And when Yahushua had passed over again by boat to the other side, a large crowd assembled to Him, and He was by the sea. And see, one of the rulers of the congregation came, Ya’ir by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet, and begged Him strongly, because he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come, lay Your hands on her to heal her, and she shall live.”
And He went with him. And a large crowd was following Him, and they were thronging Him. And a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered much from many physicians, and spent all that she had and was no better, but rather became worse. Having heard about Yahushua, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched the tzitzit of His garment, for she said, “If I only touch His garments, I shall be made well.”
And immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And immediately Yahushua, knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”
And when all denied it, Kepha and those with him said, “Master, the crowds throng You and press upon You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ “
But Yahushua said, “Somebody did touch Me, for I knew power went out from Me.”
But Yahushua turned, and He was looking around to see her who did this. And the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done to her, came and fell down before Him and spoke to Him all the truth. She declared to Him in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
And when He saw her He said, “Take courage, Daughter, your belief has healed you. Go in shalom, and be relieved from your affliction.”
As He was speaking, they came from the ruler of the congregation’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
But having heard the word that was spoken, Yahushua said to the ruler of the congregation, “Do not be afraid – only believe, and she shall be healed.”
And He allowed no one to follow Him except Kepha, and Ya’aqov, and Yochanan the brother of Ya’aqov, and the girl’s father and mother.
So they came to the house of the ruler of the congregation, and saw a commotion, and much weeping and lamenting. And coming in He said to them, ” “Go back, why make this commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is sleeping.”
And they were laughing at Him. And when He had put them all out, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and went in where the child was lying.
And taking the child by the hand He said to her, “Talitha, qumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
And immediately the girl rose up and was walking, for she was twelve years old. And He directed that she be given food to eat.
And they, her parents, were completely astonished. But He ordered them many times that no one should know it, and said that she should be given food to eat.
This portion of The Good News Series is found in Marços (Mark) 5:21-43 & Luços (Luke) 8:41-56 containing what may seem like 2 completely unrelated matters, but the 2 are quite linked. Sandwiched in the middle of the story of a young girl brought back to life, is the case of the woman with 12 years of bleeding. I have spoken of this matter in the study By the Hem of His Garment – Tzitzit. Her story is one of life restoration because of the constant state of ritual uncleanness:
Vayyikra (Leviticus) 15:19-28:
(19) ‘And when a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her flesh is blood, she has to be in her separation for seven days. And whoever touches her is unclean until evening. (20) ‘And whatever she lies on during her separation is unclean. And whatever she sits on is unclean. (21) ‘And anyone who touches her bed has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. (22) ‘And whoever touches any object that she sat on has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. (23) ‘And if it is on the bed or on any object on which she sits, when he touches it, he is unclean until evening. (24) ‘And if any man lies with her at all, and her monthly flow is on him, he shall be unclean seven days. And any bed he lies on is unclean. (25) ‘And when a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her monthly separation, or when she discharges beyond her usual time of monthly separation, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her monthly separation. She is unclean. (26) ‘Any bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge is to her as the bed of her monthly separation. And whatever she sits on is unclean, as the uncleanness of her monthly separation. (27) ‘And anyone who touches them is unclean, and shall wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. (28) ‘But if she is cleansed of her discharge, then she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she is clean.
Vayyikra (Levitcus) 20:18: And a man who lies with a woman during her sickness and uncovers her nakedness: he has laid bare her flow, and she has uncovered the flow of her blood, both of them shall be cut off from the Yechezequ’elmidst of their people.
Yechezequ’el (Ezekiel) 36:17: “Son of man, when the house of Yisra’ĕl dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds. To Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her monthly separation.
A woman’s monthly time of separation excluded her from participating in temple life and events and overall participation in the community. Twelve years, would have cause great separation from everyone – family, friends, etc., resulting in a life that was as good as death! The healing received from touching the Tzitzit of Yahushua’s garment restored her to a full life, where she could be restored to all things and all peoples. It was through her faith in the healing of the Messiah, showings us the need for a deep seeded faith to guide us and give us eternal hope for restoration.
What ties the two stories is restoration of life through faith – a physical picture of Yahushua’s spiritual offer to all through His death and resurrection. Ya’ir believed that by seeking the “son of David” the He could bring back his dead daughter. Both are linked by the number 12, the number of the tribes of Yisra’el – a spiritual picture of a woman being restored to life, the bride of the Messiah, all 12 tribes restored to life as one people. May you be blessed and restored to life, to walk in the paths of righteousness. May become a new person in Yahushua our Messiah, pure and unblemished, acceptable in the sight of the Father!