Leviticus 15 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“When a woman has a discharge of her blood for many days…” Leviticus 15:25
From a chapter that has made 8th grade boys snicker throughout the ages, we find the setup for one of the most profound miracles of Yeshua’s ministry on earth.
“A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years had endured much under many doctors. She spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Yeshua, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His robe. For she said, ‘If I could just touch the hem of His garment, I’ll be made well!’ Instantly, her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was cured of her affliction.” Mark 5: 25-29
Doctors are not healers. They are keen observers. Modern medicine is the byproduct of centuries of medical & scientific observation. Persistent observation leads to improved diagnosis and treatments, resulting in heightened probabilities of recovery. Yet, even before the insurance papers are processed, it is G_d Who allows the healing to happen.
None of us would willingly select civil-war-era dentistry…much less 1st century medical practices! Can you imagine the methods of treatment this woman had undergone before she connected with Yeshua?
While there is much to say about this woman’s healing (and Yeshua’s response to it), I want to focus on one item: Having reached the end of the World’s options, she had nothing to lose by reaching out to Yeshua in faith. In a word, she was “desperate”.
In this observation of her desperation, we are reminded of the great “constant” of evangelism: People come to faith in Yeshua, not out of convenience, rather. out of desperation. Ask yourself, what circumstances led you to reach out to Yeshua in faith? (That is, given that you have reached out to Him.)
People only accept a savior when they recognize they need salvation. I go surfing quite often. Every time I walk into the surf with my board, I walk past the lifeguard. I generally wave as I walk by. I want him to know I’m in the water and mat need him later, but I’ve never phoned him on my way to the beach and asked if he would swing by the gas station and save me. I don’t need him to save me from drowning at the gas station…it is only while I am in the water that I need a lifeguard.
But, if I were drowning in the surf, I’d call out to him, for sure!!! And I wouldn’t be ashamed, if, while I was drowning among a sea of skilled surfers, He asked, “Which one of you guys called out to me?” That’s how illogical our fear of reaching-out to Yeshua is. Why not reach out to Him today? Salvation is only a prayer away, for those humble enough to now they need it, and faithful enough to call out to Messiah Yeshua to do what He came to do: save people who realize they’re drowning in sin, and who call out to Him.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, April 25, 2014