Women of the Word: the Woman Who Was Crippled

One Sabbath, Jesus the Christ was teaching in a synagogue when He spotted a woman in the listening crowd. This woman was a cripple. Luke 13:11 says “she was bent over and could not straighten up at all,” and she had been this way for eighteen long years.

If you know anything about Jesus, you know that He couldn’t let this woman remain in the state she was in any longer. When He saw her, He put His teaching on pause, called her forward, and said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then Jesus put His hands on her, and the woman was immediately healed. Her body straightened up. Her bent disappeared. She could walk with her back upright and her head held high.

Imagine how incredible it must have been for her to have been set free in less than eight minutes after being bound for eighteen years. The woman, however, didn’t just rush to enjoy the newfound freedom she had in her limbs. When she saw that she was no longer a cripple, her first reaction was to praise God. Besides this, what other things can we learn from the woman who was crippled? Continue reading

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YOU ARE

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You are the shade in the heat, You are shelter in the cold, You are eyes to the blind, You are a staff to the pilgrim, You are an island in the sea, You are a stronghold upon land, You are healing to the sick. You are the luck of every joy, You are the light of the sun’s beam, You are the door of lordly welcome, You are the pole star of guidance, You are the step of the roe of the height, You are the step of the white-faced mare, You are the grace of the swimming swan, You are the jewel in each mystery.
– Gaelic prayer

Women of the Word: the Woman With the Flow of Blood

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Matthew 9:20-23 and Luke 8:43-48 details the story of how a woman was healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. The Bible says this woman had a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her livelihood on physicians but could not be healed by any. Today, the woman’s sickness is known as a hemorrhage which is a condition in which a person bleeds too much and cannot stop the flow of blood.

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Women of the Word: Talitha or Jarius’ Daughter

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The miraculous healing of this little girl is similar to that of the Syro-Phoenician woman’s daughter. Someone (in this case, the girl’s father) had faith for her that she would be healed by Jesus the Christ. This story is recorded in both Matthew 9:18-19, Matthew 9:23-26 and Mark 5:22-24, Mark 5:35-43.

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Women of the Word: The Syro-Phoenician Woman and Her Daughter

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During His ministry here on earth, Jesus healed many people. Some He healed by touch; others He healed by words. Some were not even physically present when they were healed. The daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman in Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30 is one such person. One of the things that all of the in-need-of-healing folks had in common was faith. They or someone for them went to Jesus expecting and believing they would be cured of whatever was ailing them. Here are two things we can learn from the faith of the Syro-Phoenician woman:

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He Fed 5,000

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Jesus’ Sign Miracles #4

John 6:1-14

Many people were following Jesus because they knew He had healed the sick. Therefore, when Jesus and His disciples were gathering together a massive crowd of people wanted to be near Jesus to see what He would do next. Knowing the crowd was hungry Jesus took five small loaves of bread and two fish that were given to Him by Andrew, and blessed the food. The food was multiplied and the crowd ate as much as they had wanted. Many talked among themselves and believed that Jesus was a prophet.

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He Healed a Nobleman’s Son

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Jesus’ Sign Miracles #2

John 4:46-54

While Jesus was once again in Cana, a high official went to see Jesus. The high official wanted to see if Jesus would be willing to come and see his son who was near death. The high official had faith that Jesus could heal his son. Once his son was healed, he and his household believed in the works of Jesus.

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