Luke 8:46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” NASU
I could not help but wonder, what did Y’shua mean that he was aware of power going out from him? If power goes out from me it is not to benefit someone else. I am left weak and in need of rest when power goes out from me. That does not seem to be what He was referring to.
Strong’s #1411 dunamis (doo’-nam-is); from #1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):
dúnamis; fem. noun from dúnamai (1410), to be able.
Power, especially achieving power. All the words derived from the stem dúna– have the meaning of being able, capable. It may even mean to will. Contrast ischús (2479) which stresses the factuality of the ability, not necessarily the accomplishment.
I. Spoken of intrinsic power, either physical or moral, as in the verb dúnamai.
A. Of the body (1 Cor 15:43, “in power” stands in opposition to “in weakness”; Heb 11:11;)
it (the body) is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 1 Cor 15:43
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Heb 11:11
The short answer is that the power is “miraculous power” or “the miracle itself”. In BSF we used to teach the children that a miracle was something that only God could do. As an adult I often hear people say that something was a “miracle” meaning that some event, gift or recovery of health is a miracle. A discussion often follows about the “power or ability” of a doctor or the will to live of a child. Often I wonder what part if any man plays in the accomplishment of a miracle. It is interesting to note that we get our English word dynamite from this Greek word.
The following are examples of dunamis as used by Luke in his Gospel.
He (John the baptizer) will be a man of rugged spirit and power like Elijah, the prophet of old; and he will precede the coming of the Messiah, preparing the people for his arrival. He will soften adult hearts to become like little children’s, and will change disobedient minds to the wisdom of faith.” Luke 1:17 TLB
I do not know of any record of John the baptizer performing miracles except that the whole of his life was filled with the power of Elohim to turn hearts. If “dúnamis” is the word that we get dynamite from, then surly the power of John caused an explosion in the hearts of the people of Israel. This was not something he was able to do by his powers of oration but because from his mother’s womb he was filled with the Spirit. The power seems to come from the Spirit of Elohim.
The angel answered and said to her (Mary), ” The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 NASU
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. Luke 4:14 NASU
And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.” Luke 4:36 NASU
One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. Luke 5:17 NASU
And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all. Luke 6:19
Before Y’shua ever came into contact with the woman of chapter 8, people were already reaching out to touch him for his healing power. Word must have gone out about what he could do for the hopeless. Reading the above passages I get the sense that my understanding of dunamis is limited. Part of the problem might be the many English words we use to translate the idea behind dunamis. I suspect that something is lost in translation, not only in my native language but also in my culture. The same concept made the Virgin pregnant with the Son of Elohim, brough Y’shua into Galilee in such a unique manner that news spread about Him, forced other “powers” (dark, demonic spirits) out of men, and caused bodies to become whole. It came “from” him but on the surface does not seem wholly directed by the bearer of the “power”. Reaching out to touch Y’shua, as the woman of chapter 8 did, seems to be sufficient.
And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. Luke 9:1-3 NASU
” Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. Luke 10:13 NASU
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Luke 10:19 NASU
Clearly Y’shua gave this “power” to the twelve. It came with authority over the fallen spirit realm and over disease. The purpose of the 12 having this power and authority was to proclaim the Kingdom of Elohim. The tricks and schemes of the dark realm cannot injure them.
As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, Luke 19:37 NASU
“…men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. Luke 21:26, 27 NASU
” But from now THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.” Luke 22:69 NAS
Side note–the right hand spread out the heavens (Isaiah 48:13) The Right Hand of Elohim communicates the idea of ultimate power, favor and blessing (favor of Elohim IS blessing). strength comes from the right hand of Elohim. Psalm 44:3, Isaiah 44:10 It is the hand of loving-kindness and grace.
“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NASU
The following verses from the Book of Acts are also from Luke.
” …but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NASU
“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know–” Acts 2:22 NASU
But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? Acts 3:12 NASU
And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33 NASU
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8 NASU
The “power” is spiritual, it comes from God. Apparently the dark fallen spirits also have a spiritual power but it is not able to conquer the power of Elohim. In our physical realm this power is evidence of the reality and intervention of our mighty God. It is given to we who believe to testify of the Kingdom of Heaven and our Messiah. It is the passage to healing and wholeness of spirit.
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