Often times the best advice comes from a person of humility. “Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding.” Proverbs 2:2 We learn by the example of those with a quiet, humble, yet strong and positive spirit. Without concern of pleasing others, a desperate woman’s humble act of tenacious faith, is recorded by God. This woman knew without a doubt where her help would come from. Without faith it is impossible to please God, and this woman’s faith pleased Him. Our Father purposely commended several acts of humility in Scripture. As the priest and village laughed at Hannah, she prayed for a miracle. Moses, Jeremiah, Jonah all trembled with fear, and God chose their stories to live forever. The poor widow who gave God all she had and the woman with the issue of blood. Jehovah Rapha sees the trouble of the afflicted; He considers our grief and He takes our hand. Many who worship God become weak in faith and fall prey to depression as victims — when sick, persecuted, or abandoned. With honest hearts we have all sinned in this way — a doubt boils up in our minds — if God even sees us, or if He can help us when we are hurting or in trouble. One woman within a large clamoring crowd brought great joy to the Lord. She was a poor woman struggling on her own, rejected at the temple, tossed out by her parents, she had no friends and she had spent all her money on doctors who failed to restore her health. Our Father does not stand at a distance, He is our Helper in times of trouble, He takes care of the fatherless.
The woman was weak, and unafraid to push through a village of people who had banished her. Without having met Jesus, she believed in His identity as the Messiah, the High Priest , the One who had pure power, Who had the official authority from God, with healing in His wings. She stretched herself low to reach out and touch the tassel (tzitzit) dangling from His robe. She may have held Psalm 91 in her heart as she humbled herself, subjecting herself to the angry shouts of “unclean” — she pushed through to simply touch the fringe of His robe (tzitzit) to be healed. “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.” Tradition allowed only family members to touch the four cornered wool prayer shawl known as a tallit, that had a tzitzit hanging on each corner. Numbers 15:37-41 describes the Biblical garment of a priest. While in prayer, a Jew held a tzitzit to remind them that they were set apart, sanctified and made holy for God’s purpose. Why did Jesus call her daughter? Within the mob who were crushing against Him, Jesus recognized that power had departed from Him. Someone touched Him with faithful intention. “You received the Spirit of adoption by Whom we cry out, “Abba Father”. Psalm 10:14 —
Jairus’s daughter was awakened from a dead sleep. This painting captures a look of weakness and surprise as her hand is held by Jesus. Jairus, a priest begged Jesus to come and heal his 12 year old daughter.
When we are sinking beneath our circumstances, He offers us His mighty hand. Our Father cares for humanity. This woman was rejected by the priests. “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” Matthew 7:1 On that day, among those following the leader of the Synagogue, were the disciples . There was a mob of people who wanted to see the One known to perform miracles. Some wanted to see Jesus hang for blasmephy. Others perhaps did not want to miss the show. One woman was there because she believed in the power and authority of Jesus. She reached out to touch the seamless garment that soldiers would later gamble for. Simon Peter, the rock had seen many miracles and yet, just after the spectacle of feeding 5,000, Peter asked Jesus to command him to meet him out on the sea of Galilee. Jesus said “Come”. The strong wind spooked Peter and he began to sink. “Lord save me”. Jesus reached out His hand and said “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Dr. Harmon reveals treasures about the woman with the issue of blood, the prayer shawl and the meaning of the tzitzit tassels. With great humility and respect for Jewish traditions, be blessed with deeper appreciation of God’s specific way of identifying His own.
The above teaching tube was made 10 years ago. Read Matthew 14:34-36 —Matthew 9:20 and Doctor Luke 8:40. This ridiculed woman gave her public confession of faith which then circulated all around the Sea of Galilee. Her testimony caused others to dare believe. “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, the Provider of all we need.” AMEN – There are a number of stories of courage recorded in the Bible for us all to draw strength from. One woman in particular was called daughter by Jesus. Why her? The truth is in the magnificent, often overlooked details of certain Hebrew traditions. The identity of this female, her family, her name remains unknown. What God commended her for was her tenacious faith. Against all odds, she persevered and remained hopeful in her search. For many of us, our names will be forgotten, but what will remain in our absence will be those times remembered by others for how we responded when evil wanted to snuff us out. Take the time to read on and to watch the tubes contained in this post. You may even want to share it with someone you know who has lost hope, is suffering in a difficult situation. Be the good samaritan and give them a visit. Your shining faith could save a life. “You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14 If you are abandoned, left alone, take heart, Jesus will never leave you. This clip dramatizes the scene of Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood.
Another Messianic Jewish Rabbi helps the writers of The Chosen, keep it historically and traditionally significant as seen in the clip below about the woman with the issue of blood. Temporarily The Chosen is on YouTube. Download the ANGEL app for FREE and fling to your TV. Watch Season 3 Episode 5 which depicts why the woman was abandoned by her village and family.
“My strength and power show themselves most effective in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP — When our mind wanders in prayer, don’t be upset. Simply read Psalm 119 out loud. “The Lord is my portion; I have promised to keep Your words. I have sought Your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your promise, I thought about my ways and turned my steps back to Your decrees. I hurried, not hesitating to keep Your commands. Though the ropes of the wicked are wrapped around me, I did not forget Your instruction. I rise at midnight to thank You for Your righteous judgements. I am a friend to all who fear You, to those who keep Your precepts. Lord, the earth is filled with Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes.” Psalm 119:57-64 Our weakness is an opening through which “the light of the knowledge of God’s Glory” can shine through. Even in our suffering, we worship the One who has a plan for us. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 ” For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Jesus said “Therefore, I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what will you wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing….But first seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:22-34 The cure for anxiety; sit quietly in the Presence of God and enjoy a sacred time in silence. ‘Be still and know that I am God.” Your act of faith that Immanuel “God is with us” is like reaching for a tassel on His robe. He knows your situation, the concerns of your heart. Your act of faith is noted in the spirit realm and it weakens the principalities and powers of darkness. “For the battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, (faith, the sword of truth, His word) so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.” Ephesians 6:12 Take a stand against fear, sickness or any other worry. Resist the evil’s attempt to steal your faith in God. Be proud of your faith in God like the woman with the issue of blood! Sit in His Presence and trust that He is with you, providing, shielding, and giving you His strength.
“You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father.” Romans 8:15 NKJV -Our Father desires that we CALL on HIM. “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NASB
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When we are in pain, or in a place of awe, a deep change occurs in our spirit, with a sense of urgency to “get ready”. This feeling is a result of moving past fear, past ignoring a difficult situation and hoping it goes away, past giving up because it seems like the situation can’t be fixed…once we are past what seems impossible, it is there that we connect with God more intensely. Desperate like the woman that used up all her own resources, she would not stop pressing in until she touches Jesus. God shows up in our weakness when we seek Him with all our mind, heart and strength. AMEN
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