This always reminds me that song by alice cooper.. who, btw you can listen to as the night time DJ on virgin radio.. heh you can listen to it online, he is excellent.
Mark 5:24b; And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?’ ” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
I read an article on this just today, where the writer argues that Mark didnt have “magic” in mind, but rather the healing power of God released by faith.
However, he also makes the point that “dunamis” (the word for power) is usually used in reference to “forces”, “armies”, “strength”, “might”, and “ability”.
When you relate it to the idea that her “healing” was actually her “salvation” primarily, it makes it quite interesting.
I think that what Jesus was saying was that authority, or “saving power” issued forth through him from God, and saved this women. Because of her disease, she was exiled from her people, she was outcast from the worshipping community, however by her faith in Jesus’ being from God, she was saved, and by being saved, she was healed, cleansed and restored to the worshipping community.