Unlcean

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Gentle Reader,

For 12 years she had suffered from continual bleeding. She spent all she had on doctors, but got no relief.

She was unclean.

Luke 8:42b-48 records the story of this woman who was healed, through her faith, by touching the edge of His cloak. I have always loved this story. The woman’s gumption is admirable and Jesus’ healing of anyone is a cause for joy. Until today, however, I did not consider how her uncleanness affected Him:

“This woman’s sickness was reckoned as if she had a menstrual period all month long; it made her ceremonially unclean under the Law (Lev. 15:19-33) – a social problem on top of the physical one. . .If she touched anyone or anyone’s clothes, she rendered that person ceremonially unclean for the rest of the day. She therefore should not have even been in that heavy crowd. Many teachers avoided touching women altogether, lest they become accidentally contaminated. Thus this woman could not touch or be touched, was probably now divorced or had never married and was marginal to the rest of Jewish society.”

- Craig Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. 211-212.

When Jesus calls this woman forward, then, He is publicly identifying Himself with her uncleanness. Instead of rebuking her, He commends her for her faith. As she has fallen at His feet, He may well have helped her to stand, though this is not mentioned. He tells her to go in peace.

This brings to life a whole new dimension of grace. When I sin, which is frequently, or fail to speak the truth when I should, my Savior willingly takes that uncleanness on to Himself when I reach out for healing.

The world says, “She is ___________.”

God says, “She is MINE.”

Grace and peace along the way,

toujszda2

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Author: Marie

Walking the road of faith.

2 thoughts on “Unlcean

  1. Nice way to put it. Often look at that story in the bigger picture of the delay on the way to heal a sick girl who dies before he can get there….. Anquish and pain all around. And this stop would have rendered him unclean to enter another’s house even…. and all that makes for moments of grace. I am unclean…I am ready to loose faith because of the delay in prayers answer… I am dead in my sin….. BUT for GRACE. Thanks for the eye opening glimpse of just how big that grace is…

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