July 6, 2003


Mark writes: "Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for 12 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 nay 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 My clothes?' But His disciples said to Him, 'You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, "Who touched Me?"'. And He 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.'" (Mark 5:25-34).

This woman had "suffered many things from many physicians," had spent all her money, and had grown steadily worse instead of better. She had probably tried every doctor that had been recommended to her by well-meaning friends, and most likely numerous "home remedies" as well. But then she heard about Jesus. Her one last hope was Jesus.

After the hem of His garment was touched and the miracle was worked, Jesus focused His attention on the woman to cause her to confess before the multitude her faith in Jesus.

We want to note three observations on this passage of Scripture. First, when the woman was healed by touching the hem of Jesus' garment, power went out of Him. Even Jesus could not give without cost to Himself. He later gave the greatest gift of all at supreme cost: "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8).

Second, we note that great things can sometimes be going on around us while we are not even aware of what is taking place. Neither the multitude nor the disciples of Jesus even knew a miracle had occurred.

Finally, we want to note the importance of confessing faith in Christ. The woman for 12 years had had a serious problem. Her flow of blood made her, by Moses' law, unclean, Lev. 15:25-27, thus shut off from public worship and severely limited in her association even with family and friends. Her illness was embarrassing and humiliating --but only by confessing Christ could others come to know what she knew about Him. If someone else had not spoken in her presence of Christ and His power, she would never have come to Him or found healing in Him. Without her public confession of her new-found faith, someone else might never come to know of Jesus and His compassionate love and power.

--Clarence R. Johnson


(Isaiah 5:1-30)

(Meter: - Can be sung to the tune of "All the Way My Savior Leads Me," or "What a Friend We Have in Jesus.")

1 My Beloved has a vineyard
  On a very fruitful hill.
2 Cultivated, cleared, and planted,
  With the choicest vines ‘twas filled.
  Built a tower in its center,
  Made a winepress in it, too.
  He expected fruits of goodness,
  But wild grapes it did produce.
3 O, Jerus’lem, men of Judah
  Judge between Me and My vine.
4 What more could I have done for it?
  It brought forth wild grapes, but why?
5 And now listen while I tell you
  What I’ll do to My wild vine;
  Take away its hedge and burn it,
  Break its wall and trample down.
6 I will lay it waste, not prune it,
  There shall come up briars and thorns.
  There will be no rain upon it,
  Faithless vineyard of the Lord.
7 House of Judah was My vineyard,
  House of Israel My vine.
  I sought justice, found oppression;
  Sought uprightness, lo, a cry.
8 Woe unto those people who join
  House to house and field to field
  Till there is no place for others
  In the midst of all the world.
9 “In My hearing,” says Jehovah,
  “Houses shall be desolate.
  Great and beautiful, but empty,
10 Crops and vineyards all shall fail."
11 Woe to those who rise up early
  For intoxicating drink,
  Day and night till wine inflames them
  With harps, tamborenes and strings.
12 Wine and song are in their parties,
  But of God, they give no thought.
  Of His works they are unmindful,
  Of the deeds His hands have wrought.
13 Thus My people have gone captive
  Lack of knowledge was their curse.
  Men of honor now are famished
  They are all dried up with thirst.
14 Th’ realm of death is greatly broadened.
  Her mouth to them opened wide.
  Glory and their pomp has vanished,
  Jubilation has declined.
15 Folks will know humiliation,
  Be relieved of all their pride
16 But our God will be exalted
  He is holy, just, and right.
17 Then the lambs shall feed in pastures
  Desert places shall produce.
  When complacent ones have vanished
  Foreigners will eat their fruits.
18 Woe to those who take sin lightly,
  Like they dragged it with a rope,
19 They demand God make appearance,
  “Let Him come, that we may know.”
20 Woe to those who call good evil
  And who call the evil right;
  Slander sweetness, say it’s bitter,
  Those who claim that dark is light.
21 Woe to those who think they’re wisest,
  Who seem prudent to themselves.
22 Woe to those who blur their judgment
By abusing alcohol.
23 They free wicked men for money
  Take the justice from the right.
24 Just as fire devours the stubble
  They will be burned up like chaff.
Root will rot and blossom crumble
  They despise God’s righteous law.
  Hate the message of Jehovah.
  Yet He is the holy God.
25 Wrath of God’s aroused against them,
  His hand reaches out to kill.
  Hills quaked, bodies were like refuse
  But God’s hand is stretched out still.
26 God will summon other nations,
  Even from the distant place.
  Swiftly they’ll descend on Isr’el.
27 They’ll not falter, they’ll not sleep.
  Yes, their loins will all be girded.
  Sandals fastened on with care.
28 Arrows sharp, and bows made ready,
  Horses’ hooves will be like flint.
  Chariot wheels are like a cyclone,
 29 Roaring will be like a lion.
  And like lions they’ll take their booty
  No deliverer this time!
30 In that day they’ll roar against them,
  Like the roaring of the sea.
  And if one looks for deliv’rance
  Clouds and darkness, he will see.

--© 2003 by Clarence R. Johnson


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