The Woman with the Issue of Blood

The story of the woman with a blood disease is documented by Matthew, Mark and Luke. In this story, Yahushua was on His way to the home of a synagogue leader to heal His dying daughter, when a woman in a crowd, reached out from behind Him just to touch the hem of His garment. The woman was in a state of impurity because of the hemorrhage and she reached out from behind Him, touching the border of His garment. She was afraid, but she knew that if she could just reach out and touch the hem of His garment that she would be made whole.

Matthew 9:19-22 And Yahushua arose, and followed him, and so did His disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole. But Yahushua turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Mark 5:24-34 And Yahushua went with him; and much people followed Him, and thronged Him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Yahushua, came in the press behind, and touched His garment. For she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Yahushua, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and said, Who touched My clothes? And His disciples said unto Him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched Me? And He looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Luke 8:43-48 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Yahushua said, Who touched Me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with Him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Yahushua said, Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of Me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched Him, and how she was healed immediately. And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

His power went from Him – His virtue. This woman had paid physicians great sums of money in hopes to be healed, but none of those had healed her and she was growing worse. Blood loss makes the body grow weak, cold, tired and overwhelmed but so does heart break, pain, bitterness, and un-forgiveness. We have to stop and think about how this woman must have felt. She must have been so lonely back in that era. Having an issue of blood caused her to be considered unclean and because of that, she couldn’t hang out with the other woman in her village, doing the normal things with them that she might otherwise have done. She was probably shunned by everyone who knew of her plight. She would constantly be in need of cleansing purification but in her exhaustion and despair, probably didn’t even bother because she knew after this many years that no physician had been able to help her and never could.

She probably had spent most of those 12 years in isolation not only from all those folks who lived around her knowing her plight was evidenced by an issue of blood, but perhaps she felt alienated since by all account in Torah, she couldn’t even come into the sanctuary so she was even left to worship all alone. Like a leper, she too was untouchable.

According to Leviticus 15:19-30 and 12:1-8, the bleeding woman was unclean. She was not in need of a ceremonial cleansing due to sin, but her physical condition did keep her in a state of un-purity. This woman had to have suffered both a mental and physical devastation as well as the financial burden. She had spent the last twelve years looking for a solution and found none. Just because of all these issues, she probably developed a deeper rooted soul condition due to the lowliness in her life. Sometimes, when we are in search of a whole body healing, we only find temporary solutions that tend to mask the root of the original problem. Band aids are for covering a wound, not healing them.

Even though Yahushua was walking in a crowd of people, she managed to take herself out of isolation to somehow throw herself into that crowd where she was able to touch the hem of His garment. The hem is the lower part of the garment so we know she had to have been low to the ground. Why would she subject herself to this ‘throng’ of people, making herself vulnerable, knowing all along that she just might be rejected. We also know that she touched Him from behind. But how did this woman know that if she could just reach out and touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed?

We can look at two possibilities. Why would this material object of the ‘hem of His garment’ even be mentioned? What was it that caused her heart to rise up in faith that day to go to where ever He was, even risking being in a crowd of people? This woman may have known of a brief mention by the prophet Malachi that reads:

“But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” ~ Malachi 4:2

Perhaps she, like most Hebrew women; knew that the hem of His garment was also called ‘the wing’ and she too, would arise with healing if she could just touch the hem of His garment.

Mark 5:27 reads that this woman had heard the things which He had done. She must have heard about the healings that were taking place at the touch of His hands. Perhaps she had heard that this man by the name of Yahushua, had been healing all kinds of diseases and such throughout Judea and Galilee. Perhaps she had faith in ‘everything’ she had heard about Him. Perhaps her understanding of the prophecy of Malachi is where her faith began to take root.

Perhaps her faith was clearly being stretched which is opposite to an old wine skin that loses its ability to stretch. Perhaps her ‘unshrunk cloth’, her patch of faith in the Messiah who would come, had not fallen into the practice and false teachings of the local Rabbis who would have no doubt condemned her. Somehow, she had complete faith, that all she had to do was put her hand on the border of His garment and she would be made well, because after all; that is exactly what she did.

This story reveals that as soon as He felt her touch Him, at once He felt that power had gone out from Himself and He looked around to see who had touched Him. He asked His disciples who had touched Him, but they didn’t know. They were surprised that He would ask them. There were many people gathered about Him that day, how would they know?

Because she was reaching out from underneath Him, at first, she may have been hidden from the crowd but as soon as He stopped to look around and see who had touched Him, perhaps it became apparent that she was the one who had touched Him because Luke’s account of this story reads that the woman saw that she was ‘not’ hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him confessing that she had been the one.

He may not have immediately known who it was that touched Him but  as soon as the woman touched the hem of His garment she too felt something. Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

What about everyone else in the crowd that she might have touched? According to the Law, anything or anyone she touched that day became unclean as well. The fact that she was in the crowd pressing around Yahushua means that each person who bumped into her would have become unclean too—including Him. But yet the contamination of her bleeding issue had no effect on Him at all.

Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like this world and all its ugliness tends to have an effect on you? That is what normally happens when good clashes with evil. It presents problems, friction, disagreements, misunderstandings and sometimes, even war. Nevertheless, in this case. His purity cleansed her impurity because she stretched her faith to place herself in an environment that had kept her separated from all humanity for twelve long years.

In this story, Yahushua was making His way to heal the daughter of one of the rulers of the synagogue. It was the duty of Jairus {her father} to see that things were done with decency in the synagogue and all the sudden because this woman reached out in faith to touch His clothing, decency had all the sudden became out of order. But that didn’t bother Yahushua. He was moved by her action of faith, stopping what He was doing long enough to clear up any misunderstandings about the healing of the woman who was now bowing at His feet. He even called her, ‘daughter’ and told her that her faith had healed her, to go in peace and be freed from her suffering. There she was trembling with fear and He referred to her as ‘daughter’.

She had every reason to be trembling with fear. She knew what her being there could cost her yet she was so filled with faith that she took that chance. Just because we have great faith or even little faith, it doesn’t mean that we will be received by humanity. In fact, the Bible tells us that because people do not love Him, that we will be rejected. I know I have come across this time and time again with-in my own family.

Some even mistakenly think, that I think that I am pure. Sometimes it really is easier to believe in the lies of this world than to have faith in something that doesn’t ‘look’ to be truth. When we focus on our own pain, we lose sight of who our God is. And sometimes, we think we are right in our own eyes when we are farthest from the truth.

People fail us all the time, especially our family. Sometimes the hurt and ridicule runs so deep that we begin to see the whole world from a birds eye view, only looking out from within our own pain. Sometimes we reach out for forgiveness only to receive judgmental harshness but we mustn’t ever give up. Sometimes we fall victim of false accusations or vicious gossip but we just gotta keep moving forward in faith no matter how many years we might suffer in isolation. Otherwise we might miss opportunities for the other sources of joy in our lives. And believe it or not, sometimes our Creator allows these types of circumstances in our lives so that in our desperation, we reach out to Him to strengthen or heal our faith.

Just like this woman, we all need healing from our sufferings so that we too can be made well. But in order to be made well, we gotta keep our eyes firmly on Him and not the harshness, false accusations and vicious gossip. We can’t lose sight of Who He is and the power with-in Him, to fix all the hurt and pain in this world. True faith doesn’t depend on the people of the world, true faith depends on the One who can save us from ourselves.

Yahushua didn’t condemn the woman who reached out to Him. Instead, He claimed her as His daughter and received her as part of the family that He is gathering. She became completely whole; no doubt KNOWING that she was loved and fully accepted by Him.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all His rewards; who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases. ~ Psalms 103:2-3

We will not get healed just because we want to be healed or even because we ask to be healed. Exodus 15:26, explains to us that healing is a conditional promise. It is based on the obedience of His people. We have to hearken to the voice of the LORD, do that which is right in His eyes and give ear to His commandments. When this woman heard about Yahushua , she went looking for her healing and she went by faith. But make no mistake about it, we might not ever receive healing. The Apostle Paul sure didn’t.

This woman could have stayed home when she heard about Yahushua, but she didn’t. She had many reasons to be discouraged and depressed. The scriptures states that she had been sick for twelve years [Matthew 9:20]. She had suffered many things from many physicians and was not better, in fact, she was worse [Mark 5:25]. She had spent everything she had on doctors and still could find a cure [Luke 8:43]. She felt weak and tired. Maybe she didn’t feel like fighting through the crowds to reach Yahushua but she pressed forward anyway. Her desperation placed into active faith, was the force that brought about her healing and deliverance.

This story teaches us many things. The woman with the issue of blood, demonstrates how to obtain the healing power of Elohim by the grace of Yahushua HaMashiach, through faith that produces wholeness. This story teaches us to keep our eyes fixed on the One Who has come with healing in His wings and keep reaching out for Him. This story teaches us that when everyone else in the world fails you, He will not fail you, nor will He condemn you. This story reminds us that even though many prophecies have been fulfilled, there are more healings to come to the nations of this world.

No matter our struggles, no matter our trials, tragedy or triumphs and no matter our pain, we still gotta keep reaching out to Him. He will respond to our desperate need. He isn’t finished with us yet. All we gotta do is stay diligent, walk in obedience, walking by faith and not by sight. If we continually go our way by faith, our faith will make us whole. We must not cease our work of faith and our labor of love, patience and hope in our LORD, in the sight of our Elohim and Father.

When all else fails, KNEEL!


About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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1 Response to The Woman with the Issue of Blood

  1. Sally Motey says:

    Powerful, Eudora. PTL

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