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Touch the Hem of Jesus’ Garment

One of the members of our church, Julia Reece, wrote this article and I want to share it with you.
— Pastor

 

Touch the Hem of Jesus’ Garment

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

Matthew 9:20 – 22 NKJV

In this passage of scripture, we find the story of the woman who couldn’t get to Jesus, but said “if only I could touch the hem of his garment, I would be healed”. And she did. The interesting point here is something that the Holy Spirit brought to my mind as I listened to the Word being read in Leviticus 15:25. In this passage, you find the rules that the Lord gave to Moses for the Israelites pertaining to blood. Not just the blood of animals, but the blood of a woman. What struck me was the part about the woman being ceremonial unclean for the duration of her bleeding. Being “ceremonially unclean” is a little different from someone who is “unclean”. An unclean person, such as one with leprosy, was required to notify anyone approaching to stay away, don’t touch, don’t come near. Someone who was “ceremonial unclean” could go about his/her business almost in a normal manner. I say almost because I think they were supposed to tell people so the things they touched could be cleansed and be clean the next day. Looking at the story of the woman who touched Jesus’ garment, I don’t think she told anyone except maybe her intimate friends and family. I mean, look at her. She’s out mingling with the mass of people around Jesus. I’m sure there was some pushing and shoving and touching. Do you think she stopped to tell anyone/everyone that she was “ceremonially unclean”? Nah, I don’t think so either. But she was.

Now, how does this connect to us? Each and every one of us has some “ceremonial uncleanness” in us. Most of the time, it doesn’t keep us from mingling with others. It doesn’t stop others from being around us. And we don’t tell unless we have to. But we are tired of the uncleanness. We want to be rid of whatever it is. And, believe it or not, it’s not that hard to do. We just have to “touch the hem of His garment.” Remember when you accepted the Lord as your personal Saviour? All that was required was for you to believe in your heart, and open your mouth and confess Him as Lord and ask Him to come into your heart and save you. Simple, right? Well, to be “healed” of the ceremonial uncleanness in your life, just acknowledge to the Lord that it exists in your life. Name it. Yes, He already knows it, but this is part of the process. Acknowledge it to him. Then, in a child-like manner, ask Him to clean you of that specific uncleanness. Now, let Him do His work on you. Somethings are instantaneous (like the woman who touched the hem of His garment), others will take time and work on your part (like the 10 lepers). Don’t know what your “ceremonial uncleanness” is? Get into the Word of God. “Study to show yourself approved of God…”

Just like the Holy Spirit brought this to my mind and heart, He will do the same for you. Let us all be like the woman. Let us touch the hem of His garment and be made whole.

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