Women of the Word | Godly Women, Day 4
Learning to be like Jesus means learning to be purposeful in loving others.
Verse of the Day
Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. Matthew 9:22 ESV
What is the sickest you have ever been? Did someone help you get better? Who and how?
How did you feel about yourself when you were well again? Has your perspective on life changed? If so, how?
Jesus is described as “The Great Physician”. Much of His ministry on earth was spent healing the sick in body, while speaking to the sin-sickness in the soul. Jesus said in Luke 5:31-32 “The healthy don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”. On earth, Jesus took it upon Himself to heal and in death He took all our diseases upon Himself so that “by His stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Read Mark 5:21-29
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. Mark 5:21-29
Where was Jesus going? What was His purpose?
What was the root of the woman’s suffering? Other than her physical sickness, in what ways did she likely suffer?
The woman’s suffering was compounded by social shunning.
The people of her culture were taught to consider her unclean, which would then relegate her to a life of isolation.
Think about how this would affect you as a person in a society where you were once embraced, to be cast aside due to an uncontrollable circumstance. What despair would that bring for you? What would your thought life be like? How would you get through every day with any hope of being restored after all your money was spent trying to find a cure?
Why do you think the woman approached Jesus from behind? What might she have feared? What did the woman believe to be true about Jesus?
What made Jesus approachable? Why would the woman look to Jesus as someone who would help?
With the throng of crowds, one would already understand that Jesus was one to follow. His reputation definitely preceded Him.
Read Mark 5:30-34
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:30-34
What did Jesus say had healed this woman?
Why did Jesus stop to talk to the woman? What was His purpose for talking to the woman?
Jesus brought the woman back into relationship through His actions after she touched His garment. She was no longer just “the woman with the issue of blood”, but transformed into a “daughter”.
When Jesus made her whole through her faith, He didn’t just fix her body, He saved her soul.
This is evidenced by the change in her having no name or recognition beyond her symptoms to the daughter of God after the solution.
Why was Jesus concerned with both her physical and the spiritual condition? What can we learn about our ministry to others through His example in this story?
Jesus came to redeem the world. His main focus was to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Examples of Jesus’s ministry and the Lord’s desire that we be healed are all throughout scripture, including the Old Testament. What examples can you find?
“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last.' Isaiah 44:6
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matthew 9:35
And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. Matthew 15:30
Would others consider you approachable like Jesus? Why or why not?
How can you work on becoming more approachable and welcoming to others?
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
How can you follow Jesus’ example of associating with the “sick”? What might you have to sacrifice to do so?
Jesus literally did not give a care as to who thought what about Him. He knew that the Spirit would bear witness as to who He was to who needed to know. He hung out with the sick in heart, the sick in sin, the sick in deed, and the just plain sick. In the end, He sacrificed His life for them...for us...even knowing what we would wrestle with in our lives.
How can you be purposeful about meeting a need in someone’s life this week?
What are some things our church can do to be more approachable for the people on the fringe of society?
What can our group do to ensure we do a better job of carrying each other’s burdens and encouraging each other to purposefully model the compassion of Christ?