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Woman With The Issue Of Blood

What is the significance of the woman with issue of blood touching the edge or fringe of Jesuss garment in Matthew 9, Luke 8 and Mark 5. Why did she not touch any other part of his garment?

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Nikki is correct

Leviticus 15:25 And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation, all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she [shall be] unclean.

Leviticus 15:26 Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation

Leviticus 15:27 And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe [himself] in water, and be unclean until the even.
---francis on 6/29/13

Nikki, are you an example of what a Christian is to be? No wonder there are so many athiest.
If you'd do a little Bible and Greek study you'd understand what I posted was the way it was.
You still think the woman snuck up on Jesus. The Bible tells us something different.
If you would take the time to look you would see that Grandma, Shirl and myself respond to you in the manner you speak to us.
You can't pet a dog with rocks in your hands.
---Elder on 6/28/13

nikki, wow you are madder than I expected. many have tried to stand up to me but they better have their information correct. I will take a stand for my heavenly Father and His Word. I always do my homework and if I don't know I will ask bro. elder. he knows the bible upside down and inside out. I am not mad with you nikki, I was not ugly to you. when you post something here, it is a public forum and you can't tell anyone you weren't talking to them because when you post, you talk to everyone. some things just should not be on a public forum. I have enough self respect to expect that on a Christian blog.
---shira4368 on 6/29/13

nikki, I called a truce on the other blog. I am never bored. I am busy busy. if you don't believe me, ask elder, he will tell you all the things I try to accomplish each day. I am an artist and I make one of a kind jewelry. I don't get on here to be bored because boredom is not in my life.
---shira4368 on 6/29/13

Ephesians 4:1-6
I then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through LOVE, striving to preserve with unity of the spirit though the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

I can sorry to anyone who felt hurt. I come to CN to debate the posts not with each other.
I am sorry, I didn't turn the other check and let go.
---Nikki on 6/29/13

the beginning of the post says "where" and it should be "were". that word just hit me in the face.
---shira4368 on 6/29/13

Shira, where you bored when you decided to get mad at me?Has no one ever disobeyed your command before?
Upset because I am standing up to you?

Can you all make it without fighting with someone on CN? Even Grandma had to join in.

I am Catholic not Jewish.
Elder can change the meaning of Luke 8 to his own delights.

PS: If you posted on any blog you did speak to me. Get over your Barbie self.---Elder 6/28/13

I Have no idea what you are speaking about?

Can you all at least pretend to be Christians and leave me alone?
Is that possible?
Do you all have any type of Christ like behavior?
Just stop being bullies.
You all will be so much happier.
---Nikki on 6/28/13

grama,I love that name. I'm one several times over. thanks for your true words. bro. elder, ms jareldeen have been my friends for 9 years. we became friends on christianet because I was so fascinated by his knowledge of the bible. his life shows who he is and what he is. same with ms. jareldeen. they are dedicated to their ministry. I still believe a public forum is no place to discuss certain things. one of the things about our society...nothing embarrasses anyone anymore. how sad.
---shira4368 on 6/28/13

Nikki: It's fascinating to see how defensive, argumentative, and totally out of control you have become over what I see as a misunderstanding.

When Shira was telling you to stop it, not to talk about it, she was trying to communicate that the topic of women's private business was something she felt wasn't appropriate to discuss here. Instead of respecting that some people are uncomfortable discussing such things on a public blog, you became arrogant and argumentative.

Elder's name is Elder. He doesn't use that name to show a position in a church. He and Shira have been good friends for years, offline. He, naturally, would defend her from your false accusations. As am I. Your post is public, and anyone is free to reply.
---Grandma on 6/28/13

nikki, I will always believe the Holy Word of God before anything jewish. Bro. Elder knows more about God's Word than any other person I know. I would believe him over anything jewish. it is easy to see you think you are all that but you are just a sinner like the rest of us. you are the most arrogant person I ever encountered on christianet. you just can't stand when your falsehood is pointed out.
---shira4368 on 6/28/13

