Do you have faith for the edge?
Mark 6: 53-56 “When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.”
Here is a very brief understanding of “… the edge of his cloak …”
According to the instruction to Moses (Numbers 15) the Israelite men were to wear tunics that would act as prayer shawls. At each corner of the tunic there were tassels tied into 613 knots to symbolise the 613 laws of Moses. Everyone could see them and the man would have to be careful to keep those laws. Every day the man knew he was carrying the Word of God in his life. They also spoke of the man’s authority. In the Old Testament story of David cutting off a piece of Saul’s robe we see the reason why David was so upset for the action was because he felt he had stolen Saul’s authority. This would humiliate Saul and David was annoyed with himself (2 Samuel 24). Finally the edges of the cloak were also seen as what was referred to by Malachi “… the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings.” (Malachi 4) The word ‘wings’ is a translated word for the edges of the wing. The man knew that symbolically the edge of his cloak was a picture of the power of God.
On the side of the lake at Genneserat pandemonium had broken out as people swarmed like bees for the nectar. They begged Jesus for the edge of his cloak, that’s all that they needed but it wasn’t a demonstration of something small and insignificant, far from it. It demonstrated their faith in these 3 truths.
Today whatever need you have can you demonstrate the same faith?
Can you reach out to Jesus even if it is just the edge of his cloak?
Can you reach out in faith to the Word, to His identity, that Jesus is God? Can you simply believe in Him today?
Can you reach out in faith to His authority, that there is no one higher than Him? He is the King of Kings. One day every knee will bow before Him. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. All things are held together by Him.
Can you reach out in faith to His power, that He actually can change your life? There is no need impossible for Him. He can do this for you.
Reach out to His identity, authority and power today. You may feel your faith is nothing, like it is only touching the edge of His cloak. Yet the people in the past will say that is all that is needed, because to touch the edge can unlock everything that you need.