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Healing in the Tassels (4 of 4)

Shane Willard

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In the Psalms, David writes things like ‘under the shadow of your wings’, which means: under the shadow of the word of God, the name of God, the ways of God, the grace of God, the favour of God, the nature of God; under the shadow of those things - that's where I will abide.

In other words, in my prayer closet, in my prayer life, under the presence of God Himself, that's where I will abide, and that's where peace is found.

Malachi 4:2 says: there will come from God, a Son of Righteousness. This is a reference (prophesy) about Messiah. There will come from God a Son of Righteousness - with healing in His wings (the same word, ‘kanaf’).

In other words, whoever Messiah is - there is healing in His tassels.

Whoever Messiah is, there's something about how He carries the name of God, the word of God, the ways of God, the grace of God, the nature of God. There's something about the way He carries the presence of God on Himself that brings healing from the very tassels that He's wearing.

An interesting story happens in Mark 5:21. When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round Him while He was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers named Jairus came there.

Seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet, and pleaded earnestly with Him: my little daughter is dying, please come and put Your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live. So Jesus went with him.

Jesus is going to a man's house named Jairus, who's a synagogue ruler. This is like a master-teacher of the word of God. This is like the senior executive pastor of a huge place, and his daughter is sick and is dying. He comes to Jesus and he says: please my 12 year old daughter is dying. Please come and put Your hands on her, so that she might be healed. Jesus is moved with compassion, and goes with him. In the context of Mark 5, He is going to Jairus house to pray for his daughter. This is where we're going.

A large crowd followed Him, and pressed around Him; and a woman was there, who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors, and had spent all that she had; yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.

Jesus is on His way to Jairus' house, there's this huge crowd pressing in on Him, and this lady (who's had an issue of bleeding for 12 years) starts elbowing her way through the crowd. Don't you like her already? Like she's throwing a few elbows, she's being proactive, she's being pushy - and she's had an issue of bleeding for 12 years.

There's a principle of Tamei and Tahor (unclean/clean). A leper, if he got diagnosed with leprosy, would have to walk through town going tamei! Tamei! Tamei! Unclean! Unclean! Unclean! Tamei was very contagious.

Sin is anything that is not perfect. If you read the Book of Leviticus, you'll find that to have dandruff is sin; eye-sight problems is sin. To have any physical deformity at all - if you had eczema on your wrist it was considered Tamei, any kind of skin disorder was tamei.

For a woman to have her period was tamei, and for a woman to give birth was a sin. If you gave birth, you had to bring, according to Leviticus 12, 6 and 7, you had to bring a sin offering to atone for your loss of blood, because when you gave birth you lost blood. You were never intended to lose blood. That was just a part of the curse of sinfulness, so you were then tamei.

The problem with tamei is how easy it was to catch it. She's wearing eye glasses, and assuming she's got skin imperfections somewhere, all I have to do is touch her, and now I'm tamei. So this tamei-ness was very contagious.