How Was A Bleeding Woman Healed By Jesus?

Sharon Wilharm

What is the significance of the sense of touch?Our houses were our safe havens for most of 2020, and we avoided contact with other individuals for fear of contracting or spreading Covid.You may have remembered the sensation of reaching out and touching someone’s hand or hugging them for the very first time.Our subject today is a woman who was not meant to be anywhere near other people, and she was certainly not supposed to touch them, but she did, and oh, what a difference that made.I said last week that we’d be looking at Mary Magdelene, but it later occurred to me that the most of her tale takes place during the resurrection.

  1. As a result, we will move her to the back of the line and resume our chronological coverage with the Bleeding Woman today.

Her Story

The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke each describe the account of a lady who had been suffering from a blood condition for twelve years.A extra healing, similar to the Widow of Nain, was provided by the Bleeding Woman.Each of these events occurred as Jesus was on His way to heal another person.In one particular instance, Jairus, a synagogue leader, approached Jesus and begged Him to put His hands on Jairus’ daughter, who was about to die.As Jesus walked with Jairus to his home, a large crowd gathered around Him, and He was thronged by them.

  1. There was a woman in that throng who had been bleeding for the last twelve years.
  2. She’d spent all of her money on physicians and medicines, but instead of treating her, they’d left her bankrupt and in worse shape than when she started.
  3. Following her discovery of Jesus, the nameless lady reasoned that if she could only come near enough to him to touch his clothing, she would be healed.
  4. That’s exactly what she did.
  1. She worked her way through the throngs, and when she got close enough, she reached out and touched the tassel on his coat with her index finger.
  2. And, just as she had predicted, her blood began to dry up and she had the distinct impression that she had been cured.
  3. Jesus had a feel of it as well.
  1. Jesus came to a complete halt and turned around in the midst of the tumult and bewilderment of the multitude.
  2. ″Can you tell me who touched my clothes?″ Everyone came to a halt, puzzled as to what He was talking about.
  3. His followers called attention to the large crowd that had gathered around Him.
  4. Anyone may have gotten a hold of Him.
  5. But He was aware of the distinction.

Her account was told by the Bleeding Woman, who walked forward in dread and trembling and fell at His feet, recounting the entire story of what had transpired.As he spoke to her, Jesus was filled with love and compassion as he remarked, ″Daughter, your faith has healed you.You may now depart in peace, and your ailment will be healed.″

The Rest of the Story

It’s a cute story that we’ve all heard before.However, when we consider the entire cultural and spiritual ramifications of the event, we realize that it is a genuinely magnificent story.First and foremost, the religion and culture of Jesus’ day consisted of hundreds of regulations, many of which dealt with the distinction between what was clean and what was unclean.Blood was considered forbidden.During their menstrual cycle, women were compelled to remain in seclusion since any interaction with a male would be deemed impure.

  1. Women were required to undergo a particular purification ritual after their menstrual cycle or after motherhood before they were permitted to reintegrate into society.
  2. As a result of her twelve-year period of bleeding, this woman had been unable to complete the purification rituals.
  3. As a result, she was considered dirty and, as a result, became a social pariah.
  4. As if things weren’t bad enough, this woman had squandered all she owned on physicians who, rather than treating her, had made things worse.
  1. Furthermore, she was impoverished and desperate in addition to being an outcast.
  2. She should not have been in such a large group of people, given her physical state.
  3. She was advised to stay away from other people so that she wouldn’t contaminate them with her uncleanliness when they were around.
  1. She should have known better than to get near a rabbi, yet she disobeyed the laws and came to Jesus anyhow.
  2. Even better, Jesus chose to ignore the rules.
  3. He was more concerned with her religious beliefs than he was with the legalistic observance of the law.
  4. He recognized the pain in her heart and healed her.
  5. One thing that’s worth noting about this specific woman and her miracle is the manner in which she came up to Jesus and spoke with him.

Everywhere He went, He was besieged by those who were sick or afflicted, pleading for His healing compassion.This woman, on the other hand, never did that.Her healing by Jesus, on the other hand, was accomplished in the most modest way conceivable.She didn’t want to be a nuisance to Him.She didn’t want to draw attention to herself in this situation.

  • She didn’t hang about waiting for Him to take notice of her.
  • As an alternative, she went out of her way to find Him, then softly reached out to the tassel on the hem of his coat.
  • I’m sure she believed that because it was only His clothing and not his body that he wouldn’t notice what she was doing.
  • That type of faith, on the other hand, does not go ignored.
  1. You can only imagine her terror as He called her out.
  2. Her confession was difficult to swallow since she was a lady who had entered the crowd and had gone so far as to touch the Master.
  3. However, Jesus compelled her to not only reach out in faith, but also to express her faith in front of others.
  4. That’s exactly what she did.
  5. I can only envision a collective gasp from the audience when they heard her account, yet none of the gospel authors mention anything along those lines.
  6. Instead, they draw attention to Jesus’ compassionate reaction to the lady.

He refers to her as his daughter.Her healing was confirmed by His affirmation that she had been actually healed.What a lovely message!

Your Story

Is this one of those stories that speaks to you on some level?When have you ever felt like an outsider, shunned by others, or taken advantage of by people who were supposed to be there to aid you?If such is the case, what a blessing it is to see Jesus’ love for this beautiful woman.Jesus didn’t notice her unkempt appearance.He could see her sincerity in her heart.

  1. He didn’t express disapproval.
  2. He verified my suspicions.
  3. He didn’t hold it against her.
  4. He was a source of encouragement.
  1. He will reciprocate in the same way for you.
  2. It’s possible that you’re waiting for Jesus to come looking for you.
  3. You’re sitting in your comfort zone, hoping and praying that He would come to you and restore your health.
  1. How do you know whether He wants you to go in search of Him?
  2. What if He is beckoning you to reach out and touch Him instead?
  3. Are you willing to go through with it?
  4. To just sit and wait, thinking that if He actually cared, he would come to you, is a very simple proposition.
  5. Is it possible, though, that He is simply waiting for you to take the initial step?

