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There Are No Barriers to Jesus

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."

Luke 8:48
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Yesterday we discussed Jesus and his miraculous healing of Jairus’s daughter. On the way to Jairus’s house, a woman in desperate need of a healing interrupted their journey. Today, we focus on that interrupted moment.

As Jesus walked with his disciples and Jairus through the crowd, he felt healing power being extracted from him. Turning around, he asked, “Who touched me?” Finally, a woman stepped forward, timid and afraid (Luke 8:47).

Unlike Jairus’s daughter, this woman was well into adulthood and had been bleeding for twelve years. This was more than an irregular menstrual cycle. Scholars suggest that this disease could have been endometriosis or even uterine cancer. We remember that number twelve, right? It’s the age of Jairus’s daughter. Luke doesn’t want us to miss this. This woman had been dealing with a disease for as long as Jairus’s daughter had been alive.

Because the symptoms of her disease included a continual discharge of blood, she was deemed ceremonially unclean and made anyone she touched unclean. This meant that she could not go into the temple or be around people at social events. For twelve years! What must life have looked like for this poor woman, who had to endure seclusion in a society where community was the cornerstone of the culture? It is scary to have to deal with a disease; it’s even more daunting to have to do it alone.

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Notice the difference between Jairus’s family and this woman. Jairus was a leader of the synagogue, making him a man of status and perhaps one with an abundance of financial resources. This woman was a social outcast, and she was poor—she’d spent all of her money on doctors, hoping they would find a cure. She was as desperate as Jairus and reasoned that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’s garment, she would be healed. When Jairus came to Jesus, he knelt in front of him to get his attention. However, this bleeding woman initially came behind Jesus, planning to obtain her healing and then fade back into obscurity. Jesus had other plans.

“Who touched me?” he asked (Luke 8:45).

The woman, healed, came forward and confessed (v. 47). Obviously, Jesus knew who had touched him in that special way. Why would he make her come forward?

By bringing her to the public eye, he validated her healing, putting an end to her public embarrassment and shame. He also served as the ultimate witness that she was no longer ceremonially unclean. Remember that little tidbit that Luke gave us about Jairus? He wasn’t just any kind of leader—he was a leader of the synagogue. So Jesus declared her ceremonially clean in front of a religious leader. Coincidence? We know better.

The interconnected stories involving the bleeding woman and Jairus’s daughter show us that Jesus is concerned about all women, no matter what our age or station in life. He wants to lovingly heal us and restore us to himself first, and then restore us to fellowship with our communities.

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In what ways do you identify with the bleeding woman? Have there been issues or circumstances that have caused separation between you and your communities? These could be your spiritual community or even your family. How do you think God wants to repair those barriers? What steps do you think he wants you to take?

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God knows us best better than we know ourselves. Our premature thoughts at times could scare others if not shock them but our Lord knows it all, let alone our actions. God wants to break all constraints between Him and us and our communities. He wants us to reign the way He created us to regardless of the boxed thoughts and idealisms of this world.

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I have not said anything on hear in référence to this bible Rudy. I have truly enjoyed this study. But, thé barrièr I deal with alot and mostly at church is Boeing single. My church probably has about 300 to 325 members. Probably 3 single females. I love single. But, there are times at functions or potlucks I feel like Im on the outside looking in. That is a big barrier that I would love to break.

Stop thinking of your single status as being a stigma. Let God use you for His purposes and pray for His will. Carry yourself with dignity, you are a daughter of the highest King! Your church should include couples and families that are kind and sensitive to your single status. If not, then something is wrong with your church and its members. You should not feel excluded, but loved. The Bible tells us it is easier to serve God when single. Let Him continue to work in you, let His will be your first desire. Be obedient to Him and put your identity and self worth in Him and not society’s sometimes cruel prejudices and pettiness. I am routing for you Rena! Be the best you can be for GOD first. People will notice the difference. You will attract the right people into your life when your self confidence comes from knowing God and Jesus Christ intimately. xo

Yes. As humans we do have sin and things in our closets. And if people could read our minds or know our heart like God does? We thank God for Mercy, Grace and Favour every day. God wants and expects us to confess and be real with him. He expects an open, raw and vulnerable relationship with him. I am praying and ensuring that I get his guidance before I do anything. It’s not easy but God never said it will be easy. Amen. He did promise however that he will be with us in the storm. Amen

Because of the illnesses I have endured the last 15 years I have been isolated. I haven’t been dependable because of symptoms so I quit volunteering to help with different projects. I volunteered to facilitate a group before we went online & now again volunteered. I love to organize and I love to teach. So far I’ve been well enough to participate as my health is improving. I’m stepping out and trusting God to continue healing me. Thanks for all your prayers.

