Apr. 2, 2022

Woman with an issue

Woman with an issue

Matthew 9:20-22
20 And behold, a woman who was diseased with an issue of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the hem of His garment;
21 for she said to herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.”
22 But Jesus turned about, and when He saw her, He said, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And the woman was made whole from that hour.

The passage above recounts how a woman in biblical times, who was hemorrhaging, was healed when she touched the Messiah's prayer shawl. This was a desperate woman who was slowly bleeding to death. She needed healing and she needed it right away. She threw caution to the wind, broke the livitical law and grabbed a hold of her healing. As per livitical law, a woman who was bleeding, had to confine herself and not touch a Jewish Rabbi. However, the law of Moses also states that the coming Messiah, will have healing virtue in His garments. This woman was desperate. She had spent her livelihood on medical doctors to no avail. She probably figured that if she had to die, she might as well be punished for breaking the livitical law. She knew that the Messiah could heal her. Despite having to push her way through a crowd, whom she was not supposed to touch, she said to herself, if I touch his prayer shawl, I could be healed. However, her desperate faith released the healing virtue from Jesus who immediately picked up on her faith. He immediately asked, who touched me. The disciples replied, Master there's a whole crowd of people around you. Although there were many people around Him, this woman who reached out in faith and received her healing released virtue from the Lord. Many of us can identify with this woman. We have spent our whole lives and sometimes our livelihood dealing with issues that are still unresolved. To you I say Reach out and touch the Lord as He passes by. You know He's not too weary to hear your heart's cry. He's passing by this moment, your needs to supply. So reach out and touch the Lord as He passes by. Remember this God made you special and He loves you very much. He will illuminate the darkness in your soul. He will release His healing virtue to restore your brokenness. He is the repairer of the breach. He is the great physician and the balm of Gilead. He is the burden bearer and yoke destroyer. He will free you from the chains and shackles the enemy has put on you. He will set the captives free and He is proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord. This is the Jubilee year when those whose lives are subject to the slavery imposed by satan and sin are set free. He is Emmanuel who ransomed captive Israel. Release your anointing Lord and ransom your captive children. O come O come Emmanuel and ransom us your captive Israel. In Jesus name, Amen.