I am thinking about the “certain woman” in Mark who has spent all of her money on many doctors for 12 years to cure her hemorrhaging sickness, all to no avail. When she heard Jesus was coming, she said, “If I could just touch His clothes, I would be cured.” How did she know that? How did she know she wouldn’t have to ask, beg, or even look at Him? The answer is simply this….she was a woman who knew the Word of God!
She knew her Old Testament scripture. Jesus was a rabbi and therefore wore a rabbi’s garment, which had a “fringe” around the bottom, the hem, which was called the “wings” of the garment. She knew that Malachi 4:2 tells us that His omnipotence was such that it permeated His clothes, thus there was healing in His “wings”. This woman put on the Armor of God – the Belt of Truth, the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith in particular.
(see the link to Spiritual Basics and then click on “Armor of God”)
O Father, how wonderful is your Word that enlightens us and stabilizes our soul/mind in this troubled world. Help me to be a woman of the Word like this “certain woman” whose confidence and trust was rooted in the truth of Your Word and your faithfulness in abiding by Your promises. “I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth’s sake; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.”(Psalm 138:2)
In Jesus’ Holy name, AMEN!
And a certain woman who had had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and had not been bettered any, but rather came to worse, having heard about Jesus, she came in the press behind and touched His garment. For she said, If I may but touch only His clothes, I will be cured. And instantly the fountain of her blood dried up. And she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And knowing instantly within Himself that power had gone out of Him, Jesus turned Himself around in the press and said, Who touched My clothes? And His disciples said to Him, You see the crowd pressing on You, and do You say, Who touched Me? And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done in her, came and fell down before Him and told Him all the truth. And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be whole from your plague.
And they begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His robe. And as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, and healing will be on His wings.