If the Bleeding Woman had waited, she would have missed out on the opportunity.Instead of going to Jairus’ house, Jesus would have stayed with the bleeding woman, who would have continued to be ill.Please, my dear friend, do not lose out on the benefits that He has in store for you.He loves you.Yes, it is frightening to take that first step.

  • Our God, on the other hand, is a loving God.
  • He simply cares about you and what is best for you.
  • Imagine going to Him and hearing him tell you that your faith has made you well, that you have been healed of whatever ailment you were suffering from.

Prayer

Lord, so many of the ladies who are listening now are in pain.Those who suffer from it are aware of their condition.Others, like as the bleeding lady, may be suffering from an inside problem that is not visible to the rest of the population.Whatever it is that we are suffering from, You are well aware of it, and You have the capacity to heal us of anything that is wrong with us.Be there for any lady who is suffering.

  1. Please instill in her the confidence to take that initial step in your direction.
  2. Informing her of Your presence, that she is not alone, and that You love her despite the fact that the rest of the world may have shunned her are all important messages.
  3. Your arms should wrap around her, and You should fill her with Your lovingkindness.
  4. We are devoted to You.
  1. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
  2. Amen.
  3. Continue to follow along with the tale next week as we discuss the healing of Jairus’ daughter.

Bible Study

Scripture Background

Her Biography is found in Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-46.

Bible Study Review

  1. What was the location of the Bleeding Woman’s encounter with Jesus?
  2. What was His reaction to her grabbing his tassle rather than speaking to Him directly? What was her response to His response?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Was Jesus concerned that an unclean woman had come into contact with Him?
  2. Why did he inquire as to who had touched him when he already knew the answer?
  3. What do you think the people in the audience thought of the woman and her healing?

Personal Reflection

  1. Have you ever felt like an outcast?
  2. Have you ever been bullied?
  3. Are you prepared to take a step of faith in order to approach Jesus?
  4. What makes you similar to or unlike to this woman?

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Jesus Heals a Bleeding Woman in a Crowd

According to three separate Gospel accounts (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:24-34, and Luke 8:42-48), the renowned tale of Jesus Christ curing a bleeding woman miraculously is described in the Bible. It was when she stretched out to Jesus in the midst of a crowd that the lady, who had suffered from a bleeding ailment for 12 years, finally received relief.

Just One Touch

A great throng followed Jesus as he walked into the home of a synagogue leader in order to provide assistance to his dying daughter.One of the persons in the throng happened to be the woman who was suffering from a disease that caused her to bleed on a regular basis.She had been searching for recovery for years, but no doctor had been able to assist her.Then, according to the Bible, she encountered Jesus, and a miracle occurred.The tale begins with the following verses in Mark 5:24-29: ″A big group of people gathered behind him and pushed up against him.

  1. There was also a woman present who had been suffering from bleeding for the last 12 years.
  2. While under the care of several physicians, she had endured a tremendous lot of suffering and spent everything she had, but instead of getting better, she had become worse.
  3. The first time she heard about Jesus, she approached him in the crowd and touched his garment, believing that if she merely touched his clothing, she would be healed.
  4. Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she had a physical sensation in her body that she had been liberated from her misery.″ On that particular day, there was an overwhelming quantity of individuals in the throng.
  1. During his account, Luke 8:42 states that ″while Jesus was on his way, the throng came close to crushing him.″ The lady, on the other hand, was eager to get to Jesus in whatever way she could.
  2. By this time, Jesus had gained a well-deserved reputation as a brilliant teacher and healer across the world.
  3. However, despite the fact that she had sought treatment from several physicians (and spent all of her money in the process), she maintained her belief that she would eventually find recovery if she called out to Jesus.
  1. Not only did the lady have to overcome her feelings of hopelessness in order to call out, but she also had to fight her feelings of humiliation.
  2. During their monthly cycles, according to the Jewish faith, women were deemed ceremonially unclean.
  3. As someone who was seen as unclean, the lady was unable to participate in synagogue services or engage in typical social interactions with others (anyone who touched her while she was bleeding was also considered unclean).
  4. She would have been terrified to touch Jesus in front of him because of her great feeling of shame, which is why she chose to approach him in the most discreet manner imaginable.

Who Touched Me?

In Luke 8:45-48, the gospel writer Luke portrays Jesus’ answer as follows: ″’Who was it that touched me?’ Jesus was the one who inquired.When they all stated they didn’t know, Peter added, ‘Master, the people are gathering around you and pressing in on you.’ However, Jesus stated, ‘Someone touched me, and I know that the power has been taken away from me.’ The lady, realizing that she would not be able to leave undetected, approached him, terrified, and fell at his feet.It was in front of everyone that she explained why she had touched him and how she had been cured very immediately thereafter.″Daughter, your faith has cured you,″ he remarked to her after that.’Go in peace,’ I say.″ When the lady came into personal contact with Jesus’ garment, miraculous healing power was transferred from him to her, and the touch (which she’d avoided for so long) turned from something she feared to something she found lovely, ultimately serving as the means of her recovery.

  1. The purpose for her healing, on the other hand, was distinct from the method by which God decided to provide it.
  2. In his teaching, Jesus made it plain that it was the woman’s trust in him that enabled her to be healed.
  3. Despite her best efforts, the lady trembled in dread of being recognized and having to explain her activities to everyone in the room.
  4. But Jesus told her that she could travel in peace because her confidence in him was stronger than any fear she could have had in the past.

