Morning Bible Study
Luke was a
doctor and a travelling
companion of the apostle Paul.
He wrote this
book while Paul was in prison.
In writing his
book, Luke made use of other older documents like the Gospel of Mark, as well as extensive
has begun, and the people have been amazed not just at the things He’s been teaching,
but the things He’s
Jesus had taken
His twelve disciples on a little trip across the Sea of Galilee to the “other side” where the
pagan Gentiles lived. When they arrived, they were met with a demon possessed
man known as “Legion”. When
Jesus cast the demons out of him, the demons went into a herd of pigs and the pigs all ran off a
cliff into the sea and drowned. The people of the “other side” have asked Jesus
to leave them alone, so He and His disciples got back into their boat and
headed back to Capernaum.
8:40-48 Woman Healed
:40 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for
they were all waiting for Him.
:40 the multitude
welcomed Him … waiting
– apodechomai – to accept from, to receive
prosdokao – to expect; to look for,
What’s your attitude?
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she
had only two hairs on her head. “H-M-M”, she said, “I think I’ll part my hair
down the middle today.” So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that
she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “Today I’m going to wear
my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that
there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “Hooray!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have
to fix my hair today!”
Attitude is everything.
What was your
attitude towards Jesus when you came to church this morning?
Jesus left the Gaderenes because they didn’t want Him.
While Jesus did cast the demons out of Legion, that’s all
He did in that land.
The people of Capernaum welcome Jesus. They were waiting for Him to return.
You are going to see Him do some amazing things for these
people who welcome Him and have been waiting for Him.
From time to
time I see folks come in to church with a certain look on their face.
It’s obvious they don’t want to be here, which makes me wonder why they
Can I simply say, if you don’t want to be here, don’t expect much to
The church of Laodicea is known as the “lukewarm” church. This is the church that made Jesus want to
vomit. He said to them,
(Revelation 3:20 NKJV) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and
opens the door, I
will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
He has shown His love toward you by knocking on the door of your heart, but He
isn’t going to come in where He is not welcome.
Do you want God to work in your life today?
:41 And behold,
there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell
down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house,
:42 for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was
dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.
– “whom God enlightens”
As the ruler of
the synagogue, he was the elder in charge of the public services and the care
of the facilities.
He saw to it that people were appointed to pray, read the Scriptures, and
give the sermon.
What’s kind of
cool is that we even have an idea where Jairus lived, right next to the synagogue in Capernaum.
4:31-37), Jesus had been teaching in the synagogue of Capernaum when a man
possessed by a demon confronted Him, and Jesus cast the demon out of the man.
likely knows Jairus.
knows what Jesus can do.
:41 he fell down at
Jesus’ feet and begged
This was a desperate
father. His only child, a little girl, is on the edge of death.
:42 the multitudes
I would imagine this is frustrating for Jairus.
He needs Jesus
to help his daughter, and now He’s going to be delayed by all these people.
:43 Now a woman,
having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on
physicians and could not be healed by any,
:44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately
her flow of blood stopped.
:43 a flow of blood
A person who was constantly bleeding would be considered “unclean” under the Law of
(Leviticus 15:25–27 NLT) —25 “If a woman has a flow of blood for
many days that is unrelated to her menstrual period, or if the blood continues
beyond the normal period, she is ceremonially unclean. As during her menstrual
period, the woman will be unclean as long as the discharge continues. 26 Any bed she lies on
and any object she sits on during that time will be unclean, just as during her
normal menstrual period. 27 If any of you touch these things, you will be
ceremonially unclean. You must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water,
and you will remain unclean until evening.
years, this woman’s condition has cut her off from the synagogue or the Temple.
years, this woman’s condition has cut her off from her relationships.
:43 for twelve
daughter is twelve years old.
This woman has
been bleeding for twelve years.
If there is some significance to this “coincidence”, I haven’t found it
:43 spent all her
livelihood on physicians
Mark records it a little differently,
(Mark 5:26 NKJV) and had suffered
many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was
no better, but rather grew worse.
Luke, a physician himself, points out that other doctors had taken all her
money without being able to cure her.
Are doctors okay?
Of course they
But physicians are only human.
They can’t cure everything. They even make mistakes.
A woman went to
the doctor’s office where she was seen by one of the new doctors, but after about 4 minutes
in the examination room, she burst out, screaming as she ran down the hall. An older
doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story.
After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room. The older doctor marched
down the hallway to the back where the first Doctor was and demanded, “What’s
the matter with you? Mrs. Terry is 73 years old, she has four grown children
and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?!” The new doctor
continued to write on his clipboard and without looking up said, “Does she still have the
I worry that some
Christians seem to think that it’s unspiritual or lacks faith to go to a
As a result, I see some Christians going down some pretty strange paths,
adopting dangerous health practices, all in the name of trusting God.
Sometimes I think that Christians are some of the most gullible people who
will believe anything.
I think that what some people really fear is knowing the truth.
They don’t want to hear that they have a serious disease,
so they avoid the people that will tell them the truth.
You can still trust Jesus and go to your doctor. What if God’s plan is to
use your doctor?
You just don’t put all your eggs in the doctor’s basket. Go to your doctor,
but trust Jesus to lead you and heal you.
