Poem: A Woman Wonderfully Healed

 Simon Dewey
Simon Dewey

A Woman Wonderfully Healed

Mark 5:25-34

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.

When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; for she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well."

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?"

But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"

And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."

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Luke has elaborated the account in Mark in certain parts; read Luke 8:45-48.

And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng You and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"

But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me."

Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

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The Poem

Faith's Touch, Faith's Wonder


“That I might touch the hem of His garment,

Reach down and touch the tassel of blue.”

Breaking the stern Levitical commandment

Which declared her defiled and under a curse

[Chapter fifteen, dreaded twenty-fifth verse],

She stooped and touched – and oh the feeling

Of coming out of a grave, of instant healing,

The flow arrested, and resurrection health!


Those painful years of perpetual pleading

With Jewish physicians, adept in bleeding

Patients to death; broken and bleeding,

She had lost all her wealth.

She stooped and touched – her heart reeling

With torrents of joy at the miracle of healing;

She came and fell at the feet of the Lord

[Jesus, Saviour, Healer, God! ];

Narrated her story, fearing and trembling,

The terrible years of quacksalving remembering,

Tears of joy she could not arrest. The disciples’ blunder,

Ignorant of faith [its touch and wonder],

Unable to grasp the Lord's benediction:

“Your faith has healed you; be healed of your affliction! ”


©Tom Prato/Tan Pratonix



Commentary

Mark 5:34; Luke 8:45-48

1. It was the touch of true faith. Hundreds thronged Him, touched Him, but to no avail. When the woman touched Him, power went out of Him (Luke 8:46)

2. Jesus spoke about mustard-seed faith. Obviously, he was speaking of real, living, practical faith. Not the dead faith that so many have. You can accept a creed, believe in doctrines, go to church, call yourself a Christian, and yet not have living faith!

3. Her desperate situation. She suffered many things from many physicians, many doctors. These doctors did not know how to cure her; no man can cure the sickness of sin, but the Lord Jesus Christ, and His precious blood.

4. A terrible thing to fall into the hands of these 'physicians'. So many have self-styled remedies; but the true remedy lies with Christ. And it is a remedy that is obtained by faith. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and His sacrificial work on the Cross? Then you will be saved. Look upon Him, and you will be saved!

5. The doctors fleeced her. Who doesn't know about doctor's bills? A terrible thing to fall into the hands of quack doctors, and mercenary doctors, and doctors who know theory but are very poor in 'practice'. Apply the analogy to practitioners of philosophy and religion, and you will understand.

6. Her desperate situation. We have, sometimes, to be brought into the 'depths' in order to know 'the power of His resurrection'. That is why the Lord humbles us, takes us through deep trials, and breaks us - because He wants to bless us!

7. Her humility. She came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. She stooped to conquer. May we all learn to humble ourselves.

8. The woman came 'fearing and trembling'. Not craven fear. No, she was trembling with joy. The healing and deliverance was so powerful, almost unbelievable - it staggered her. The born again experience is a powerful experience. You are brought out of darkness into light; out of bondage into liberty; out of death into life. You feel the huge burden of sin rolled away. It is not something mental or theoretical. It comes with power.

9. She gave her testimony of healing in the presence of all, Luke 8.47. Have you given your testimony of salvation before the church or other fellow-believers? You must, according to Rom 10.9, 10.

10. Our Lord's comforting words in Luke 8.48. "Be of good cheer, go in peace, you have been healed." And it's all because of 'the touch of faith'!

11. There's lots more we can comment upon; but I think this will suffice.~Pratonix.

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Comments 6 comments

Deborah Demander profile image

Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is a beautiful retelling of one of my favorite stories. Thanks for writing.

Namaste.


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia Author

Thanks, Deborah.


Darlene Turpin 6 years ago

Oh what wonderful faith she had!..If only..she thought..if only to touch just a piece of His clothing..I will be healed..I pray we all have such faith!...No she had the faith to move mountains!..

This was a wonderful read..and an inspiration to all!


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia Author

Thank you, Darlene, for all your encouragement! :)


kenyetta finley 4 years ago

Beautiful..........


Benjamin Nelson 3 years ago

Well done.

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