After walking up three flights of stairs, I find Mack standing with hands in pockets, staring at a note tacked to our office door. Jerking his head in its direction, he mumbles “Minus.” Minus is the Director of the Cold Case Unit, i.e. our boss. He earned his nickname during his decades as lead cold case unit investigator. He had become legendary for his ability to crack the coldest of cases; the cases that were said to be so cold that they were MINUS thirty-two degrees.
The note scribbled on yellow legal pad read “MJ and Mack, remember, file SHORT FREQUENT reports.”
It wasn’t the first time Minus had felt compelled to remind us of this, one of his few hard and fast rules. Neither Mack nor I liked writing the reports and often would procrastinate for days or even weeks before filing one. But Minus had a good reason for this requirement. With short, concise reports filed with him daily, he would have the opportunity to help us avoid wasting time on bunny trails and might also catch a clue we had disregarded. In fact, this had indeed been the case more than a few times.
So, it was with this in mind that we poured a cup of coffee and began by reviewing our notes.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
*The mystery woman, it appears, is PURPOSELY left unnamed and will remain so as that information does not appear in any available records.
*Her flow of blood made her unclean and untouchable, even by family. It was a constant source of pain, shame, loneliness and hopelessness.
*She had desperately tried to purchase her rescue from numerous physicians for many years. They had taken all of her money and left her worse and not better. She now comes penniless to this rabbi.
We still have the following questions under investigation
*What did she know about this rabbi that made her think he could help?
*She touched His robe and the result was a healing power exchange. Why? How?
*He is reported to have said that it was her faith that healed her. And yet it appears to have been her touch that caused the exchange of power. Therefore, the obvious question would be – how was this touch related to faith?
*We are given the rather random information that she touched the fringe of his garment. Is this detail indeed random?
*Another seemingly random detail found buried within the case file is regarding the length of her illness, recorded to have been twelve years. In our business, when a seemingly insignificant and “unnecessary” tidbit of information is supplied by witnesses during an investigation without prompting, we consider it important. Is this number a code? Why did the witnesses share this information?
Mack and I both agree that this is only a partial list, but in order to file the short, daily report Minus demands, we must begin somewhere. So, we will begin by tackling the question of faith.
As many of the files in our evidence box are penned in Greek, we look first to that language. Blowing the dust off the Greek dictionary which has sat on the CCF (cold case file) bookshelf for possibly centuries, we find the Greek word translated into English as faith.
πίστις pistis pis’-tis
From G3982; persuasion, conviction of the truth of anything, belief;
Total KJV occurrences: 244
We note that the Greek root word from which pistis is derived is pitho.
πείθω peithō pi’-tho
A primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): – agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.
Total KJV occurrences: 55
Mack points out the provocative fact that obey, and yield appear within the definition! This may prove to be an important factor as we try to dissect her faith! How was she persuaded or convicted of truth, and where do we see the evidence that she obeyed/yielded?
In the Old Testament (Tanakh), the corresponding Hebrew word is emunah and is defined in much the same manner. We will document this in our cold case notebook.
THE WITNESS STATEMENTS
In any well executed investigation, whether new or cold, it is essential to consider the witness statements. Although the statements were collected long ago, they will still play a vital role in solving this cold case. As we rifle through the yellowed papers, we find these notes.
WITNESS STATEMENT # 1 – Luke indicates that 1) The Woman with an issue of blood came from behind (or “after”). This would seem to indicate that she may have been following the rabbi. 2) She touched the border of his garment; 3) She was immediately healed.
WITNESS STATEMENT #2 -Rabbi Yeshua states that 1) He felt power (or virtue) leave him when he was touched. 2) He confirmed that it was her faith that made her well. 3) He required nothing more from her but instructed her to go in peace.
WITNESS STATEMENT #3 – The woman herself came forward, confessing that 1) It was she who touched his garment, 2) She explained why she had done so (although we were unable to locate a statement revealing this information) 3) That she was immediately healed.
*There were other witness statements located regarding the days preceding our incident, the days following our incident, and concerning the community itself. We will document these statements in a subsequent report.
Review of the above witness statements reveals that all three testified that it was the touch that resulted in a power surge which lead to the subject’s immediate healing. While touch is something physical, it is noted that the Rabbi insisted that it was the woman’s faith that made her well. This would seem to be a contradiction, according to the modern understanding of the word faith, which is most often described as a solely spiritual endeavor. And yet, the information we have collected from the witness statements (most notably the rabbi Himself), confirms that this physical touch was undeniably a part of that faith process. As a matter of fact, it seems to have been the “seal” or the completing factor, as it was only with this touch that He recognized power being pulled from him. Hmmmm.
Might it be possible that during the timeframe in which this incident occurred, faith was understood differently? This warrants further investigation. After talking it through, Mack and I have come to the following conclusion.
If faith were simply a feeling, an inward conviction, something occurring solely on the spiritual level, then it would follow that no touch would have been necessary to release power. And yet, it is reported by multiple witnesses to have done just that. What kind of faith did our mystery woman possess which was so potent that it resulted in a power surge and complete healing??? Surely, we must know if we are ever to solve this mystery and ascertain if this kind of power is still accessible!
Filed by Cold Case Investigators MJ and Mack April 22nd