40 To the peace with our Lord

Luke 8:43-48
Isaiah 61:1-3
T In despair

 About "the woman who had trouble of long blood during 12 years", it seems to tend to become rough like a supporting role probably, because it is put among an article called the resurrection of the daughter of Jairus. About this article, it is written only several spaces in commentaries of the Bible that I have. However, Jesus stopped for this woman. This morning, we want to stop and think about this woman.

 It begins; "And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched he fringe of His cloak; and immediately he hemorrhage stopped" (43-44) . It was time when Jesus was going to just go to the house of Jairus. It is not obvious what kind of disease this "long blood"; but it would be a considerably severe disease peculiar to a woman. The article of Luke is concise; it says "it could not be healed by anyone", but Mark wrote it down, "this woman had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse" (5:26). Would there be such women many in the ancient society In the Leviticus of the times of Moses who dated back approximately 1,700 years? It was written that such woman flowing the blood is stained, and she could not appear in the public place (15:19-31); and such situation was pictured in the times of Jesus as Jewish reality. She was not only cornered economically, but also was removed from Jewish social religious life. It means that she is not accepted in Jewry, as a leprosy patient and the ex-convict who committed a crime, and it means that the relations with God are cut and it means also she is the dead. For her, neither the present nor the future had hope. Such days of the despair continued for 12 years. For her, would not it be the time it follows forever? In a sense, it is thought it was not a thing more than the despair of Jairus.


 She would look for an opportunity surely to ask Jesus desperately. The rumor about Jesus reached to her. Possibly, she might witness the spot where Jesus cured sick people. "If I ask Jesus, it is clear that He cures my disease by all means." And that opportunity has come. She would come near accidentally to Jesus while suffering in a large number of crowds. She came up behind Jesus while pushing a crowd aside absorbedly, and touched the fringe of His cloak quietly.


UTo the bunch of Jesus' cloak

 It is here "the fringe of His cloak"; and it depends on Numbers of the Old Testament, "Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue. And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandment of the Lord, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after that you may remember to do all My commandments, and be holy to your God." (Numbers 15:38-40) . And it was such a thing as the Jewish label. Rabbi, Sopher, Pharisees lengthen that bunch (Matthew 23:5), and, indeed, they decorated it much with many things like a symbol of the authority; but, Jesus' stuff would grow old. Because He walked around the whole land of Galilee and slept out, His bunch would not be able to call the bunch anymore, I image it so. She touched such the bunch of Jesus quietly. Why would it be the bunch? Because a kind of magical power hid behind the bunch, she chose the bunch as among; such superstition is deep-rooted, but probably it is not so. The Jewish cloak is long, then there is the bunch in the area of ankle naturally. Because she stooped down the step of Jesus, the place where she touched was His bunch. Because she stooped down and was going to touch Jesus who was walking surrounded by a large number of crowds, surely it would be difficult; but it might be possible because Jesus was walked slowly. Anyway, you can understand that she lowered thoroughly her body and was going to touch Jesus. She lowered her body before Jesus; and she put a body and soul to touch it, without being noticed. And it was that bunch.

 Then bleeding stopped immediately (44). And Jesus who noticed it, stopped in there. "Who is the one who touched Me?" (45) She has lost an opportunity to run away from there. She stood petrified there; no, she could not stand up while stooping down. Meanwhile, the daughter of Jairus died, but Jesus seems to stare at this woman's soul who crouched down there as an important thing now.


V To the peace with our Lord

 While noticing her timidity, Jesus would have waited for her who says "It's me", I think. It was for her. Even if she left there in secret, her disease was cured, but would the Jewry really accept her? The one who recognized and declared the leprosy patient's attack and recovery was not a doctor but a priest at that time. Such a system was valid in the Jewish religious world. Jesus would skipped such system and gave an opportunity to authorize social recovery to her, I think. If her recovery from disease is testified here now, this large number of people will become witnesses. It was not thought that she did such a calculation; but she was stouthearted and approached Jesus under cover of a crowd while hiding that she was stained, carefully. However, such bravery and her next action has a gap like the sky and the ground. She felt eyes of Jesus staring her, now.

 "When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed." (47). It was a figure of the one who appeared before Lord, God who knew all. Surely, when she was cured from that severe illness, she felt it clearly that Jesus is the Messiah and thought this One is the Lord of herself, I think. She was let loose from the servile (her present figure which was cornered though she was brave) posture that crouched down, and prostrated herself. Her posture and words, it was even able to say it is the confession of faith.

 She was prohibited from joining the worship in the synagogue as a Jew, and it means that she has died before God. Last time, I touched "the life", it is the life to live forever by invited to the country of God; but I want to touch about a thing called "the death" (everlasting death) in front of God, this morning. That death means that she is sent away from God and thrown away to the world of pains to continue forever without God (there is no person to hear any cry). It is that death Revelation expresses "the lake of the fire" (20:14). This woman who was announced the insulation by Jews; so that, she understood that she had to go to the place being said by God, "I don't know you!". Would not there be her deepest despair there? However, Jesus watched it was her despair. She had been never got rid of by God until now. Jesus held out a helping hand to her and was said. "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." (48) "Your faith", I hear it is the declaration of Jesus own God rather than recovery from a disease; it says "your cry reaches God". Therefore Jesus said "Go in peace.". The King James version translates it, "Go in peace"; and I am known this is the declaration of Jesus Own to "invite you to peace God is with you". We want to be famed for our heart in such happiness caused peacefully, don't you?