And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, 'If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
"Father, thank You for this story. Your very presence, Father, reminds us that You are holy. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
So, this woman is sick, but she knew that Jesus was coming, a great teacher and healer. She had faith in the fact that if she just touched His garment, she would be well. So in the scuffle of the road, she sneaks up and touches the hem of his clothes.
But this isn't what heals her: it's her faith. Jesus said to her, in today's terms, 'Be happy, honey, you're healed because you had faith'.
So what's the encouragement in this? Having faith in God gets us places. She'd been having this problem for 12 years. If I was having her problem for 12 years, I would've gone to a couple doctors, tried a couple of herbal remedies... something. So after twelve years, she turned to Jesus, and her faith 'made her well'.
In His Service,
a. Where does faith come from?
b. What does the phrase 'made her well' mean? Did her faith do this on it's own, or did God reward her for her faith, or what?