“The Fringe of His Garment”

A funny thing happened on the way to the house of Ja’irus. As the crowd pressed in on Y’shua, he felt power leave him and He wanted the recipient of the power to testify.

As he went, the people pressed round him. And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and could not be healed by any one, came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. Luke 8:42-44 RSV

Questions spring to mind. What is the fringe of his garment? Why did the woman touch them? Why did that act give her healing and commend her as having faith?

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, and bid them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put upon the tassel of each corner a cord of blue; and it shall be to you a tassel to look upon and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to go after wantonly. So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”  Numbers 15:37-41 RSV

Y’shua (Jesus) was born a Jew. Jewish men wear a tallit or what we call a prayer shawl or cloke in English. The purpose of the tallit is to hold the fringe, the tzit tzit in Hebrew, as commanded by YHVH in Torah. There are four tzit tzit (fringe), one for each corner. The tzit tzit are to each have a cord of blue. Just as the “bread and wine” we take in church are thick with symbolism, so is the tallit and its different elements.

The color blue is symbolic of heaven and heavenly things. We are not to look to earthly pleasures or things when we gaze at the blue of the tallit. The blue thread is attached or woven in to the tzit tzit or tassel. The tzit tzit are symbolic of the commandments of YHVH. His covenant commandments are the way of righteousness for us who are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. The eyes of our spirit are to see in the fringe the way of the Lord of Heaven and walk or live a life that pleases him rather than by the lust of our eyes or the by the way of pride in life. The tzit tzit are attached to the corners of the tallit or cloke.

The word translated “corners” is knaph which means both “corners” and “wing”. I have occasionally heard that the tallit is the pup-tent of the pilgrim of God. It is to be a portable tabernacle for our walk in the wilderness of our life. Within the tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies, was the Ark of the Covenant, covered by the Mercy Seat. There were cherubim on either side of the Mercy Seat. Their wings covered or shadowed the Mercy Seat, which is the throne of YHVH. To come under the shadow of His wings is to come to the throne of God. Even more intimately, it is to sit in the Fathers lap. Consider the following verses from the Psalms.

Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of thy wings Psalm 17:8 RSV

How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wingsPsalm 36:7 RSV

My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat, and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips,  when I think of thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the watches of the night;  for thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to thee; thy right hand upholds me.  Psalm 63:5-8 RSV

Why did this woman, who is said to have gone broke in search of a doctor who could heal her flow, reach out to Y’shua’s tallit? For twelve years this flow had made her as unclean as the demonic who lived among the tombs. Some say that her life during those twelve years could be compared with a migraine when it comes to intensity of pain and draining away of the energy and vitality of life. What compelled her to reach out to the touch the “fringe of His garment”? It was her faith. Y’shua commends her for it once she has confessed before everyone what it was she did. I have said before that I firmly believe that faith is standing firm (or taking a stand) on the Word of God as the foundation of life. If that is true, what was she believing from the Word of God?

But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall.  Malachi 4:2 RSV

There is healing for those who reach out in faith to the righteous One who sits in the shadow of the wings. That’s what I think the woman believed, that was the essence of her faith which caused her to reach out to touch “the fringe of His garment”. There is a place in John when the disciples are challenged to say who they believe Y’shua is. Peter proclaims, “You are the Messiah, the son of YHVH” for which he is told that it was the Spirit of God who revealed this to him. Surly it was the same for this woman. It fascinates me that spirit and wind come from the same word in both Hebrew and Greek. The wings of faith, of prayer, are spread to ride the wind of the Spirit of God. The fringe of the cloke had hung at the corners since the time of the wilderness of Sinai. When Y’shua/Jesus came, he revealed the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. This day, for this nameless woman, “healing in His wings.”

Seven Thunders Ministry; Cherubim (Part 4) http://www.seventhundersministry.com/cherubim4.html

 Of His Kingdom there shall be no end http://www.mashiyach.com/index.htm

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