Jesus healing the bleeding woman – Wikipedia

One of the miracles of Jesus reported in the synoptic gospels (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, and Luke 8:43–48) is his healing of the bleeding woman (also known as ″woman with an issue of blood″ or ″woman with a blood problem″ and other variants).

Context

According to the Gospel sources, this miracle occurs immediately after the exorcism at Gerasa and is paired with the miracle of the raising of Jairus’ daughter to adulthood. The narrative interrupts the account of Jairus’ daughter, a stylistic feature known as an intercalated or sandwich narrative, according to academic researchers.

Narrative comparison

There are a number of variations between the stories reported by Mark, Matthew, and Luke, among them.

Mark

It happened as Jesus was driving to Jairus’ house in the midst of a big throng, according to Mark: And there was a lady who had been bleeding for twelve years was present.While under the care of several physicians, she had endured a tremendous lot of suffering and spent everything she had, but instead of getting better, she had become worse.The first time she heard about Jesus, she walked up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, believing that if she merely touched his garments, she would be healed.Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she had a physical sensation in her body that she had been liberated from her misery.Jesus recognized right away that his authority had been taken away from him.

  1. ″Who touched my clothes?″ he said, turning around among the throngs of people.
  2. He was asked who touched him, and his followers said, ″You see the throng swarming about you, but you can inquire, ‘Who touched me?’″ However, Jesus continued to glance around to discover who had done it.
  3. As soon as the lady realized what had happened to her, she ran up to him and fell at his knees, shaking with dread, and told him everything that had occurred.
  4. ″Daughter, your faith has cured you,″ he told her, referring to her faith.
  1. Allow yourself to be free of your pain and to depart in peace.
  2. While the condition of the lady is unclear in terms of a current medical diagnostic, the King James Version refers to it as a ″issue of blood,″ while the Wycliffe Bible and several other translations refer to it as a ″flow of blood.″ In scholarly literature, she is sometimes referred to by the title haemorrhoissa ( o, ″bleeding woman″), which comes from the original New Testament Greek term for her.
  3. Her name in the text is gyn haimorroousa ddeka et, with haimorroousa being a verb in the active voice present participle, which means ″haimorroousa ddeka et″ (″having had a flow, of blood ″).
  1. Some experts refer to it as menorrhagia, while others refer to it as haemorrhoids.
  2. Because of the continuous bleeding, the lady would have been classified as a niddah, or menstrual woman, under Jewish law, and as such would have been considered ceremonially unclean.
  3. To be considered clean, the flow of blood would have to be stopped for a minimum of seven consecutive days.
  4. A result of the persistent bleeding, this lady was forced to live in a condition of perpetual uncleanness, which would have resulted in her social and religious exclusion.
  5. The bleeding would have precluded her from being married – or, if she was already married at the time of the bleeding’s onset, it would have precluded her from having sexual intercourse with her spouse, which may have been used as justification for divorce by her husband.
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Matthew and Luke

The ″fringe″ of his cloak is mentioned in both Matthew’s and Luke’s reports, employing a Greek phrase that exists in Mark’s story as well.In the Catholic Encyclopedia article on fringes in Scripture, it is stated that the Pharisees (one of the sects of Second Temple Judaism who were the progenitors of modern Rabbinic Judaism) were in the habit of wearing extra-long fringes or tassels (Matthew 23:5), which was a reference to the formative çîçîth (tzitzit).People saw the periphery as having a magical character as a result of the Pharisees’ dominance in society.When compared to the Markan and Lukan stories, Matthew’s version is far more brief and contains significant variances and even inconsistencies from the Markan and Lukan versions.Matthew does not state that the lady was unable to locate a healer (as Luke and Mark do), nor does he state that she spent all of her funds on physicians while the sickness continued to worsen (as Mark does).

  1. In Matthew’s story, there is no throng, and Jesus instantly recognizes that the lady has touched him, rather than having to inquire and search among the crowd to find out who had touched him.
  2. Neither is the lady, who is shivering in dread and refusing to tell him why she did what she did.
  3. Jesus is not reported to have experienced a loss of strength in Matthew’s account, and the lady is only cured after Jesus speaks to her, rather than immediately after touching his cloak.

In art and later traditions

In this example, Hadrian accepts the adoration of a figure representing Achaea on a coin of his own design.Eusebius, writing during the reign of Constantine I, claims to have personally saw a pair of bronze sculptures of Jesus and the haemorrhoissa near Panease or Caesarea Philippi (in modern terminology, on the Golan Heights), sculpture being an unusual form for the representation of Jesus at the time.The pair, according to his account, appeared to him to be a sculptural rendition of the couple as shown in a number of paintings in the Catacombs of Rome (see illustration at top).His interpretation is based on historical traditions of honouring local notables rather than newer traditions of Early Christian art.He believes that this is the case.

