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Go For The Cloak !

 

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In the context of the bleeding woman’s faith to reach out and grab hold of Christ Cloak:


“Faith is two empty hands held open to receive all of the Lord.”


- Alan Redpath

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The Shelter of His Wings:

Refuge Under His Wings:


Jewish Prayer Shawl 101:

 

If a person is wearing the prayer shawl (Tallis) and stretches out his arms it can look like a bird spreading its wings.  So the corners and edges of the Tallis are referred to as wings.


Psalm 91:1 & 4 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”


This is the image of a mother hen gathering her young under her wings.  Since the tassels (Tzitzit) on the corners of the pray shawl are intended to remind the Israelites of God’s laws, this is a picture of how God’s law is intended to shelter us from the destructions of a sinful life.


Have you been living in under the protection of God’s Law?  So often we feel that God’s law is restrictive.  We think we have a better way.  Hollywood would have us think that His Law is outdated.


When we leave the protection of God’s instruct of how we should live, we open ourselves up to the ramifications of our sins!  When we live under His wings, we find protection and rest!  Go for the Cloak!


Prayer: Take a few minutes to talk to God about this concept.  Be honest, be specific, ask forgiveness and ask for strength.

 

This hen has 16 chicks under her wings of protection.  This is obviously the picture that the Psalmist is referring to in Psalm 36:7.  “How priceless is your unfailing love!  Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”


The Hebrew word “kanaph” means both corner and wings.  This contribute to the Jewish concept described in the prior devotional about their prayer shawls


It seems that Jesus is alluding to this picture of the overshadowing wings of God’s protection when he stood outside of Jerusalem and said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” - Matt.23:37.  When Jesus said this He was in Jerusalem because He knew it was time for Him to be crucified.  Jesus knew that the Jewish people listening would understand the concept of the Law of Moses “protecting” them from the full impact of sin in this life.  However, Jesus also knew that this protection would not extend into eternity.  Jesus came to fulfill the law so that He could protect us from the impact of sin beyond the grave and into eternity.


Paul understood this when he wrote Galatians 3:24 “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”


Prayer:  Jesus, I do not want to be like those in Jerusalem who were unwilling to to except the covering of your undeserved grace.  I want to be your child, please cover me with your love.  Amen.

 

This is a video clip of a Rabbi teaching about the Tallis and telling a few jokes.

Some of you have asked where you can buy a prayer shawl.  If you are interested, you can click on the picture on the right.

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