Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the edge of His coat. She said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22)
So what can we learn from this woman?
Faith takes Risks – The woman was an outcast. The law in Leviticus 15 would have meant that the woman in this story would have been classed as unclean as she had been bleeding for twelve years. In fact, the law says that if anyone even touched her he or she would also be classed as unclean – no one would have wanted to be near her and she would have lived in near isolation for years. She took a huge risk to push through the crowds to touch Jesus cloak.
Faith Speaks – Proverbs 6:2. Confession of faith. That is, she thought within herself, she reasoned the matter in her mind, she concluded upon it, and firmly believed it; Maybe she had heard of instances of healings that occurred by people who just touched Him.
Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all
Matthew 14:35 “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
Faith Acts – She touched the coat. To touch in Greek is to attach oneself to; to fasten to. Laid hold of. Cling to. To activate the promise. Portrays what was going on in the spiritual – connecting with the Lord and provision.
The KJV – “For she said within herself”. Be conscious of your thoughts and what you say. Our words can bless or curse our lives. They can discourage or build our faith.
Faith in Jesus and His loving purpose for our lives must be the motivation for continuing no matter the setbacks or circumstances. We have to keep pressing in to get what God has for us.
We need to “call things that are not as if they were” (Romans 4:17). What we speak, we are calling for. We are reaching into the spiritual realm and drawing according to our words. We can reach into Satan’s realm, the realm of curses, and draw out evil and negative things, or we can reach into God’s realm, the realm of blessings, and draw out good, positive things. We need to see through the eyes of the Spirit beyond our present state. We need to engage our faith. Too often though we have our mind working against us not for us. We are either empowering God or the enemy by our agreement.
My challenge for us today is to be people whose faith is active.
Let us be people like St Augustine who see the reward of our faith. He said “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
Let us be like the woman in Matthew – “If I could just touch his cloak” What do you need to take hold of Jesus’ coat for?