Daily Thought for: 12th October


Matthew 9. 20-22; Mark 5. 25-34; Luke 8. 43-48

As the large crowd was making its way toward the house of the ruler of the synagogue, a poor sick woman moved close to the Lord Jesus. The problem of her issue of blood was, in all probability, such a delicate matter that she did not feel free to discuss her need in public. 

She had seemingly sought every means available to her. For twelve years she had evidently suffered many things, tried many physicians, but all to no avail. Now she had reached the stage where she had spent all that she had. The result was that she was nothing better, but rather grew worse, without any proper means of recourse. 

What a sad and apparently hopeless case this is! This is a picture of the sinner, whose greatest need is salvation. No man, nor amount of money, could avail. No-one, no means, but CHRIST. 

She heard, Mark 5. 27, and she acted in the way she thought would be unperceived by all; she would approach from behind and reach out in all her helplessness to the Saviour and touch Him. Thousands have done that since and been abundantly blessed. Immediately her plight was eradicated because of her faith. ‘If I may but touch . . . I shall be whole’, Matt. 9. 21. What a lesson in faith and trust lies herein, and how evident are the blessings that accompany faith. The Lord said, ‘Who touched me?’, Luke 8. 45. It was not that He did not know. He turned and looked at her. The woman fearing and trembling and ‘knowing what was done in her . . . fell down before him and told him all the truth’, Mark 5. 33. 

How good to know our Great High Priest knows and cares and understands our weakness and our frailty. He is ‘a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God’, Heb. 2. 17, and He is ‘touched with feeling of our infirmities’, Heb. 4. 15. In her day this woman reached out to touch Him, but today His present ministry reaches out to His own and they are blessed. He ministers before the face of God for us. It is so reassuring to know that ‘he is able to succour them that are tempted’, Heb. 2. 18. 


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