Matthew 14:35,36 – They sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
I had been reading Luke 8 concerning the woman with the issue of blood which said, ‘She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment (v44), for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well” (Matt9). She was probably embarrassed about her condition and would more than likely have been deemed ‘unclean’, so she didn’t want to draw attention to herself. Her faith was obviously strong for her to believe that she didn’t need Jesus to see her, she only needed to touch the fringe, or tzitzit of his shawl.
What was it about the fringe? In Numbers 15 we read of the Lord speaking to Moses saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners [flap] of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner.” The same instruction is repeated in Deuteronomy 22; the tassels, or fringe, was to be put on the kânâph [flap/hem] of their covering.
Now follow me to Malachi chapter 4 and the prophecy of the LORD which proclaims, “For you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in his wings.” The Hebrew word for wing(s) is כַּ נְ פֵ kânâph. There was literally healing in the fringe of his garment! It is no wonder that all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all (Luke6:19). He had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him (Mark3:10).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the crowd today realized the power of the Lord? If they would only come, they would find healing for their lives and discover that Jesus has the power to bind up the broken-hearted; to bring good news to the afflicted; to set free those who are enslaved; to comfort all who mourn.
The healing power of Jesus is still available today to each and every one of us.
For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.Psalm 63:7