  1. According to the apocryphal Acts of Pilate and subsequent legend, which provided more information about her life, the sculptures were put outside the house of the woman, who had come from the city and was known as Veronica (meaning ″real image″).
  2. When Julian the Apostate became emperor in 361 he embarked on a campaign to reinstate Hellenic paganism as the official religion of the empire.
  3. As a result, a statue of Christ was demolished in Panease, with the consequences described by Sozomen, who wrote in the 440s: ″I had heard that at Caesarea Philippi (also known as Panease Paneades) in Phoenicia, there was a celebrated statue of Christ, which had been built by a woman whom the Lord had cured of a flow of blood,″ he wrote.
  4. Julian ordered that it be demolished and a statue of himself erected in its place; however, a violent fire from the heavens descended upon it, and broke off the parts that were contiguous to the breast; the head and neck were thrown to the ground, and it was transfixed to the ground with the face downwards at the point where the fracture of the bust was; and it has remained in that position ever since, rusted with the rust of the lightning.
  1. Although it has been suggested since the nineteenth century that the sculptures were most likely a misreading or distortion of a sculpture group that originally represented Judea’s submission to the Emperor Hadrian, this has only recently been proven to be true.
  2. Iconography depicting this specific pairing, which is characteristic of Roman Imperial adventus imagery, may be seen on a number of Hadrian’s coins, which were struck following the crushing of the Bar Kokhba insurrection in 132–136.
  3. According to the evidence, the sculptures were submerged by an earthquake and were subsequently unearthed and regarded as Christian artifacts.
  1. Since Caesarea Philippi was once known for its temple dedicated to the god Pan, the addition of a Christian tourist destination was undoubtedly great news for the city’s economy.
  2. Early Christian art contains numerous depictions of the episode that appear to be based on the lost statue and thus resemble surviving coins of the imperial image, including several in the Catacombs of Rome, as illustrated above, on the Brescia Casket and other Early Christian sarcophagi, and in mosaic cycles of the Life of Christ, such as those at San Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna.
  3. Some depictions of the subject remained to be made up to the Gothic period, and then again after the Renaissance.
  4. In the West, the narrative was further embellished in the 11th century by the addition of the fact that Christ handed her a painting of himself on a cloth, which she used to treat Tiberius later on.
  5. This Western counterpart to the Image of Edessa or Mandylion ultimately evolved into the prominent Western image of the Veil of Veronica, but with a somewhat different origin tale for the character ″Veronica.″ Following the publication of a Pseudo-Bonaventuran author’s Meditations on the Life of Christ in about 1300, which became internationally popular, the association between this image and the bearing of the cross during the Passion and the miraculous appearance of the image was established in Roger d’Argenteuil’s Bible in French in the 13th century, and the image gained further popularity.

Also around this period, additional renditions of the picture change to incorporate a crown of thorns, blood and the look of a man in agony, and the image became immensely popular throughout Catholic Europe, serving as a component of the Arma Christi and serving as a Station on the Way to Calvary.

References

Notes

See Wilson 2004, pp. 90–97, for other ideas, as well as various visual representations of the statue.

Citations

  1. Shepherd 1995, pp. 522–540.
  2. Donahue and Harrington 2005, p. 182.
  3. Strong 1894, G2899
  4. Souvay 1909
  5. Brown 1989, pp. 93–94
  6. Schaff and Wace 1890, note 2296.
  7. Schiller 1971, pp. 178–179.
  8. Schiller 1972, pp. 78–79
  9. Schiller 1971, note 2296.
  10. Schiller 1971, note 2296.
  11. Schiller 1972,

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What The Woman Healed Of Bleeding Teaches Us About Jesus

There are 37 miracles performed by Jesus that are recorded in the Gospels, with two-thirds of them involving the healing of a person.According to John’s Gospel, what has been written reflects only a portion of what Jesus accomplished during his three-year career; thus, there are likely to have been many, many more miraculous healings than those recorded here.Sometimes Jesus healed someone in order to make a point, such as the man who was lowered through the roof and healed in order to demonstrate that he had the power to forgive sins after having just forgiven the man and recognized the faith he and his friends had; or the man with the withered hand who Jesus healed in the temple in order to challenge the Pharisees and teachers of the law’s misinterpretation of the rules about the sabbath that they were using.Sometimes Jesus cured individuals secretly and asked them not to tell anybody about what he had done, such as when he healed a man with leprosy and instructed him not to tell anyone about it.Sometimes we are informed that Jesus went on a journey to heal someone, such as Jairus’ daughter, and other times we are told that he just said the word and someone was healed from a distance, such as the centurion’s servant, and this is the case.

  1. He would sometimes simply heal someone where they were standing.
  2. Jesus meant it when he cured someone; his concentration was on that person, he interacted with them, he peered into their souls, he gave them his complete attention; for example, Bartimaeus, a blind man who was brought before Jesus and to whom Jesus inquired, ″What would you have me do for you?″ Jesus was really concerned in each and every individual who sought his or her healing, regardless of the motive for the healing.
  3. However, there is one extraordinary healing tale that stands out from the rest because it is so unlike the others.
  4. The narrative of the lady who was healed by faith of a disease that caused her to bleed by touching Jesus’ cloak is one example of how Jesus connected with the individuals he was curing in a way that differs from the ordinary way that Jesus interacted with those he was healing.
  1. It is necessary to read the tale in its whole before we can make any conclusions about Jesus, healing, and faith from it: ″A big group of people followed him and pushed up against him.
  2. There was also a woman present who had been suffering from bleeding for the last twelve years.
  3. While under the care of several physicians, she had endured a tremendous lot of suffering and spent everything she had, but instead of getting better, she had become worse.
  1. The first time she heard about Jesus, she walked up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, believing that if she merely touched his garments, she would be healed.
  2. Her bleeding stopped very immediately, and she had a physical sensation in her body that she had been liberated from her misery.
  3. Jesus recognized right away that his authority had been taken away from him.
  4. ″Who touched my clothes?″ he said, turning around among the throngs of people.
  5. He was asked who touched him, and his followers said, ″You see the throng swarming about you, but you can inquire, ‘Who touched me?’″ However, Jesus continued to glance around to discover who had done it.

As soon as the lady realized what had happened to her, she ran up to him and fell at his knees, shaking with dread, and told him everything that had occurred.″Daughter, your faith has cured you,″ he told her, referring to her faith.″″Go in peace, and may you be rid of your pain.″″″ Mark 5:24b-34 is an example of a parable.In this narrative, we meet a woman who has been going through a really difficult period for the past 12 years.This woman was suffering from a bleeding disorder, and she was in worse shape than she had ever been despite the efforts of ″many physicians″ (as one can only image…).

