The Hem of His Garment

Matthew 9:20-22 20And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment; 21For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health.  22Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health.

Jesus had a reputation for being a healer. Wherever He went, people thronged around Him wanting His attention, wanting His touch. This lady didn’t care whether He saw her or not, she just wanted to touch His clothes. It says here that she had lived with this affliction for twelve years, but she believed that Jesus carried so much power, that if she could just grab hold of His robe that the infirmity would leave her body. She pushed through the crowd, got close to Jesus, and  when she touched Him He turned around and said, “Your faith has made you well”. When I read this I wondered how the woman knew that that was all she had to do. Up until that point Jesus had done miracles. He had laid hands on the sick, He had spoken the Word for them to be made whole, but no one had simply touched His clothing. How did this woman’s faith get so developed? I wonder if she just got so tired of dealing with her affliction that she had had enough! I wonder if she finally said, I’m taking matters into my own hands now. Regardless of how she got that level of faith, when she released it she received her miracle. We know from the Word that faith pleases the Lord, Hebrews 11:6 tells us 6But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].  When we believe that God can do the miraculous in our lives, we give Him an open door to come through for us.

Something else that I found interesting was that this woman didn’t only get a miracle for herself. Her faith allowed others to receive miracles the same way she did. In Matthew 14:35-36 it says 35And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent around into all the surrounding country and brought to Him all who were sick 36And begged Him to let them merely touch the fringe of His garment; and as many as touched it were perfectly restored. After she was healed, I imagine people were spreading the word that now if you only touch Him you will be made whole. Her willingness to step out in faith, not knowing if it would work, created a new way to get a miracle. What are you believing for? Do you have faith that even if it’s not in a conventional way, that you can receive your miracle? Keep standing. Keep believing and you will not only see your breakthrough, but you just might help someone else’s faith to grow.

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