Who Touched My Robe?


As we continue exploring Jesus’ questions, we come today to one of my favourite stories in the Bible and to the question: “Who touched my robe?” 

As with the other questions we’ve covered, it seems a strange question at first glance, but there is a wealth of truth to be discovered as we look deeper.

We find this story in Mark 5.  As usual, a crowd surrounds Jesus.  He has been approached by Jairus, a leader in the local synagogue, who asks Jesus to come and help his twelve year old daughter who is dying, and Jesus has agreed to go to the house.

Among the crowd is a lady who has suffered from bleeding for twelve years.  She has tried everything: spent all her money on doctors and medicines, tried every possible solution, and nothing has worked, but now she has heard about Jesus and his healing power.  She is convinced that Jesus can heal her.  The problem is that her status as an outcast because of her illness prevents her from approaching him.

She has amazing faith in his power though and thinks to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”   (Mark 5:28 NLT)  She reaches out and does so, and instantly the bleeding stops!

Just as she is about to head off to enjoy her newfound health, Jesus stops walking, turns around and asks the question: “Who touched my robe?” (Mark 5:30 NLT)

It’s a strange question.  The disciples point out that someone in the crowd must have bumped against Jesus accidentally, which makes a lot of sense.  Jesus knows it was deliberate though as he has felt healing power go out from him, but even then it’s a strange thing to ask.  After all he is on the way to heal a dying girl: what does it matter who touched him?

He waits and eventually the woman comes forward, trembling, and confesses that she touched Jesus as she wanted to be healed.  His response is kind: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”  (Mark 5:34 NLT)

It’s an amazing story, but what can we learn from the question Jesus asked?

Firstly, Jesus was not just concerned with the woman’s physical healing.  He wanted her not only to be healed of her illness, but also to be made whole- to be healed emotionally from the shame she was carrying, the stigma of her illness and her status as “unclean.”  He could have let her go with just the physical healing and she would have been grateful, but by asking this question and drawing her out of the crowd, he gave her something even greater, as he affirmed her faith and her identity in him.

We see a similar feature in the story of the paralysed man who is lowered through the roof to Jesus.  He has obviously come seeking physical healing, and Jesus grants him that, but only after first forgiving his sins.

It’s the same for us: our need for healing drives us to Jesus, but often the healing he offers goes deeper than we would ever have expected.

Our need for healing drives us to Jesus, but the healing he offers goes even deeper than we expect. (Click to tweet.)

Secondly, it shows that God cares for those who are overlooked or disregarded by others.  Jesus took time to heal this woman, even when he was on the way to help a dying girl.  He showed her that she was valuable and precious to him, whatever others may have thought of her.  That encourages me that, even when I feel invisible to others, God sees and God cares.

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Finally it shows me that sometimes God calls us to testify more publicly than we would have chosen ourselves.  I relate to the woman’s desire to hide, even after receiving healing from Jesus.  It is scary to stand before a crowd and tell your story.  It is often scary even to tell one person your story.

Worries about what people will think or how they will react can tempt us to stay silent.  But that was not an option for this woman, and it is not an option for us either.  God calls us out of hiding to testify to his grace, love and power, and in doing so the impact is two-fold: our own healing goes deeper, and he allows us and our story to have an impact for him, to show others who he is and to draw them to him.

“Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!  Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.”  (Psalm 107:2 NLT)

If God has worked in our lives we have a story to tell, and every story matters.

Who Touched My Robe

This is part 4 of a series reflecting on questions Jesus asked.  Click to read the other posts:
What Do You Want Me To Do For You?
Do You Want To Get Well?
How Much Bread Do You Have?

    Holly Barrett     purposefulfaith.com             





35 thoughts on “Who Touched My Robe?

  1. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. And I love that you pointed out that sometimes Jesus calls us to testify to something that we maybe don’t want to. Such a good reminder that we should bring Him glory in our circumstances.

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    1. Thanks, Adrienne. I love this story and it is a good reminder that we should be sharing what Jesus has done. I visited your blog and left a comment but I think it might have ended up in your spam folder.


