The Hemorrhaging Woman: Get to Jesus! | Real Women of the Bible Part 3

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There was once an orphan. She battled a debilitating illness her entire adult life. Because of it she was considered an outcast. She had no husband, or friends. She was looked upon with contempt and people backed away from her, calling her names. She was frail, lonely, scared, and destitute, with no hope. She heard about a man who was healing people, and, in her desperation, she braved through the crowd, and it was there at his feet that she received what she never thought was possible. She received healing, redemption, and citizenship. She was now a daughter of the Highest King! This is the story of the Hemorrhaging Woman.

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Leviticus 15:19, 25-27 (NLT) | Whenever a woman has her menstrual period, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days. Anyone who touches her during that time will be unclean until evening. If a woman has a flow of blood for many days that is unrelated to her menstrual period, or if the blood continues beyond the normal period, she is ceremonially unclean. As during her menstrual period, the woman will be unclean as long as the discharge continues. Any bed she lies on and any object she sits on during that time will be unclean, just as during her normal menstrual period. If any of you touch these things, you will be ceremonially unclean. You must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.

Mark 5:21-34 (ESV) | And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.

Mark 5:21-34 (ESV) | She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?'” And he looked around to see who had done it. 

Mark 5:21-34 (ESV) | But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, 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 disease.”

The “Encounter” painting by Daniel

  • The Encounter Chapel is part of Magdala´s archeological treasure: the floor is that of the original first-century marketplace of the Magdala port.(https://www.magdala.org/duc-in-altum/)

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