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Did you notice that in this scripture, the apostle Matthew, led by the Holy Spirit, had highlighted two persons who came to Jesus. The first was the ruler, who came all the way, face-to-face with Jesus, worshipped Jesus and asked Him to go and rescue His daughter had just died. The second person in this scripture (Matthew 12:9-14)  was the woman who secretly touched the fringe of Jesus’ garment. There is a great contrast between the way these two persons approached Jesus. One came face-to-face, worshipped and honored openly. The other, the woman, was probably too afraid to come to Jesus to say openly that she had a blood discharge. She was effectively “trying to steal” the power from Jesus. If Jesus had not turned around to her, no one would have known that she had drawn out the power from Jesus and had received her healing. 

In either of the above cases (a ruler who openly worshipped Jesus or a woman who secretly stole Jesus’ power),  God healed.

Why did the women “try to steal” Jesus’ power?

You see, in the law of Moses, when a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, she would be considered unclean (Leviticus 15:25). Even her bed and any object she had touched would be considered unclean. Anyone who touched these things would be considered ceremonially unclean (Leviticus 15:26-27). What would happen to people who touched the unclean? They will die as stated in the scriptures:

 

“This is how you will guard the people of Israel from ceremonial uncleanness. Otherwise they would die, for their impurity would defile my Tabernacle that stands among them.

Leiviticus 15:31

 

That means, what this woman did, to squeeze through the crowd was very wrong!!  Hence, she could not let anyone know that she had a discharge of blood, let alone tell Jesus about her condition. Perhaps, she knew that she was unclean and to minimize her sin, all that she asked for was to just to touch the fringe of His garment. She was effectively  “trying to steal” the power from Jesus. This story was recorded in Mark 5:24-34 and Luke 8:43-48. In Mark 5:29, it was stated that she was healed the moment she touched Jesus, even before Jesus asked who touched Him (Mark 5:31-33). 

God’s grace 

This story gives a clear example of someone being healed while still in sin. How can that happen? It was all the grace of God. It was possible because God loves mankind so much that He sent His begotten Son, Jesus, into this world to carry our sins, to suffer and die in our place:

 

But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:5-6

….And because of his experience,
    my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.

Isaiah 53:11

Jesus called the woman “Daughter”

Not only did Jesus not embarrassed the woman, He called her “Daughter” and He gave her joy. He said “Cheer up!”. That woman was not only tormented by the disease, she must have been shunned by people. She must have been so depressed, so lonely, so broken. Jesus commended her saying ” Your faith has made you well.”

This is Jesus. He does not condemn us. He knows our pain. He is very compassionate. He comforts us.

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Beloved, I pray that you understand the love that Jesus has for you. That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for you (Romans 5:8-9). He will heal you even if you are still struggling in sin.

It is never God’s will for anyone to be tormented by diseases. God’s decision to heal you was made thousands of years ago when He decided to send Jesus into this world to die for us. Jesus’ work is finished. When you believe in Jesus, you receive the Holy Spirit who will never leave you nor forsake you (John 14:16). The Spirit that lives in you will give life to your mortal body (Romans 8:11). 

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