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The study that goes with the word studies on kingdom and authority from this page have been posted on Rainsong at….
The study that goes with the word study, “power” and the study of “the fringe of his garment” (on this blog) is up at Rainsong.
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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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 wings. Psalm 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
My thoughts on the stilling of the Storm are posted on Rainsong. This study goes with the word studies on this page associated with Luke 8:23 and 24.
Deborah …just in case you want the rest of the story.