An Israelite Dalet?

The Dalets, being the lowest cast in the Hindu social order, were known as ‘the untouchables’. Now many have given their lives to Christ.

Under Moses’ law menstrual women were considered to be ritually unclean and therefore untouchable. ‘When a woman has a discharge … [of] blood, … whoever touches her … and … touches anything on which she sits shall … be unclean until the evening’ (Leviticus 15:19-22). ‘If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her menstrual impurity … she shall continue in uncleanness’ (Leviticus 15:25). ‘Thus you shall keep the people of Israel … from … defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst’ (Leviticus 15:31).

(Matthew 9:18-26), (Mark 5:21-34) and (Luke 8:40-56) mentioned one pitiable soul who suffered from a gynaecological problem for twelve long years. She was the only person on record that Jesus called ‘Daughter’. Each Gospel joins her story with that of a twelve-year-old girl whom Jesus then brought back from the dead. All three accounts apply the term ‘daughter’ to the woman and the girl (‘an only daughter’ in Luke 8:42). We don’t know what caused her condition – whether puberty, a miscarriage or even childbirth.

  1. She was wiped out completely

This poor woman was hampered in so many ways. She was:

[] barred from marriage, or frustrated within a marriage, forbidden her husband’s hugs

[] restricted in household duties such as handling food, or even using a duster!

[] hindered from parenthood

[] banned from temple attendance

[] limited in social interaction

[] easily fatigued in body

[] financially bankrupt, having ‘suffered much under many physicians and had spent all she had, and was no better but rather grew worse’ (Mark 5:26)

[] deprived of any sense of personal morale – a religious reject and social recluse      

  1. She formed a daring plan (see Mark 5:0)

[] She had heard reports about Jesus (Mark 5:27) and ‘faith comes from hearing … the [spoken] word [about] Christ’ (Romans 10:17), such is the power of testimony.

[] She talked to herself: ‘If I touch even his garments, I will be made well’ (Romans 10:28).

[] She went out to find Jesus.

  1. She was undeterred by setbacks

[] She met ‘a great crowd [who] followed him’ (Romans 10:20) and ‘thronged about him’ (Romans 10:24).

[] And she nearly missed him when a synagogue official ‘fell at his feet and implored him earnestly’ to ‘Come and lay … hands on’ his ‘little daughter’ who lay ‘at the point of death… And he went with him’ (Romans 10:22-24). Am I too late? she must have wondered.

  1. She used fingertip faith

She pressed through, bent low and touched the [mere] fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased’ (Luke 8:44).

  1. She gave public testimony – the means of sealing her healing!

Jesus announced aloud, ‘Someone …  touched me. And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed’ (Luke 8:46-47).

  1. She was spiritually adopted ‘Daughter’!
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