Who Touched Me? (Part Two)
Since I posted part one of “Who Touched Me?” several months ago, I have had many people ask me to expound on that blog entry in greater detail. The story is found in Mark 5:25-34 and it goes like this, “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched me?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging you, and you say, “Who touched me?” And He (Jesus) looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
This isn’t a very long account of a great miracle that took place in the life of this woman and worthy of our examination to learn what happens in a person when they are determined to make contact with the Lord. First, the story tells us this lady had been hemorrhaging blood from her body for twelve years and had gone to many doctors in hopes they could help her. For centuries the practice of removing bad blood from the body was to cut the body and let the bad blood leak out in hopes that the new blood the body created would heal or take care of the problem. The story tells us, this lady had suffered a long time and much of this suffering was caused by the hands of the physicians she visited. Attempting to remove bad blood in the body by cutting doesn’t work and only makes the body weaker. That’s why those people who cut themselves to allow their pain to leak out are treading on thin ice. The pain they are experiencing is a wound in their spirit and it doesn’t matter how many times they cut themselves or bleed themselves, that pain isn’t going anywhere. They say the cutting brings relief, but if they are not careful it will kill them, not heal them. This lady knew what it was like to be cut on, she had been cut on numerous times by numerous physicians and had only grown weaker. But she still had fight in her. She wasn’t ready to give up the ghost yet. This lady didn’t know what the word ‘quit’ meant, so when she heard there was a miracle worker in Israel, she planned to use her last bit of strength to go to Him.
Note that her suffering was physical and the physicians had employed many physical acts to set her free of her suffering, but their physical actions only brought on more suffering. Do you see that? Flesh cannot heal flesh much less fix a spiritual problem. Man cuts away flesh and hopes the problem is fixed by the removal of that diseased part. Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but we will always go home with less of ourselves than what we had when we went to the doctor. In this ladies case, what the doctors did to her only worsened her condition and she was sent home to die because she had ran out of money. And the truth is, her running out of money probably saved her life. With no money, there would be no more doctors. Her running out of money forced her to look for help from another source. That’s why it’s important we understand Doctors are not gods. There are times a doctor can fix a minor problem, but when we have a condition that is beyond the ability of the doctor to fix, we need to make plans to visit the miracle worker. There are many diseases man calls incurable, and they are to him, but only because they do not understand disease is the results we see that have been made manifest by a spiritual problem. And a spiritual problem cannot be cured using natural methods. And to receive the miracle we need, we have to understand there are two parts to that miracle; what we do in the natural, and what the Lord does spiritually. If we do nothing about our problem in the natural, the Lord can do nothing about our problem spiritually. We tie His hands so to speak. However, if we carry through with our part and humble ourselves before the Lord, the Lord will do His part and grant our miracle just as He did for this lady with the issue of blood.
Now let’s take a look at what the lady did to assist the Lord in bringing about her miracle. She didn’t sit around moping, she formed a plan of action. She said to herself, “I will go to this Jesus people are talking about, and if I may just touch the hem of His garments, I shall be made well.” The first thing this lady did was to stop moping around and formed a plan of action. That is step one to receiving a miracle. It takes time for all the pieces of a plan to come together. So when do you think she formed this plan? The plan was made and decided upon before she ever left home to go in search of the Lord. But it didn’t stop there, all along the way she kept reminding herself of her plan. And with each pain-wracked plodding step she took toward reaching her goal, and with every drop of blood that splattered on the ground, she would say to herself, “If I may just touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made well.” And when she was standing just an arm length away from Him, she said to herself, “If I may just touch the hem of His Garment, I shall be made well.” Her plan of action was in the front of her mind at all times. And now she was just one short heart beat away from receiving her miracle. She didn’t care what anyone else around her was thinking or what anyone else was doing. She didn’t care that she was considered to be an unclean person according to the law of the Jews. I don’t believe she was yelling to the crowd around Jesus, “Unclean, unclean, don’t come near me.” And I can see her in my minds eye pushing and struggling to get through the crowd that stood between her and her miracle. She had come too far to chicken out now, and nothing was going to deter her. She reached out through the crowd and touched Him, and immediately she felt in her body she had been healed.
Friends, every pain filled step this lady took was a step of faith drawing her closer to her miracle. She had already decided nothing was going to stop her from finding the Lord. But up to this point, her effort had been all physical, and despite the hardship of her pain filled journey, she would not have received her miracle had she not carried through with her plan to make contact with Him. She had to touch Him, and the decision to make personal contact with the Lord was made on the spiritual level, it was a giant leap of faith because she was an unclean person, and despite all that was working against her; when her flesh came into contact with the Lord Jesus, the Word of God, the disease in her body had to give way to the miracle-working power of the Word of God, and the lady was healed.
Please notice; even the slightest touch when done in faith does not escape the attention of the Lord. No matter how small our faith may be, if that faith makes contact with the Lord, He does not miss that touch. So precious is our faith in the sight of God that even the smallest amount of it is more valuable than all the gold and silver on this earth. Gold and silver cannot buy a miracle, but the smallest measure of faith will move the tallest mountain of a problem in our life. Did you see that this lady was fearful and trembling because what she did was against the Old Testament law. She had not warned the people she was unclean and she had come into contact with many of them pushing through the crowd to get to Jesus, and according to the Jewish Law she had contaminated many of them. She didn’t know what was going to happen next, she had purposefully touched a person who by the definition of the Law was clean, holy, and sinless. But, dear friends, when Jesus looked upon her, He was proud of her. Despite what the Law said about her unclean condition she had used her faith to touch the Holy One of Israel, and as a reward she was healed of her affliction and went home a new person. Dear God, that we would all have the courage to carry through with our plans, and to use our measure of faith to receive our needs met, just as this lady did. DThrash