:44 touched the
border of His garment
— haptomai — to fasten one’s self to,
adhere to, cling to; to touch
Jews were careful not to “touch” anything unclean because they would become
Yet this woman
risks causing Jesus trouble with her uncleanness and reaches out to “touch”
kraspedon — edge, margin; the fringe
of a garment
God commanded the Jews to put “borders” or “tassels” on their garments:
(Numbers 15:39–40 NKJV) —39 And you shall have the tassel, that
you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may
not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined,
40 and that you may
remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.
In Hebrew, the
word for “tassel” is tzitzit, which
is a specially knotted ritual fringe.
Today they are
even put on t-shirts.
(Show my prayer shawl) There were four tassels on a robe or shawl, and they
were to serve a purpose.
The tassels were
to remind the people to do God’s commandments and to be “holy”.
If you are not “holy”, you are “unclean”. (remember the bleeding woman…)
In the Old Testament, “unclean” was contagious (Hag. 2:10-14)
Anyone who touched something unclean became unclean.
Holiness was not contagious.
Here is a woman
who epitomizes being “unclean”, touching the very thing that is to remind of
And yet what
happens is amazing. She is healed. She becomes “clean”.
You might consider yourself to be the worst sinner of all time.
You might think that if anyone is to be “unclean”, it’s you.
You might think that people should stay away from you because you cause
nothing but trouble to those you touch.
You need to
He can cleanse you.
(1 John 1:7 NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have
fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
When we come out of the darkness and start walking in
God’s light, we will find Jesus’ blood cleansing us from all sin.
:45 And Jesus said,
“Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master,
the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
Peter is thinking that the Lord must be getting a little too “touchy”. Of
course somebody “touched” Him!
:46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out
To Jesus, there was a difference between someone “touching” Him and someone
“touching” Him. He knew that this was a different kind of touch.
It seems that Jesus wants to draw this woman out into the open to tell what
happened to her.
It has been suggested that this is all done to encourage Jairus.
:47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and
falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people
the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
:48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made
you well. Go in peace.”
:48 Daughter, be of
It’s like Jesus is saying to her, “It’s okay that you touched me. You didn’t do
:44 touched the
border of His garment
Points of contact
Matthew records what the woman had been thinking as she made her way
through the pressing crowd:
(Matthew 9:21 NKJV) For she said
to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
To some, this
sounds almost a little superstitious for the woman to think that she could be
healed by simply touching the hem of Jesus’ garment.
The thing about
athletes and their superstitions is that it does something to free them up to
believe in what they’re doing.
Even some of us fans can be a little superstitious- and for the most part
it's harmless fun.
Touching Jesus’ garment was what led to her healing.
Jesus didn’t seem bothered that the woman thought this way, instead He
honored her faith by healing her.
We’ll see that it wasn’t touching His garment that healed her, it was her faith, but her faith was
released by touching the garment.
We might call the touching of the hem a “point of contact” for this woman’s
faith. It’s something that helped her to release her faith, to cause her to
trust Jesus to heal her.
God often uses these “points of contact” to help us.
(Mat. 14:36) that after this, people regularly begged to touch the hem of His
Yet it wasn’t His tzitzit
that made our woman well. It was her faith being released when she touched the tzitzit.
(James 5:14–15 NKJV) —14 Is anyone
among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over
him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will
raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
There is nothing magical about olive oil. But it can be a
point of contact to release your faith.
Do you need a “point of contact” to be healed? No. But God can honor it if
:49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the
synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble
The messenger doesn’t want to cause Jesus any further annoyance.
:50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be
afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
:51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter,
James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl.
:52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not
dead, but sleeping.”
:53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
I wonder when we will
learn like these people are going to, that Jesus actually knows what He’s
:54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying,
“Little girl, arise.”
:55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded
that she be given something to eat.
:56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one
what had happened.
It would be impossible to hide
this miracle from people for too long. Jesus isn’t expecting that the entire
thing be kept secret, but when He raised the little girl, His concern was for
the family, not the crowd.
:50 only believe, and she will be made well
be made well
– sozo – to save, keep safe and
sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
saying to Jairus about his daughter,
“Do not be afraid;
only believe, and she will be saved.”
already used this same word with the woman who was just healed, “Your faith has saved you”
Jairus has just seen what faith can do.
These are the same
words Jesus said to the sinner woman who was washing His feet with her tears:
(Luke 7:50 NKJV) …“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
You need to trust Him
For your salvation
If you want to be saved from going to hell after you die, you must believe
in Jesus. You must believe that Jesus died to pay for your
(John 3:16 NKJV) For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish but have everlasting life.
That was the lesson from the woman who was bleeding.
We talked about how walking in the light (1John 1:7) brings cleansing.
Even after you are saved, you will find that from time to time you will
need cleansing. That’s what Peter found…
Jesus has the
power to cleanse you, but you are not going to experience the freedom and joy
of being cleansed unless you trust Him.
You need to trust that He will keep His word when He promises to cleanse
(1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness.
This is how we are cleansed. We need to admit to Him what
we have done – confess our sin.
When we confess our sin, we can count on Him, He is
“faithful”, He will forgive us.
And He will cleanse us.