Tzitzit: "If only I touch his fringes, I will be healed..."
Updated: Apr 4
Blossoms of Obedience
The Hebrew word for "fringe" is kanaph. It also means "edge" or "extremity." Many people touched the "fringe" of Yeshua's garment and were healed, like the woman with the issue of blood (Matt 9:20-21).
The 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. -Matt. 14:35-36
Whenever scripture uses the word "kanaph," it refers to tassels, called a "tzitzit" (zeet-zeet). The Torah commands everyone, from slaves to the king himself, to wear "fringes" on the four corners of their garment (Deut 22:12). Each fringe was to have a strand of blue.
Why are tzitzits special? They resemble parts of the High Priest's uniform and the blue worn by royalty. Tzitzits symbolize authority, priesthood, and royalty.
The root word for "tzitzit" means "blossom." The purpose of flowers is to create fruit or seeds--a picture of righteousness and obedience. Since Yeshua obeyed the Torah perfectly, faith in his righteousness brings us healing and freedom from bondage.
Thank you, Yeshua, for your perfect righteousness that sets me free! Help me exercise faith in you every day. I want to go deeper and deeper into the healing and freedom you have for me.
Healing in His Wings
In Malachi we read that Yeshua's healing feels like a calf leaping out of its stall. Calves were kept in stalls for slaughter, either as a sacrifice or for dinner. So if it was released from the stall meant that it was no longer destined for the grave.
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. Malachi 4:2
This is a perfect picture of what Yeshua has done for us!
Exploring the verse even further, we find that the Hebrew word for "wings" is kanaph, but it also means "fringe." Israel in Messiah's day understood this verse to mean there's healing in Messiah's tassels, or tzitzits (Matt. 14:36).
Why does the "sun of righteousness" have healing in his "wings" or "tzitzits"? This may make more sense using the word "servant" instead of "sun." The two words are spelled exactly the same in Hebrew, just pronounced differently.
Yeshua fulfilled this prophecy! Anyone who believed that he had Healing in his tzitzits was basically admitting that he was the Messiah--the Servant of Righteousness, who will release us from the grip of sin and death like calves from a stall!
Thank you, Yeshua, for your complete healing and freedom! Thank you for releasing me from sin and death! Help me to fear your Name and follow you always with all my heart.