JESUS WANTS TO IDENTIFY WITH US.
32. "And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
34. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
Verse 32 points out, that after the woman's touch, Jesus looked around to see who had reached out to Him. In that action, Jesus wanted to identify with the healed woman. Jesus always wants to identify with us. We suffer much lack, when we misguidedly and mistakenly think that we are insignificant. Matt 10:30 reminds us that 'even the very hairs of our head are numbered'. We are important to Jesus. He loves us with an everlasting love.
In addition, Jesus desired to publicly recognize the woman for her active faith. In verse 34, Jesus speaks to her for the first time. In commending her demonstration of faith, He said, "
Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague." Jesus' intentional use of the word 'daughter' was comforting and reassuring. It indicated acceptance and a sense of security.
Having faith in Jesus, opens the door to the bounteous blessings that we can receive from Him.
Faith is a gift that God has given each of us, so that we can experience meaningful relationships with Him.
It is noteworthy that at no point, did the woman speak to Jesus, telling Him of her illness. Yet, when He spoke to her, He specifically said, "Be whole of thy plague." Jesus' words to the woman is a testimony to the fact of God's omniscience. God alone is omniscient. (It is one of His attributes that He will not share with us.) He knows everything about everyone. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can be hidden from Him.
When the woman approached Jesus, she secretly and unobservedly came from behind, but when she left, the disciples and those who were near to Jesus heard and saw when Jesus commended her for her faith and they learnt that she was healed. An encounter with Jesus is always a very rewarding experience. It is always transformational; exhilarating; joyous and satisfying. Just as the woman was intentional and purposeful in her desire to be healed, likewise, we must seek Jesus intentionally. He will not disappoint. He wants to reward our faith.