"The Lady was afraid
She was sneaking... Luke 8 is clear on that point. Jewish Scholars know more about their law than you."
Nikki are you a "Jewish Scholar?"
The word in Luke 8:46 you claim means fear can be rendered "fear" or "astonished."
When we read the text we see she was not afraid. She approched Jesus twice. She spoke to Him. She was not sneaking or fearful.
She sought Him in a public place with many people there. The crowd was there when she spoke to Him.
In verse 40 the people gladly received Jesus and were waiting for Him. This woman was waiting and she approached Him with boldness.
Forget your "Jewish Scholars" and begin to study the Bible.
---Elder on 6/28/13

Nikki, I am sure that you have spent hours watching "TV" to know you are not Smarter than a 5th Grader.... or even a 3rd grader.
When you are so coy and post slander and hate you call it debate. When you are called down for it you call it Bullying. You do everything you accuse others of and claim they are at fault.
You are just another Diotrephes when you really could be a Demetrius.
PS: If you posted on any blog you did speak to me. Get over your Barbie self.
---Elder on 6/28/13

Elder now what is your problem? Have I ever said a word to you? Do you go around picking fights with other people? Is this a hobby of yours?
Stop being emotional and give facts. We are not in the 5th grade.

Nikki drop it. That should not be discussed here.--shira4368 on 6/26/13

If I tell you to shut up in a soft voice or loud voice it is still not nice.

Stop lying. I never declare anything as part of a passage of the Bible.
I said JEWISH SCHOLARS claimed what was the issue of blood not me.

But because it would look foolish for you to argue with Jewish Scholars you choose to pick a fight with me.

As I said before, debate and stop attacking. Debate the blog or just act your age and stop BULLYING PEOPLE.
---Nikki on 6/28/13

nikki, the moderator allows almost all post because he gives everyone a chance to state their belief. even tho you statement should not be discussed here, he allows you to make a fool of yourself.
---shira4368 on 6/28/13

nikki, I said what you were talking about was not appropriate. the bible does not say why she was bleeding. if she had been afraid she would not have touched the hem of Jesus garment. I count it a blessing the names you called me. I needed a good laugh today. the woman trembled because she knew who Jesus was and she was lowly. the bible don't say she was afraid. she thought she had done the wrong thing. it could be many reasons but it wasn't fear. I did not yell at anyone. I never yell at anyone. I do know how to interpret God's Word.
---shira4368 on 6/27/13

Nikki, you stated that Shirl yelled at you yet she didn't use the upper case letters that indicate that. You lied about that so why should we believe anything else you say?
You have added to the Scripture also and said things that the Bible didn't.
As for my name you know nothing about why I use that name. I figure that "Nikki" must mean "heretick" in another lanuage. GOT IT? Now that's yelling!!
At least we all have had a good laugh because of you. Thanks.
---Elder on 6/27/13

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Before you get so heady and high-minded to rebuke someone at least know what you are talking about.---Elder

I do, do you?
I am Leon now?
Your friend thinks she is a Moderator or Dictator DEMANDING and RUDELY YELLED at me by saying to drop it!
The Moderator allowed my post.

Jewish law DOES NOT make you UNCLEAN because of a rash.
We know she was UNCLEAN because unlike every other sick persons RUNNING up to Jesus and begging for help she was AFRAID.

Luke 8:47
When the woman realized that he had NOT ESCAPED NOTICE, SHE CAME FORWARD TREMBLING.

Why? Not anyone else in the Bible was afraid.
Jesus even told some to keep their mouth shut.

I await your buddy to attack me next.
---Nikki on 6/27/13

Nikki you had better hope, in your lifetime, you gain the honor that Shira has in serving the Lord.---Elder on 6/26/13

You don't know me. God knows my actions and my sacrifices for Him.
Are you God now? Just because you used the name Elder doesn't not mean you are superior than anyone.
You don't even behave as an elder.
Read the posts again.
Your buddy attacked me, but no words for your buddy?

Stop being EMOTIONAL and study Jewish law first before jumping into a debate.
Give facts, not opinions.

The Lady was afraid for a reason!
She was sneaking to touch Jesus. Luke 8 is clear on that point.

