The Woman With the Issue of Blood
REINHARD BONNKE-"This woman's constant hemorrhage was a disaster (Luke 8:43-48). It left her anemic, weak, breathless and hardly able to walk. Because she had no money she was no longer able to eat nourishing food to compensate for her loss of strength. Also, she was ceremonially unclean, and because of her illness, everything and everybody she touched would be considered unclean (Lev. 15:19-30). Jesus made systematic circuits through the villages and she knew He would be coming. When He did, she struggled through the crowd and touched the fringe of His robe and was instantly healed. She felt it. So did Jesus. Now comes the real point of the story.
He asked who touched Him. Well, dozens had. Then the woman came trembling and afraid. Why? Because she had touched Him and she knew her defilement had defiled Jesus. (Likewise, our defilement of sin defiled Him - He was made sin for us on the Cross (2 Cor. 5:21). All eyes were upon her. The whole crowd was quiet, everybody straining to see who had brought the party to a screeching halt. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was entirely focused on one outcast, a little scrap of unknown humanity. Her loneliness and illness had put all heaven in a rage, and God sent His Son for her alone at this moment.
Then came Christ's verdict. The same One who will one day judge the nations and pronounce His verdict on mighty empires, the Lord and Maker of heaven and earth, paused for a moment and said, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace" (Luke 8:48). This same Jesus is now knocking at your door today. Anybody sick or in bondage? Seize your opportunity! Jesus has come for you."- REINHARD BONNKE
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole [sōzō] [Mark 5:25-28, Luke 8:43-48, Matthew 9:20-22].
This healing event is about a women with a flow of blood who interrupted Jesus on his way to heal Jairus' daughter [Matthew 9:18, Luke 8:41]. We do not know if this woman had a genetic blood disorder such a hemophilia or a female condition that produced a flow of blood. But we do know this healing event stopped Jesus in route to heal Jairus' daughter. Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue whose daughter was at the point of death [Mark 5:23]. Jesus went with Jairus to heal his daughter and a large crowd followed and pressed around Jesus [Mark 5:24]. Large crowds pressing on Jesus was nothing new for the ministry of Jesus Christ [Mark 3:9, Mark 3:20, Mark 6:33, Luke 5:15, Matthew 14:4, John 6:15].
This woman with an issue of blood, came behind Jesus in the crowd and touched His garment [Luke 8:43]. Jesus immediately turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes" [Mark 5:30]? His disciples said to him, "All this crowd is pressing around you, how can you ask, who touched me" [Mark 5:31]? Numerous people touching Jesus for healing was common [Mark 3:10, Luke 6:19, Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56]. What was so significant that Jesus stopped, turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes" [Mark 5:30]?
The woman with the issue of blood, demonstrates how to obtain the healing power of God by the grace of Jesus Christ through faith that produces wholeness. The scripture states, "When she had heard of Jesus" [Mark 5:27]. Someone told her about Jesus. She was obviously told the right things about Jesus [Luke 5:15, Luke 6:19]. She would not been looking for Jesus if she was hearing, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?"; or "He is a Samaritan, and has a devil"; or "He deceives the people"; or "He casts out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils"; or "he breaks the sabbath by healing" [John 1:46, John 8:48, John 7:12, Luke 11:15, Luke 13:14]. In many churches today they are not preaching Jesus. They preach certain aspects about Jesus in accordance with their man-made doctrines. But multitudes of people have never hear about the saving, delivering, and healing Jesus.
How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [Romans 10:13-14]
This woman could have stayed home when she heard about Jesus. She had many reasons to be discouraged and depressed. The scriptures states that she had been sick for twelve years [Matthew 9:20]. She had suffered many things from many physicians and was not better, in fact, she was worse [Mark 5:25]. She had spent everything she had on doctors and still could find no cure [Luke 8:43]. She felt weak and tired. Maybe she didn't want to fight through the crowds to reach Jesus. Under Jewish law, she was considered unclean [Leviticus 15:19, 25-27]. She was to be "separated" and cry "unclean" [Leviticus 15:7, 10, Numbers 5:2, Leviticus 13:45]. The scripture states in the Old Testament, that if you will "serve the LORD your God, He will bless your bread and your water, and take sickness away from the midst of you" [Exodus 23:25, Exodus 15:26]. Maybe this woman felt God was punishing her for some sin. Perhaps she felt God was cursing her with this disease. This woman probably felt very depressed and dejected. But when she had heard of Jesus, she went looking for Jesus [Mark 5:27].
The Woman with the issue of blood, didn't have any influential advocates like the Roman Centurion did. She wasn't able to ask the Jewish elders to go to Jesus on her behalf. There were no Jewish Elders beseeching Jesus that he should heal her for she "loves our nations and has built us a synagogue" [Luke 7:3-5]. The Roman Centurion was not Jewish but he had gained favor with Jewish leaders by building a synagogue. This woman had spent all her money on physicians but only grew worse [Luke 8:43]. At this point she is destitute without the resource of money [Ecclesiastes 7:11].
