Touching the Fringe

And when the men of that place recognized him, they 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. Matthew 14:35-36

I am familiar with the story of the woman with the issue of blood, who pushed through the crowd to touch the hem of Christ’s garment and received her healing.

And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,  and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”  And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”  And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’”  And he looked around to see who had done it.  But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:25-34

I didn’t realize that there were others who touched the fringe of His garment and were also healed. The Word says “as many as touched it” were healed. Many humbled themselves to receive healing. I searched a little more thinking there is more to touching the fringe.

““Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue. It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot, so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.” Numbers‬ ‭15:38-40‬ ‭‬‬

I am not a Jewish scholar and don’t understand all that the Bible speaks of, but I recognized there is probably more to touching the fringe than I understand. In searching, I came across teaching by Jonathan Cahn on the fringe of Christ’s garments. It is pretty interesting. You can watch the short video below to learn more.

Prayer: Lord, I want to be humble. Yet so often pride is the only thing that lowers me. I don’t want a fall or sickness to humble me when I know You alone should be exalted. Help me to lift You up and others up, teach me to humble myself so that You won’t have to.

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