• TeMah LoraLee

Where Does Healing Come From? (Y1.T1.D54)

Updated: Jan 20


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Before I answer today’s question, I’d like to thank those of you who have walked beside me on this adventure. From the first person who heard me say, “If I were to compile the Bible” in 2010—and is miraculously still reading almost twelve years later—to those of you who joined us this week, I’m blessed to have fellow writers, editors, and prayer warriors who partner with me. I love and appreciate you.


I admit, I struggled with today’s blog. The Scripture blending wasn’t hard but adequately explaining it was. The last thing I ever want to do is misrepresent the importance of something. I take seriously James 3:1: “Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.”


In our passages today, a chronically sick woman—too terrified to approach Jesus—touched the “fringe of his garment” (Matthew 9:20), believing she’d “be made well" (Matthew 9:21).


This fringe was most likely attached to a ceremonial prayer shawl. Free.MessianicBible.com describes it this way:


The one true God of Israel warned His Chosen People not to worship or live like these pagan idolaters. . . To help them in this regard, He gave them many commandments (mitzvot) that would show the world they were a people with a God-ordained calling. Wearing tassels—in Hebrew, tzitzit—צִיצִ֥ת—is one of these commands. It would become a continual sign to the world and to themselves that God has set them apart for devotion to Him alone.


The significance of this garment attracted others as well. Mark 6:56 states: “Wherever he entered, into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might just touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched him were made well.”


Of course, it wasn’t the clothing that healed them.


And it wasn’t their faith alone.


While Jesus told the woman “Your faith has made you well” (Matthew 9:22), it was God who allowed the healing to occur. This doesn't always happen. Many people with huge faith aren't healed.


Consider Joni Eareckson Tada, who powerfully changed lives after breaking her neck diving into shallow waters. In an article on The Gospel Coalition website, she praises God for not healing her:


Does God miraculously heal? Sure, he does. But in this broken world, it’s still the exception, not the rule. A “no” answer to my request for a miraculous physical healing has meant purged sin, a love for the lost, increased compassion, stretched hope, an appetite for grace, an increase of faith, a happy longing for heaven, a desire to serve, a delight in prayer, and a hunger for his Word. Oh, bless the stern schoolmaster that is my wheelchair!


One of the most painful moments in my Christian walk happened while listening to Christian Radio. My children were playing outside of the small apartment we lived in when the voice of a popular faith healer came over the speakers.


He was condemning cancer patients who sought treatment instead of him. Before I knew what was happening, I was curled up on the ground. Pain like a physical knife entered my heart and the Holy Spirit inside of me wept uncontrollably. How many innocent people were going to die because this man greedily collected their incomes?


It is dangerous and deadly to believe God is limited to healing through any effort we put forth. Psalm 62 reminds us our trust should be in “God alone” (v. 1) because “the power belongs” to him (v. 11).


Don’t get me wrong—faith in God is important. But it's futile to have faith in faith. When the Holy Spirit gives us the gift to heal or teach or love, it is for God’s glory and purpose, not our own. And the same is true for when he withholds it.


He alone heals.

Heal What's Broken in Me


Mark 5:21, Luke 8:40

Matthew 9:18–20a, Mark 5:22–25, Luke 8:41–43a

Mark 5:26–27a, Luke 8:43b

Matthew 9:20b, Mark 5:27b, Luke 8:44a


37 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 38 “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves fringes on the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe of each border a cord of blue. 39 It shall be to you for a fringe, that you may see it, and remember all Yahweh’s commandments, and do them; and that you don’t follow your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to play the prostitute; 40 so that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. 41 I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahweh your God.” (Numbers 15:37–41)

Matthew 9:21, Mark 5:28


1 My soul rests in God alone.

My salvation is from him.

2 He alone is my rock, my salvation, and my fortress.

I will never be greatly shaken.

3 How long will you assault a man?

Would all of you throw him down,

like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

4 They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place.

They delight in lies.

They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

5 My soul, wait in silence for God alone,

for my expectation is from him.

6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress.

I will not be shaken.

7 My salvation and my honor is with God.

The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in him at all times, you people.

Pour out your heart before him.

God is a refuge for us. Selah.

9 Surely men of low degree are just a breath,

and men of high degree are a lie.

In the balances they will go up.

They are together lighter than a breath.

10 Don’t trust in oppression.

Don’t become vain in robbery.

If riches increase,

don’t set your heart on them.

11 God has spoken once;

twice I have heard this,

that power belongs to God.

12 Also to you, Lord, belongs loving kindness,

for you reward every man according to his work. (Psalm 62:1–12)


Mark 5:29a, Luke 8:44b

29b and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.


30a Immediately Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd, (Mark 5:29b–30a)

Mark 5:30b–31, Luke 8:45


46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me.” (Luke 8:46)

Matthew 9:22a, Mark 5:32

Mark 5:33, Luke 8:47

Matthew 9:22b, Mark 5:34, Luke 8:48


22c And the woman was made well from that hour. (Matthew 9:22c)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Thank You for unhindered access to You. You did not give me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). You didn't give me Your Spirit for selfish gain. Help me care for others privately, for You see in secret and reward openly (Matthew 6:4). I trust the life circumstances You've chosen for me because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:12–13).


Amen.


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