I think Jewish Scholars know more about their law than you.
---Nikki on 6/27/13

Nikki you had better hope, in your lifetime, you gain the honor that Shirl has in serving the Lord.
The comments you have made concerning this issue are just wrong guessing at best.
The "issue of blood" was some sort of hemorrhaging/continual bleeding. It could have come from a skin eruption, rash or open injury. There is no reference that proves or point to her monthly cycle.
Also she touched what part of Jesus garment that she could. Before you get so heady and high-minded to rebuke someone at least know what you are talking about.
---Elder on 6/26/13

Is there something wrong with you, Shira?
Are you so immature that you can't discuss a passage?
Are you too immature to read about David and Bathsheba?
Song of Songs too embarrassing for you to read?
Pkay wrote this blog 7yrs old and the Moderator re-post this blog.
Why don't you tell the Moderator to drop it.
Or better yet, DON'T BLOG ABOUT IT?

You don't have the right to interpret Matt 9, Luke 8 and Mark 5 to your own comfort zone.

I answered the blog as it was asked. If you don't like it move on.
If you don't understand the passages inform yourself.

Next you are going to claim Jesus wasn't crucified with nails, but tied up against the cross because nails are too horrible to look at.

---Nikki on 6/26/13

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Nikki drop it. That should not be discussed here.
---shira4368 on 6/26/13

James and Shira, I guess, you all don't know, but her bleeding issue was a none ending cycle. Which made her unclean because of the shedding of her eggs.

All Jewish scholars states it was a unending cycle. Mark 5:26 a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
Where do you think she was hemorrhaging from? No injury, and it would NOT make her unclean to be bleeding anywhere else.

She had to sneak and touch the fringe of His garment. She couldn't walk up to Him. She knew the law as Jesus

Why do you think women are not considered clean when they are on their cycle?
The woman was healed when she touched Jesus and made clean by Jesus immediately because her cycle stopped and she could walk up to Him, NO SNEAKING.
---Nikki on 6/26/13

Nikki, in this case that last comment does not seem to be relevant to the discussion, as it does not seem to be a 'cyclic bleeding' matter, but a permanent problem.

In her case it was not a cycle, it was permanent bleeding - but it would still make her unclean
---James on 6/25/13

nikki, if you don't understand, its ok.
---shira4368 on 6/25/13

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nikki, sorry but some things just don't fit here and women's privacy is one of them.---shira4368 on 6/24/13

???? I sorry, but you lost me.
---Nikki on 6/25/13

nikki, sorry but some things just don't fit here and women's privacy is one of them. for a minute I thought I was watching a tv commercial. I don't even watch tv in mixed company.
---shira4368 on 6/24/13

Most people don't know why women are unclean when they are on their cycle.
It is because there eggs are dying off. So as long as she is on her cycle she has death on her. So she is deemed unclean by the law.

She had to SNEAK up on Jesus.
She known she can't touch Him, but had the faith to know anything touched by Jesus is holy enough to save her.

She didn't want Jesus nor anyone else to know she was near Him.
---Nikki on 6/22/13

The part of the garment she touched is totally irrelevant.

To understand what this is all about you must read Leviticus 15.

The Law determines the woman as unclean. The Law has not made her clean. Indeed anything she touches becomes unclean.

She comes to Jesus by faith. She touches him, instead of Jesus becoming unclean, the Woman becomes clean.

The Mosaic Law could not make the woman well, it could only point out her problem, i.e. condemn her.

What the Law could not do, Jesus did.

The Woman's condition is a bit like Sin. A continuous dripping of uncleanness. The Law points that out to us. But only Jesus can make us well.
---Martin_Smith on 6/20/13

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its called faith. how many times did the lord tell people ,your faith has healed you????
---tom2 on 7/23/06

You're on it tom2.
Great followup post John7-21 on the 614!
Story in a story here. We can see through her eyes a little. She was touching/reaching for the keeper of all the law, worn in his hem. No other wearer of this particular hem was worthy.

She knowing the significance of hem and recognized by the messiah marks and signs of Christ, his healings and miracles who he was.
Her, private and humble reaching in faith...amongst the crowd still discussed after 2,000 years. Remarkable and her testimonial blessing.
---Trav on 10/4/11

\\The fringes on Jesus' talit (not sure about the spelling) were a symbol of his authority. \\

This is NOT the significance the Bible itself gives for them.

