The Hem of His Garment

Mark 5:25-34 (KJV)

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

I’ve always loved this passage. So many things stand out to me.

1. The woman could have touched Him. His hand, His foot, His hair. But she only touched the border of his garment (Luke 8:44), in faith that it would be enough.

2. She knew she was healed immediately, felt it in her body before she confessed to Jesus that she was the toucher. Before he proclaimed her healed.

3. She had faith that if she could just touch his garment, she’d be healed.

4. She had follow through. She didn’t give up in the face of the crowd. Instead, she fought her way to Jesus and did what she came to do.

5. Her faith and follow through brought glorious results: she was healed.

6. With the press of the crowd, she probably wasn’t the only one who touched Him. But she was the only one who touched him with faith in His ability to heal her.

7. Jesus knew immediately what had happened. He didn’t feel a tug on his clothes. He felt virtue go out of Him, but He knew she hadn’t touched Him–she’d only touched His clothes.

Did I miss anything? Does anything else stand out to you about this passage? Why do you think Jesus told her she was healed, when they both already knew it?

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Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. Her rural Arkansas community boasts a population of around 100, if you count a few cows. She writes inspirational contemporary romance for Heartsong Presents. Learn more at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog.

11 thoughts on “The Hem of His Garment”

  1. I think he told her she was healed for proof to the unbelievers. She was a living example of God’s healing if you have faith.

    1. I forgot to mention why I think he told her she was healed. For the last 12 years, she would have been an outcast. Everyone would have been aware that she was “unclean.” Jesus’ declaration took away her very public humiliation. She was healed physically, spiritually, and socially.

  2. I love this story too, Shannon. I agree with Lorna and Rose’s comments. Also thinking that Jesus stopped to acknowledge her to affirm that she was worthy of his healing. She’d spent twelve years feeling unworthy. She knew it was audacious to even touch the hem of his garment. She didn’t feel good enough to actually touch his hands or feet…or even approach him directly and ask for a blessing. I think Jesus was showing her how much she meant to him, and what a wonderful reserve she had in her faith which could make all things possible. He was declaring her value as a faithful daughter of God — personally and publicly. I also think he knew that this event would be recorded so that believers for generations could also realize their personal value in the kingdom of God.

  3. Like Lorna said, she had been a public outcast. When Jesus asked who had done it, and she stood up to confess, she reversed that status. She was no longer unclean. And it was proven by those in the crowd who heard Jesus’ words. It wasn’t just her physical being Jesus healed, He brought her back into society. Jesus heals us fully.

  4. I’m just amazed by her faith! Honestly, I can’t add to what everyone else has already said. Jesus’ proclamation of her healing wasn’t for her ears alone, it was for the crowd’s, and it was for us.

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