we read about ten verses and we discuss them. It is amazing what we are learning from hearing different observations. This post is in honor of them.
Luke 8: 43-48 NLT
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 43 And there was a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians,[e] she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter[f] said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 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. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
– Can you imagine the weariness of dealing with the condition for 12 years?
– Mark tells us she used all her finances and seen all the physicians she could and still was not healed of this condition.
– Because of her issue with blood, she would have been considered “unclean.”
– She approached from behind, not the front – was that shame?
– How did she make it through the crowd?
– Jesus called her out. He made her tell her story to the crowd. Maybe because these are the same people who knew she was an “outcast.” Not anymore.
– The result of her faith – healing and peace.
– How cool is it that Jesus was so sensitive to God’s leading that he could feel power go out in a touch of a hand?
Want a cool challenge today? Find a bible story from one of the Gospels and do the same thing. Let questions, thoughts and statements begin to flow. This story of one gutsy gal has been growing me for the last week. What will your bible story do with you?