The Torah says that they are to help the wearer remember the Laws of God.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/30/11

The fringes on Jesus' talit (not sure about the spelling) were a symbol of his authority. There are many times where these fringes (corner, hems) are mentioned in the Bible. Boaz and Ruth are a great example. When she asked Boaz to put his hem over her - she was asking him to be in authority over her and take care of her.
---Soonlee on 9/30/11

Legends --- Ha! I'd be willing. But you'd do better if the role was played by someone with talent!
I have lots of questions waiting, too.
---Donna66 on 7/22/11

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Cluny you are confusing the Tassels with Tzitzit and the Tekhelet. I didn't want to go into details here, because my friend its totally irrelvant to the discussion. Except ofcourse for YOU, who tracks my every word and then checks Google.

It based on the number of knots on a gematria: the word tzitzit (in its Mishnaic spelling) has the value 600. Each tassel has eight threads (when doubled over) and five sets of knots, totalling 13. The sum of all numbers is 613, traditionally the number of mitzvot (commandments) in the Torah. Add the Tekhelet(Blue Messiah strand)=614

This is far beyond your Comprehension and was not necessary for this discussion.
---John on 7/21/11

I agree!
Lots of hints here that are fun to think about. But nothing to run and start a strange cult living in a compound in Waco or serving punch in Guyana over.(smile)

Maybe in Heaven, I'll get to ask the woman with the issue of blood if she was that little girl's mom. That's only after I ask God, "Why the mosquitoes?" and "Is Professional Wrestling Real?" LOL

If I decide to make the movie, will you play the woman?
---Legends on 7/21/11

\\This Tassel was wrapped around the 613 other Tzizits(Representing The Laws).
Thus showing the Messiahs fulfillment of the laws.\\

Obviously, John knows nothing about the tzizit, if he doesn't know that the proper plural is tzitzyot.

Next, there are only EIGHT strands, not 613.

And among the Azkenazi Jews, they are all white. Only the Sephardim use the blue strand in making tzitzyot

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/21/11

Legends-- Great story! It sounds so good, I'm sad to say I think it probably coincidence.
There were many twelve yr. old girls...even some, daughters of rabbis. What "bleeding problem" happens "very often" in women after a experiencing "BIRTH complications?" To bleed 12 yrs would be very uncommon. I'm surprised she was not too anemic to even get to Jesus!

And was she able to deliberately touch just that particular area on the hem of Jesus' garment? We can't know... or that she was a rabbis wife,.

Combining these stories would make a great and inspiring movie...or even to wonder aloud about in a sermon. But somehow, to believe it, I'd need a few more clues from scripture.
---Donna66 on 7/17/11

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I'm not sure about the significance of touching the hem although I have thoughts about it. -jody on 7/16/11

Jody, The woman touched the Blue Tzizit which represents the Messiah(see my previous post).

This Tassel was wrapped around the 613 other Tzizits(Representing The Laws).
Thus showing the Messiahs fulfillment of the laws.

Very interesting Posts Legends. I must study this.

Interesting also that the Woman Perceived that this High Priest could touch the unclean as he also did when he touched the coffin in the prossesion and with Lazurus.

It also addresses the Moslems graves at The East Gate to prevent the Messiah from entering.
---John on 7/17/11

Why should there be any reason? Probably it just happened to be the part of the garment that she was able to touch through the throng.
---alan8566_of_uk on 7/17/11

I'm not sure about the significance of touching the hem although I have thoughts about it. What I do understand is that it is a marvelous story about faith and perseverance. We are all called to persevere and it is our faith that saves us.
---jody on 7/16/11

1)Study Mosaic Law. 2)Research the heritage of Jairus(Jair). 3) Follow the NT sequence in your Bible and see if you find something interesting about the POSSIBLE identity of the woman with the issue of blood!
-Woman lived 12YEARS in unclean state because of her bloodflow. By Mosaic law, she was prohibited from ENTERING HER OWN HOME OR TOUCHING HER OWN husband and CHILD(REN). This particular bleeding problem happens very often in women after a experiencing BIRTH complications.
MEANING: This woman may very well have had a 12YR OLD CHILD somewhere in the area that she couldn't LOVE through touch,kiss,hug,or FEEDING.
-HAD a supply of WEALTH from somewhere now spent! -
Possesed very accurate knowledge of rabbinical garments.
---Legends on 7/16/11

