And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living on physicians, neither could be healed of any,…
We have to trace the history of a touch. Let us inquire —
I. WHY THIS TOUCH ATTRACTED THE PARTICULAR ATTENTION OF THE SAVIOUR?
1. It was the touch of a sufferer whose case before that touch had been desperate.
2. It was the touch of faith.
3. It was a touch that wrought an instant and perfect cure.
II. WHY DID THE SAVIOUR ASK THE QUESTION, "Who touched Me?" This excited the wonder of the disciples.
1. Not from ignorance.
2. Not from exhaustion.
3. Not from displeasure. But
(1) To show that He marks the difference between thronging and touching Him. ("Many," says , "press upon Christ, in outward ordinances, but believers touch Him; it is by faith that He is touched, so as to have virtue from Him.")
(2) To enlighten and invigorate the faith of her who touched Him.
(3) To assert His right to be glorified for what He has done.
4. That the interview might issue in the bestowment of His benediction.
(C. Stanford, D. D.)
Oh, dost Thou ask who touched Thy garment? Oh,
Sweet Master, hast Thou not turned back and viewed
How round Thee throng and press the multitude?
"Not all who throng and press for Mine I know;
But trembling, falling, one now Mine draws near,?
To tell of garment touched and ended woe,
The things she sought not, nor has heard, to hear;
Things present, things to come, her deeds revealing,
The fount of sin whose flowing none may stay,
Till breaks on Calvary the Fount of Healing,
All wounds to staunch, all tears to wipe away.
This Flesh, My garment, feels but faith's right hand;
All: many near Its hem, unhealed will stand!"
(A. M. Morgan.)
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