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Richard Roberts

The Bible tells in Mark 5 of a woman who had an issue of blood. For twelve years the fountain of her blood would not dry up. She had been to doctors, and they had done all that they knew to do, but she grew worse.

One day she heard of Jesus. She heard about the saving, healing power of the Master. The Bible says the Word must be preached so that faith can be heard. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). The woman heard. And when she heard, that Word got down inside her, and she said, “If I could only touch His clothing.”

Jesus wore a certain type of robe, but He also wore an outer garment over the robe. All the rabbis of that day wore a special prayer shawl, and on that shawl were tassels. The tassels represented the Law of Moses, which was the Word of God. I believe the woman said, “I do not have to touch Him. He does not have to touch me. If I can but touch His clothing.” His clothing represented the Word. The Bible says Jesus was the Word of God made flesh. The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power. It is active, energizing, effective, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

When the woman with the issue of blood touched the clothing of Jesus, she immediately felt the power! Jesus turned and said, “Who touched Me?” She did not touch Him; she touched His clothing. She touched the Word. And she knew she was healed. Jesus said, “Someone has touched Me. Who touched Me?” The disciples looked around, and then said, “Jesus, everyone is touching You. Everyone is saying, ‘Touch me, heal me, bless me.’” But Jesus said, “This was a different touch. No one was just bumping against Me. Someone touched Me, for I felt the power go out.” He then turned, and suddenly, the Bible says, The woman…knowing what was done in her…fell down before him. The woman knew. She had been healed!

When you hear the Word and when you say the Word, there comes a time of knowing. Faith knows!