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-Jairus, the head RABBI walked w/ Jesus toward his house. Mom PRESUMABLY HOME with sick 12YR OLD.
-Unclean WOMAN interrupted Jairus' journey! Snuck up behind the sight of Jesus/JAIRUS knowing full well WHO JAIRUS WAS! Touched rabbi Jesus to meet her needs, NOT rabbi JAIRUS!
-Jesus said, DAUGHTER, thy faith hath made thee WHOLE(complete restoration). Lawfully, SHE COULD NOW GO HOME!
-Messenger from Jairus' house says THY DAUGHTER is dead!
-Jesus took father AND THE MOTHER, ENTERED IN. Ever wondered why the mother wasn't already in the room with the sick 12YR OLD daughter?
The damsel arose/walked. Jesus said, Give her something to EAT. I like to think MOM fed her.
---Legends on 7/16/11

The Talit(Prayer Shaw) contains 614 Tzizit(Fringes) 613 for the Laws and One particular long Blue stain(By Sea Snail Ink) for Messiah.
It is likely she touched the Blue Messiah tzizit in recognition of Jesus being that fulfillment. It was then her faith/recgnition that healed her.

During the passage you also see him being called "The Son of David"(The Davidic Kingdom) and they also were healed.
---John on 6/7/11

Donna - This is one of the coolest old testament to new testament connections. You are right about the sin of touching and making it unclean for many days. Read Malachi 4:2. /But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings/ (NLT). When priest would raise their hands the cloak would drap down like wings and this is what she touched. So a legend formed that touching the cloak would heal you. and this happened many times with Jesus and Peter.
---Scott on 6/7/11

I don't know of any special significance. With Her issue of blood, she would have been considered "unclean" and would have caused any man who touched her to be unclean. She may have had that in mind when she decided to touch only the hem of His garment. I have often wondered if she thought she might be healed without Him really knowing she was there.
---Donna66 on 6/5/11

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What is the significance? You got me!
Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole.

Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto.

My best answer to anyone who believes or doesnt.
Is, be mindful of what you believe.

I look at the centurion, this would be a roman!
How strong do you think his faith was?
And yea the lord healed his servant.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:
For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

You think the servant knew anything?
---TheSeg on 6/3/11

it was her belief in him that healed her and not her touch as she thought. Jesus made this clear. Mat 9:22
---aka on 6/3/11

she is belive to be unpure and consider an outcast. she is seperated from her people. the only hope she have is to touch the edge of Jesus garment. she never look at her circumstances but she was looking at the bigness of God and she was heal. her faith does the healing.
---seunbiala on 6/3/11

This woman touched not only the hem of our Lord's garment, but she touched the part of Jesus that brought healing to her through her faith.
---Linda on 11/29/10

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To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

Never associate the Miraculous Healing of God with the REASONING AND DESPERATION of man! FOR we receive the Glory of the Lord by 'Faith', not out of the desperation of reasoning.

It take Faith, not reasoning, to Boldly come before the Lord and have His Miracles revealed unto us.

The determination of the woman's Faith was stated even before toughing Christ, when she said "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." That's not reasoning but Faith, rooted in God's Word in Malachi 4:2.

Plus, Why is it so hard to just except that which Christ Jesus proclaimed it as being, when He told the woman "It's your Faith that has made you Whole"!!!! Matt.9:22.
---Shawn_M.T. on 4/17/09

She grabbed the garment while she was being mobbed by the crowd, she may have been knocked down by the crowd and she reached out, and was able to reach the hem. Or she may have decided He was no ordinary man and figured she was not worthy to touch His arm or His hand. Since she was a sinner in the presence of God, she probably reasoned that she must only touch the hem of His garment, reverently, hopefully, and believe for a miracle.
---Betty on 4/17/09

To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

The significance of why the woman, with the blood issue, endeavored to touch the fringes of the garment of Christ and not just any other part, is because she wasn't acting out of foolish desperation.

