Does Jesus Have Feathers?

Did you ever wonder why the lady with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment in order to be healed? The answer lies in the word hem.

In Greek, the New Testament language, hem is translated, kraspedon, in Matthew 9:20. This word means border, tassel, fringe. The corresponding word in Hebrew, the Old Testament language, is kanaph which is translated in Psalm 91:4 as wings, extremity. We translate this as corners, edge, skirt, wings, a border, hem or feather. This passage reads: “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”

Now connect these scriptures with Malachi 4:2 which reads: “But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.” This passage speaks of the coming Messiah, Jesus. He will have healing in His wings (His hem).

The woman in Matthew 9:20 knew the scripture in Malachi. By reaching out to touch His hem (the edge of His garment) that Jesus was the promised Messiah who possessed the healing she so desperately needed.

Jesus is still here today by His Holy Spirit. Do you need healing today? Reach out and touch His hem.

Note: The “sun of righteousness” is another name for the coming Messiah. David called Him this name in his last song recorded in II Samuel 23:4


About Sally Jadlow

Sally Jadlow writes true inspirational short stories, historical fiction, and poetry. Her ten books are available on at  . She serves as a chaplain to corporations in the greater Kansas City area. She also teaches and speaks on creative writing. Contact her at
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2 Responses to Does Jesus Have Feathers?

  1. RJ Thesman says:

    I love this story. Sometimes all the strength I’ve had is to reach up and grab His hem. He is indeed – faithful!


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