And a woman was there who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. Mark 5:25
From the perspective of modern society, when we consider the woman in Mark chapter 5 who suffered from continuous bleeding for 12 years, we may limit ourselves to only think of the great faith that she possessed regarding the healing of her disease. Before we speak of her faith, let us consider this woman, her condition, and how it impacted her daily existence.
In Biblical days, an individual with a bodily discharge was considered ceremonially unclean and lived separately even within their family home. In Leviticus chapter 15, God provided specific instructions on guarding the Israelites against ceremonial uncleanliness, which would lead to death…for their impurity would defile my Tabernacle that stands among them. Leviticus 15:31 (last part).
After reading the 15th chapter of Leviticus, do you see her with the eyes of your heart? The river of compassion must run deep for this woman when we consider the isolation and disdain that she faced daily from others. She was not able to take sacrificial offerings to the Tabernacle, have visitors in her home, attend social activities, or purchase items from the local marketplace. Not only was she alone, but now this woman was also living in poverty. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. Mark 5:26 NLT.
When she had given her all, and there were no other options, somehow, she heard about a man called Jesus who had a reputation for healing, and on that day, He just happened to be in her city. This woman covered her head for fear of recognition and joined the large crowd of people that were gathered around Jesus. It was her faith that cleared the way, as she desperately pushed through, “‘ For she kept saying, “If only I touch His garments, I will be healed. Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction.” Mark 5:28 NLT.
When you have tried all possible solutions, faithfully, reach out and touch His garment. Pray and call on the name of Jesus; He is the One who suffered, bled, and died for all humanity, and it is only Jesus that can make us whole.
Prayer: Jesus, We have run out of options. It is with faith that we ask you to manifest your power to heal us, to provide for us, and to reveal to us what we need to do. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in your Holy name. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020