For “Women of the Bible,” I wrote about the Woman with the Issue of Blood. I have written about her before, but the them was different.
Name: Woman with the issue of blood
Her Character: The woman with the issue of blood was a woman of strong faith and courage.
Her Sorrow: She suffered from a medical condition for 12 long years.
Her Triumph: Through her faith in Jesus, she was healed.
Key Scriptures: Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48
In this issue, we are writing about a woman whose name is not known. Though she is commonly referred to as the woman with the issue of blood, the old church gave her a name of Veronica because they felt she deserved a name. We find her story in the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
In a way, in the complete story, Jesus brought two women back from death. Jesus was on His way to the home of Jairus, whose 12-year-old daughter was dead, when the woman with the issue of blood was healed. Although the woman with the issue of blood was not technically dead, her existence was one of seclusion and pain.
We know that she suffered for 12 years. During those 12 years, her life was anything but normal. Ritually, she was unclean, and she spent her time and resources seeking a cure for her illness. We do not know what she endured at the hands of the medical men of the day, but the Bible says her problem did not get better; it grew worse.
There are a few things about her we can assume from what we know. Because of the constant bleeding, it is very probable that she was anemic and in a weak physical state. Because she spent her resources seeking a cure, she was probably destitute. She was also socially isolated during those many years because she was considered unclean. She would have been shunned by family (and if she were married her husband may have divorced her) and friends. She would not have been able to worship in the temple.
She should not have been among people. Under the laws of ritual purity, she should have been at home. However, her situation was desperate. Technically, anyone she touched would have been made unclean and would have needed to go through a cleansing ritual, including Jesus and anyone she touched in the crowd. As a woman, touching a strange man in public was sociably taboo. Yet she dared to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.
After all she endured, her path to healing was simple through her encounter with Jesus. She followed Jesus through the crowd. She touched His hem. She was made whole. Although He knew who touched Him, Jesus asked the question of who touched Him. She came forward, which took a lot of courage on her end. In the midst of the multitude, Jesus called her daughter, and He told her that her faith had made her whole. Jesus honored her faith, and He will honor yours. This woman, this outcast, desperately sought out Jesus, and she was rewarded for her faith.
This woman who was not named did not make a big production. She touched Jesus thinking her touch would not be noticed. Even though she had been failed in being healed time after time, she still had faith that Jesus could heal her, and He did.
Her story reminds us of several things. No matter what the report says, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. When we are truly suffering and desperate, customs, traditions, and protocols will be thrown out the window, and we will hasten to the throne.
When no one sees or understands you, know that Jesus sees you, and He has compassion toward you. No matter what the circumstance, Jesus is still approachable. You are His child, and He wants you to be healed in all areas of your life. By His Stripes, you are healed.