Did Jesus know who touched him?


Sami Zaatari



According to the Gospel of Mark, a sick lady touched Jesus hoping to be healed by merely touching him, and sure enough, she was healed:


Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ?Who touched Me?'" And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." (Mark 5:25-34)


So after she touches Jesus and becomes cures, Jesus feels it, but he doesn't know who touched her, he asks his disciples who touched him, to which his disciples give a sarcastic reply, and lastly it is the lady who tells Jesus that it was her who touched him. Pretty simple and straightforward, well, that is until you read Matthew's version who tells us something different:


And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour. (Matthew 9:20-22)


According to Matthew's version, Jesus didn't have to ask who touched him, he already knew! So we have two different stories, in Mark's version Jesus has no idea who touched him, in Matthew's version Jesus knows who touched him, and doesn't have to ask, which just leaves us to ask, did Jesus know who touched him, or did he not? We will have to guess which one is right, since both can't be right; it's one or the other!


So much for the Bible being the inerrant inspired word of God! Did God inspire two different stories? I guess he did if you're a Christian!


And Allah Knows Best!