Her Touch of Simple Faith

INTRO: This poem is based on the story of The Woman with the Bleeding Issue which is found in the Bible in Mark Chapter 5 verses 21-33. Some stories of women in the Bible touch on sensitive women’s health issues and this story is one of them. In these modern days, women in the developed world have access to many medical solutions and products to alleviate bleeding issues like menstrual periods, haemorrhages, fibroids, and menopause to name a common few. But not so today in third world or war-torn countries and neither were they available back in the first century when Jesus was ministering on earth.

In our modern world, women in the developed world have access to many medical solutions and products to alleviate bleeding issues like menstrual periods, haemorrhages, fibroids, and menopause to name a common few. But not so today in third world or war-torn countries and neither were they available back in the first century when Jesus was ministering on earth.

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She not only faced the physical effects but also Jewish religious beliefs around women’s bleeding listed in Leviticus Chapter 15 verses 19-30. Moses initiated these health regulations, to establish the Israelite’s community life, following the exodus of over three million Jews from Egypt. Instructions around hygiene and health issues were important to follow carefully to prevent illness from spreading throughout their community. These community rules continued throughout the 40 years they lived in the desert and continued after they settled in Israel.

But when Jesus was ministering on earth, the religious leaders were using these same hygiene regulations as punishment for women, rather than to care for women. Jesus preached not only the Old Testament Commandment, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, but also, just as important was the New Commandment, to love your neighbour as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39. This story tells of the love and care Jesus has toward women.


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Jesus had just healed a demon-possessed man

When the people told Him to “Leave our town”

“Leave in your boat, we don’t want you around”

They didn’t want Jesus or His healing power.


When Jesus arrived on the other side

A large crowd was waiting for Him on the beach

A church leader fell at his feet begging him

To come to his home to heal his sick child.


As Jesus walked, the crowd pressed close

Bumping into him, jostling to get near

A woman from the village, sick for twelve years

Heard about Jesus and His healing power.


She could not throw herself at His feet

Like the church leader did down on the beach

If she could just touch him, then slip away

He wouldn’t notice, he’d not be delayed.  


Her haemorrhaging was feared in public

Believed to defile others and transmit

Unsuitable for marriage, discarded

She was unable to bear children.


She was banned from going to the temple

Banned from sitting and mixing with people

Single and alone, rejected and poor

For she’d spent all her money on many doctors.


They were unable to heal her

Their remedies were hurtful

The medicines expensive

Her condition worsened.


She joined the crowd; she edged her way closer

Hiding her face so no one would know her

Because she was sick, she was deemed unclean

Her illness was shameful and embarrassing.


Suddenly, the crowd in front of her parted

It was the break she needed; her arm darted

Through the opening, stretching, desperate

Her fingers brushed the hem of His garment.


She felt a warm tingle through her body

She knew her haemorrhage had stopped bleeding

The crowd moved on, she stood still, stunned

 Silently praising God for her miracle.


Jesus blocked her escape, He silenced the crowd

He turned and asked, “Who touched my gown?”

His disciples were confused by His request

“Everyone’s pushing and shoving to get near.”


Jesus wanted to draw her out of the crowd

Like God called Adam out from the bushes

And drew Isaiah from out of the cave

And called Zacchaeus down from the tree.


She knew she has been healed

And Jesus knew His power had healed

He wanted more than just to heal her

He would declare her clean in public.


Jesus looked into the crowd for the woman

She came forward and fell at his feet

Fearful, she told the whole true story

“I knew if I touched you, I would be healed.”


“Daughter, your faith has healed you

Go in peace and be cured of the disease.”

She arose into new life and health

Free of shame, full of praise for her Lord.


Many people touched Jesus that day

Only she was touched by Jesus’ power

Her faith as small as a mustard seed

Her touch of faith did not escape Him.

Beverley Joy © 2022 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Read or listen to my poems of Women of the Bible: It Takes Two To Tango The Adulterous Woman of John 8:1-11, She Gave From Her Heart The Woman and the Two Coins Luke 21:1-4, Sweet Temptation Eve Genesis 3, Feast or Famine Ruth and I Am Ruth, ‘Thirst Quenching’ The Woman at the Well, Mary – The Christmas Story Part 2 Four Unusual Women, Part 4 Mary, The Christmas Story Part 5 Mary and Elizabeth, The Busyness Excuse Mary and Martha, Her Touch of Simple Faith The women with the bleeding issue,

A beautiful song that tells the story of a woman with the bleeding issue
The Woman with the Issue of Blood (Jesus Film Project)

References:

Women of the Bible 2007 Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda, Zondervan

All the women of the Bible Herbert Lockyer 1967 Zondervan

Alistair Begg One Woman’s Faith Truth For Life

John McArthur The Power and The Pity of Jesus Part 1 Grace To You

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