And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.Matthew 9:20-21
What great faith this dear sister had!
She knew the law forbade her from being in public much less touching another person, but she also knew that Jesus could heal her when others could only make her worse.
But how did she know just touching the hem of His garment would heal her?
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.Malachi 4:2
The Hebrew word for “wings” is the same word for hem or the border of a garment. This prophecy foretold this blessed event!
I do not know if she understood this scripture or even if she knew the promise existed in God’s word, but her faith knew that Jesus could help!
Whether she understood the prophecy or not, her spirit led her to Jesus and this beautiful scripture that closed out the Old Testament was first fulfilled in her, and then many others.
And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.Matthew 14:34-36