Ardith Arnelle `Price
Matthew 14:36 “and begged Him they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.”
The word hem means tassel, border of a garment, or fringe. It was customary to wear tassels on the corners of the garments for the men throughout their generations. God instructed the Jewish men to make blue thread tassels and put them on the edges of their robes. Numbers 15:38-39 says that they would remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them when they recall the tassels. The woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and healed. How was it possible for the woman to be restored? First, faith in being healed, and if she could touch HIS garment, then she knew healing would ensue. Second, Jesus is the Son of God, so he was part deity and part man, and HE had divine power from HIS FATHER, Almighty GOD. Jesus’s power was used to heal the sick of mind and body.
He did not use HIS power all the time because the religious leaders tried to kill Him. Jesus’s main goal was to please the Father while on earth and complete HIS mission to die for our sins on the cross, then resurrect on the third day to complete the cycle so that humankind would live with Jesus in eternity. As I have studied more about the hem of the garment of Jesus, it was one complete robe, and when He was on earth, most garments had two pieces during this time in antiquity. Jesus’s garment was like those of the priest one-piece according to John 19:23-24.