Greetings fellow sojourners! Shall we step into the story of the woman with the bleeding issue? We know it so well. Jesus was on his way to see Jairus’ dying daughter…
“While He was going, the crowds were nearly crushing Him. A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years, who had spent all she had on doctors yet could not be healed by any, approached from behind and touched the tassel of His robe. Instantly her bleeding stopped. “Who touched Me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are hemming You and pressing against You.” “Someone did touch Me,” said Jesus. “I know that power has gone out from Me.” When the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling and fell down before Him. In the presence of all the people, she declared the reason she had touched Him and how she was instantly cured. “Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8:42b-48
Are you suffering? Do you need healing from Jehovah Rapha? I think the place rapha was introduced in the bible is interesting. Exodus 15:22-27 speaks of the Israelites journeying for three days in the wilderness without finding water. When the Lord finally led them to water they could not drink because it was bitter. They “grumbled to Moses” because of the hardness of their heart. The word grumbled is fascinating. It means ‘to stop, to stay permanently, to be obstinate (especially in words to complain), abide (all night), continue, grudge, murmur, remain, tarry’. When I previously read this verse I thought it meant they just complained for a while about their suffering as we might do while stuck in traffic. As soon as the traffic clears, so does our grumbling. Here, however, grumbling implies a deeper complaint. A bitterness of soul that is unwilling to budge and move on. Do you see it?…
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I have included a rendering of Luke 8:42-48. I pray the encounter ‘touches’ your day.
In His grace,