God’s Healing Wings

Matthew 9:22 describes an unusual healing. A woman who hemorrhaged blood for twelve years received a miraculous healing after she touched a corner of Jesus’s garment. The part of the garment she touched is called צִיצִית (tzitzit) “tassels” or “fringes” worn by Jews on four-cornered garments (Num. 15:38:41). The Greek text says she touched κράσπεδον (kraspedon) “fringe” or “hem” and the Hebrew equivalent is כָּנָף (kanaf) which also means “corner” or “edge”.

What many people do not realize is that כְּנָפַיִם (kanafim) is also a Hebrew word for “wings”. Thus, in the Bible, the “corners of garments” have sometimes been compared with “bird’s wings”. And what is even more amazing God apparently has a garment with such “corners” or “wings”. The Psalmist writes, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me in the (בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ) shadow of Your wings (Ps 17:8). “He will cover you with His pinions, and (וְתַחַת־כְּנָפָיו) under His wings you may seek refuge” (Ps 91:4).

This Jewish woman in Matthew’s story knew to seek shelter in the shadow of God’s wings. “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness (שֶׁמֶשׁ צְדָקָה) will rise with healing in its wings (וּמַרְפֵּא בִּכְנָפֶיהָ); and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall” (Mal 3:20/4:2). And that is why Jesus said to her that her faith made her whole. She recognized Yeshua as the Messiah and knew that as God’s anointed he had God’s “healing in his wings”, the corners of his garment.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: