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oes the Proverbs 31 woman intim-  cannot please Christ better than … by …
               idate you? Her profile has been   taking part of his rich provision. It is an
        Dknown  to  make some  women          honor to his bounty to fall to.” 2
        feel inadequate (and to ratchet up some
        men’s expectations). Dear sister, if you   Her Selfish Faith
        fail to start your workday before dawn,   “Yes, I can be like the Mark Five Woman
        buy fields before breakfast, and laugh   as to her neediness,” you say. “But what
        in the face of danger, perhaps you could   strong faith she showed.” So she did.
        consider another woman in Scripture. We   Christ Himself will comment on her faith,
        will call her “The Mark Five Woman.”  and that in stark contrast to that of His
                                              disciples (4:40). But what if her faith was
        Her Desperate Need                    a touch selfish? You and I can exercise
          Her profile starts with her desperate   selfish faith, can’t we?
        need. In the Greek, Mark stacks participles   Watch her. She knows her ritual impu-
        one on top of another to describe its extent   rity is contagious. Everyone she touches
        in towering proportions. She has “a con-  will become unclean until evening. Un-
        dition.” It’s awkward and embarrassing,   like Jairus, therefore, she has to approach
        depriving and defiling. And ongoing – a   Christ from behind. But she’s not alone,
        blood discharge that has afflicted her for   for a great crowd is thronging Christ. She
        12 years. This is not some periodic incon-  knows she has no business being there.
        venience, but a health problem that has   She should be spatial distancing. But her
        taken over her life, socially alienating her   need is desperate and her faith is certain:
        from all human relationships, includ-  This man can heal me; never mind the others,
        ing the most intimate. No wonder she   never mind the Healer Himself, nor the little
        consulted every doctor in the region and   dying girl. I’m going to get healed, and I’m
        bravely endured the painful treatments   going to get healed now.
        they prescribed. But 12 years later her   The glancing touches along the way
        condition hasn’t left – only her money has.   were  incidental. The  furtive touch of
        Now, as she approaches the Great Physi-  Christ’s garment, deliberate. And in all of
        cian, she approaches Him with nothing –   them she thought of no one but herself.
        nothing but need.  You could do that surely?   Like me, you may not have much in the
        When we come to Christ with nothing,   way of great faith, but you’ve managed to
        we come with the only thing He needs:   show selfish faith. That day you trusted
        our weakness makes perfect His strength   Christ, you were just thinking of your
        (2Co 12:9). As Richard Sibbes put it, “We
                                              ² Quoted by Dane Ortlund in his book, Gentle
        ¹ Compare Pro 31:20.                  and Lowly.

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