Thank you for joining us again for the online Bible study. Last week we didn’t have a study since it was Thanksgiving weekend. After watching the video of week 4 study on Martha and Mary, I believe it’s important to exercise balance in my own life too…so it’s okay to take a break sometimes. This week’s study is on the woman with the issue of blood. A very powerful story of a nameless woman and Jesus displays so many great characteristic traits we can learn from in this story.
Scripture References: Matthew 9:20-22, Luke 8:43-48 and Mark 5:25-34
Many of us have heard of the story of the woman with the issue of blood. This woman remains unnamed in scriptures, but her faith in Jesus was truly remarkable. She was bleeding for TWELVE YEARS and spent all she had to see many doctors. (Mark 5:25). No doctors could heal her condition instead it become worse. While Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter this unnamed woman stopped him. First, let me rewind real quick! Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue who’s only daughter was dying. Jairus begged and pleaded with Jesus to heal his twelve year old daughter. As Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus daughter, a women touched his garment in the middle of the crowd and immediately her bleeding STOPPED. (Luke 8:43) How remarkable is it that Jesus stopped for someone that may have been seen as a “nobody” to heal her.
As you read Luke 8:44-47, you’ll noticed that Jesus immediately turned around in the crowd and said “Who touched me?”. Now Jesus was in the midst of the crowd with many people touching him, so what made this so significant? Jesus states in scripture “I know that power has gone out from me”. Luke 8: 44-47 illustrates how a person with timid faith became a faithful witness. The woman told Jesus she was healed and he responded by saying “Daughter, your faith has healed you, go in peace”. This woman believed that through the healing of Jesus Christ she will be made WHOLE again. This woman lived in a time where women were considered unclean if they were bleeding. If you read in Old Testament scriptures (Leviticus 15:19-33) it shows that anyone that touches a woman that is bleeding will be considered unclean. A woman was considered unclean for as long as her discharge of blood. I can only imagine the life of suffering this nameless woman in the New Testament lived. This story is so powerful because this woman touched Jesus and he was not made unclean, instead His touch MADE HER CLEAN.
So what can you possibly learn from this story? Maybe you are not bleeding for 12 years and feel as though this story is insignificant. Well this woman tried EVERYTHING to get her deliverance, but she was left empty and was deteriorating. She wanted to be HEALED and WHOLE. This woman became desperate for Jesus. She heard Jesus was coming to the town and she made her way through the crowd of people to get access to Jesus Christ. This woman believed that just by touching his garment it would make a difference in her condition. She didn’t care about being publicly humiliated or shamed by others for being an uncleaned woman touching Jesus. Some of you may have been struggling with getting your healing or being WHOLE in an area in your life and going everywhere else, but at the feet of Jesus for your answers. Some of you may feel embarrassed or ashamed to bring your request to Jesus and be completely vulnerable with your struggles, needs, wants, desires, etc. Some of you maybe fearful of what others may think of you seeking Jesus for your answers. No matter what it is you’re facing, run to the feet of Jesus because He wants to make you whole. No matter how bruised and broken you may feel, remember Jesus has a compassionate heart and He offers plenty of grace for you. Jesus is ready to tell you “go in peace” and give you a new life. Exercise your faith in Jesus Christ and allow Him to heal the deep wounds in your soul and make you free. Don’t allow anything to hinder you from receiving your healing and freedom in Christ.
Questions to ask yourself:
- How is your faith today?
- Are there areas in your life where you haven’t trusted God?
- Do you believe in your heart that God is bigger than anything life brings you?
- Write down a list of areas in your life you don’t feel whole and allow the Holy Spirit to work in those areas with you. Be completely vulnerable with God with the areas where you feel empty.
- What are some characteristic traits of Jesus you recognized in this story and how can you work on modeling Jesus’ character in this story.
Bible verse to remember:
I Peter 4:19 (NLT) says…”So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.”