Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Menstruating Woman: Having Faith
"Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. 'Take heart, daughter'. he said, 'your faith has healed you'. And the woman was healed from that moment". -Matthew 9:20-22
Your favorite skinny jeans are uncomfortably tight; you’re on your period and miserable. Your boss was a jerk and the only thing you want to do is go to your favorite boutique and buy a pair of sling back high heels. A man would never understand this.
To prove that God has such great love for women and he is compassionate to them, look at Matthew chapter 9 in the Bible. At this time Jesus was in the middle of his ministry preaching from town-to-town. News got out of Jesus, and woman who had been bleeding, the original Hebrew said “hemorrhaging” for 12-years, and she was desperate to find Jesus.
This woman, who was not named in Matthew, could have been suffering from a hormone deficiency, extreme stress, or a miscarriage gone wrong. Whatever the reason, this woman was focused solely to touch the hem of his garment because she knew that he was able to heal her. When Jesus turned around he saw the woman and told her that she was healed because she had faith.
This story in the Bible is important for women to read because it shows that Jesus cares about women and the wonderful things that come along with being a woman. In addition, Jesus goes even more out of the way to show his love and compassion to this woman because during this time in history, women who were menstruating were considered dirty and were supposed to be away from everyone else, usually in their own tent. That didn’t stop Jesus from caring about her and ultimately healing her.