Absolutely. Prior to coming to know Jesus I lived in my addiction and had no normal interaction with my community. I had no healthy relationships at all. When I take a step back and look at my life now Im still in awe at how much my physical life and spiritual life has flourished. God has repaired and restored so much and it all started with me.

There are some things in my life that have been there too long and the only deliverance will be from Jesus, not from
things that I do and buy of my own accord. Jesus is also showing me that there are things that are accessible not through money or position but through who He is.

Having not grown up in and around the church community, there has often been exclusion from
the ‘church family’. Just like this woman Jesus continues to validate my healing and he is preparing a platform for me to share testimonies. He needs me to overcome the fear of my flesh in order to do this, as just like this woman,
someone’s spiritual life could be transformed in the sharing and it could encourage others to notice the marginalised more.

Lastly Jesus is reminding me just like this woman my testimony can only be attributed to Him because all the other things I had put my hope in for healing just didn’t work out. I believe He wants me to be clear about this.

I am still living in such a separation environment right now, I’ve never seen God using channels in my life like I have during this season. It’s daunting to go through it because I can’t help myself in any way. Because I’m still living and learning to live through it, I have seen God coming through like the way He’s worked with the bleeding woman ”putting an end to her public harassment and shame ”, the peace that I have is unexplainable. God wants me to grow in Him. Believe, Trust and Rest on His Promises.

I stopped this study before because I started one with friends and also got stomped at this discussion. I couldn’t think of anything that I could use to answer this question during that time, but his is no longer the case. Not only have we all been separated from our communities due to the pandemic, separation has also been caused by race in America today. I am an American citizen. I am a black woman. I am a Christian. These are all my communities. There are barriers here that I didn’t put up. I attend a multi-cultural church. I have friends of all races. I don’t know how to repair a barrier that I didn’t create, but I have chosen to lean in. I have answered questions. I have tried to let others into my space to share in the hurt that I feel and to understand the deep pain. I am called to be a fence and a door. This is the step that I am called to take during this time. This is what He wants me to do.

I identify with the bleeding women because I know what it’s like to feel ashamed of yourself for things you can’t control. There have been times where I chose to stay away from other people, including my family, and I would hide out by myself/be alone all day. I’m still trying to recover from toxic relationships and some slight ptsd that came with those relationships, but God is helping me to realize I do need to lean on the good people in my life that actually care about me and are trustworthy.

To be honest, I struggle with hiding from relationships because of fear. I have lost too much time to fear of relationships.

To try to finish my thought, relationships are sometimes unusually painful for me. I know it is caused by childhood abuse that I should be well past by now, but I still manage to avoid any family and friends that I fear may possibly hurt me. Seems that everything I have done: jobs, school, rearing my children, caring for my husband has all been to prove to myself that I am fulfilling my responsibilities well enough. This can get really heavy, but Jesus! He is my life, I would be nothing without Him. This lesson reminds me that His love is everlasting and not based at all on my confidence, my performance, or perceptions of my worth.

What steps should I take?

Go and be with people even when I am uncomfortable.
Be honest about my feelings when “loved ones” take advantage of me (can’t do this one yet).
Go ahead and make decisions to do things and go places for myself, without fear of letting someone down. (Can’t do this one either.)

So sorry to hear that you have been hurt by others. But who hasn’t right? May I suggest that you join some on-line groups that offer support and understanding. You will find that some people struggle much more than you do but others are further along in their healing. Sounds like you are dealing with anxiety and possibly depression – Here is a Facebook I recommend. I am also a part of it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/566803110113961/?sorting_setting=CHRONOLOGICAL or search on Facebook for: Christians with Depression and Anxiety

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