  2. Your words today are very powerful. The lessons you gleaned from the question “who touched my robe” really hit home. Knowing that healing goes deeper than we expect and God always sees and cares fills me with such hope.

    Your series is getting better and better. Thank you for listening to God and sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I’m really enjoying putting this series together and I’m learning a lot from Jesus’ questions. I’m glad you’re enjoying it too.


  3. This is so beautiful, Lesley. I always love this story, too. You have enlightened me to an additional aspect of her healing, that of the emotional healing of the shame she held. I love it! Thank you for your encouragement! Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy. I’m glad it encouraged you. I love how Jesus wants to heal us in a deeper way than we expect, sometimes in places where we didn’t even realise we needed it. Love and hugs to you too!

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  4. Wonderful thoughts, Lesley. I love this story too, for many reasons. I especially like the idea that Jesus asked who touched him as a way to draw out the woman and cause her to “testify more publicly” than she would have chosen to do otherwise. What a loving way to get her to do more than she probably thought she was capable of doing. (And us, too …)

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  5. I LOVE this story…it has never grown old to me, regardless how many times I have read it, and it seems that something new can be dug out of it each time! Thank you for your insights on it…your words were so edifying. May the Lord bless you!

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  6. This is a beautiful story laced with wonder. That Jesus asked even though he knew. The timing of the miracle. Every thing you said. You have my mind going and im going to re read this. Thanks!

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  7. Lesley … don’t you just love how Jesus’ questions are just as meaningful today as all those years ago?

    Asking and answering them with you, friend … so grateful for His concern over every detail of our lives.

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  8. Hi Lesley! This is one of my favorite stories in the bible. I worked at an OB/Gyne office for thirteen years, and I have such a heart for women’s issues. I can’t imagine the pain this poor person had experienced, both from the bleeding problem, and going to quack doctors too.
    I really resonated with your thought about being more public than we want to be when God speaks and heals. Imagine if everyone spoke up when they felt that God was healing them? I think the earth would resound with the praises, he is everywhere!

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    1. Thanks, Ceil. Yes, it must have been a horrible thing for this lady to suffer for so long, both the illness itself and the stigma that came wirh it.
      And I agree, it would be amazing if we all kept speaking up and sharing our stories of what God has done.

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  9. I love this series already😂😂
    Last month I studied the invitations especially with the women around Jesus.
    The questions He asked…. that’s wonderful Lesley.
    I’m always drawn to the conversationdiscussion Jesus had. They are unique and full of wisdom.

    Thank you for sharing your Bible Study.
    God bless sister.

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  10. Yes so true that His healing is much deeper than we think. When I was in my early 20s God revealed to me my deep brokenness . I have been a Christian since childhood but I had so much pain buried inside . He impressed on me the verses in Isaiah 61 – that He came to heal the broken hearted and that became my prayer – He answered in an amazing way and has just been continuing to draw me and heal me these past ten years.
    Visiting you from #chasingconmunity

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    1. Thanks, Naomi. It sounds like there are a lot of similarities between our stories. I love Isaiah 61 and the promises of healing and I have found it to be an ongoing process too.


  11. Lesley, even though I’ve heard these stories umpteen times, I sat here overwhelmed by the reminder that the power is released in response to the faith. He didn’t speak to her until after He’d already healed her. Her faith healed her. How I pray I can have faith like that…to just touch His hem. Thanks for the reminder that our healing is deeper than surface, and that our stories have Kingdom impact. — Always thankful for your sharing with #ChasingCommunity. ((hug))

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  12. This post really touched my heart. I think it’s because you’ve managed to put your finger on something that Jesus has been doing my whole life… encouraging me to come out of hiding. And this… our need for healing drives us to Jesus, but often the healing he offers goes deeper than we would ever have expected,” is so very true.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Coming out of hiding had been a long-term process for me too. It’s not easy but it is worth it as it lets God in more and opens the way to deeper healing.


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