If you follow this blog you know I have written about the bleeding woman before. When given the opportunity to teach on anything I ALWAYS pick this woman as my subject matter. I’ve included my original post below.
Perhaps I like, “she who is able,” because my favorite story has come to be the story of the bleeding woman in Luke 8:40-48. This woman had been miserable for 12 years! It’s one thing to have a cycle go two weeks, then two months, then two years…but 12 years! That takes misery to a new level. This story came to life for me when we were in Israel actually walking through a crowded street. I’m imagining everyone in town knew about this lady because she was probably ostracized. Remember, according to the Old Testament laws anyone who touched her was unclean and had to make themselves ceremonially clean again, which was a rigorous process. So eventually it’s just easier to not touch your kids or your husband or your friends because you know the trouble they have to go through. But something happened to this lady one day.
One day she heard this man was coming that had done miracles, He had calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee, He had healed demon possessed people, surely He could heal her. She left her home and saw a crowd, this must be Him, she dared to push her way through the crowd, reaching out to touch Him and get His attention but all she could grab was the corner tassel of His robe. Luke says this in verse 44, “She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.” There had to be a slow motion moment in her life when all she did was touch the corner of His garment and He turned and wanted to know who touched Him. Was she in trouble? Had she done something wrong? Did she care? She had been miserable for 12 years and immediately she was healed? Would she care that He was angry? Was He angry?
Luke says this in verses 47-48 “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at His feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed. Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” BOOM! Every time I read that I get chills that He identifies her has His daughter and it’s as if He said, “You will be okay.” She was able to get out of bed that day and power through the shame she had felt for 12 years to hopefully interact with this man that had done so much for others–perhaps He could do the same for her.
Perhaps He can do the same for you. God made women to be great beings. He gave us strength to fight. Strength to fight for our marriages, our kids, and His kingdom. He gave us that. He made us able to do so much.
What are you allowing God to do through you?
The last time I taught on this woman was in a women’s prison. Like the bleeding woman, the women I was teaching to that day were in bondage. The bleeding woman was in physical bondage because she was being excluded from life, some commentaries even say she might have lived in a different place away from her family. The women in the prison were in a different kind of bondage; bondage of addiction, bondage of a jail cell, bondage of a custody battle. Even if you are not a bleeding woman or a woman in prison you can be in bondage to a whole mess of things: debt, food addiction, lies, gossip, discontentment, and the list goes on and on.
Be like this brave bleeding woman and face the crowds to meet your Savior.