Lessons In The Life Of The Woman With The Issue of Blood
“The Issue In Disguise”
Pressing In And Pressing Past
The Depth Of An “Issue”
The Missing Piece – Our Faith.
Luke 8: 43-48
PRESSING IN AND PRESSING PAST
When we dig into each account we feel the despair of her life. Her physical sickness has overcome her. With 12 years of ongoing bleeding it truly has overtaken her life. She has seen numerous doctors til her bank account and her body told the tale.
You just begin to see how this “issue” had overcome her in every way. This “issue” of blood has stolen everything from her.
It has stolen her physical wellness, her wallet and her family. Her physical sickness made her “unclean” by Levitical law. So she’s lost contact with everyone.
You can get a glimpse into the Levitical system and the limitations of a woman with a issue of blood in Leviticus 15: 25-27.
Her “issue” with uncleanness kept her from being in contact with anyone lest they become unclean because of her. But regardless of her “unclean” state her desperate need to be touched by Jesus prevails. She is pressing in and pressing past the crowd. She tries to sneak in from the back of the crowd just to touch His garment. So I am thinking if she is in this crowd, she must have disguised herself. Just think of the heaviness of that. To know she had to disguise herself to press in to Jesus.
Did she think, ”if these people only knew”? That a woman with such “issues” was in their midst…. If they only knew… Did she process in her head if they only knew that an “unclean” person was touching them.
I take this thought into my own life. We know this “issue” was a Levitical law issue but how often we each have been unclean. How often have you thought, “if people only knew me”… would they still love me?
Plays right into my life of sin. It plays right into the same thought pattern that she would have been in in this moment.
I am so thankful that Jesus isn’t afraid of the “unclean”. There is such depth to that statement! Let me say it again.. I am so thankful that Jesus isn’t afraid of the unclean. He is the antidote for the “unclean”.
I have been unclean many times in my life and I have no doubt I will be again.
That’s what He died for right? I am so thankful He doesn’t shy away from the unclean. But let’s not forget..she shouldn’t have been there! She is unclean and shouldn’t have been in contact with anyone. Yet you can sense the desperation of faith in this woman with an issue. She has to get to Jesus.
In this moment of despair she isn’t worried about making any one else unclean. She’s not worried about that. She is focused on getting to Jesus. She is focused on touching His garment so she would be made well. Pressing in to just touch the hem of His garment is all she wants. She has such faith that if she can just touch His garment she will be made well.
What a faith…
What hope in Jesus…
She is going to press pass anyone near Jesus so she can be made whole. Pressing in and pressing past those in a crowd that perhaps could hinder her from getting to Jesus.
Now Let’s take that into our own lives..Do you press in and press past those in the crowd that perhaps could hinder us from touching Jesus? Do we take our need for a touch from Jesus as seriously as this woman with the “issue” of blood?
Do we press in and press past whatever so we can get to Him with our issues that need cleansing? How hard are you pressing in?
What steps are you taking to have a one on one encounter with Jesus like this woman is?
How diligent are you at pushing past obstacles that keep you from a relationship with Christ? I love seeing that Jesus takes note of those who are lost in the crowd. She is literally just a number. With her “unclean” state, she literally has been dismissed. If folks in the crowd had known who she was and the fact that she shouldn’t have been there. She would have never been allowed to press in to touch Him. She presses in with the faith that makes the difference.
I find myself in this sweet broken lady. She is pressing in, in a crowd of people that perhaps is just there for the fanfare. But she is pressing in and pressing past the crowd to make sure she is able to have at least some contact with Jesus.
Her faith so strong that it compels her to “press in”. I am so thankful that we are never lost in the crowd when Jesus is near. He knows by her faith that she has touched Him.
So I have a few questions for you to make it applicable to your own life. As we press in toward Jesus and we press past the crowds of people in our own lives. What if God has you “press past” the people who are just there for the fanfare? Are you willing to take the time, effort and faith to press past what feels comfortable to have your own one on one encounter with Him?
What if God asks you to believe bigger things of Him than those around you? The woman with the issue of blood pressed in no matter what it took.
Do you have an area in your life that you need to press in to Jesus so you can show your faith in His healing touch.
Is it a physical touch? Is there a healing that needs to take place
Is it a spiritual touch? Do you need to ask forgiveness?
I just want to encourage you to press into Him! Whatever it takes !
When you begin pressing in to an intimate relationship with Christ, you will no longer look like the crowd.
There is a cost to having true faith in what God says He can do in your life but there is no other way to live. I want you to see this lady that she presses past the crowd that never gets a response by touching Jesus robe. I have no doubt there were tons of people who touched Jesus robe. She is the one who gets healed. A person of faith that presses in toward Christ will see Christ move mightily in their life.
THE DEPTH OF AN “ISSUE”
I want to say from the get go that the main point I want to get across in this session is that our identity should never be in our “issue”. Our identity is in Christ. I don’t want you to miss that point so I will just hit it hard from the beginning.
You know when we have “issues”, the issue can grow bigger and bigger. A small “issue” in our lives affects so many other areas in our lives. That’s exactly what happened in the life of the woman with the issue of blood. This physical issue led to a emotional issue which led to a financial issue which led to a spiritual issue. It happens with us as well.
