The designation of being unclean (Matthew 9:18-26) was a devastating thing for the
Jewish female. What she wore was unclean, what she touched was unclean. The bed she
slept on was unclean (see Leviticus 15:25- 27). Whoever touched the things she had
touched was unclean.
There were many superstitious ways to stop the hemorrhaging. One was to carry the
ashes of an ostrich egg in a linen bag in summer and in a cotton bag in winter. Another
was to carry a barleycorn, which had been found in the dung of a white donkey. This
woman had tried everything and became worse.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.