Musings on Matthew 5

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One of the advantages of meeting in a church where everyone is free to speak and share is that revelation is not limited to one man. When I share someone else adds things I would never have seen on my own. What one person says is added to and increased.

Last night I shared a little about the woman with an issue of blood. One of our sisters promptly added that the woman’s main illness was not the issue of blood but the shame. The poor woman was unclean. She was humiliated. Everyone knew she was unclean and as a result no one would come near her. Most of her family and her neighbours believed she was being punished, that her affliction was judgement from God for her sin. She was shunned by polite society. There might have been charity from them but no more. She was inferior, looked down on and condemned.

When she touched the Lord’s garment her physical condition was healed. However, she was still embarrassed. The Lord knew that and he then chose to heal her shame and humiliation. Christ turned to her and called her out to praise her faith. Almost every other person the Lord healed he told to keep quiet. Christ sent most of those he healed away saying tell no one. For this woman he called her out and honoured her. He praised her and made her famous. Now thousands and thousands of Christians know her and will look forward to meeting her. The woman with the issue of blood is lifted up by Jesus.

The healing of her shame is a vital part of the story and had I been in a church where only one man’s voice is heard I would never have known it.

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