I had to share this with you all because it is sooooo cool. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it – the credit must go to Rob Bell who shared this at Willow Creek (you can watch it on You Tube).
Numbers 15:38 – “Speak to the children of Israel: tell them to make tassels on the kanaf [corner] of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the kanaf [corner]. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.”
Incase you missed the highlighting and the added emphasis…let me draw your attention to that Hebrew ‘kanaf’ word – in english it means ‘corners’ (obviously) or ‘wings’ (interestingly).
Malachi 4:2 “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His kanaf [wings]….”
Incase you missed the highlighting and the added emphasis…let me draw your attention to that Hebrew ‘kanaf’ word – in english it means ‘corners’ (interestingly) or ‘wings’ (obviously).
Luke 8:43-48 “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for tweleve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the kanaf [corner/wing] of His gament. And immediately her flow of blood stopped…falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the poeple the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.'”
Alright, so technically the New Testament doesn’t use ‘kanaf’ because it is in Greek, but it is still the same piece of clothing – in Greek the word refers to the border or edge of the garment. [a man named Franz Delitzsch has made a Hebrew translation of the New Testament and he uses ‘kanaf’ in place of the Greek word.] Observe two things about the woman after she was healed. First, she explained her reasons for doing what she did; somehow, I’m pretty sure there was a reference to her belief that He was the promised Messiah – the Sun of righteousness with healing in His ‘kanaf’. She took a step of faith that this man could not only heal her but that she would be healed because He was the ‘Sun or Righteousness’; for that faith, Jesus healed her.
Isn’t it great to see how much the Bible comes alive when you can understand just a touch more of the culture and language! 😀