Re:Verse passage – Matthew 9:20-22(day five)
“for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” Matthew 9:21 This woman’s needs were many. Physical. Personal. Social. Spiritual. She had been cutoff, removed, and isolated for so long. To give you perspective, twelve years ago from today, George W Bush was president. Can you imagine how long she had suffered? But there was still a glimmer of hope in her heart.
She had decided that touching Jesus was worth the risk of certain persecution. She had determined that the very thing she was not “allowed” to do according to society (be in public, interact with a rabbi, touch someone) was what would bring healing and wholeness. Imagine the reaction when Jesus didn’t rebuke her, but rather encouraged her and in fact healed her. What are you willing to risk (socially, religiously, and personally) in order to be near the presence and power of God? Is there still hope in your heart?