Good Bible Study Girl – Week 3!
This week we are transitioning from letting Jesus make a difference in our hearts to walking with Him day in, day out! Today we each received the following verse as our memorization scripture for the week:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7, NET Bible.
God KNOWS the state of our heart and the extent of our faith, regardless of whether we try to hide it, fake it, or admit it. Walking WITH God takes obedience in our walk, coupled with true faith that He will do what He says He will do! From Noah’s obedience in building the ark, to Abraham’s faith that God would provide a sacrificial substitute for Isaac; from the choosing of David as king to the healing of Job; and from the birth and life of our Savior, Jesus, to the healing miracles He performed, the state of one’s heart and the measure of faith inside determined God’s influence and “touch”.
Speaking of touch, I love the human sense of touch. Hugs are great! Cuddling up with a roasty, toasty blankie by the fire with my man and my Elle Belle is even better! And don’t even get me started on my love of smoochin’ on my pooches! There is just something so comforting and healing about the tangible feeling of touching someone (or something) you love.
Studies have been done for years on the idea that touch heals. I recall seeing this beautiful photo of “premie” twins in NICU, with one’s arm around the other in what doctors believed to be an effort on one twin’s part to help heal the other. And, it should come as no surprise that many of Jesus’s healing miracles were a result of His holy touch upon someone.
But did you know that Jesus also performed healing miracles without He, Himself, actually touching the person? I want you to see something extraordinary today about the power of FAITH (and maybe a smidgen of touch on the part of the recipient!) to create healing!
Stick with me here as we do a little road trip from the New Testament to the Old and back again! Let’s start together in the book of Matthew:
“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.” Matthew 9:20-22, NIV.
This amazing story of healing by touching simply Jesus’s clothing is followed quickly in Matthew with this one:
“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 it were healed.” Matthew 14: 35-36, NIV.
Jesus heals these people without actually touching them, but instead, by letting them touch his CLOTHING. Hmmm. Why – what makes his cloak so miraculous?
Well, here’s where it would pay off if we were all Hebrew readers and writers, as well as Old Testament scholars. In case you are wondering, I am neither one of those things, so it is a good thing that I have a couple great commentaries that can help me out and point me in the right direction with this! After a little reading, this is what I have uncovered about those miraculous garments Jesus wore.
First of all, the word “cloak” from our Matthew scriptures, translate back into the Hebrew word: tzitzit. It also means “tassels”, like the ones attached to the corners and hems of traditional Jewish tallits, or prayer shawls:
“Speak to the Israelites. Tell them this: Tie several pieces of thread together and tie them in the corner of your clothes. Put a piece of blue thread in each one of these tassels. You must wear these things now and forever. 39 You will be able to look at these tassels and remember all the commands that the Lord has given you.” Numbers 15:38-39a., ERV.
Now get THIS:
“God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases. You can go to him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield.” Psalm 91:3-4, ERV.</em>
“The Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings”… Malachi 4:2, NKJV
Back to our Hebrew lesson, the word we read as “wings”, is ALSO translated in Hebrew as tzitzit! THEY ARE ALL THE SAME WORD. Tassel = Cloak = WINGS. They touched his cloak because they wanted refuge in His healing wings.
The writers of those Old T books were giving clues even before Jesus stepped one foot on this earth that told of His power, His majesty, and His healing. The NEW Testament scriptures were written as a testimony of the power of walking in FAITH with a most Holy and High savior, and in His power to heal and restore us to life.
We do not need to touch a tzitzit to receive healing from God. All we need is what the woman who touched His cloak had: faith.
Walk with Him today and get the help you need.
Let your FAITH be what reaches out to touch His mighty tassels. Let your FAITH allow Him to heal whatever it is that ails you – physically, mentally, or spiritually. Let your FAITH bring you back under His wings and give you LIFE.
I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA.
If you are following along with us at home in our Bible study, here’s a little surprise for you! We do NOT have study next week! This will give everyone a chance to catch up and get ready for study to reconvene two weeks from today! In our time off, please complete any work from the last two weeks that you haven’t had a chance to get to, and also complete Session 2, Days 1-3 in the Participant Guide (follow the directions and it will tell you exactly what you need to do)! Rewrite your memorization scripture, have a listen to “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” by Casting Crowns (our fantastic song of the week), and enjoy a week off!
Drum roll please…our winner of a toe tappin’ praise CD this week is ERIN BLAIR!!! Congrats, Erin! Hope you like the tunes, sister friend! Thanks for commenting and reading the blog. This week, commenters and email-ers will be eligible to win a darling Willow Tree angel ornament! Keep up your reading, studying, and prayers, my friends! Let’s strengthen our faith muscles together!
Up Next: Fingerprints (a reprise!)
Peace and love,