“But for you who fear my name…”
To the ancient—and modern—Hebrew, a person’s name is his or her essence. A name is the most distinguishing characteristic of a person. Adam’s task in the garden was no simple task. He didn’t just give the animals “names,” he identified their essence and gave them all their true names.
Likewise, God’s true, four-letter name (yod-hei-vav-hei, יהוה, pronounced "Yahweh" by some) reveals His primary attribute of mercy. His other names, of course, describe other aspects of His essence, but His ineffable name represents His mercy.
Fearing His name is not about being afraid of Him and His mercy. It is about having the utmost respect for His power and reverence for His majesty. When we fear His name (His essence; His mercy) —and nothing else—we open ourselves up to a whole and holy restoration.
Listen as Sonya tells her harrowing story but relays how God truly healed her inside and out.
“...the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its corners.”
To most Christians, “corners” don’t inspire anything particularly biblical and certainly not miraculous. But to the ancient Hebrew followers of Jesus, the “corners” of a tunic hold very significant meaning.
On the corners (kanaph) of a tunic are tied tzitzit (צִיצִית)—the tassels God commanded the Israelites to wear as ever-present reminders of God’s instruction in righteousness. And throughout the Hebrew scriptures, the word kanaph is connected to God’s redemption, shelter, refuge, covering, and healing.
Of course, Jesus also wore tzitzit on the kanaph of his tunic, but His were special. Jesus was perfectly righteous, so His “corners” were more for our benefit. So to the Hebrew woman, it made perfect sense to seek healing, refuge, and restoration by simply touching the corners of Jesus’ tunic.
“You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”
Have you been there before? Have you ever been in such dire straits—physically, emotionally, professionally, spiritually, etc. —and so helpless to change your circumstances that you resorted to just about anything to find relief? Of course, you have. And when you’ve relied more on human understanding than on the perfect truth found in God’s word, whole restoration never came.
You have waited for years to be released from the confinement of physical or spiritual disease. All of a sudden you are freed, and now not even your joy can be contained. You feel young again because a new life has started. A future full of possibilities you had all but given up on. You are now more like a young calf or goat that just wants to jump and play and take in how bright and beautiful the world is.
When we revere only the essence of God and take hold of His complete righteousness, we will find restoration and healing. Then, like a calf free to run for the first time in its life, we will leap from the confinement of our affliction with the joy and zeal of youth.