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Power flow

“I Shall Be Whole” { The Woman with an Issue of Blood } Painted by Al Young
“I Shall Be Whole”
{ The Woman with an Issue of Blood }
Painted by Al Young

Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My garments?" - Mark 5:30

When I read this, two things jump off the page for me.

First, Jesus sensed power flowing out of Him

Next, taking the passage at face value, He did not know where the power went.

(ok – let’s say three things)

Finally (for now) He did not cause the power to flow.


This power is tangible. Jesus could feel it flow or at least was aware of changes in it. This helps to inform me on what was up in Luke when he reports that:

Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. - Luke 5:17 NKJV

Jesus carried an anointing for healing everywhere He went. There were times when He healed everyone, and there were times when He healed just one. There were times when He did amazing and over the top miraculous stuff, and there were times when ...

“He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.”(Mark 6:5)

So then – at least this time (I am loath to put Jesus in a box and say He does this under these conditions – so we will observe what He did do, but not assume that He does it exactly the same in every circumstance – is that fair?) Jesus was more or less a spectator, or perhaps a commentator on what God was doing with this woman.

She determined what to do. She pressed into proximity of Jesus. She touched Him. The power of God He was carrying responded to her faith.

Is that what happened? Does that sound too New Age-ey?

Did her faith move the power of God that was resident in Jesus without His knowledge or participation?

That’s the way I read it. How about you?

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.


7 thoughts on “Power flow

  1. Felecia

    I'm loving your deep 6.0 dive into this incident. But wonder (and believe) that when Jesus asked, "Who touched me?" He knew full well who touched Him. That He said it to use the incident as a teachable moment. Who touched me ... a woman Egads! ... an unclean bleeding woman! (1) it stopped the crowd from moving forward (2) Look at her faith that she should just reach out and touch (and I know you're singing in your head now) and (3) LOOK AT HER FAITH! Jesus gave her a chance to openly declare her faith in His ability to heal her. You're dancing around it and probably going to speak it tomorrow, because you bring up Mark 6:5 - and I believe that it wasn't that Jesus didn't have holy, heavenly, godly power at His disposal every moment of the day (He is God, after all) - but that the power for healing was reserved for those who had faith (or in the case of the guy coming down through the roof - the faith of your friends!). It seems that there is the second component to healing by God. The one seeking the healing must have faith that the Healer can and will heal.
    In the next verse Mark states that Jesus was amazed by the lack of faith (6:6) in HIs hometown ... nobody respects me (6:4).
    Now, let me tell you what I really think! 🙂 Love all of this. So glad we've had this time together!
    Blessings ... always,

    1. Ben Nelson

      Hey Felicia - thanks so much for weighing in on this. I actually have a slightly different take on it, which as you suspect, i am going to drop in tomorrow. That will probably be the last post of mine you read (kidding) though my take may seem a bit unorthodox, i pray you will at least give it a bit of thought.

      thanks so much for you excellent analysis here!

      See you tomorrow sis.

  2. optimisticgladness

    This story is so powerful. We performed a drama at our church to Nicole C. Mullins song "The hem of His garment." Can you imagine being that person? What a risk. What faith. It's now or never. Thank you for this post.

    1. Ben Nelson

      You are so right. I would love to see that drama. Theater/drama is one of the most effective and impactful teaching and learning environments. I would love it if you would check out my prior post "Blood in the Sheets" where i take a first person fictionalized look at this encounter. I would love to hear what you think.

      Thanks much for coming by.


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