According to Levitical law, the sick woman in this story was socially unclean and therefore an outcast from her local community for over a decade. She spent all of her money seeking out healing remedies and advice from a multitude of physicians before the moment that she encountered Jesus Christ the Healer. Not only was she sick physically, but the pain and suffering emotionally was tremendous. Time after time, she was told healing is impossible. All the money on earth could not help her recover from her illness. Can you imagine how hopeless and broken she was?
The chains underground with drops of blood represent both the physical and spiritual bondage she had been in over the years, and each cold chain is stronger and longer than the one before. In Luke 4, Jesus quotes the Isaiah 61 prophecy, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to…set captives free.” This story is both fascinating and mysterious to us, because God uses his Messiah to heal this woman, and yet he was unaware at first of who touched him and received healing power. Jesus is surrounded by crowds as he walks with Jairus to go and heal his sick daughter. All of them were trying to touch him and receive healing from him.
This one outcast woman reached out to touch his cloak, and the story tells us that she was instantly and completely healed, and the Lord Jesus felt healing power leaving his body. The Holy Spirit above where the woman touched Jesus’ cloak represents the healing power leaving Jesus and entering her body. The purple vapor rising above the woman represents the woman releasing her faith that if she touched Jesus’ cloak, she would be healed.
The angel in the cloud breaking the chains holding the woman down represents the woman being set free from spiritual captivity and physical sickness. The sun shining represents Father Yahweh’s blessing and favor over this woman’s faithfulness to believe in his beloved Son and trust him for healing.
Bleeding Woman Healed story sketches:
Sketch #1: Woman & cloak – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates the woman’s belief that if she touched Jesus cloak, she would receive healing.
Sketch #2: Sick woman – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where the woman is in the crowds and reaches out to touch Jesus’ cloak.
Sketch #3: Freedom & broken chains – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where the sick woman is miraculously healed.
Sketch #4: Jesus confused – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where Jesus searches for and finds the woman and blesses her act of faith.
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