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. The prayer shawl (Tallit) Part 3

TALLIT 17/1/2016….


Part 3


Last year on 20th and 27th September, I shared two teachings on the TALLIT.

I also promised I would return and speak about the woman who was healed when she touched Jesus. Some of you missed the lessons, and some of you may need a refresher, so let me give a quick recap. Last year we were introduced to the prayer shawl or Tallit:  we learned that: In Scripture it is called by different names or denoted by many descriptions:

a garment, ….shroud, ….canopy, ….cloak

Firstly we looked at:



NUMBERS 15: 37-41 this included looking at the tassels or Tsitsit.



The Talith was their …Prayer Closet. TALITH contains two Hebrew words; TAL meaning tent and the suffix ITH meaning little.  Thus, you have LITTLE TENT. Each man had his own little tent. Next I emphasized some customs that evolved around the Tsitsit, and it would seem that many of them originated in the Old Testament…

One of these customs was the way in which the Tsitsit were tied. Some of the older studies that I consulted, REVEALED that there is a general consensus that:


Authority within the tribe or the community was represented in the tying of the tassels…

Yet from about 70 BC to 185 AD…there was a change, and status was represented in the tassels…


Today we consider both O.T. and N.T. culture and understanding, regarding healing and deliverance associated with the Tallit and particularly the Tsitsit.

First we need to look at some words in particular….and the first is : KANAPH. (Num 15:38)


‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders

(Heb. Kanaph) of their garments”


Because of time constraints I will try to simplify this: The Hebrew word Kanaph = borders…KJV

But Further, according to the Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew dictionary the Hebrew word “Kanaph” means: 1) wing, extremity, edge, winged, border, corner. SO: KANAPH = BORDER=TSITSIT =WING

Now just bear with me a moment: Lets look at the Greek word: KRASPEDON.
Kraspedon = HEM. But here we must be aware that HEM is not what we call a hem…

Kraspedon= HEM = FRINGE….a tassel of twisted wool: TSITSIT.

That’s how it’s used in  (Matthew 9:20; KJV  Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him,  (and touched the (Gk Kraspedon) hem of his garment:)

Mat 14:36 and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.      NRSV.


This word in the Greek language means latterly fringes.

The earliest mention of Kanaph is found in  Exodus 19:4 : “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings (kanaph), and brought you unto myself.”

Many Bible teachers have stated that the first use of a word sets the stage for the underlying meaning of the word throughout the remainder of the Scriptures.

In speaking to Pastor NICKI, we agree that this is not always cast in stone, but can be accepted as a general rule. They call this the “law of first reference.”  Here we can AGREE that through the “kanaph” there is deliverance. The children of Israel were delivered or set free from the Egyptians because God bore them on eagles’ wings( kanaph), and brought them unto Himself.

In Numbers 15:38 the word translated border or corner is a Hebrew word which can also be translated “wings” as it is some seventy-six times in the O.T. biblical text.

With that in mind, let’s look at the story of the woman healed of her bleeding.


Luk 8:40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.

Luk 8:41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house

Luk 8:42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.

Luk 8:43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.

Luk 8:44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

Luk 8:45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."

Luk 8:46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."

Luk 8:47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Luk 8:48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."


I’m sure you’ve heard many sermons on this passage so I will only state the obvious that you’ve been taught:

  1. After 12 years of trying everything, her last resort was this man that people claimed to be the Messiah.


I’m not quite satisfied with this explanation.

I don’t think she was at the end of her tether and going to Jesus was a last resort.


The question I ask is why turn to Jesus?


And the only rational explanation is that:

  1. She was familiar with scriptures such as:
    1. i) Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;…
    2. Psa 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.


  1. Mat 14:36 also tells us that people had been speaking of this healer…

And I quote.…and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. It’s very likely that this woman had heard these stories and responded.


  1. I also think that we must not just look at the rational, but also consider that her reason for seeking out Jesus was the work of the Holy Spirit in her.

I think she had already come to the point where she trusted in Jesus to be her deliverer. Otherwise, where did the faith come from that she is credited with ?.


Doesn’t Gal 5:22 tell us that faith is a fruit of the Spirit?


