Unclean to heal?

The woman who suffered bleeding for 12 years believed that Jesus could heal.  She believed that just touching his clothes would heal her.  And she was right!

Jesus called her out on it.  Belief needs do have public acknowledgment.  So Jesus asked who touched him even though in a crowd many were touching him.  But only the one was healed.  She came with fear and trembling.  I think she may have been afraid that Jesus would take back the healing since she “took” the healing while others in the Bible were given by Jesus directly.

I wonder if also since Jewish law made a bleeding woman unclean that she felt she could not approach Jesus directly.  In a pressing crowd anyone she touched would be unclean too.

Jesus just wanted her to publicly confess but more than that not go feel guilty for being healed.


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