Healing in His Wings

Apparently, you do learn something new every day. Today, I learned about a fascinating connection between the story of the woman with the blood issue in Mark 5 and a prophetic verse in Malachi 4:2.

It all hinges on the literal meaning of a Hebrew word.

In the story, the woman is desperate to get to Jesus, even if only to touch the hem of His garment. No one and nothing will keep her from the Rabbi.

When she does get to Him and reaches for the fringes of his robe, she finds immediate healing. Jesus notices that power has gone out of Him and finds the woman. He tells her that her faith has saved her.

The part that I never knew until now is that the Hebrew word for the corner of the robe where the tassels hang can literally be translated as “wings.”

I believe that the unnamed woman of great faith knew exactly who Jesus was– He was the “Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2).

The amazing thing about the Bible is that you can read it with little to no knowledge of the culture and history and original language and still understand the essential meaning. You can also spend a lifetime of study on all the background context and never get to the depths of all the nuances of meaning in each verse.

Also, you’re never too old to learn something new as long as you retain that childlike sense of wonder and curiosity. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking, and you will most definitely find great treasure.

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