Please take a moment and consider the account of the woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years …
And He (Jesus) went off with him (Jairus); and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him. A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse–after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'” And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:24-34 (ESV)
The account or hemorrhaging woman is given to believers as a model 0f persistence, endurance and faith in the midst of medical difficulties. For twelve years, this woman had bounced from physician to physician, had spent all she had, and had grown worse.
For twelve years … today I went thru chemotherapy treatment #28 … that works out to 23-24 treatments per year … over 12 years that would work out to 276 treatments … I can’t begin to imagine … and yet.
After twelve years she had not lost hope … and IN faith she reached out to Jesus for healing and she was healed IMMEDIATELY!
I love what we can learn from her testimony in the last two bolded passages …
- She approached Jesus with fear and trembling
- She came and fell down before Him
- She told Jesus the whole truth about her circumstances
- By calling her ‘Daughter’, Jesus acknowledged her place as a child of God
- Jesus commended her faith for making her well
- Jesus sent her off in peace
- Jesus commanded her to healed of her affliction
Oh Lord, give me the persistence, the endurance and the faith of the hemorrhaging garment touching woman!