I always wondered what was so significant about the woman with the issue of blood till I read Leviticus 15; 25-30, where God describes in detail to his servants how to atone for uncleanness after bodily discharge and in a woman’s case, after her menstruation.
“If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, but not at the time of her monthly period, or has a discharge that continues beyond the time of her period, she is unclean the same as during the time of her period. Every bed on which she lies during the time of the discharge and everything on which she sits becomes unclean the same as in her monthly period. Anyone who touches these things becomes unclean and must wash his clothes and bathe in water; he remains unclean until evening.
“When she is cleansed from her discharge, she is to count off seven days; then she is clean. On the eighth day she is to take two doves or two pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The priest will offer one for an Absolution-Offering and the other for a Whole-Burnt-Offering. The priest will make atonement for her in the presence of God because of the discharge that made her unclean.
Now after reading this, imagine what this woman had been through for 12 years, probably isolated from her family, and then the doctors were not exactly helping matters, all this is minus that natural irritation we women feel once we feel the discharge of blood.
Now when she touched the hem of the garment what happened? She placed her uncleanliness on Jesus in exchange for his “cleanliness” therefore Jesus noticed the power that left him because he at that moment acted the role of the high priest and savior.
How is this possible, Jesus told the woman in mark 5: 34
Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”
By telling her she was healed he took the blame for the Pidgeon or dove she would have had to sacrifice on the 8th day of her cleansing, freeing her, and thereby taking care of the absolution offering.
He then said whole, which literally takes away the need for the whole burnt offering she would have had to give.
Jesus coming took away the need for the animal sacrifices and doing what he did for that woman was his own form of a sneak peek into the finale that was to come at the cross.
Imagine the grace we are enjoying?