DayBreaks for 1/02/20: With Healing in His Wings
From the DayBreaks Archive, January 2010:
Goodness knows our world and souls need healing. Repeated attempts by shoe bombers to blow up planes of ordinary people, suicidal bombers wearing explosive vests, children abducted and murdered – these and many more heinous events have taken place since Christmas. What a way to end the year, eh?
Yet, we have hope. For thousands of years, the Jews hoped…and waited…and kept on hoping and kept on waiting, for what Malachi promised in chapter 4 verse 2-3: But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. All of this will take place, says the Lord of Hosts, “on the day when I act.” If the Jews could hope and wait for millennia, shouldn’t Christians be able to hope for even longer if necessary?
In the passage from Malachi, the word translated as “wings” is from the Hebrew kinof. There’s a strange, yet very fascinating connection here that we miss since we don’t know Hebrew. In the instructions given by God to Moses about how the Israelites were to live and practice their faith, they were to wear tassels on the fringes of the prayer shawls worn by the priests and others. These tassels were to be a visible reminder to all that they were to be a special people, priestly in nature to the rest of the world. Here’s where it gets interesting: the same Hebrew word, kinof, is used for “wings” in Malachi as for the fringes of the prayer shawl. Both are kinof.
In Luke 8:40-48 is recorded the story of Jesus in the crowd when he was touched by the woman with the issue of blood. Remember what the woman touched? The edge of his garment. The kinof, if you please. This woman wasn’t just hoping to be healed. It appears that she’d thought this through and had come to the conclusion that Jesus was the Messiah, the “sun of righteousness” that would rise with healing in his kinof (wings, fringes), as if saying, “I believe that this is the One! He’s the one we’ve waited for! I know he has healing in his wings!”
It becomes even more clear in verse 48 when Jesus tells her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well…” It wasn’t just faith in his power to heal, it was her faith in him as the sun of righteousness that had risen with healing in his wings!
Yes, he came, he healed. So in a sense, it is history – past tense. Yet in a far greater and obviously more powerful mode he will come again and “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in it’s wings” once more, and on the day when he acts again the disease will be forever gone, there will be no more suicide bombers, children ripped from the arms and hearts of their parents…and death itself will be no more!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may this be the day when once again the “sun of righteousness” rises! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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