2 "But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
3 You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
When I became desperately ill about four years ago, Malachi 4:2-3 was the first Scripture on healing I memorized. I later realized I wasn’t the only one who had stored this passage in her heart.
In Luke 8:43, we’re introduced to a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years. She wants to get to Jesus but He is being “thronged,” strangled completely, choked, and “pressed,” crowded from every side by multitudes of people. While we don’t know exactly how she manages to get through, we’re given a hint in Scripture. She’s after the “hem” of Jesus’ garment. She wants to touch it. So we visualize her crouching down, pushing amongst the knees of the clamoring mob.
This “hem” of Jesus’ she wants to touch is, in Greek, kraspedon (kras’-ped-on), meaning a border, a fringe or tassel. (Mt 9:20) It is the same as the word “wings” referred to in the Malachi passage we’re studying:
“The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings;”
In Hebrew, “wings” is kanaph (kaw-nawf’), a corner, the border of a garment. The corners of all Jewish men’s garments were adorned with tassels. Numbers 15:38 explains God’s command to the children of Israel: “Tell them to make tassels on the corners (kanaph) of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners (kanaph).”
This four-cornered garment worn by all male Jews is today called a tallit, or a prayer shawl. The tassels are there to remind those who wear the shawl of God’s commands. They are reminders to follow the Lord, rather than follow the inclination of their own hearts and eyes. (Nm 15:39)
When the hemorrhaging woman comes from behind, pushing through the legs of the rest who are pressed around Jesus, and she touches the hem, tassel, wing of His garment, she’s instantly healed. (Lk 8:44) She’s not the only one who is healed this way:
“When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem (tassel) of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” (Mt 14:34-36, Mk 6:56)
It appears many knew Malachi’s prophetic word about the Messiah, and they acted on it. In reaching for His wings, they were proclaiming in faith, “Jesus is the Messiah, the Sun of Righteousness.” They were proclaiming in faith, “Scripture is literally true.” They were proclaiming in faith, “Jesus is my Healer.”
But why the wings? The wings, and their tassels specifically, were a symbolic reminder to obey God. In the case of Jesus, we have the One whose obedience to the Father is perfect. It’s faith in His sinless perfection, sacrificed for us, that brings us into right standing with God. It’s faith in His perfect obedience that brings us into deliverance and healing.
Those reaching for Jesus’ wings were engaging their faith. Faith is always based on hearing the Word of God and acting on it. This is worship. I know we’ve been taught to believe worship is only what we give to God. So how could grabbing onto Jesus’ hem to receive healing be called worship? It is an act of great reverence to God to believe His Word is true and to receive from Him.
The “healing,” or marpe’ (mar-pay’), in His wings is curative; it’s medicine for health, deliverance and soundness. We all need His healing. It enables us to “grow fat,” not in the bad sense(!) but meaning to grow up and, having been strengthened, to go out, trampling on evil.
The only qualification for entering into this kind of life is found at the beginning of the verse: “But to you who fear My name…the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings;”
It’s confusing when we see the word “fear” there. This Hebrew word, yare (yaw-ray’), can mean to be afraid. But it also means to morally revere, to stand in awe. “Used of a person in an exalted position, yare connotes ‘standing in awe.’ This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect.” 
But we come much closer to understanding the heart of God for us as Jesus reveals the fullest intention of the idea of fearing the Lord. When tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus quotes a verse, Deuteronomy 6:13. It normally reads: “You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him…”
But Jesus says, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” (Mt 4:10)
To fear the Lord, Jesus is saying, is to worship Him. The word in the Greek here is proskuneo (pros-koo-neh’-o), to kiss, adore, fawn, crouch to. 
Can you picture the hemorrhaging woman crouching to grab onto Jesus’ hem? She was worshipping God.
God is glorified and revered when we believe what He says in His Word and respond by reaching out towards Him to receive.
 Strong, James and John R. Kohlenberger, III, The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red Letter Edition (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2001), Sumpnigo (soom-pnee’-go) G4846, Apothlibo (ap-oth-lee’-bo) G598.
 Ibid., G2899.
 Ibid., H3671.
 Ibid., H4832, H6335, H3318.
 Ibid., H3372, p. 119.
 Ibid., G4352.