Woman and Issue of Blood
- Mat 9:20 Then a woman came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his clothes. She had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years….
Mat 9:21 She thought, “If I only touch his clothes, I’ll get well.”
Mat 9:22 When Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Cheer up, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” At that very moment the woman became well.
Remember that when women are mentioned in scripture it is referring to Israel or the church. Taking that we see that the church has been bleeding for years. Bleeding does not produce any seed, seed that God can use to multiply his goodness and grace. It was impossible for her to be well and whole. This reflects on the church today in that it is relying on programs and motivational teaching instead of teaching the reality of God’s grace and forgiveness. It has no seed!
Isa 64:6 But we are all as the unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as a menstruation cloth. And we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
This is the OT going into the NT. The woman was unclean as is the church…until Jesus is brought in! She would have been declared unclean by the priests (ministry of condemnation) and everyone around her would have known her problem. She could not trust in her own righteousness to make herself well and neither can the church. The church is weak today because it is leaving Jesus out of it. It must reach out to touch the robe….
How did she get well? She touched the robe, a sign of righteousness. We too cannot trust in our own righteousness, we must trust in the “robe” of Christ. It is only through HIS righteousness that we are made whole, everlasting, complete.
Oh yeah, as a side note, the number 12 means everyone! She had the issue for 12 years….so, thechurch/everyone, is bleeding and needs Jesus’ righteousness!