We're not Healed out of desperation but out of the Hopes of Faith that Save the Souls of men, and this is where she found the strength & direction to tough the fringes of the Lord's garments which the Jews refer to as 'Wings'.

The determination of her Hopes of Faith to receive the Healing found in the Wings of the Lord were rooted in the Beliefs of Malachi 4:2. which states ~ "Unto you that Fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness Arise with Healing in His Wings".
---Shawn_M.T. on 4/16/09

I doubt this woman would see herself as acting out of faith. She acted out of desparation..and..determination.

Often, I think, these are what moves the heart of God.

I've prayed passively asking God in faith for an answer or resolution to a problem, only to see things unchanged day after day.

But when I get up and tell the Lord I'm depending on Him for guidance, and I will DO whatever it takes
no matter how difficult, how humiliating, how crazy it might seem to others... and then ACT... the answer often comes quickly.

Getting close enough to touch Jesus' garment was surely difficult and humiliating for for the woman. Others who might have known her plans might think her foolish. But she was healed!
---Donna66 on 4/7/09

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The woman had tremendous Faith, and new without any doubt that if only she touched his hem she would be healed.
---charity on 4/7/09

Dear Pkay:

She touched the tassel *, as in Mark 6:56, also Luke 6:19. She would have avoided touching his clothing, less touching him as she was ritually impure. See Matthew 9:20, Mark 5:27, and in Luke 8:44 she "Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment." She was clearly walking, and the fringes would have ended shortly below his waist.

Jesus touched the leper in Mark 1:41 and Luke 5:13, yet it doesnt say that Jesus touched the paralytic in Mark 2:11 and Luke 5:24.

Perhaps she thought of Numbers 15:39-41: "I am the Lord your God"...

Yours in Christ Jesus. -Glenn

* Gedil, kraspedon, tzitzith: Deuteronomy 22:12, Numbers 15:38, Mark 6:56, Pharisees: Matthew 23:5
---Glenn on 4/3/09

Jesus is our Chief Priest before God, for the redemption of our sin, he shed his blood for more than our salvation - fulfillment of all God's promises within us. In the Old Testament, when the Priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, if not pure he would die. They tied a rope around his waist and strung bells along the hem of his garment as a signal of his righteousness (and health) to fulfill his duties in making the blood sacrifice before God. There is significance in the fact the woman "aimed" for the hem of Jesus' garment for this reason. She knew what she was doing, exactly where to go, what to touch. Remember, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. She reached out for that hem to fulfill all three within her.
---Tommy on 4/3/09

She had spent 12 years and all her money on the "worlds" methods and what would seem logical using Dr's. So in faith she reached out into the unknown, the unlogical, "I think I'll just touch the hem of His garment.." we need to be more like her and reach for the unknown and stop being content with the logical and world's methods.
---alex on 8/14/08

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There was a huge crowd.She could only get through far enough to touch him there.I firmly believe if she had touched HIS hand,foot or head she would have been healed too.
---shirley on 2/2/08

Numbers 15:38-40. The children of Israel were to wear a "ribban of blue" upon the fringe of their garments - a reminder to do "all my commandments, and be holy..".
Deut. 28 outlines the consequences of obedience and disobedience to the commandments. Verse 4 says "Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body". One of the curses is verse 22, "The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption...fever...inflammation...extreme burning... shall pursue thee until thou perish".
---Colin_Cumberbatch on 2/2/08

I hope we can all agree that the woman touching the hem of his garment (robe) was a show of faith. She was quietly stating that this is the one that had the power to heal her.

If we read in Exodous 28:33, the Lord is instructing Moses on the making of the High Priests garments. Note the blue hem of his robe.

I believe that when we look at the two together we can conclude that advertently or inadvertently she was saying this is the True High Priest of Israel, with healing power.
---trey on 12/5/07

In this society, even during a regular period, women were supposed to avoid all tactile contact with men, even their husbands, to the point of avoiding a chair on which the husband was likely to sit, lest ritual uncleanness be transferred.