She wasn't a ruler or leader of a synagogue like Jairus [Luke 8:41, Mark 5:22, Matthew 9:18]. She wasn't one of the rulers of the pharisees like Nicodemus who could slip in at night to see Jesus [John 3:1-2, John 7:50]. She couldn't even pursue Jesus' disciples like the Syrophenician woman did for help [Matthew 15:23, Mark 7:25]. No one was advocating or beseeching Jesus on her behalf. The bible doesn't even give the woman's name. We only know her by the condition that she suffered with for 12 years.
Let's also look at the difference between the woman with the issue of blood and Naaman the leper. Naaman wanted someone to come and heal him [2 King 5:11]. But the woman with the issue of blood went looking for Jesus. She pressed through and overcame obstacles [Mark 5:27, Luke 8:45]. She pressed through the crowd. She wouldn't take no for an answer. She fought the good fight of faith [1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7]. She kept her focus on Jesus. She demonstrated her faith or confidence in Jesus by her determination.
For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, his garment, or the border of his garment, I shall be whole [Mark 5:28, Matthew 9:21-22, Luke 8:44 ].
In Mark 5:26, this woman did everything that she knew to do but only "grew worse". This woman had twelve years of a "growing worse" image in her mind. But by Mark 5:28, she is saying, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." The Amplified bible states, For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health [AMP]. The woman with the issue of blood was using her faith (her confidence in Jesus) by "saying". Jesus said, "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say" [Matthew 17:20]. Real biblical faith is believing what God has already done by grace through Christ Jesus. Real faith only appropriates what Jesus has already provided. In this woman's case, Jesus hadn't provided physical healing through his atoning work at Calvary [1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5, John 19:28-30, Romans 5:11]. But she knew this:
For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues [Mark 3:10]. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all [Luke 6:19]. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well [Mark 6:33].
But she believed one thing, if she touched Jesus she would be whole. Remember the woman's faith did not move God. Faith does not move God, it moves us. Jesus had already demonstrated over and over that he would heal all [Matthew 4:24, Matthew 12:15, ]. Jesus demonstrated over and over that he was both willingly and able to heal all. The woman's faith was only appropriating what Jesus was willingly to give. Faith is not something that you do but something that you believe Jesus will do.
The Bible states, faith is the substances of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen [Hebrews 11:1]. Her new faith talk in Mark 5:28, filled her hope with faith. Her faith produced a new faith image of being whole, not growing worse. What is your inner faith image? Do you see yourself growing worse or whole? What is your inner self talk? What are you saying to yourself about God and His Word? What are you saying about the finished work of Jesus at Calvary? What is your statement of faith? This woman's statement of faith was, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole" [Mark 5:28]. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "whosoever shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith".
When the women with the issue of blood touched Jesus, she accessed the grace of Jesus Christ by her faith, her confidence in Jesus [Romans 5:2]. This woman had heard many wonderful truths about Jesus. She believed when she touched him, she would be whole. When she touched Jesus, the source of grace; she received grace for grace [John 1:16, John 1:14, Ephesians 2:7]. The woman with the issue of blood, simply believed Jesus and received power to be whole [Sōzō]. Jesus is your source for eternal salvation, physical healing, deliverance, prosperity, and everything that you need [John 10:9]. God wants you healed and he has provided many options for you to receive what Jesus has already provided [See Methods to Receive].
And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue [dynamis] had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes [Mark 5:30]? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me; for I perceive that virtue [dynamis] is gone out of me [Luke 8:46].
Jesus knew that virtue or power had went out of him. Her touch of faith made a demand on His healing power [Mark 5:28. Luke 6:19, Acts 10:38]. This woman illustrates important concept that God is not a respecter of persons and will not show partiality or favoritism [Acts 10:34, God is Not a Respecter of Persons]. IF Jesus healed all that came to him for physical healing in the Bible, will he not do the same for you? The Scripture states that Jesus, "healed them that had need of healing" [Luke 9:11].
However, if you are born-again believer, Jesus has already provided this grace to you [John 3:1-7, John 1:16]. You are already complete in Jesus [Colossians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 1:30]. Jesus is already inside of you [Romans 8:9-11, Colossians 1:27]. The Life of God is already in you [2 Peter 1:3-4]. You don't have to press through a crowd to reach Jesus like this woman. You don't have to get God's attention. This woman did because, Jesus had not yet died and provided the atonement for sin which causes disease [Romans 5:11, 8-21]. Jesus has already accomplished your salvation, healing, prosperity, and deliverance and placed it in your born-again spirit, new creation [Colosians 3:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17]. Believers aren't waiting on God to move in the New Testament. We are looking back to the Cross where Jesus said "it is finished" [John 19:30]. Just make a demand on the healing power and minister the healing power to your body. Faith is not something you do that makes God move. God has already done all that he is ever going to do through Jesus Christ. Studying the Bible, confessing the Word, acting on the Word, etc, are all involved in the faith process, but in themselves they aren't "faith". Faith doesn't make God do anything. Faith just appropriates what Jesus has already done. If you are a believer having trouble in this area, see [Myths about God's Healing Power].