The Woman in the Crowd

Mark 5  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 6
We may receive a benefit from a person and be thoroughly assured of our hearty welcome to it, and yet find ourselves ill at ease in his presence: Nothing is more common than this. Gratitude is awakened in the heart very deeply and very affectionately, and yet reserve and uneasiness as deeply and painfully felt. It calls for something beyond our mere assurance of His good-will toward us and of our full welcome to his service; to make us at ease in the presence of a benefactor. And this something, I believe, is the discovery that we have an interest in himself as well as in his ability to serve us. This delineates, as I judge, the experience of the poor woman with the issue of blood.
She knew the Lord's ability to relieve her sorrow, and her hearty welcome to avail herself of it. She therefore comes and takes the virtue out of Him without reserve. But she comes behind Him. This expresses her state of mind. She knows her welcome to His service but nothing more. She does not as yet know her title to be in His presence. But the Lord trains her heart for this as he communicated healing to her body. He lets her know that she is interested in Himself, as well as in His power to oblige her. He calls her " daughter." He owns kindred or relationship with her. This was the communication which alone was equal to remove her fear and trembling. Her rich and mighty portion is her kinsman. This is what her heart needed to know; without this, in the spirit of her mind, she would be still " behind Him." And the higher the personal dignity or the moral worth of the one who serves us, the more will this reserve be felt, without this knowledge of kindred. This gives ease, and dismisses the fear and the trembling. " GO in peace" may then be said, as well as " be whole of thy plague." The word " daughter" entitled her to know that His presence was her: home. She need not 'be reserved. Christ does not deal with her as a mere patron or benefactor. (Luke 22:2525And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. (Luke 22:25).). She has an interest in Himself as well as in His power to bless her. And this is the gospel: The gospel tells us of our title to the " benefit," and of our interest in the " Benefactor," that:116 is our Kinsman as well as our Deliverer, so that we enjoy the blessing with full ease of heart, as before our God.