Luke 8:43-48 NKJV
“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
The woman with the issue of blood was desperate. She was filled with despair. All hope was gone. Her sickness was very serious and there was no cure. She realized that man could not help her.
Luke 8:43 NLT
“And there was a woman in the crowd who had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had spent everything she had on doctors and still could find no cure.”
The woman was brokenhearted and in her desperation she purposed in her heart to “touch” Jesus. She did not care what happened- she was ready to run any risk and take any chance.
Mark 5:28 NLT
“For she thought to herself, ‘If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed.’”
When we are desperate, we too will realize that our help does not come from man. We will purpose in our heart to touch Jesus, the one that can help us, and we will be ready to run any risk.
Psalm 147:3 NKJV
“He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.”
1.Realize that your help is not in man:
If you are desperate, you must turn your eyes to God. You must realize and admit that God is your only source of help.
Psalm 34:20 NKJV
“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”
When you admit that God is your source of help, you will openly acknowledge your belief. Your belief will be followed up by an action. The woman with the issue of blood had been to many, many doctors for twelve years. She had spent a lot of money on the doctors, but the treatments that they gave her did not help. She grew weaker and weaker.
Mark 5:25-26 NKJV
“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.”
It was not until she had spent all her money and wasted twelve years of her life that she became desperate, and truly realized that her help was not in man.
2. Purpose in your heart to “touch” Jesus:
Mark 5:28 NKJV
“For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ ”
The woman with the issue of blood determined in her heart that she was going to touch Jesus. She went into town with one thing on her mind, that she was going to touch Jesus’ garment and that she would be healed. Worship touches the heart of God. Determine in your heart that you will worship God, that you will minister to Him.
3. Be ready to run any risk:
When you become desperate, you do not care what people think about you, say about you, or do to you. You do whatever has to be done to come into the presence of God. Under the law, the woman with the issue of blood could not go to the temple to worship because the flow of blood made her unclean. Anyone she touched would become ceremonially unclean for one day. She could even have been punished if she went out in public, but she did not care. To her, the benefit far out weighed the risk, so she entered the crowd.
Mark 5:27 NKJV
‘When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.”
Although this woman did not say it out loud, her actions showed the same attitude as Esther – “If I perish, I perish.”
Esther 4:16 NKJV
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
There comes a time that we must be willing to run any risk and do anything to come into the presence of God, our King, our Healer, our Provider and our Redeemer. When you become desperate for greater intimacy with God, you must not be concerned with what other people think. You should only seek to please God, not man. Do not be afraid.
The woman reached out and touched the tassel on Jesus’ garment ( the hem of Jesus’ garment). The tassel represents the name of God (YHWH) . God is the Great I Am.
Mark 5:29-30 NKJV
“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 my clothes?’”
When you realize that your help is not in man and you are ready to run any risk to touch Jesus, you will, even in the midst of a crowed.