  • It is likely that she was an outcast, regarded ritually ‘unclean,’ she would have been lonely, and the Gospel writer tells us that she was impoverished as a result of her condition.
  • But even in her most terrible situation, she retains the desire to keep going, and she hasn’t fully given up on her dreams.
  • Heard about Jesus and believes that simply touching his coat will be enough to heal her.
  • She goes to him and asks for his help.
  1. She doesn’t believe that someone like her could ever come to Jesus and seek for help, yet she acknowledges his authority.
  2. She pursues him and takes advantage of the opportunity by touching his robe, and she is instantly cured.
  3. In the next scene, Jesus and his disciples engage in a comedic dialogue in which Jesus asks who in the throng has touched him and the disciples, not realizing what has transpired, respond with astonishment with ″everyone!″ But Jesus is well aware that something big has occurred, something unplanned and unexpected, and that his authority has been stripped from him.
  4. He is aware that someone’s touch was one of faith, and he want to identify that person.
  5. Despite the fact that Jesus was on his way to restore life to the daughter of Jairus, a synagogue leader and an influential man, he took the time to speak with an outcast, someone who belonged to the apex of society.
  6. Can you fathom what the woman was going through?
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Because she has been rejected for 12 years and has just now begun to feel complete again, she is being sought after by the one who healed her.What would he do in this situation?Would he be able to take away the healing?What type of difficulties would she find herself in then?It required tremendous fortitude for her to come out and acknowledge what she had done; it took remarkable bravery for her to tell her narrative and to announce what had transpired in front of the entire community.But Jesus was well aware of what he was doing.

If she had just slipped away, would anybody have believed her if she said that she was in good health at the time?Would she have been welcomed back into the family and into society if she had waited 12 years?By calling her out and forcing her to speak her tale in public, we are empowering her.Jesus didn’t simply cure her physically; he also rehabilitated her in every aspect of her existence.

And he gave her all of the time in the world to tell her story, giving her his undivided attention throughout the process.″Daughter,″ Jesus, the teacher, addressed her as such; she was officially declared not only to be ritually pure again, but also to be totally welcomed; she was addressed as such by God’s son, and he addressed her as such!Instead of asking her not to tell anybody about what he had done, Jesus was announcing it to the entire world so that everyone might see that she had been restored in body, mind, and spirit as a result of his work.So, what does this incredible narrative have to say to us?What does the woman’s narrative have to do with our own lives, and how?

Is there anything we can learn from it about how Jesus relates with us?First and foremost, this narrative teaches us that no matter how terrible our condition appears to be, no matter how tough things appear to be for us, for our family, we will never be beyond his grasp.If we seek him in trust, he will be there for us, he will be interested in us, and he will want to get to know us.He yearns to repair us, to react to our confidence in love with a loving response.

He is not in a rush, he takes his time with us, and he offers us his complete and undivided attention.Nothing is more essential to Jesus than the time when he is able to connect with us via prayer.He’s interested in hearing the complete tale.

  1. It is not certain that we, or a loved one, will be physically cured at that time; nevertheless, what Jesus does is to provide healing to our souls, to our very being, returning us to him, calling us ″daughter,″ calling us ″son,″ and so on.
  2. If we are to reach out and touch Jesus in faith, let him minister to our needs, heal us, and welcome us into his family, no matter what our narrative is or where we have been in our life’s journey to this point….
  3. We have a sister who is eager to greet us with a ″Shalom!″ Blessings, The name of Mark Arnold is a slang term for a person who works in the construction industry.
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Jesus Heals a Woman Bleeding for 12 Years – Mark 5:21-43

On February 4, 2020, Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, we will feature a Bible verse of the day.25 There was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.26 She had endured a great deal at the hands of several physicians and had exhausted all of her financial resources.Despite this, she was not assisted and instead deteriorated.27 She had heard about Jesus and had walked up behind him in the crowd, touching his coat, when she saw him.

  1. ‘If I only touch his garments, I’ll be cured,’ she declared.
  2. 28 29 Almost immediately, her blood supply was cut off.
  3. She had a physical sensation in her body that she had been cured of her ailment.
  4. Mark 5:21-43 (KJV) Readings from the Catholic Church for Today’s Morning Prayer

Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections

All of these are the thoughts and experiences of a woman who had suffered tremendously from hemorrhages for the previous twelve years.She had seen a number of physicians and had spent all she had in an attempt to get better.Unfortunately, nothing worked.It’s conceivable that God allowed her suffering to endure for all those years in order to provide her with this unique chance to demonstrate her faith in front of everyone.It’s fascinating to note that this text really discloses some of her inner thoughts as she walks towards Jesus.

  1. ″If only I could get my hands on his garments…″ This inward contemplation is a magnificent demonstration of religious faith.
  2. So how could she have known that she was going to be cured?
  3. I’m curious what it was that compelled her to think this with such clarity and conviction.
  4. Why would she suddenly realize that all she needed to do to get well was to touch Jesus’ garments after spending the previous twelve years working with every doctor she could find?
  1. The solution is straightforward.
  2. Because she has been blessed with the gift of faith.
  3. This demonstration of her faith demonstrates that faith is a supernatural awareness of something that can only be revealed by God himself.
  1. In other words, she had a premonition that she would be cured, and the knowledge of this recovery was a gift from God that she received.
  2. Once the information was conveyed, she was required to act on it, and in doing so, she provided a magnificent witness to everyone who happened to read her narrative.
  3. It is her life, and in especially this experience, that should push us all to see that God also whispers great truths to us, if we are only willing to hear them.
  4. The depth of His love for us is always revealed to us by Him, and He is constantly inviting us to live a life of evident faith in response to His words.
  5. It is God’s desire that our personal faith not only serves as the cornerstone of our life, but also serves as a compelling testimony to others.

