I want to invite you on a journey to challenge yourself with me, my Pastor's wife, and a few other ladies from my church to read through the New Testament in the next 40 days! I know I know it sounds, impossible, but I assure you if you'll set aside a few extra minutes each day! YOU CAN DO IT and you will see how the Holy Spirit will open your eyes as we discipline ourselves in the area of reading the Word. Today we read through Mark 1-4! As I was reading through chapter 3 something caught my eye. I always keep my notepad and pen handy to write down things that I get questions from, so that I can ask the Holy Spirit and study them more deeply later. It's important to train yourself to not just read the Bible like a book, but read it with the realization that every detail has the potential to be life changing. If you believe that, then you'll find yourself more hungry than ever before to know and understand the Word.
Mark 3:10 "For He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him"
Now what caused that to stand out? Doesn't that sound familiar!!!! I immediately thought about the woman with the issue of blood in Mark chapter 5. In chapter 3 we see that MANY with afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him and yet in chapter 5 we see this whole big deal made out of one woman who did what many had already done. Verses 25-34 are all about this one woman.
What Made Her Different?
It doesn't say for sure in Mark 3 that those crowding Jesus were or were not healed, but if you look at the other reference in Luke 6:19 it says "And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing THEM ALL". So, why was her story told? What makes her so special?
This is what we know about her, she was desperate, suffering, and incurable. She's been through much pain and sorrow, she'd spent all of her money trying to get well, and still at the end of the day according to the law she was unclean, unfit, disqualified. According to the law no one was allowed to touch her and SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH ANYONE. That means for the last 12 years this woman had to try to make it without touch, without relationship, without love, unclean, apart from everything God had created man for... So this is what the Holy Spirit showed me.
First off that which we've all heard and is right in front of our face. "Your faith has made you well". Obviously it was her faith that healed her. We knows Hebrews 11:6 "without faith it is impossible to please Him". But, it's not just the fact that she was healed that intrigues me.
Next is this. Her story tells something very important, she gives us a literal picture of our salvation. Did you know that the number 12 is the number of completeness and perfection in the Bible? It is no coincidence that in her 12th year of infirmity she comes upon Jesus. It is no coincidence that her illness according to the LAW made her unclean. It is no coincidence that her faith is what made her well.
We under the law are in the same condition as this woman.This woman represents us without Jesus. We are bound and stuck in our destitute state. There is no intimacy with the God who created us (just as a woman who is unclean according to the law can have no intimacy with her husband). Without Jesus we can never fully know the love, peace, healing, joy, etc. we were created for.
One time of reaching out to touch Jesus and this woman was healed. His power flowed out and into her (Doesn't the Word say that the power comes with the Holy Spirit which we receive once we get saved?) One time crying out to Jesus and her complete nature was changed. She is no longer "unclean", she is no longer "destitute", she's no longer stuck where she'd always been.
The final thing He showed me. Romans 10 verse 9 says that if we believe in our heart, and confess with our mouth then we will be saved. Once again it is no coincidence that she thought "If I touch Him, I will get well"... she BELIEVED and then she "told Him the whole truth", she CONFESSED with her mouth.
What made her different? This woman is the complete story of the salvation that was to be coming through Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Be Blessed, J. Tate