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?
See you again soon.