This woman, with what we today would call menstrual irregularity or hypermenorrhea, was risking all sorts of horrible censure if it was discovered she dared touch a man--but this was how desperate she was to get Jesus' help by merely touching His hem.
---Jack on 12/2/07

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I imagine that the woman was probably trying to get to Jesus on the ground because of the crowd -- would have been difficult to fight the crowd standing up. The hem of His garment would have flowed out a bit more than the rest of it, so she could just touch it with her fingertips. Had she touched any other part of Jesus' garment I firmly believe that she would still have been healed.
---Helen_5378 on 4/7/07

"You are confusing them with the fringes--tzizit".

Thank Jack. That is what I meant. (CFS must have been kicking in.)

---augusta on 7/30/06

She knew that the hem contained the fringe (tassle) known as the zizit. THis was the holiest of the garb worn by the Jew. See numbers 15 for the importance of this fringe.
It represented the 613 laws of God. Jesus made a point of showing that it was not the tassle but the woman's faith that had healed her. Her courage despite being an "unclean woman" caused her to touch many in the crowd as well as Jesus himself. She was afraid to come forward, at first, because she had broken the law.
---Ralph on 7/30/06

I agree with Jack. Others in the village probably knew of her situation because of the severity of her condition. I'm sure she was well aware of the chance she was taking just being out among others. She was very determined, and chose the best way to be as descreet as possible. It is called faith, and she was rewarded beautifully for acting on it.
---lynet on 7/24/06

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**Some scholars believe it was because Jesus wore phylacteries ("tefilin" in Hebrew). These were worn on the edge of the garment,**

The Phylacteries (tefilin) were NOT worn on the edge of the garment, but on the forehead and right arm during morning prayer only.

You are confusing them with the fringes--tzizit.
---Jack on 7/23/06

its called faith. how many times did the lord tell people ,your faith has healed you????
---tom2 on 7/23/06

Jesus taught using stories and symbolism ... constantly comparing the Kingdom of Heaven with things on the earth to help the people better understand.

In orthodox churches, still to this day, Jewish men wear prayer shawls. The Jewish people believe that the prayer shawl is a religious symbol, a garment or cloak which envelops the person in prayer. Wearing the prayer shawl was commanded by God in Deuteronomy 22:12 and also in Numbers:
---DoryLory on 7/22/06

"... BID them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments ... and it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord." (Numbers 15:38-40)

The woman reaching for Jesus' hem, was symbolic of one reaching for healing in the Word because there is healing in the Word. The Word works like medicine (Proverbs 4:20-22).

"He sent forth his word & healed them" (Psalm 107:20)
---DoryLory on 7/22/06

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The significance of her faith was so strong as she believed merely touching His garment would heal her of the malady.Jesus knowing all things replied "Your Faith has made you whole."this transpired in a crowd & it was a very personal malady in her life,but was known to God.
---Emcee on 7/21/06

Maybe she was ashamed of her condition. didn't want to bring attention to herself so she touched part furthest away knowing that even the edge of his garment would heal her. Pride may have caused her to do this.
---judit4846 on 7/21/06

I also agree with what Jack says.
---mima on 7/21/06

I agree with Jack, that it was because she had the problem of bleeding and was considered unclean. She was taking a huge risk to touch any part of him but just touching the edge or fringe of his garment, she hoped would not make him unclean. And her faith was so strong that believing she could just touch the edge of his garment would heal her. That he personally would not have to touch her.
---Gena8493 on 7/21/06

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Perhaps she was too weak to walk. Crawing, she would have only been able to reach that area of his garment. But, her faith was strong.
---Susie on 7/21/06

Some scholars believe it was because Jesus wore phylacteries ("tefilin" in Hebrew). These were worn on the edge of the garment, and in them were small capsules holding scriptural passages from Exodus.
---augusta on 7/21/06

Because that is all she could reach. If you want to spiritualize it you could say that it represents the feeblest effort to reach out to Jesus being effective.

Matthew 12:20, "A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench..."

In other words a broken blade of grass, he will not trample down and a lamp almost out of oil he will not snuff out. Sometimes we are that broken blade of grass or that lamp that is almost out of oil.
---Bruce5656 on 7/21/06

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