August 2, 2009

Healing Wings

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” (Malachi 4.2)

In light of the current health-care controversy, I’ve been reading some of the healing stories of Jesus. I remembered reading the historical, Hebraic interpretation of the “healing in its wings” passage a few years ago, and found it again in multiple places. It’s a great story for people who are more concerned about money than the millions who are suffering in pain. The following is a compilation from multiple resources:

One of the best known healings that Jesus performed occurred when a woman who had suffered for more than twelve years humbly came up from behind and touched the hem of his garment (Matthew 9; Luke 8). The woman most likely touched the tassels on Jesus’ prayer shawl. In Hebrew, these tassels, which are attached to the corners of the prayer shawl, are called tzitzit. As the prayer shawl was placed over the head, it formed its own tent. “Wings” of the garment were formed when the arms were held out. For this reason, the corners of the prayer shawl are often called "wings." During the first century there were several traditions associated with the tzitzit concerning Messiah. One was that these knotted fringes possessed healing powers (Malachi).

Without a doubt, the woman knew the traditions, and believed that if she could touch the fringes, the wings, she would be healed. That this was the opinion of many other people is revealed by the crowd who sought his healing powers, "that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole."

In light of all of this, I wrote a song:

Wounded Healer

Worn out from my weeping
No strength to carry on
Worried hearts not sleeping
Darkness before the dawn

Screaming for salvation
Silent, whisper cry
Weary desperation
Broken-hearted plight

The healing of the nations
The hope for all mankind
The humble revelation
Savior redefined

Heal me, O Wounded Healer
Save me, Risen King
In this restless loneliness
Bring healing in your wings
Bring healing in your wings
Heal me

1 comment:

Libzsonshine said...

Beautiful lyrics E! I love the story of this woman in the Bible and how she had the faith and courage to reach out and touch Jesus to be healed!