The Difference between a touch and a touch-
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Mark 5:25-34

There is a difference between a touch and a touch. The disciples got a bit annoyed with Jesus that day, when He asked who had touched him. They answered back, “The multitude is thronging Thee.” The verb used is sunthlibō which means “to press hard.” It is used of the pressing of grapes in the making of wine by crushing them. The Bible also implies that the crowd was suffocating them. They wanted to just get through the crowd and were hoping that Jesus could just leave well enough alone. But He perceived that virtue or power had gone out of Him so much that it overcame a present existence to effect a change. He began to look about Him, “Who was the one that touched Me on My clothes?”
The women felt something different start to take place in her body. The word used for her bleeding, was fountain. Can you imagine walking around with a flowing fountain for twelve years? No wonder she had spent all she had looking for a remedy. When she touched Him she felt by experience that the fountain had finally dried up.
The women finally came forward. I love the words, “Daughter, they faith hath made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of they plague.” He gave her the promise. He was telling her to go in peace, that she would no longer be tormented of this plague (which also means to whip, scourge or misfortune). She was healed in her spirit, soul and body and that continually. When Christ power touches our lives, we are healed not only physically but in our soul and spirit. This woman faced much more than just phyiscal sickeness. She needed to be made whole-totally and continually.
I believe it is the same today. While the world crushes in, who is actually touching Jesus? What a difference a touch can be! He can dry up your fountain of depression, disease and despair. It’s time to get out of the things that suffocate you and press into the only one that can set you free. This woman was at the end of her rope and we should all thank God that she got to the place of desperation. She pushed through the ordinary touch into the extraordinary. Others had been touching Him or should I say crushing Him all along. How has your touch been lately? Reach out to Hiim today, He has everything that you have need of. Touch Him and you will never be the same! The whippings, the scourgings and the misfortune can come to an end. All it takes is just one touch!

4 Replies to “TOUCH OR TOUCHED”

  1. Thanks. Going to go deep n press into the presence of God! Round three of Algebra for me…All I can do now is press in!Please pray for me!

  2. a lot of times its so easy to let disccord in that the lord never intended for any of us to carry, like Parris shared we all need that touch from the Lord, encouragement peace love and his kindness, so often im asking myselfwhy cant people and many beleivers see what is really going on? we live in a very busy age were many are too busy to take time for anything, There are times i pray on the run to get to work, its swo much better to get sleep and get up early to start my day , get conected with fellowship early so to be in tune not out of tune, its harder for myselve to get retuned up if im really busy, an out of tuned guitar sounds bad! in tuned you can play some good stuff, get that touch from the lord draw close to him hopefully if possible early I can say for a fact it makes a big difference! im hadly onery during the day and in a lot better place and miss very little from the lord, im so glad that in Christ we have salvatuion and not probation grace to do and to be helped to live a life for him, It is so wonderfull to get a touch from the lord these days this is so needed with many of us only he can heal and comfort no where else are we going to get this from <the rest is only a counterfit! so many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted threw out the world, in mexico china the middle east all over, they have grace and the lords touch on them to be able to ender this time. only by gods grace and love anything happens, and he is the only one that can give it.

  3. WAHOO!!!!!!! After service last night I could not help looking up the word “touched”! It is the greek word ἅπτω (G681) – haptō. As I suspected it is way more than a casual touch. It can be explained better as an intimate touch – deep touch – a touching of one’s inner being or soul! Just as Pastor Hall said, she was not just giving Jesus a high five but rather grabbing hold of Him. Jesus’ compassion for desperation touched her back all the way to her soul! That is the kind of touch we all need!

  4. Last night was an awesome time of saturation. Last night when I came home from service, there was a testing. Family issues arose and I had to still my thoughts and emotions(put myself on hold) and seek Jesus for answers to this whirlwind I allowed myself to get into. Within His stillness, I found peace in the storm. I turned my eyes on Him not the mess around me. I pressed into the trail and reached for Jesus garment and touched Him.

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