I will say many of us have “issues”. If you are breathing. You have issues but here me out!
Do you have “issues” that have overtaken you?
Are there issues that have swallowed you whole?
Sure maybe nobody knows about it but as soon as I said, “do you have an issue that has overtaken you” a specific “issue” came to mind. That’s the “issue” I am talking about ! So often our issue can become our identity. Just look at who we are studying. This sweet lady doesn’t even have a name. She is known by “her issue”! She’s the woman with the issue of blood for crying out loud. But let me scream it for all the world to hear.
My issues are not my identity.
Your issue is not your identity.
My identity is in Christ.
Your identity is in Christ.
This lady had an “issue” for 12 years. Her “issue” was an “issue of blood”.
Her identity was in her struggle. People knew her by her struggle. People knew her by her “uncleanness”. The world had labeled her by her disfunction and issue. The world and the enemy will seek to label you by your “issue”. Jesus labeled me with His blood.
Her issue “bleeds” over into other areas of her life! So do ours. We are a lot like this woman in our own issues of life. Whether they be from physical issues, emotional issues or spiritual issues and physiological.The devil would like nothing more than for them to leave you hopeless. Our identity is not in our issue. Our identity is in Christ.
The woman with the issue of blood I have no doubt was in a hopeless state…until she came in contact with Jesus.
Your issues may get you shunned. Your issues can make you feel isolated. Your issues can leave you weak. Your issues can leave you lonely. Your issues can leave you bankrupt.
Jesus is the cure for the isolation that comes with “issues”. Jesus is the cure for our identity crisis when the issue overshadows our lives. This is where we find her.
Overshadowed by “issues”, she presses in and presses past the crowd to get to Jesus. Her “issue” doesn’t seem to stop her from getting to Jesus. Her faith is so strong that Jesus can heal her and He does.
Mark 5: 34 tells us Jesus says, “Daughter your faith has made you well”. “Go in peace and be healed of your affliction”. Jesus responds to her faith and heals her. I also love seeing Jesus see her as daughter in Mark 5: 34. Her faith has healed her in many ways.
How sweet and refreshing that is! This sweet woman who has been isolated and outcast for 12 years is called daughter by Jesus Christ. This reminds me that I am his baby girl. He knows I’m His baby girl ! When I come to Him with my “issue” I leave reminded that He has touched my life and that I am not alone.
THE MISSING PIECE….YOUR FAITH
In this moment, her faith pleases God. So much so that He calls her daughter and He heals her of this “issue”. Her faith compels her to action. Her faith is recognized. Her faith gets a response.
She doesn’t even have to have a huge encounter with Him. She believes that if she can just touch His garment she will be made well.
That’s some big faith.
In this story, there were many people who “touched” Jesus but only one experienced Jesus “touch”. The faith made the difference.
Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of this who diligently seek Him.
This woman had exhausted every avenue of healing afforded and available to her but then she meets the true healer. Jesus is the true healer. When we press into touch Him in faith, He knows. Jesus says, “who touched me? Virtue has gone out of Him. The disciples are stunned. They say what do you mean who touched you? Everyone has touched you. Oh women if we can ever get ahold of this…Jesus knows when one of His daughters reaches out in faith to touch Him.He knows when we take a stand in faith upon who He says He is.
Working through the depth of this woman’s faith I am reminded of Hebrews 11. We call it the faith chapter. It is a long list of courageous Jesus follows that accomplished big things for the kingdom “by faith”. Remember without faith it is impossible to please God. Most folks end with Hebrews 11:39 but I love trailing over into Hebrews 12.
Let’s read Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore we also since we are surrounded by just a great cloud of witnesses let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Just like Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us, He is the author and finisher of our faith. We can get caught up in “her faith” accomplished this great thing. No. Hebrews is quick to point out that Jesus is even the author of our faith. It’s all Jesus my friend. It’s all Him.
Let me encourage you sweet girls that even when you feel like no one sees your “issues” and you are lost in a sea of people.
God sees you.
God sees your issue.
What better place to be to walk the “by faith” walk.
Are you going to be able to see it? No
That’s why it’s faith….
When you touch the hem of His garment “in faith” He knows it.When we press in and press past the crowd in an “all out sprint” to get to Him He knows.
When our “issues” compound on top of themselves and we feel hopeless, there is hope. When He is our only focus, He feels the virtue go out of Himself. When we live a life of faith He knows!!!!
Be of good cheer! A faithful daughter of Christ is always able to touch the hem of His garment.
As we finish this study the Lord has really been stretching me in my faith lately. He’s been asking things of me as of late and I’m like Lord you gotta be kidding me!!! Yep! He is asking the hard things !! It’s gonna take bucketfuls of faith for me to trust Him.
The woman with the issue of blood was no different than you and I.
It will require total blind faith that He can heal.
It will require total blind faith that He can restore.
It will require total blind faith that He can do a miracle if He wants to.
Don’t try to box God in because He doesn’t fit into your “tiny faith” box !