When you’re hanging by a thread make sure it’s the Hem of His Garment.
What Is The Meaning of The Story of The Woman With The Issue of Blood?
The story of the woman with the issue of blood can be found in Mark 5:24–34 and Luke 8:42–48. Though neither account is very long, Mark’s account provides a few more details than Luke’s.
The story of this woman takes place within a larger story. YAHUSHA is on his way to a synagogue leader’s house to heal his dying daughter (see Mark 5:21–24) when an unnamed woman causes an interruption to His progress.
What we know about the woman is, first, she had a bleeding condition, and the issue had continued for twelve years. That’s a very long time. Second, she had spent all her money on treatments from many doctors, and nothing had helped; in fact, the blood issue had only grown worse (see Mark 5:25–26). We also know that Yahudim (Jewish) Law declared her to be ceremonially unclean due to her bleeding issue (Leviticus 15:25-27).
This meant that she would not have been permitted to enter the temple for Yahudi (Jewish) religious ceremonies. According to the Torah (Law), anything or anyone she touched became unclean as well. The fact that she was in the crowd pressing around YAHUSHA means that each person who bumped into her would have become unclean, too—including YAHUSHA. But, after twelve years of suffering, she was obviously desperate for a miracle. “When she heard about YAHUSHA, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed’” (Mark 5:27–28).
As soon as the woman touches YAHUSHA, her bleeding stops and she knows she’s been healed. In an instant, YAHUSHA does what no doctor in twelve years had been able to. This proves the power of Messiah, of course, but it also illustrates an important point about YAHUSHA and the Torah (Law). In Leviticus 15:31 YAHUAH says, “You must keep the Yisraelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.” In the Covenant (Old Testament), the temple was where YAHUAH dwelt among the Yisraelites, but in the Renewed Covenant (NT), YAHUAH dwelt among men in the person of YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH (see John 1:14). Through YAHUSHA the penalties of the Torah (Law) are reversed, and the contamination of this world had no effect on Messiah. The woman did not make YAHUSHA (YAHUAH’s dwelling) unclean—He made her clean!
YAHUSHA immediately responds to the woman who touched His clothing and was healed. People were pushing and pressing into Him from all over, yet He stops, turns, and asks, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30). The disciples were incredulous, but YAHUSHA knew that healing power had gone out of Him. We can’t “steal” a miracle from YAHUAH. After the woman comes forward and explains herself, YAHUSHA clears up any misconceptions about her healing, saying, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (Mark 5:34). YAHUAH is moved to action by our faith, even when He’s in the middle of doing something else!
YAHUSHA could have healed the woman and kept on walking to His original destination. Only He and the woman would have known what had taken place. But He didn’t do that. YAHUSHA stopped what He was doing and acknowledged the result of this woman’s faith: her complete and instantaneous healing.
When You’re Hanging By A Thread
Make Sure It’s The Hem Of His Garment.