Spend some time today thinking about the internal conviction of faith that this woman possessed.She was confident in God’s ability to cure her because she allowed herself to hear Him speak to her.Consider your own level of internal awareness to the voice of God, and make an effort to be receptive to the same depth of trust that this holy woman demonstrated.Praise and worship: Lord, I adore You and I long to know You better and to hear You speak to me on a daily basis.Please strengthen my faith so that I can better understand You and Your plans for my life.

  • Please feel free to make use of me as a witness of faith for others as You see fit.
  • I put my faith in You, Jesus.
  • Amen.

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The Woman Who Bled for 12 Years

God, Son, and Holy Spirit are here with us in this space, or in whatever space we find ourselves.Trinity, please allow us to have a better understanding of who you are via this woman.Please assist us in seeing your image in the image carrier that we encounter in this narrative.Help us to empathize with her, learn from her, and become immersed in her tale.Please grant us wisdom and tenderness in our dealings with ourselves today.

  1. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Key Scripture

According to Luke 8:43-48, ″There was a lady who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years, and despite the fact that she had spent everything she had on physicians, no one was able to heal her.″ She walked up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his garment, and her bleeding was instantly halted.After that, Jesus said, ‘Who touched me?’ ″Master, the masses are around you and pressing in on you,″ Peter stated after everyone denied it.But Jesus said that he had been touched by someone because he had sensed that his power had drained away.When the lady realized she could no longer remain concealed, she approached him with shaking, and falling to her knees before him, she explained why she had touched him and how she had been instantly cured in front of everyone.Her faith had restored her health, and he told her, ″Daughter, you may depart in peace.″

Introduction to the Woman with the Issue of Blood

The unidentified woman in this Gospel tale is a woman who has been suffering from a certain type of bleeding for 12 years; this type of bleeding is sometimes referred to as ″hemorrhaging.″ She has sought treatment from a number of physicians and healers, but none of them has been able to help her.It appears to be frantic, as if she is acting out as a last ditch effort to save her life.As a result of her ″unclean″ status, her sheer appearance in a huge gathering would be frowned upon in this culture.Her usual existence would have consisted primarily of people skirting around her in order to avoid the potential of interaction with her.On the walk, there is no brushing, caressing, or exchanging nice gestures.

  1. Since she lived in seclusion, she would have been well-known for her filthy appearance.

Digging Deeper

To provide a little history and perspective, the narrative of the lady with the problem of blood appears in three different gospel accounts.Let’s take a trip to Mark’s gospel to get a new perspective on this subject.In the Gospel of Mark, the writer provides us with a more complete picture of Jesus’ ability to love by employing a special literary technique as well as a second, priceless healing tale.The approach is referred to as a ″Markan Sandwich″ by certain academics who are fond of the term.The following is the structure: A1 – B – A2.

  1. It is in this context that the greater tale begins (″A1″), with Jesus being unexpectedly visited by Jairus, a synagogue leader who falls at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to heal his small daughter, who is on the verge of death.
  2. ″Sandwich″ narrative (″B″): A great throng is forming around Jesus and crowding in on him from all directions.
  3. Our woman enters the scene by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, which distinguishes her from the rest of the crowd.
  4. She has recovered.
  1. Jesus’ authority has been revoked.
  2. We’ll get back to you on this.
  3. After then, we return to the original tale (″A2″), in which Jesus is whisked away to the home of Jairus, where he is informed that his daughter has been murdered.
  1. The girl, however, is awoken by Jesus’ command, ″Talitha cum,″ which translates as ″Little daughter, get up!″ The girl immediately rises to her feet and begins to stroll around.
  2. There are several nice aspects that tie these stories together and improve the overall plot of our study.
  3. Here are a few examples.
  4. There are a plethora of wonderful parallels and connections between the two stories.
  5. Biblical scholar Beverly Zink-Sawyer points out some of the similarities between the two victims of illness, including the fact that both are female and ritually unclean, one as a result of death and the other as a result of hemorrhage; both are associated with the significance of the number twelve in Jewish tradition (the twelve years of hemorrhage and the twelve-year-old girl); and both are regarded as ″daughters″ (the little girl being Jairus’s daughter and the Both ladies are given new life by a simple act of contact, despite the fact that many around them are unable to comprehend what has happened.

Immediate recognition of the biblical importance of the number 12 is apparent, with links to be found all over the place.Twelve years of bleeding and twelve years of age were required for these ladies.This also shows that these two female characters are unidentified by society, but are gloriously named by Jesus, who refers to each of them as ″daughter″ in the same sentence.Both of these women are in desperate need of a lovely, intimate naming.Another personal moment that may be found in both novels is the act of touching.

  • Women are familiar with the sensation of bleeding.
  • Men, of course, go through a similar process, but women go through a cleaning ritual once a month.
  • A part of our body is lost every month, and it is a painful, focused, attentive and tough period of life for us.
  • It has been deemed filthy or nasty to have blood outside of one’s body from the beginning of time, even in biblical times.
  1. I believe it is terrible that the blood shed by women on a regular basis for the purpose of giving life has been humiliated throughout history, but the blood poured by males in battle—in the act of killing life—has been praised and celebrated.
  2. Women were regarded filthy merely by virtue of having a functioning body, and they were thrown out on a regular basis.
  3. In addition to suffering from continual bleeding for many years, the anonymous lady whose experience is told in the book also suffered from the nasty, unclean sensation that comes with being ostracized and alienated.
  4. Hers was a life of constant suffering and exclusion from the community.
  5. It is in this area that Jesus meets her — or, rather, that Jesus is met by her — and accomplishes the polar opposite of what is expected.
  6. His response to her is one of tranquility, rather than being repulsed or disgusted by her.
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He answers in a gracious and accepting manner.He appears to be sympathetic in his response.He refers to her as his daughter.He accepts her as she is.He comforts her and helps her to recover her health.

