For years she had been ostracized because of her health issues. Every penny now gone, she was left hopeless and alone. But she had HEARD of the young rabbi’s ability to heal…and she began to have hope that maybe there was one last shot at her becoming whole again. (Matthew 9:18-22 MSG) Sneaking up behind the Teacher, she lightly touched the hem of His garment. “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.”
Jesus turned, and caught her at it. Then he reassured her, “Courage daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on.
Let’s talk about a few things in this passage that should be remembered.
1. What this woman HEARD about Jesus gave her hope.
2. Be very careful what you listen to about the Lord.
If you are listening to sermons that cause you to fear Him, condemn yourself, or leave you in despair, then what you are HEARING is bad teaching. The Lord loved you enough to choose a horrific death on the cross that your sins would be paid for…He did not do it to make you feel hopeless and unworthy! John 3:17 tells us that Jesus did not come into the world to CONDEMN it, but to SAVE it! Hope, joy, peace, all of these are the fruits of the Spirit, and should wax stronger in you when you hear the words of your Good Shepherd.
3. She was breaking the Law, but she received mercy, not condemnation.
According to Levitical Law, this woman was supposed to be kept separate from crowds so that her sickness would not cause others to become ceremonially unclean. Jesus disregarded that in light of her courage to come get help. As a parent, don’t think you have to get your life right before you ask Jesus for help. You can be a walking hot mess, but if you come to Jesus, He will never condemn you and He is always eager to help. No matter what. Coming to Jesus is NEVER wrong.
Her theology was off, and Jesus still responded with the healing she needed.
There was no magic in the robe. The healing had nothing to do with the fabric. I’ve heard it preached all kinds of ways, but at the end of the day, she was not some sort of scholarly woman who had all kinds of theological reasoning for believing that there was power in the hems…she was just desperate enough to believe that maybe it was worth the risk to just give it a shot. You don’t have to have perfect theology and understanding to get God to work in your life. We are all still learning. Yes, we should give attention to good doctrine, but this woman had none of that and still received her healing and encouragement from God on earth.
4. Her risk of faith took courage…and that is what Jesus commended her for.
Let those precious words echo in your mind… “Courage Daughter, You took a risk of faith…” Parenting today is a risk of faith any way you slice it. You want to raise a child who knows and loves Jesus, walks in purity and integrity, follows Jesus in the calling He has prepared for them since before time began and you can’t even get that same kid to stay in his bed or stop whining…much less grow up to change the world.
And that’s where I come in. I’m telling you that the risk of faith is worth it. I’m telling you that from my experience and (more importantly) by HIS WORD it is not only possible but it is in fact enjoyable.
You must be listening to solid teaching that tells you He is not only ABLE but wants to do it FOR YOU. You must know that even when you break the Law, the rules, that you will receive mercy and not condemnation. You may not have perfect theology, or you may be very new to the faith or reading God’s Word, but that won’t stop Him from doing a great work in your life and in the life of your family! And you must hear what the Word of the Lord is to you today…
“Courage, daughter…you took a risk of faith…”
and through that risk of faith, just believing that He is able to lead you and guide you through all your parenting perils, you will be made well. You will be given strength and ability.