by Joe Alain

The Healing Touch
Joe Alain
Mark 5:25-34


1. The Condition of the Woman (5:25-26)
2. The Cure of the Woman (5:27-29)
3. Jesus' Call to the Woman (5:30-34)

We are familiar with the great commission that Jesus gave to His Church. The commission is to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, to ''make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you'' (Matt. 28:19-20). Our Lord uses us to accomplish His purpose in the earth, which is to bring salvation to all people. The question is, ''How do we do this?'' ''How do we effectively share the faith that we have with others so that they too can experience the Lord's goodness, mercy, and forgiveness?''

Not surprisingly, the one who gave us the commission, Jesus is also our model for ministry, how to do it. As we follow Him, we will learn how to fish for men (Matt. 4:19). How did Jesus share the good news of the kingdom? How did He impact lives for eternity? How can we effectively share our faith?

We begin our study with a look at the story of the woman who was chronically bleeding who came to Jesus for healing. She experienced a healing touch from Jesus. We find her story recorded in Mark 5:25-34. Read the text.

This miracle occurred in the context of another miracle - the raising of Jairus's daughter from the dead. As we look at the story we see first of all . . .

1. The Condition of the Woman (5:25-26)
(1) This woman is unnamed - ''a woman was there.''

(2) We are told that this woman had a chronic case of bleeding. More than just a physical problem, this bleeding issue would have caused the woman to be considered unclean by Jewish law (see Leviticus 15:25-27). Publicly rejected because of her physical condition and religiously outcast from her faith, her condition and her situation was desperate.

(3) We are told that this illness had been ongoing for ...

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