She Is Called and We Are Called

The narrative of this bleeding woman is intertwined with all of our journeys because we, like her, have all experienced the need for healing at some point in our lives.We’ve all experienced being shunned or feeling abandoned by our families, friends, and communities.We have been in desperate need of a gracious touch from God and from the body of Christ, which is represented by our sisters and brothers who are present with us today.Consider a period when you felt as if you were at the end of your rope.Consider that place and pray to God to reveal you where Jesus was throughout that time period.

  1. What was his personality like?
  2. What was the name he used to refer to you?
  3. Instead of teaching us that we will always be cured, these tales show us what it looks like to reach out to Jesus in the midst of grief and heartache, isolation and loneliness, in order to receive the gift of truth: that you are adored and personally known by your creator.
  4. In his reaction on the text, Michael Lindvall expresses himself as follows: Acceptance, closeness, and touch, in addition to physical healing, are some of the personal affirmations included in this biblical account.
  1. They may help us to feel entire and at peace.
  2. In truth, we are moulded and made human in the context of our interactions with other people.
  3. Our relationships—in the church, in friendships, and in marriage—are not merely an afterthought to our daily lives, as if we would be whole human beings if we lived in perfect isolation from the rest of the world.
  1. Humanity and wholeness are created via relationship, or ″touch,″ if you will.

Conclusion

Recognize that you are cherished and known by the Almighty.Healing does not always seem precisely like what we want it to look like, but it can look like acceptance, belonging, and connection in some circumstances.Keeping fear from taking over your life might sometimes be a sign that you are on the path to recovery.To be loved, a friend or loved one must touch us when we are feeling ashamed, despairing, or deeply hurting in order to pull us from the depths of our feelings and remind us that we are valued and regarded as children of God.Please reach out your hand today and gently touch the garment of Jesus to beg for a reminder, grace, and knowledge that only comes from him.

  1. Make it a point to allow Christ to discover and meet you wherever you are—at your lowest points as well as your highest points.
  2. Keep in mind that you, too, are Christ’s hands, and that you have the potential to provide healing to people who are in need of assistance.
  3. This day, ask for wisdom and strength, and pray for bravery and perseverance.

Bible Gateway Leviticus 15: NIV

The book of Leviticus, chapter 151 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron,2 and said, ″Address the Israelites and inform them that when any man has a bodily discharge, the discharge is considered unclean.It will make him dirty regardless of whether the fluid continues to flow from his body or is prevented.Uncleanness will be brought about by his discharge in the following ways: 4 ″In addition, any bed or chair on which the guy with a discharge sits or lays shall be considered filthy by the law.5 Anyone who comes into contact with his bed must wash his clothing and take a bath with water, or he will be considered unclean until sunset.6-Anyone sitting on anything that the guy with a discharge was sitting on must wash his clothing and bathe in water, or he would be considered unclean till the next morning.

  1. a total of seven a total of seven ″Anyone who comes into contact with a man who has a discharge must wash his garments and bathe in water, and he will be unclean until the evening.
  2. 8 ″The person who is spat on by the guy with the discharge must wash his clothing and take a bath with water; else, he will be considered unclean until sunset.
  3. nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn ″Everything the man rides on will be filthy,10 and anybody who touches any of the items that were under him will be unclean until dusk; anyone who picks up those things must wash his clothing and bathe in water, or he will be unclean until evening.’ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ″Any person who comes into contact with the guy who has a discharge and does not wash his hands with water shall wash his clothing and bathe in water, and the man will be unclean until the evening.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 ″The guy must break any clay pots that come into contact with him, and any wooden articles must be cleaned with water.
  1. 13 ″The ceremonial washing period is seven days after a man has been cleansed of his discharge; he must wash his garments and bathe himself in fresh water before he can be considered clean.’ He must take two doves or two young pigeons on the eighth day and bring them before the LORD, to the entrance of The Tent of Meeting, and deliver them to the priest.
  2. 15 The priest is to sacrifice both, one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, according to the instructions.
  3. It is in this manner that he will make atonement before God for the guy who was wrongfully discharged.
  1. a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 a total of 16 ″A man who has an emission of semen must bathe his entire body in water, and he will be considered unclean until the evening.
  2. 17 Any clothes or leather that has semen on it must be cleansed with water, and it will be considered unclean until dusk until the washing is completed.
  3. 18 If a man and a woman are lying together and there is an emission of sperm, both must bathe in water and will be unclean until the evening.
  4. nnnnnnnnnn ″A woman’s usual flow of blood causes the impurity of her monthly period to endure seven days, and everyone who comes into contact with her is unclean until sunset.
  5. a total of 20 ″Any surface she rests on during her period will be contaminated, and any surface she sits on will be contaminated.

21 Anyone who comes into contact with her bed must wash his clothing and take a bath with water, or he will be considered unclean until nightfall.22 Anyone who comes into contact with her or whatever she sits on must wash his clothing and take a bath in water, or he will be unclean until nightfall.No matter what she was sitting on, if someone comes into contact with it until nightfall, he would be considered filthy until morning.a total of 24 a total of 24 ″A man who beds with her and her monthly flow touches him will be unclean for seven days; any bed on which he sleeps will also be filthy at that time.a quarter of a century ago ″A woman will be unclean for as long as she has a discharge of blood at a time other than her monthly period, or for as long as she has a discharge that persists beyond her period, just as she would be unclean throughout her period’s days.

