Sun of Righteousness

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

4 “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. (Malachi 4:1-2)

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 

22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. (Matthew 9:20-22)

34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. (Matthew 14:34-36)

By the time Jesus came on the scene, Malachi’s prophesy about the “Sun of Righteousness” was already understood to be a reference to the coming Messiah. The Messiah would rise with healing in his wings. Interestingly, by the first century, “wings” was a reference to the fringe of the Jewish prayer shawl — a tallit. One Messianic Commentator writes,

The sun of righteousness has been interpreted to mean the Messiah, and the Hebrew term for “wings”is kanaph or kanaphecha. Consequently, the verse has been interpreted to read, “When the Messiah arises there will be healing through His kanaph or tzitzit, the corner of His tallit.” This is why those who were ill wanted to grab the corner of Yeshua’s garment, the tzitzit, which represents the Word of God. They believed that Yeshua was the Messiah and that there was healing in His “wings.”1

The woman suffering from 12 years of bleeding and many others all experienced healing and restoration to the Jewish community by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment in faith. This is a reference to the prayer shawl. In addition to everything else that would mark the Messiah’s arrival and reign, he brings healing, deliverance, cleansing, and restoration to community (the sufferers are no longer marginalized by their disease). He has healing in his wings.

Go back and consider all you’ve learned this week and thank Jesus for those blessings that impact your life the most.

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1You can read more at:Healing In His Wings