Yahweh said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites saying:
Throughout the generations to come, you are to put a blue thread in the tassels on the corners. And you shall have the tassel that you may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord to do them, that you may obey them and not defile yourselves by going after your own heart and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commandments and to be holy for your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.
The term Tallit, or talith is two Hebrew words, “TAL, meaning “tent” and ITH, meaning “little.” The tallit, when wrapped around the shoulders and pulled over the head forms for the owner a “little tent” or “prayer closet where he may meet privately with God. The Psalmist writes:
“I will dwell in your tent for all ages; I will take refuge in the shelter of the corners of your Tallit.”
Bound in the threads of the fringe of the tallit or “prayer shawl,” is SHEMA found in Deut. 6:4, in which God commands: “Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is one Lord.”
The tzitzit with the blue thread represents first of all that God is one! Messiah is not an appendage. The great God Himself, robed Himself in the flesh of Messiah. Through proper relationship with God, through the atoning of Messiah Jesus, God’s precious Lamb, which takes away the sins of the world, (Romans 3:23-26, Romans 6:23, Acts 2:38, 2 Cor. 10:3-7, I John 2:2, I John 2:1, 4:10, ) we walk in His power and authority.
For God to place the command in scripture, commanding his people to make the fringes with the blue thread, He was saying in effect: You are a kingdom of priests to Me. This is echoed in Rev. 1:6: “He has made us a kings and priests (lit. “a kingdom of priests”) unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” The scriptures also teach that it was a violation ordinarily for one to mix two fibers such as wool and linen. The fringes were to be made of wool, but this blue thread was to be made of linen. So only in this instance, did God allow this to be done.
- “And suddenly a woman who had a flow of for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment” (Matthew 9:20).
- …” came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped” (Luke 8:44).
- … “and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well” (Matthew 14:36).
- “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him that they might just touch the border of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (Mark 6:56).
PRAYING AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT (JUDE 20)
“And the Lord said: Simon, Simon; behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail. And when you are converted, strengthen the brethren. (Luke 22:32)
As our Great High Priest, the scriptures teach us that “He ever lives to make intercession.” How does He do this? I believe that one way, is as the:
- Morning prayers Num 15:38-39
- Torah readings Saturday, Monday, Thursday
- Yum Kippur (and some other holiday and services)
- Special occasion such as circumcision, bar mitvah,
- wedding (used to sometimes make a canopy over the couple)
- Burial (a Jewish man is wrapped in it when he is buried)
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