- Matthew 5:27 - 30
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Jesus had a way with people – they either loved him or hated him.
Matthew 9 shows Jesus once again doing what his heart enjoyed – ministering to people.
He was right smack dab in the middle of crowds who either needed Healing, or had questions.
Everyone was pulling him this way and that way.
Yet, he appeared right at home.
A natural man would be completely depleted after going back and forth from one need to another – but Jesus did not seem bothered by it at all.
He was not drained.
He did not ask for a glass of water.
Nothing fazed him.
Until the WOMAN came.
One touch from this Woman stopped him dead in his tracks.
He felt every drop of virtue that left Him.
And the first question that flowed from his lips as he turned to meet the crowd was ..." who touched me?"
It was threefold:
Wow, now that was one serious touch!
If you've ever wondered how to touch God, then the answer is right here in this story.
Let me be even more explicit:
We all need a miracle. We all want answers from God. We also want to know how to get God's attention.
Am I Right?
But, are we willing to do what it takes?
For all we have to do is study this woman's actions.
And do what she did.
"... if I may but touch his garment."
She had a modest view of her own importance.
She'd heard of and realized that Jesus could do anything. Yet, she understood that she had nothing of worth to offer Christ. So, she offered herself.
She did not ask for an audience with Christ.
She was humble. All she desired was to pull from his garment.
Having humility is a necessary quality when approaching God. People often think of humility as low self-esteem. That's far from the truth. Instead, humility realizes that we need God's help, knowing that we genuinely cannot succeed in our strength.
"I shall be made whole"
When we are right in the midst of a fight for our lives, it is hard to see beyond the problem in Faith.
But Faith is a must-have.
Faith is not just simply belief.
Faith goes beyond belief that God can or that He will. Faith means that "God has".
Do you see what I am saying?
Faith means that even before you ask, you approach God knowing that it is already done!
when we approach God in prayer, start with thanksgiving, knowing that you have it, even before you
Now this changes our approach to God doesn't it?
it would most definitely change mine! I would approach God in joy;
rejoicing as I pray; in anticipation and excitement knowing that He has
"When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment".
This Woman did not just speak Faith; she took action! As James 2:18 said, "show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works"
She bulldozed her way through anything that stood in her path.
Through every hindrance - she pressed.
Through every force that came up before her - she pressed.
Through every negative thought in her mind - she pressed.
As this woman did
So we must press.
She set her mind to the task then decided definitely and firmly that she would never give up.
Each step that drew her closer to the goal only strengthened that determination.
As this woman - we must determine in our mind that our purpose is more important. And never give up.
Someone quoted that "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear."
But, do we have to courage to step out in Faith, and go after what we want?
She was probably scared out of her mind!
But, fear could not stop her.
Will fear stop you?
Name one person who would not love to know that their loved one would move heaven and earth to reach them?
Is God any less different?
She gave everything had to reach him - so must we.
She gave everything she was to touch His hem- so must we.
Then, when she touched him - he felt it.
When she touch him the response was instantaneous
She was made totally and completely whole.
Don't leave this free women's bible study without sharing your thoughts about that touch. Let me in on your thoughts below. Leave your comment.