Touching the right part of Jesus' cloak
Luke 8:45 -
And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee , and sayest thou, Who touched me?
People use this testimony of the faith of this woman who suffered with an issue of blood, many a times for healings; but I have not come across anybody using the truth, knowledge and wisdom which this woman processed, which helped her get her healing.
First we need to realize this woman spend a lot of money on physicians over many years and it seem to be that she lived alone with nobody of her family (they may have left her because of her disease) nor even servants. Even in this situation she could survive and keep herself alive in this terrible sickness (both painful and socially outcast during those times).
Coming to Jesus, there were times when Jesus allowed those who touched Him to be healed but at this time he was not doing that. What we need to understand is an anointed Man of God can turn on his anointing just that anyone who touches him or things connected to him can receive a part of the anointing and be healed. This does not happen all the time but only when the anointing is great on that person. Peter understood this and used this, so much so that people were getting healed even by his shadow.
Unlike ordinary Men of God in the case of Jesus the anointing was 24x7 always on, but Jesus would or would not allow this anointing to pass unto others at His will. This woman had knowledge of how to tap into the anointing even at times when Jesus had not turned it on, it was to this reason that Jesus was taken by surprise, He felt the anointing go from Him without Him allowing.
Both Matthew and Luke very clearly specify in their record that the woman touched a specific part of the garment of Jesus, its fringe. When one studies the clothing of a Jew during those times they had a very specific dress. Like in today it is very easy to identify an orthodox Jew from a large crowd due to his dress. Jesus was not a orthodox Jew but he wore what was a common dress of a Jew according to the Law of Moses.
Every Jew as an identification of who they were, had to sew a blue ribband into the hem of their cloak. What the woman touched was not just the cloak of Jesus but the authority of Jesus, as to Who He Was/Is.
If you and I can tap into the authority of Jesus, there will never be a time of lacking, and less time of praying for healing. Jesus never prayed for healing for anyone or any miracle, He just thanked before because He knew He already had authority given unto Him.
That does not mean we will stop praying. Praying does not need to be only for asking but it also has other parts like refreshing one's self before the Lord or thanking and praising Him etc.
Knowledge of the Truth, fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit, gifts of the Holy Spirit, fasting and praying helps us build our authority in Jesus.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You said that we will do greater things than what You did. You have authority over all things given unto You by the Father. But You exercise this with responsibility so has to only do it to glorify the Father. All things You did was to glorify the Father, even that one time when You were made to change the water to wine at Cana, You objected but yet did so as to guide us in our walk in life. You did not want to glorify Yourself but the Father alone, for You know the Father will bring You in glory. Lord Jesus, help us realize, grow and responsibly use this authority which You have given us...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee , and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
13 But of the rest durst no man join himself to them: howbeit the people magnified them;
14 and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women;
15 insomuch that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that, as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some one of them.
38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 and Jesus also was bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews’ manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it.
9 And when the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast calleth the bridegroom,
10 and saith unto him, Every man setteth on first the good wine; and when men have drunk freely, then that which is worse: thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of his signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
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