For she said,
If I may touch but his clothes,
I shall be whole.
For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health. [AMP] For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well." [ESV] She was thinking to herself, "If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well." [MSB] For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. [KJV] because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." [NIV] For she thought to herself, "If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed." [NLT] For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." [NKJV]
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For she said
She said “within herself” ( Matthew 9:21 ).
If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole
that is, if I may but come in contact with this glorious Healer at all.
This is a remarkable faith!
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Observe the strong faith that she had in the power of Christ to heal her.
She said within herself, although it does not appear that she was encouraged by any preceding instance to say this, If I may but touch his clothes, I shall be whole (Mark 5:28).
She believed that He cured, not as a prophet, by virtue derived from God, but as the Son of God, by a virtue inherent in Himself.
Her case was such that she could not in modesty tell him publicly, as others did have their grievances, and therefore a private cure was what she wished for, and her faith was suited to her case.
Now let us reflect on this
In faith she has been engaged in what she heard about Jesus.
And that faith finds an opportunity to overcome the objections and still come to Jesus.
She understands and believes that it is not even necessary to go to the Lord Jesus and present her case to Him. She only has to touch His clothes.
If necessary, she can do this by quietly walking towards Him from behind, bending down and then extending her hand for a moment and touching the hem of Jesus’ robe. That will be enough.
After all, then power will go out from Him and by that she will be healed. And nobody needs to know.
That’s how she’s going to do it.
She is determined.
▪︎ But what if people recognize her?
▪︎ Is there no fear in her heart?
▪︎ Is she not in doubt whether this is the right way?
▪︎ Is she allowed to do this?
▪︎ What does the law say?
Who will say how many questions circulated in her heart. But she insists.
There she stoops, holding out her hand. What else should she do?
Continue to walk around with her ailment and die from it?
Need drives her.
And the faith persists.
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