Matthew 9:20-22 “The hem of Him”
Mar 30 2020
“The hem of Him”
In Matthew chapter 9 verses 20-22 we note the women who had the issue of blood and had to wade through this mass of people while she had been hemorrhaging for 12 years came to seek to touch the Lord.
In Jewish culture this woman was like the lepers, she was unclean, thus she could not participate, in society, or in religious life. She was not allowed to be around other people. Again, Luke tells us that when this started out she was quite well off but had spent all of her wealth on trying to recover her health. She had endured 12 years of ill health, 12 years of separation and now for some time poverty. Just above Matthew retells the story of Jairus who came publicly to receive healing from Jesus, but this woman came privately, secretly. Yet they both have one thing in common they both came to Jesus. Looking her cause us to realize that she was superstitious, and her theology was all messed up. You see, there was a thought prevalent in that day that if you touched the hem of a spiritual leader that there was power to heal there. We are told in Matt. 23:5 that the Pharisees had enlarged their hems and tassels in order to perpetuate this myth making them seem more spiritual. This practice came from a word of the Lord to Moses in Num. 15:37-40 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”
Luke tells us that thousands of people were crushing in upon Jesus and that the moment this woman touched Him He knew that she had done so by faith. In fact, the disciples were quite amazed at Jesus words of who touched Him. Saint’s never forget, Jesus always knows who has grabbed a hold of Him by faith. And with marvelous simplicity Matthew records Jesus’ words to her here in verse 22, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well”. Luke tells us that Jesus made her come forward and tell all in sweet confession of her surrender. Saint’s let’s all move closer to Jesus and reach out and grab the hem of His garment this week.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!