  • During her period, any bed she lays in while her discharge continues will be filthy, just as any bed she lies in during her monthly period would be unclean.
  • Similarly, any chair she sits on will be unclean, just as it is during her period.
  • 27 Anyone who comes into contact with them will become filthy; he will be required to wash his clothing and bathe in water, and he will remain unclean until nightfall.
  • 28 ″She must count off seven days after she has been washed of her discharge in order to be considered ceremonially pure.
  1. 29 On the eighth day, she is required to take two doves or two young pigeons and deliver them to the priest who is stationed at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.
  2. 30 The priest is to give one as a sin offering and the other as a burned offering, according to the instructions.
  3. In this way, he will atone for her sins before the LORD, who will punish her for the uncleanness of her discharge.
  4. ″It is your responsibility to keep the Israelites away from things that make them filthy, so that they will not die in their uncleanness as a result of defiling my home place, which is among them.″ A man with a discharge, anybody who has been rendered unclean by the release of sperm,33 a woman during her period, any man or woman who has had a discharge, and any male who lays with a woman who has been rendered ceremonially unclean are all included by these rules.
  1. Or my tabernacle

How Early Church Leaders Downplayed Mary Magdalene’s Influence by Calling Her a Whore

  • She was Mary of Magdala, one of Jesus of Nazareth’s early disciples, and she was one of the most famous women in the world.
  • It is said that she journeyed with him, witnessed his Crucifixion, and was one of those who were informed of his Resurrection, all according to the Scriptures.
  • Everybody, from early church officials and historians to authors and filmmakers, has contributed to the revision and expansion of the tale of Mary Magdalene throughout history.
  • On the one hand, they downplayed her significance by stating she was a prostitute, a wrecked woman who repented and was rescued by Christ’s teachings.
  • On the other hand, they emphasized her value by claiming she was a prostitute, a ruined woman who repented and was saved by Christ’s teachings.
  • Mary Magdalene, on the other hand, is represented in several early Christian scriptures as more than just a mere follower; she is also depicted as Jesus’ close companion—which some have taken to suggest his wife.
  • Which begs the question: is there any truth to either of these tales?
  • What exactly do we know about Mary Magdalene, the lady who is considered to be the most intriguing woman in the Bible?
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What the Bible Says About Mary Magdalene

  • However, only the Gospel of Luke discussed Mary Magdalene’s role in Jesus’ life and ministry, listing her among ″some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities″ (Luke 8:1–3).
  • All four canonical gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) noted Mary Magdalene’s presence at Jesus’ Crucifixion, but only the Gospel of Luke discussed her role in his life and ministry.
  • According to Luke, when Jesus drove out seven devils from her, Mary joined a group of women who went with him and his twelve disciples/apostles, ″proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.″ They were ″proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.″ However, although Magdalene is not a surname, it is associated with the city of Magdala, which is located in Galilee, in the northernmost area of ancient Palestine, and from whence Mary hailed (now northern Israel).
  • In the words of Robert Cargill, an associate professor of classical and religious studies at the University of Iowa who is also the editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, ″Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ early supporters.″ ″She was mentioned in the Gospels, which indicates that she was significant.
  • There were hundreds, if not thousands, of followers of Jesus, but we don’t know the names of the majority of them, according to what we know.
  • As a result, the fact that she has been identified is significant.″ Mary Magdalene had an important role in the tale of the Resurrection, which took place after Jesus’ crucifixion, which she observed from the foot of the cross with many other women, and after all of Jesus’ male disciples had fled from the scene.
  • In accordance with the gospels, Mary went to Jesus’ tomb on Easter Sunday, either alone herself (according to the Gospel of John) or in company with several women, and discovered that the tomb was vacant.
  • The ladies are the ones who go to the disciples and inform them what has happened, as Cargill points out.
  • That’s crucial since they were the ones who found that Jesus had resurrected from the dead.
  • According to the Gospel of John, Jesus personally comes to Mary Magdalene after his Resurrection and urges her to inform his followers of his appearance (John 20:1-13).
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Mary Magdalene as sinner

  • Because of Mary Magdalene’s obvious significance in the Bible—or maybe because of it—some early Western church leaders attempted to minimize her power by presenting her as a sinner, notably as a prostitute, according to the Bible.
  • In Cargill’s words, ″There are many academics who think that because Jesus empowered women to such a great extent early in his career, it made some of the males who would govern the early church uncomfortable later on.″ In response to this, there were two different reactions.
  • She was to be turned into a prostitute, for example.″ Early church leaders conflated Mary with other women mentioned in the Bible in order to portray her as the original repentant whore.
  • These women included an unnamed woman, identified in the Gospel of Luke as a sinner, who bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears, dries them, and applies ointment to them (Luke 7:37-38), as well as another Mary, Mary of Bethany, who also appears in Luke.
  • Pope Gregory the Great clarified this confusion in a sermon in 591 A.D., saying, ″We think that the Mary, whom Luke names the wicked woman and whom John calls Mary, is the Mary from whom seven demons were evicted according to Mark.″ ‘By becoming a prostitute, she has diminished in importance.’ It has a negative impact on her in some manner.
  • Look at what she did for a job, and you can see why she couldn’t have been a leader,″ Cargill adds.
  • ″Of course, the second option was to advance Mary to the next level.
  • Some believe she was actually Jesus’ wife or friend, rather than his mother.
  • ″She had a particular place in the world.″ READ MORE: The Bible Claims That Jesus Was a Real Person.
  • Is there any further evidence?

Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s wife

  • While some early Christians wanted to downplay Mary’s influence, others sought to emphasize her as a source of inspiration.
  • Several centuries after Jesus’ death, the Gospel of Mary, a document dating from the second century A.D.
  • that was discovered in Egypt in 1896, ranked Mary Magdalene higher in wisdom and influence than Jesus’ male disciples.
  • She was also extensively featured in the so-called Gnostic Gospels, a collection of books thought to have been authored by early Christians as far back as the second century A.D.
  • but which were not discovered until 1945, near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, and which were written in Greek.
  • According to one of these manuscripts, referred to Mary Magdalene

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