2) The second thing we are usually taught is that because of her bleeding, she was ceremonially unclean…And so was anyone who had contact with her. And boy…that day as she pushed through the throngs of people to reach Jesus… she must have touched plenty of people and according to the Law made them unclean.

Certainly touching Jesus, a Rabbi, would have made Him unclean.


Yet what was Jesus response:


Luk 8:48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."


I WONDER, AND I’M NOT CLAIMING IT IS SO….I wonder is this wasn’t an object lesson to firstly the disciples and secondly to the crowds, that Godly Grace is far more important than rituals and taboo’s.  I’m reminded of Jesus words :

And the examples I give refer specifically to Sabbath Laws, but apply equally to all laws.

Lk 14:3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"

Mat 12:11  He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?

Mat 12:12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."


IOW…Grace is more important.

Friends…notice how Jesus is much more concerned with the person…even the unclean one… than He is in their condition. In my years in the full time ministry, I came across so many, who first wanted to sort out their lives, before committing to Jesus.


  1. I didn’t try to persuade them, there and then to make the commitment… and the reason was, if they were being born from above they would make a committment.


Persuading them to pray the “sinners’ prayer” may have been nothing more than giving them a false sense of salvation…Because it would have been salvation through what they had done and not what God had done.

  1. The second comment I have is this: When Jesus calls you, He calls you, as you are, in order that you can become what you ought to be.


But let’s get back to the HEM / TASSELS / WINGS…


This woman, didn’t call out to Jesus, she didn’t grab His arm.. She sought only to touch the edge of His cloak…the wings of His garment…She most likely had heard of this man Jesus..


Mar 6:56 And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.


When one realized the significance of this concept to the first-century Hebraic mind, it becomes clear why this woman was instantly healed. She was expressing her faith in Jesus as the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings and declaring her faith in God's prophesied Messiah!.

Before I close, I must say the following: There are a lot of people teaching, either from the pulpit or through the books that they publish, that the Bible is quite clear:


And they quote the verse I just read:


Mar 6:56 And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.


In fact it’s often stated that God is obliged to heal you or anyone.


Now I also believe that healing comes from God, I have many instances that I can quote where God has, in certain individuals, worked a special work of healing. Yet I also know of many more whom God did not touch with healing in the manner that they hoped He would.


Does that mean that they had no faith?




I would guess that The Apostle Paul was one of the most dedicated, Spirit filled person of the First century. Yet in 2Cor 12 he makes it clear…he asked 3 times for healing… (prayers of a man saved by grace through faith…) Was he healed,?  he tells us NO….because God had a reason to leave him like that…Also note this was after Jesus’ had ascended.


FOLKS…Please remember…in the first century when Jesus was HEALING He was physically present amongst the people, He was the physical revelation of God…

And it’s this physical revelation that’s part of the purpose of Jesus coming.


And notice I said part… because the cross and sacrifice and salvation and reconciliation and redemption was the greater purpose. Jesus had to become flesh so that He may be the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world…He had to conquer SIN…DEATH…and the GRAVE to make it possible for believers to enter into Paradise to be with the Father.


But this physical revelation is spoken of in:


Joh 14:9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

Friends, that revelation is past… the new revelation comes through the Scriptures:

Joh 20:30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.

Joh 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Today God reveals Himself through the Bible, He reveals Himself through the work of the Holy Spirit, who points people to Jesus the Messiah. And He reveals Himself in any other particular manner that He chooses, in different circumstances.


But to claim that He must work today in exactly the same manner that He did during His physical revelation, is at best WRONG and at worst it may be BLASPHEMUS.


The prayer shawl is not magic nor is it a lucky charm.

It is not required to have or use one from a New Covenant Gentile point of view.

I don't believe God's intent was to make it a religious, ritual, or relic.

It is a simply beautiful reminder and symbol that gives us the image of a loving God …

….a GOD that calls us to an exclusive relationship with Him …and in that relationship He surrounds, embraces, and covers us in His intimate ultimate love, protection, and deliverance.

Go from here today, knowing that you can approach the Lord with your requests for healing.

Knowing He will always act toward you with Divine Grace. He will be your strength in your weakness…

And ultimately HE will welcome you home with a crown of glory.

Go in the Shabbat peace of the LORD.