26th January 2013

Never Lost In A Crowd

“Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I say it, Lord.”
Psalm 139:3-4 (NLT)

Have you ever actually been, or had the feeling of being, lost in a crowd? I’m sure this question rings a bell for most of us.

Matthew tells the story about a lady who was indeed lost in a crowd. She had been suffering from a haemorrhage for twelve years and was considered unclean according to the law (Leviticus 15:25-27). This meant that everything she touched or every person she touched became defiled also! So she should never have been in this crowd surrounding Jesus at all, but she was and for a very special purpose—she wanted to touch one of the blue tassels on his robe which were worn in obedience to the law (Numbers 15:37-41). The idea of these tassels was twofold; they were meant to identify someone who kept the law and someone who was one of God’s chosen people. This dear lady, according to the nature of her affliction, was defiling everyone and was about to do the same to Jesus.

As soon as she touched the hem of his robe the most incredible thing happened.  In the middle of this churning mass of people Jesus stopped, and for that moment it seemed that for him no one but that woman and her need existed! She was not simply a poor woman lost in the crowd, she was someone to whom Jesus gave his total attention. For Jesus, no one is ever lost in a crowd. “Daughter, be encouraged!” He said, “Your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:20-22).

You’ll notice that this dear lady didn’t say a word, except to herself, during this encounter with Jesus. In verse 21 (NKJV) she said to herself; “If I may touch the hem (tassel) of his garment, I shall be made well.” And yet look at what this quiet faith wrought in her life: she was freed, healed, and the stigma she had lived with for twelve years was gone!

This reminds me of the inspiring scripture recorded in Isaiah 65:24, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are speaking, I will hear.” What amazing faith this women displayed.  She was totally silent and yet her request was heard by Jesus.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”  To Jesus this lady was not lost and ignored; in her hour of need, she was all that mattered to Him and He is like that for every one of us!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for reading the thoughts of our hearts even when we are totally silent before you!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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