“And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him, and touched the border of His cloak;” – Matthew 9:20
Jesus and His disciples are following a man named Jairus to his house, where his only daughter, about 12 years old, lies dead (Luke 8:40–42; Matthew 9:18). Jairus has asked Jesus to come and place His hand on the girl so that she will live.
Something unexpected happens on the way. A woman fights her way through the crowd packed around Jesus and manages to touch the fringe of His garment. The word for “fringe” may mean simply the edge of Jesus’ garment or one the tassels that would have dangled from the corners of a Jewish man’s cloak (Numbers 15:37–41). This is not a full-handed grab, but only a light contact.
Matthew describes this woman as having suffered from a discharge of blood for 12 years. As usual, Mark provides a bit more detail. The woman “had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse” (Mark 5:26). Scholars suggest that this discharge was prolonged menstrual bleeding due to something such as cysts. This would have made her situation doubly difficult, making her ceremonially unclean under the law and required to keep her distance from others in the community (Leviticus 15:25–33).
We’ll dive more into this story tomorrow but today..just think on this.
As we go through our days, each hour and moment of our days, how often do we reach out to Jesus for help, for hope. Do we actually engage with Him or are we satisfied with trying to handle our own suffering, anxiety and stress on our own? Just think on that for today….