DayBreaks for 10/29/19: With Healing in His Wings
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself. (Deut. 22:12, NASB)
This passage is from God’s instructions to His people, Israel. It seems like a strange command to us, but the tassels were there to remind Israel that they were to be a kingdom of priests to the world. The Israelites used everything (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) to remind themselves of the One to Whom they belonged. These tassels were to be a visual reminder of their identity and role. Here’s the key point: the Hebrew word that was used for these tassels was kinof. Remember that…you’ll see it again just a bit later in this message.
But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. (Malachi 4:2, NLT)
This prophecy was about the coming Messiah, the “Sun of Righteousness.” At first glance, it may appear to have nothing to do with the passage from Deuteronomy, but that’s only because we don’t speak Hebrew. In the passage from Malachi, the word “wings” is also kinof…the same word that is used in Deuteronomy to describe the tassels that were located at the four corners of a garment.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:42b-48, NIV)
Here’s where it gets interesting! This poor woman who had suffered for 12 long years, is in the great crowd that surrounds Jesus and is pressing in on him. As she comes closer and closer, she reaches out to touch Jesus’ garment. Why? Because this woman either realized or certainly suspected that He was the “Sun of Righteousness” from Malachi who would have power in his “wings” (kinof) to heal! Is it any wonder that Jesus said to her, “Your faith has healed you. Go in peace”?
The good news, of course, is that Jesus still has healing in his “wings.” We just need to get close enough to touch even the hem of his garment. Our problem is that we are fearful and reluctant to get that close. Could it be because we really aren’t that eager to be healed? Is it because of what we may have to give up? Or do we just not have the faith this woman had to take the risk? She could have looked very foolish if she was wrong. I find it interesting that she wanted the healing without the risk of being exposed for her faith if she was wrong about who this man was. In the press of the crowd, if Jesus didn’t have healing in his “wings”, no one would know if she touched him and nothing happened. But, of course, that’s NOT what happened. Jesus wouldn’t let her faith remain hidden, but let it be known to the entire crowd that was gathered there.
I’m sure that we all need some healing today. Jesus is within reach. Reach out, take the risk, and find the power in his wings!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for being our healer. We need the faith to reach out to you in our brokenness. Thank you for coming to be within reaching distance! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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